Construction Materials Testing – Why it matters.


The materials that are used to build roads and buildings are a vital part of every project. You can’t build a car without all the right parts or make a cake without all the specified ingredients. The final product of a project, whether it be a highway, bridge, or apartment building, is only as good as the quality of materials incorporated. Construction materials specifications become incredibly important when design plans are being developed. When a developer, city, county or the department of transportation sets their project specifications, they do so with longevity and the project’s life expectancy in mind.

Why do we test?

We begin testing at the beginning of a project, and in some cases before, to establish a foundation for success. Both vertical and horizontal construction require material testing and inspections. In both types of development, confirming materials are aligned with the original design helps prevent potential legal claims, safety issues and catastrophic events. It’s why we test materials both in the field and in a lab. Our  lab allows us to test construction materials and assure that the materials have been processed, tested, and reported following applicable standards and specifications. Both field and laboratory testing are critical to ensuring the safety and viability of the materials.

What does the future of materials testing look like?

Like many other areas of construction, technology is changing the construction materials industry and they’re not as far off as some may think. A recent blog discusses new materials on the horizon that could revolutionize the industry. Sustainable material substitutes are being introduced like recycled and pollution-absorbing bricks, translucent wood, and light generating cement. These new materials are results of aggressive and intense research and development. Although not widely used today, these changes will make material testing even more important as we begin to see the next evolution of building materials used in our everyday infrastructure.

Learn more about our construction and material testing services.

Hyatt House-Civic on First Groundbreaking

Community leaders and local residents gathered in downtown Rochester yesterday to break ground on the Hyatt House-Civic on First project. Referred to as the “new gateway to the city”, the $46 million project features a 172-room extended stay hotel.

Formerly the home of the beloved community watering hole, American Legion Post 92, the Hyatt House has a large footprint to fill. The over 30-year-old downtown establishment bid a bittersweet farewell to Civic Center Drive and its loyal patrons, but remained optimistic for future development efforts. The Hyatt House hotel is expected to connect the Rochester community and Mayo Clinic campus and spur economic development growth in the area.

Our Land Development team assisted EKN Development Group, PEG Companies, and HKS as the Planning and Entitlements Lead. We completed the planning and entitlement process, civil engineering, geotechnical, survey, and landscape architecture work. Completion for the Hyatt House project is anticipated for summer 2020.