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National Award to Langston Concrete for Royal Gorge Work

This aerial photo shows Langston Concrete crews at work last August pouring concrete on another reconstruction project at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. (courtesy photo)

An entry by Langston Concrete of Fremont County into the World of Concrete’s “Crews That Rock” awards contest has won first place in the 2014 awards competition for commercial concrete work.   Langston’s work on reconstruction of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park was the top winner for the commercial “Crews That Rock” category.   The award will be presented February 5th at the World of Concrete annual conference in Las Vegas.

Faced with a tight construction window to rebuild the Royal Gorge Park following the devastating wildfire in June, 2013, Langston Concrete owner Mike Langston said work began a year ago with sub-zero temperatures and harsh winds.   Crews started on the edge of the more than 1,000-foot vertical gorge by drilling and grouting rock bolts in the canyon rim to anchor the footers for the foundation of what was to become the new visitor center.  A new sewer treatment facility was also completed below the new visitor’s center.

Langston said his crews poured more than 3,020 yards of concrete through mid-November of last year and logged 32,813 man hours of work on the uneven granite rock high atop the cliffs looking down into the Gorge.

Langston in his contest entry that even if Langston Concrete didn't win, he feels his crew has done "an incredible job this year and just on this project alone."

The Fremont County Board of Commissioners and County Building Official Mike Cox extend congratulations to Langston Concrete for their quality construction work at the Royal Gorge which has allowed the park to reopen to the benefit of Fremont County residents and visitors.