Workers get a preview of the vista from the Royal Gorge visitor center, which involved installing rock bolts into the canyon rim, pouring footers, and setting up and pouring foundation walls.
Credit: Langston Concrete Workers get a preview of the vista from the Royal Gorge visitor center, which involved installing rock bolts into the canyon rim, pouring footers, and setting up and pouring foundation walls.
 

The crew dynamiites out a ditch that will house sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and communications lines. The sanitary sewer line is encased in concrete at the bottom of the ditch. Oversized granite pieces shot out of the ditch were used to build retaining walls.

Serving as a one-stop shop distinguishes Langston Concrete Inc. in the Mountain States marketplace. The comany’s diverse capabilities are exemplified by the Royal Gorge project, which won a Crews that Rock honor at World of Concrete 2015. In rebuilding the bridge and park, which had been devastated by wildfire, Langston installed the rock bolts for the pier/footing foundations; dug all excavations; formed and poured concrete; sourced, milled and installed old bridge planks for siding; built a sediment pond; fabricated rebar; installed riprap and culvert pipe; and even installed handicap parking signs.

Langston Concrete has a reputation for working long and hard. “More than one general contractor has run us off the job at the end of the day because they want to go home and our crew is still working,” says Zac Langston, general superintendent. “We often complete projects way ahead of schedule, even though our costs are the same because of overtime hours.”