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Starting Early
Artie Allen's father was an engineer for the Florida Department of
Transportation. Following in his father's footsteps, Artie was an inspector
before he started his own company.
"I took my college money, what little bit I had back then, and started
my own company," Allen said.
He was just 21 years old when he started A.W.A. Contracting Company,
Inc. The firm has survived the ups and downs of the economy, and today
is on the uptick with numerous construction projects in the works. *
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water pipes in a residential area, A.W.A. Contracting took on the
challenge. As part of this drainage repair project, the underground
utility company was tasked with replacing underground pipes with
new 60-inch reinforced concrete pipe on a section of Campbell
Street. "The city had some failures from pipe that was installed in
the early 1970s," Allen said.
The project was particularly difficult because it was in an
residential neighborhood, where homeowners needed to access
their driveways and traffic passed the construction along
Campbell Street.

Right-sized Machines
To efficiently complete this project on schedule, A.W.A. Contracting
used a Doosan DX350LC-5 crawler excavator and a DL220LC-5
wheel loader purchased from its local dealer, Bobcat of Jacksonville.

While the DX350LC-5 weighs approximately 80,000 pounds,
Allen explained that the crawler excavator is still maneuverable
in residential areas, as encountered on this project.
Working alongside Campbell Street, Allen's operators used
the crawler excavator to excavate, remove the old pipe, trench
approximately 13 feet, then lift and place the new 60-inch
reinforced concrete pipe. Working in tandem with a truck, the
excavator efficiently loaded the dirt into the truck bed with
minimal disruption to passing cars. The wheel loader was paired
with a pallet fork to lift the pipe from a nearby staging area and
transport it next to the excavator. Once in position, the excavator
lifted and placed the new 60-inch pipe using the excavator's lift eye.
"This excavator was the perfect size for digging a trench and
laying the pipe for this project. It gave us the maneuverability
and the strength that we need to accomplish this project on time
and within budget," Allen said. "The wheel loaders worked well
with the pipe crews. It was the right size machine for this project.
Plus, the visibility from the cab allowed us to clearly see the job
site and the task at hand."
As the Palatka project wrapped up, A.W.A. Contracting had
plenty of other projects lined up in northeast Florida. With
more work ahead, Allen is confident his right-sized equipment
is well-positioned to handle the work.
"We want to do the best we can every time," Allen pointed out.
"When the county does its final inspection, we're proud to say
that we were a part of the process, and our equipment helped
us get to the finish line." *
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