Pit & Quarry Magazine Features Project Cornerstone

Written by Alyssa Burley.

In its March 2016 issue, the 100 year-old Pit & Quarry magazine features Project Cornerstone's construction aggregates-focused educational programs and community outreach efforts.

The article explains how Project Cornerstone serves "as a bridge between the community and the industry it knows little about," writes Allison Barwacz.

Barwacz covers the Project Cornerstone field trips that take students on tours of local rock quarries, and the educational activities that are designed to meet their science curriculum.

Through Project Cornerstone, students are enlightened about various careers within the aggregates industry.  The potential shortage of future industry employees is mentioned by Barwacz and backed up with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Barawcz highlights how Project Cornerstone's teacher workshop is designed to equip "teachers with the tools necessary to teach their students about the aggregates industry."

“It’s very clear that the general public does not understand the construction aggregate industry and how it impacts them,” Barwacz quotes Crystal Howard, executive director of Project Cornerstone.  “Mining, in general, is a scary word to the public when you first bring it up. This program has really opened the eyes of students, their teachers and the general public that sand and gravel is really the cornerstone of their community.”

Read the full article.

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Launched in 1916, Pit & Quarry magazine serves the multi-billion-dollar aggregates mining industry.  It serves as the leading equipment and technology media source for the crushed stone and sand-and-gravel industries, offering readers relevant information about the latest industry news.

Pit & Quarry offers a monthly magazine, as well as a weekly newsletter and online platform that provide a constant stream of equipment and technology information and news.

Project Cornerstone Receives IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption Status

IRS letter confirming Project Cornerstone's 501(c)(3) status.

IRS letter confirming Project Cornerstone's 501(c)(3) status.

Written by Alyssa Burley.

After completing a 27-page application, supplying financial records, answering follow-up questions, and patiently waiting for several months, we are pleased to announce that Project Cornerstone has been granted tax exemption status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under section 501(c)(3)!

The IRS has determined Project Cornerstone is a Public Charity under section 509(a)(2).

Your annual donations and contributions to Project Cornerstone are deductible under section 170 of the tax code.

Tax exemption status under section 501(c)(3) is extremely important for the organization.  It allows Project Cornerstone to raise substantially more funds by applying for grants to support its mission.

A copy of the letter is available upon request.

Industry Leaders Gather in Support of Project Cornerstone at the Second Annual Golf Tournament

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On Friday, July 17, 2015, industry members from across Southern California came together in support of Project Cornerstone at its Second Annual Golf Tournament at the Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, CA. 

Over 90 golfers participated in the event.  There were over 20 sponsors and 14 donor organizations and companies who supplied prizes and give-a-ways.

The following teams/individuals placed at the tournament:

First Place Team: Hawthorn CAT (6B)
Second Place Team: Holliday Rock (4A)
Third Place Team: Hanson Aggregates (3A)

Closest To The Pin: Liz Ferry, Hester's Granite Company
Longest Drive: Justin Hill, Hanson Aggregates

The top three teams have been invited to play in the Randy Jones Invitational Semi-Finals scheduled for January 2016.  Congratulations!

Thank you to all who came out to the event and supported Project Cornerstone.  Your support allows Project Cornerstone to continue providingprograms designed to educate San Diego County students about the importance of local construction aggregate resources, and conduct informational presentations about the industry to community groups and organizations throughout the county.

Photos by Laura Babbs.

Updated 8/6/15.

Robertson's Ready Mix Pours Concrete for Local Hotel

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Robertson's Ready Mix, a family owned and operated ready mix company serving Southern California, was seen pouring concrete at a Mission Valley hotel on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Did you know?

  • Thomas Edison was the first to contract and live in a precast concrete home.
  • Over 70% of the world’s population lives in a structure that contains concrete.
  • Concrete gets stronger as it gets older!

Source: ConcreteHelper

Robertson's Ready Mix Concrete Mixer delivering concrete to a Mission Valley hotel. Photo by Crystal Howard.

Robertson's Ready Mix Concrete Mixer delivering concrete to a Mission Valley hotel. Photo by Crystal Howard.

Granite Construction Spotted at the Airport

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Granite Construction Company, one of the largest diversified heavy civil contractors and construction materials producers in the United States and Project Cornerstone supporter, was spotted laying asphalt at the San Diego International Airport on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Asphalt is made from construction aggregates (i.e., sand, gravel and crushed stone) and asphalt cement.  It's durable and 100% recyclable.

Granite Construction Company laying asphalt at the San Diego International Airport. Photo by Crystal Howard.

Granite Construction Company laying asphalt at the San Diego International Airport. Photo by Crystal Howard.

Did you know?

  • Of the 2.27 million miles of paved roads in the US, 94% is surfaced with asphalt, including 65% of the interstate system.
  • The U.S. recycles about 2 million ton of plastic a year while recycling and reusing over 60 million tons of asphalt.
  • Research in the U.S. and Europe shows that quiet asphalt reduces highway noise by 3 to 5 dB(A) and more. 

Source: www.asphaltfacts.com

Project Cornerstone Receives Local Support at Inaugural Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Written by Alyssa Burley.

San Diego, CA - Project Cornerstone, Inc. – a grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the importance of local construction aggregate resources like sand, gravel and crushed stone, successfully hosted its inaugural golf tournament fundraiser on November 21, 2014, at the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook.  The event was designed to raise funds for Project Cornerstone’s education and community outreach programs.

The early-morning rain that fell on San Diego County would not threaten Project Cornerstone’s inaugural golf tournament or the organization’s drive to host a memorable event.  By mid morning, the rain passed and the event started without a hitch.

Nearly one hundred golfers participated in the inaugural golf tournament.  Fifteen companies sponsored portions of the event.  Fourteen companies donated products and services for the golfer’s gift bags and raffle prizes.

“For a first year, [Project Cornerstone] managed to put it all together in a very professional manner,” wrote Bill Campbell from Applied Industrial Technologies.  “I look forward to being part of this great endeavor for many years in the future. Thanks again and congratulations.”

As a result of many volunteers, sponsors and those who attended, the event raised over $7,000 to support Project Cornerstone’s mission.

"It was great to see everyone come out and participate in our first event,” said executive director of Project Cornerstone, Crystal Howard.  “We really appreciated everyone's eagerness to get involved and we were excited to award our top three teams with some amazing trophies that were representative of the industry.  We look forward to hosting the event again next year."

The dinner banquet following the tournament served as the Winter Quarterly Meeting.  Crystal Howard delivered an overview of the organization’s recent activities.

Project Cornerstone is already working to schedule its Second Annual Golf Tournament in 2015.  Sponsors and volunteers interested in participating in next year’s event should contact Alyssa Burley at (619) 284-8515 or alyssa@project-cornerstone.org.

Project Cornerstone, Inc.
Founded in 2014 by members of the construction aggregates industry, Project Cornerstone is a San Diego-based grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the importance of local construction aggregate resources like sand, gravel and crushed stone.  Its goals are to inform the public that using locally sourced minerals have environmental and economic benefits; educate students how construction aggregate is produced and where it is used in their everyday lives; promote the use of local resources to satisfy demand; endorse the conservation of classified and designated mineral resources for future development.

Project Cornerstone Presents at CalCIMA Board Meeting

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On November 5th, 2014, Project Cornerstone was given the opportunity to present before the Board of Directors of the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA). 

Project Cornerstone discussed how we were formed and illustrated how we have been implementing in-class activities with schools and presentations before service groups to accomplish our mission of ensuring our communities understand that construction aggregate is the cornerstone of our communities. 

We emphasized Project Cornerstone was dedicated to public outreach and education about the industry.  Our presentation was well received and it served as the beginning of Project Cornerstone and CalCIMA working together to spread knowledge of the industry. 

Project Cornerstone will continue to work with CalCIMA and its Board as we continue to move forward and develop educational programs.

Superior's Quarry Supplies Railroad Ballast for Coastal Rail Line

Written by Alyssa Burley.

San Diego construction aggregate producer, Superior Ready Mix was seen unloading railroad ballast for the double tracking of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Corridor rail line.

Double tracking the LOSSAN corridor is a key activity to ensure the efficient movement of people and goods by rail.  Building an additional track will allow additional rail cars to be used to transport people and cargo resulting in additional environmental benefits to our region.

The rail system plays a critical role in the movement of people and goods in the San Diego region, as well as between San Diego, Los Angeles, and points further north.

NCTD's COASTER commuter rail service, Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner inter-city service, and the BNSF Railway freight service all rely upon the tracks to serve their customers.

The LOSSAN corridor is the second busiest intercity rail corridor in the nation supporting commuter, intercity and freight rail services, according to TransNet.

Photos by Crystal Howard

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Board of Supervisors Approves Salvaged Construction Aggregate Recycling Zoning Ordinance Change

Written by Alyssa Burley.

If you operate a rock quarry in San Diego County, recent changes to the zoning ordinance reduce regulation that would restrict recycling.

On October 29, 2014, Project Cornerstone Representative, Dennis Fransway attended the San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting.  The Board was asked to adopt the following:

  • Form of Ordinance for the amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, approve the introduction of the Ordinance (first reading);
  • Read the title and waive further reading of the Ordinance for the amendments to the County Code;
  • Adopt the revised standard "Defense and Indemnification Agreement" (POD 13-003), and;
  • Adopt the Ordinance to change the zoning classification of a certain property within the County related to the Property Zoning Map Cleanup 2013 (POD 13-014) (first reading).

The board approved the amendment.

Of the items included in the Zoning Ordinance update Section 6158.e., “Accessory Use Regulations, Civic, Commercial, Industrial, or Extractive Use Types” and to Section 7357 “Effect of Use Permit on Other Use of the Property” are of interest to the construction aggregates industry.

The updated Ordinance would amend the language as follows:

  • Section 6158. e. would allow recycling of salvaged concrete, asphalt and rock as a “by-right” accessory use without requiring an amendment to an existing use permit, subject to limitations, in conjunction with mining and processing use types, where rock crushing, asphalt production and/or concrete batching are occurring.
  • Section 7357 regulations would be amended to include a reference to Section 6158.e which is an exemption to allow for recycling of salvaged concrete, asphalt and rock in conjunction with related mining and processing land uses without need to amend an existing Use Permit.
Recycled Asphalt Pavements  ( RAP) , Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Recycled Asphalt Pavements (RAP), Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

The Board approved the item on October 29, 2014 and adopted the Ordinance for the County Code amendments on December 3, 2014.

The limitations referred to in 6158 require that the operations must conform to all existing permit restrictions and conditions.  The change allows a 10% increase in traffic and 25% increase in stockpiles.  However, no increase in the size of the mining and processing site shall be authorized without a permit amendment.