In September, The PHILLIPS School in Annandale, Va., debuted $150,000 worth of repairs to its entrance, bus lanes and sidewalks as a result of the Heavy Construction Contractors Association’s annual “Pave It Forward!” charitable giving program.

The project came to fruition after The Kauffman Group, Centreville, Va., did a patch job for PHILLIPS last winter and realized the nonprofit school—which serves children with severe behavioral and learning disorders—deserved more. Specifically, the areas of the facility where students arrive and depart were deteriorating rapidly after nearly three decades of continuous use.

Twenty-eight companies—including Pro-Pave, Inc., AHT Insurance, Aggregate Industries, Alban CAT, American Paving Fabrics, Inc., Insight LLC, Luck Stone, Quarles Energy Service, Shirley Contracting Company, The Kauffman Group, Vulcan Materials Company and William A. Hazel—contributed materials, equipment, labor and more than 800 hours to the project. In addition to replacing the parking lot’s existing asphalt, participating firms repaired sidewalks and curbs, updated signs, and checked the water valves and storm drainage system beneath the lot’s surface, as well as provided financial, trucking, fuel and manpower support.

“All the companies involved donated more than expected, and the true professionalism of the firms shined from beginning to end,” says The Kauffman Group Vice President Glen Kauffman, who coordinated the project. “To provide infrastructure improvement as a donation is better than money. The funds set aside in the budget for such items are large and now those funds, dollar for dollar, can be reallocated to help those in need.”

Pro-Pave, Inc., Sterling, Va., was involved in the milling of the asphalt, which required removing and disposing of more than 350 tons of the site’s former driveway using a new state-of-the-art Wirtgen W210i milling machine.
“For us, collaborating on the PHILLIPS project was an incredible opportunity to work with so many of our peers in the industry, while giving us a chance to apply our crew’s talents and skills to a job that would improve both the school and its students,” says Paul Addington, president of Pro-Pave, Inc.

The PHILLIPS School is one of two schools operated by PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families, a private organization serving the needs of individuals with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in the Washington, D.C., area.  

Joanna Masterson is senior editor of Construction Executive. For more information, email or follow @ConstructionMag.