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with the project's engineers. "It's been a very
challenging and fulfilling project," Agles says.
The company also supplied the concrete
for the brand-new Banc of California soccer
stadium adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Los Angeles Football
Club. The stadium was open in time for
the 2018 MLS season, and the team got off
to a great start. It was third in the Western
Conference in June.
In the Trenches
A&A sets itself apart with its willingness to
adjust its concrete product for its customers'
needs, Agles explains. If clients need an
exotic material, many of its competitors will
turn them down, only offering a set number
But A&A is willing to explore different
options. "We'll work in the trenches, side-byside with the design team and do whatever
it takes to meet the project requirements,"
Agles says. "We exhaust all of our options."
Sometimes A&A is unable to meet their
specific need, but "99 times out of 100, we
can come up with something," he says. One
of the exotic materials A&A has recently
used is Orca, a heavy granite material from
"It's a good, hard, dense rock," he says.
"[But] if you want a material to be strong,
but not brittle, it can help."
The company also is using white cement,
white sand and colored aggregates. "We're
also using brand new chemicals and
construction processes to achieve looks that
When completed, the Gerald
Desmond Bridge will span
more than a mile.
were thought not to be achievable with
ready-mix concrete," he says.
"A lot of our competition is not willing to
even entertain the idea," he says, admitting
that this can be very expensive to A&A
when bringing in these exotic and/or custom materials. "But when you nail it and get
it right, it's very satisfying."
Better for Everybody
Green initiatives have not passed A&A by.
The company uses recycled materials and
byproducts, such as fly ash and silica fume,
to offset its carbon footprint. "There's a dozen
different materials we can use," Agles says.
The company also keeps its finger on
the pulse of green trends and has made
adjustments to its trucks. "We have to make
sure our equipment meets or exceeds the
emissions requirements," he says.
A&A also ensures that its plants do not
release processed water. "We want to make
sure we leave the surrounding areas as good
or better than it was before we got there," he
says. "The more advanced we can get with
that, the better for everybody."
This philosophy has fit in well with the
progressive construction regulations and
guidelines found in Southern California.
"We're always at the forefront in terms of
making sure that we're where we need to
be," he says.
A&A sets strong expectations for its employees and their work. "There's a sense of pride
and that what we're doing here is a little
different," Agles says. "We need to make
sure that we dot all our 'I's and cross our 'T's
He praises the company's entire team.
"From our plant managers all the way down
to our drivers and order takers, everybody's
a cohesive unit working together to keep us
moving forward," he says.
A longtime veteran of the industry,
Agles predicts more product advancements
ahead in A&A's future. "I learned long
ago that you can never think you've seen
everything," he says. "We're going to have
to keep up with the newest methods, regulations and technologies to stay involved
with the industry."
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