The Alexandria, VA location won the Gold Award in the 2011 Community Service Awards. Pictured (l-r): District Manager Mike Cuilik and Senior Office Manager Linda Bolton.
The Lane Construction Corporation recognizes its corporate social responsibility, and has a deep, rich history of being involved in the communities where its plants and projects are located. Being a good neighbor and giving back to the community are part of Lane’s “Care for People” value, which is a key part of the company’s culture, mission and vision.
Lane provides support to schools, community groups and charitable organizations in the form of environmental stewardship; active fundraising for charities; open houses and tours of plants and project sites; donation of materials and services; civic and community efforts; and training and other educational programs.
The Lane Community Service Awards Program
The Fourth Annual Community Service Awards program recognizes outstanding community relations programs and/or community events by plants or projects that took place between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011. In selecting the eight winners of the 2011 Community Service Awards from the 31 plants and projects that entered, the Lane Community Relations Committee considered “shared value” (actions that benefit the community and Lane—a win/win for both); employee participation; and overall quality of the applications.
The 2011 Gold Award winner was the Alexandria, VA location (Virginia Paving Company). The Alexandria location won the Gold Award for its well-defined and strategic community relations program which created shared value for the community and Lane. In 2011, employees at the Alexandria location launched a new outreach program called “Autism Speaks: Virginia Paving Listens.” A dump truck was painted in striking colors to look like a giant puzzle, resembling the Autism Speaks organization’s puzzle piece logo. Since the Autism Dump Truck’s debut in February 2011, it has been a featured attraction at many events, including the 2011 National “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” event in Washington, D.C. The truck draws attention and has helped raise funds for autism awareness, as well as associating Lane’s name with a nationwide cause.
Participating in the City of Alexandria’s Earth Day celebration was another major community relations activity for Alexandria employees. At their booth, the porous asphalt display, famous “asphalt cookies,” and bookmarks printed with facts about Virginia Paving’s environmental initiatives all helped keep the crowds coming throughout the event. Other community relations activities included sponsoring First Night Alexandria and a 5K Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, as well as donating traffic control services for several City of Alexandria events. For several years, the Alexandria location has sponsored its neighboring elementary school and, in 2011, won an award from the Alexandria City Public Schools for being an “Outstanding Partner in Education.” In addition, staff hosted environmental tours of the plant for Flint High School’s advanced placement science students.
Lane’s Silver Award winners were the Charlotte, ME location and the Charlotte, NC (Rea Contracting) locations.
Bronze Awards were presented to Cold River Materials, NH and the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge project in Virginia.
The Innovation Award winner wasRaleigh, NC (Rea Contracting).
Connecting Communities Awards were presented to SR 528, FL (South/Southwest) and the Pittsburgh, PA location.