(314) 254-9766 info@byrneandjones.com
Byrne & Jones Wins American Sports Builder Association Award

Byrne & Jones Wins American Sports Builder Association Award

Multi-field complex in O’Fallon, Missouri recognized as one of nation’s best.

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) is recognizing the work done by Byrne & Jones Sports on behalf of the Missouri Rush Soccer Club for something that players, fans and coaches already know – their new facility in O’Fallon, Missouri is one of the best multi-field complexes in the country.

ASBA recently informed Byrne & Jones that the Missouri Rush Soccer Complex was a finalist in the Multi-Field category of its annual awards program that will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona in early December.

“A lot of hard work went into this project in a very tight time frame,” said Michael Soots, President of Missouri Rush Soccer Club.

Soots, who in addition to being President of Missouri Rush also served as the Construction Manager, praised the work ethic of Byrne & Jones. “I would definitely say the staff of Byrne & Jones exhibited a lot of the same core values as we try and emulate in our approach,” said Soots. “Jason Simpson, who was Byrne & Jones Superintendent on the project, held the entire staff to a higher standard – and it shows in the end product,” added Soots.

The complex features four, full-size soccer fields, all using the Greenfields Slidemax XP blend turf system. Byrne & Jones also self-performed the installation of concrete perimeter curbs and sidewalk, perimeter fencing and an asphalt overlay on two existing parking lots. Musco Lighting was installed by All Purpose Erectors.

The four soccer fields certainly see a lot of action. Over the past three years, Missouri Rush Soccer has grown to be one of the three largest clubs in the metro St. Louis area, working toward its mission of providing a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone to grow as players and people.

“Two years ago when we awarded Byrne & Jones the project in a very tight competition, Matt Hicks, their Director of Project Management, brought a real comfort level that proved to be the deciding difference,” said Soots. “Over the course of the project they really brought it home when it came to making you feel like family. And their understanding of working with the multiple trades around them really helped bring this project to life,” added Soots.

Now, Byrne & Jones Sports Construction is being recognized for their work by the ASBA – and soccer players from around the region are experiencing first-hand the excellence of the entire facility.

To put it simply, it’s a Rush – and that’s what soccer’s all about

Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC paves the way for future growth.

Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC paves the way for future growth.

New General Manager, ISSA awards and planned expansion into additional markets all create new opportunities for more work

Mike Kappel, the new General Manager of Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC is ready for a whole new set of opportunities. Kappel, who previously worked at Byrne & Jones Construction, the parent company of Microsurfacing Contractors, understands the importance of delivering quality on every single contract, always looking to exceed expectations

“The consistency of our crews and the knowledge and skill they bring to every job shows in our quality of work,” said Kappel. That is evident in Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC being a three-time winner of the President Award, presented by the International Slurry Seal Association.

“You simply cannot win that award without the knowledge and skill of a great team, backed by a great crew – and we’ve won it three times,” added Kappel. Great work, great planning and continual attention-to-detail all help Microsurfacing Contractors stand out in a market where the bulk of the work comes from bidding on state/county/and local municipality projects. Kappel’s previous experience at Byrne & Jones will certainly help in that regard as he ran the estimating department and operations for their Asphalt division and most recently was General Manager of the Concrete division.

The whole concept of using micro-surfacing to extend the life of a roadway is still new to a lot of potential clients. “Once we help clients understand the cost-saving implications of micro-surfacing over an extended period of time, our selling job becomes easier,” said Kappel. “Our reputation for doing quality work is growing and as that grows, that creates even more opportunities.”

Many of those new opportunities will come as Microsurfacing Contractors extends its service area with the opening of a new office outside of Columbus, Ohio later this spring. “Currently, we’re working with clients in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana,” said Kappel. “With our new office that will be fully staffed and have its own micro-surfacing equipment, we’ll be ready to serve the micro-surfacing needs of customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and eventually other states.”

“It all comes back to our superintendents, project managers and our crews,” said Kappel. “They take great pride in the work they do and that shows in the end result. As a means of pavement preservation, micro-surfacing does a better job in extending the life of asphalt pavement. And nobody does a better job of it, than Microsurfacing Contractors, LLC.””

Discover the many benefits of Full-Depth Reclamation

Discover the many benefits of Full-Depth Reclamation

Discover the Many Benefits of Full-Depth Reclamation

Full-depth reclamation is a technique that can offer various advantages. This process is a cost saving, environmentally smart solution to extend the life of your asphalt surface.  

What is full-depth reclamation? 

Full-depth reclamation (FDR) is the process of pulverizing asphalt pavement, resulting in a stabilized course. During this process, the pulverized layers are able to be reclaimed and used as pavement. This technique is commonly used with pavements that have major issues.  

What are the types of Full Depth Reclamation? 

  • Mechanical Stabilization: includes the addition of aggregate materials 
  • Chemical Stabilization: includes the addition of lime, cement, or fly ash 
  • Bituminous Stabilization: includes the addition of asphalt based emulsions or foamed asphalt  

Intersted in the process of Full Depth Reclamation? Check out this video. 

What are some of the advantages of Full Depth Reclamation?


This process has proven to be cost effective as it creates long lasting pavement, lending to less repairs down the road. The FDR process creates a higher load carrying capacity and also reduces moisture susceptibility. The result is a stronger, longer-lasting surface. Combine that with the cost-savings, and Full Depth Reclamation becomes an even more attractive alternative to completely removing and installing a new asphalt surface.
More owners are discovering they can save 30%-50% of total project costs when they let the experts at Byrne & Jones Construction perform the Full Depth Reclamation process on their worn-out asphalt parking lots.

Environmentally Friendly  

Since this technique uses reclaimed material, it has less of an impact on the environment. Head of Byrne & Jones Construction Asphalt Division, Kevin Klette says, “Instead of having to dig up and remove the old asphalt surface before installing a new one, FDR pulverizes the old surface, compacts it, and then we mix an additive that creates a stronger base for the asphalt mix.” According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, 2.4 million metric tons of CO2e were spared from the atmosphere in 2019 through the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in new mixtures.  

This technique allows for the conservation of energy and material. According to Klette, “Full Depth Reclamation offers more than just cost-savings. It helps conserve energy since there’s no need to haul away or import new materials. It saves natural resources and energy since it recycles existing material and it eliminates material disposal concerns, making it a much more environmentally-friendly route to take.” 

Full Depth Reclamation requires a variety of specialized equipment that most asphalt paving contractors simply do not have. Byrne & Jones Construction not only has the equipment, but also has the know-how to perform the variety of steps involved throughout the process. If you are interested in seeing Byrne & Jones Construction’s work in person then call and ask about our jobs at Watlow Electric or Ladue Middle School. To schedule a live recycling demo, contact Brett Gaither at 314-254-9766. 

The Benefits of Adding Fiber to your Concrete Mix

The Benefits of Adding Fiber to your Concrete Mix

The Benefits of Adding Fiber to your Concrete Mix?

Your mother always told you to get enough fiber…she wasn’t wrong! Fiber is beneficial to your health, and believe it or not, it can prolong the life of your concrete. So, is concrete fiber the same as dietary fiber? Not even close!

Fiber-reinforced concrete is concrete that contains fibrous material which helps to maintain the structural integrity. Concrete fibers are manmade materials that are typically made from steel, glass, and organic polymers. When added to the concrete mix (usually at the plant), these fibers help to reduce the cracking that naturally occurs with concrete. Since concrete is a rigid material, it is susceptible to cracking. The goal of these fibers is to “hold” the concrete together and to “hold” the cracks together. Fibers are a part of the system to reduce or control cracking and extend the life of your concrete pavement.

Cracking of concrete can occur due to changes in temperatures. Cracks can also arise as a result of density changes from setting the concrete. Fibers will not keep cracks from forming. Instead, the fibers are designed to hold the concrete together and prevent it from falling apart. When concrete is going through the curing process, the water inside the concrete evaporates. The method of water evaporation can cause cracks in the concrete. Fibers such as polypropylene reduce cracking by protecting the concrete from stress. Steel fibers reduce cracking by intersecting cracks and stopping their growth.

Fibers assist with freeze-thaw stress concrete that is exposed. Water expands when it is frozen, and water inside concrete is susceptible to freezing. If the water freezes, it creates pressure in the pores of the concrete. Once the pressure exceeds the tensile strength of the concrete, the concrete can rupture. Prolonged freeze-thaw cycles can cause cracking, scaling, pitting, and crumbling. When fibers are added to the concrete mix, its freeze-thaw resistance will improve.

So, you can see, fibers are an important part of extending the life of your concrete, and they cost very little to add to the mix – usually less than $0.20 cents a square foot.

The pavement preservation pros recommend adding fiber to your concrete mix in order to extend the life of your pavement. With 45+ years of experience, Byrne & Jones Construction has the horsepower and expertise to help. Ready to prolong the life of your concrete? Give us a call at (314) 254-9766.

What causes a pothole to form?

What causes a pothole to form?

Potholes: 101

Have you ever cringed and braced for the worst when you see a pothole in your path? Potholes can not only be a nuisance to avoid but can cause serious damage if driven over. According to AAA, pothole damages cost U.S. drivers $3 billion in vehicle repairs each year. These problems in the pavement are terrible for drivers and should be repaired as soon as possible, but first it is important to understand where they come from.  

What causes potholes to form?

Potholes are more susceptible to forming when the weather starts to cool down during the winter and spring time. These issues are the product of water freezing and expanding. When water finds its way beneath the surface, it can expand and contract, affecting the strength of the pavement. When water expands, it can crack the pavement. As the pavement contracts, or the ice melts, gaps are left in the surface. This process can happen over and over, weakening the pavement each time while also creating a larger issue. With drivers on the road, these spots can weaken even more from the weight when driven over time after time. This stress can help to create potholes.

How to repair potholes?

The first step to repairing a pothole is cleaning it. It is important to make sure that loose debris is removed from the area before it can be repaired. A high pressure water tool can help to clear the area. The next step to the repair is measuring the pothole to ensure there is the correct amount of pavement to fix the hole. Once that amount is determined, the cracks and holes can be filled and sealed. Proper repairs are necessary to preventing further damage in the future. 

How can I reduce the number of potholes in my parking lot?

If you are looking to extend the life of your asphalt and reduce the number of potholes, you should seal any cracks present to prevent water from getting underneath your asphalt. Hot pour rubberized crack sealer is an extremely successful and cost-effective approach to maintaining your pavement.

Tired of your potholes? We are here to help. At Byrne & Jones Construction, we have the horsepower and expertise to mend your pavement problems. Call the surfacing experts today at (314) 254-9766