Reconstructing the Boardwalk at Rockaway Beach

Natural disasters have left an indelible mark on America over the past few years. From recent flooding in Colorado to the massive tornado in Moore, OK, earlier this year, Mother Nature has wrought a path of destruction that has left millions of dollars worth of damage in her wake. Although rebuilding from these events can take years, concrete has been widely used to quickly return ravaged areas to their original appearance and even improve building security in the face of future storms.

Hurricane Sandy was one such major weather event that rocked the Northeastern shoreline late in 2012. Miles upon miles of beachfront properties were wiped clear off the map as flooding from the hurricane caused major destruction far further inland than normal. Many of these properties were very costly, and rebuilding estimates are astronomical in certain areas. For example, the Boardwalk at Rockaway Beach, a five-mile long coastal summer attraction in Queens, was obliterated and will require about $200 million to rebuild, according to this piece by The New York Times.

The project to reconstruct the Boardwalk at Rockaway Beach will require some massive manual labor, with 4.7 miles of new decking and another 50,000 feet of railing planned for reinstallation. However, where most of the original construction of the boardwalk was made from wood, engineers are planning the construction of the new boardwalk primarily in concrete. Many feel that this will be a cost-effective measure that protects the area in case of another hurricane.

“We think in terms of making a big investment for the long term, concrete is a much better choice,” said Liam Kavanagh, New York City’s parks department’s first deputy commissioner, as quoted in the New York Times article. “It’s stronger than wood and lasts twice as long.” He and others pointed out that the concrete sections of the boardwalk fared much better against Sandy than the wooden areas.

Residents have suggested some interesting ideas for concrete installations that may also go a long way in improving the appearance of the rebuilt boardwalk. For instance, concrete embedded with sea glass or seashells could provide an interesting appearance for a coastal building foundation. Improved storm defenses and other amenities, like bike lanes or dog runs, have also been proposed.

Residents of northern New Jersey are well acquainted with the destructive nature of this and other hurricanes that have struck our region in recent years. Our concrete services can help you build a solid foundation for a structure to last years, whatever the weather throws at you. Rockaway Beach is an American landmark, an institution. Just listen to the song below!

Construction research advances in cities and regions across the globe

All over the world, eco-friendly concrete applications are being sought by companies who are realizing that respecting the environment can actually result in a number of financial benefits. Not only are steel-reinforced concrete structures costly to build, they leave behind a lot of unsalvageable materials when they get pulverized for deconstruction. However, an exciting new reinforcement method for concrete is being developed that can build strong structures while replacing steel with plant materials.

Recently, a collaborative partnership was announced between Trinity College, an Irish institution operating as a part of the University of Dublin, and India’s Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). Trinity College has been involved with research into eco-friendly concrete reinforcements, and timber-reinforced concrete homes make up about 30 percent of local residences. The VIT will work with Trinity College to understand whether or not bamboo, a widely available local plant, can be used to reinforce concrete instead of steel.

Bamboo is an incredibly sturdy material that occurs naturally, especially in the rural areas of India. Applying the use of bamboo as a concrete reinforcement can greatly cut down on the region’s overall carbon footprint. Obviously, bamboo isn’t native to the European island nation of Ireland, but Trinity College has pledged to share its expertise in using natural concrete reinforcements with VIT and its researchers.

It’s becoming obvious to many just how strong an environmental impact can be felt through the use of alternative concrete design. The use of sturdy plant materials to construct buildings not only preserves precious natural resources for later use but also cuts down on the amount of pollution created during construction and demolition.

As construction research advances in cities and regions across the globe, American concrete providers need to work harder to make sure they stay ahead of the curve. Those in northern New Jersey can take advantage of the expertise of Bergen Mobile Concrete. We stay on top of the most exciting advances in concrete technology from all over the world to better serve your business or residential needs.


Is crushed concrete good for the environment?

Concrete may seem like a wasteful product to many. It’s great as a construction material, but if a building is demolished, all we see is a wrecking ball tearing into a wall and pulverizing the concrete into tiny bits. It may seem like there’s not a lot of reuse for this garbage, but researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are flipping this perception upside-down.

Since March 2013, researchers in that school’s biology department have been testing the ability of used, crushed concrete to remove phosphorus runoff from water. Phosphorus is used heavily in fertilizers across America. Rainwater can pull this phosphorus away from the soil and into waterways, where it can feed the growth of algae. Too much algae can deplete the oxygen in an aquatic environment, reducing the amount of life that can thrive underwater.

What those from the University of Southern Denmark have found is that when water containing phosphorus is sent through a filter of crushed concrete, the chemicals in the filter bind up the phosphorus and remove it from the water. Cement, a major component of concrete, contains calcium, aluminum and iron, each of which easily binds with phosphorus. Finely crushed concrete is capable of removing up to 90 percent of phosphorus from water running through it.

The experiments in Denmark have only been going on for about half a year, but researchers believe that a crushed concrete water filter can last for a period of several years. One issue is the high alkalinity of water once it passes through the concrete. Once the water has been cleaned, the pH balance rises to a level where it is unsafe for aquatic life. However, adding some acidity to the water to even out the pH level is possible, and it’s usually only required for the first six months of filter service. Once the filter has used up its binding capability, it can then be used for filler in road paving projects.

There is no such thing as wasted concrete. BergenMobile Concrete understands that the future of the concrete industry has big implications for the future of a sustainable world.


Is concrete going green?

Going green has been the cool thing to do in recent years for companies in all industries. Sustainability has been a growing discussion topic all over the world as we try to figure out new ways of adapting to limited resources. Although a lot of focus is placed on gasoline, electricity and carbon-based fuels, advances in construction materials have been going a long way to promote the interests of energy conservation.


The University of Calgary recently opened a brand new facility, the Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) building, one of North America’s most sustainable laboratory facilities. This building has the honor of being presented with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, one of the highest distinctions in green building technologies.


Much of this design success can be directly attributed to the advanced concrete technologies used to construct the building. Constructors used concrete formulated with an advanced treatment called Penetron Admix, which waterproofs the concrete. This is especially important in a laboratory facility, where managers do not want dangerous chemicals to stain the floor if spilled. Most of the EEEL building is constructed using this concrete formula.


Concrete also helps conserve energy in many ways through the EEEL, which uses up about 78 percent less energy than a laboratory facility of a similar size would. Underground tubes composed of the Penetron concrete help move air into the building for heating and cooling. The waterproof concrete also provides for cleaner storage of rainwater and recycled water used throughout the building’s plumbing.


Waterproof building materials have seemed like strange ideas in the past, but the benefits are undeniable. Concrete can allow for plenty of technological applications that can be mixed into the formula, making it a great choice as a superior building material for the future. With our finger on the pulse of the industry, Bergen Mobile Concrete can make sure to provide the latest in high-quality concrete for construction projects all over northern New Jersey.


*Image courtesy of Rathachai Namman

Out of the concrete comes electricity?

Access to electricity is a growing concern in our society. Every day, new applications for electricity are being discovered. The installation of above-ground power lines can become cumbersome as an electrical grid grows in capacity. New developments in concrete formulas, however, are allowing some to consider a future where electricity can travel through our roads and sidewalks the same way as power lines.


Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) has recently announced some developments in this area of innovation, discovered through the agency’s Building Envelope and Structure research organization. Usually, a concrete mixture is composed of water, cement and an aggregate such as gravel or sand. The NRC found that adding conductive aggregates, such as the carbon-based graphene, allows concrete to become electrically conductive as well.


This has some interesting implications for the future of concrete use around our country. Imagine sidewalks and roads that can heat themselves during the winter, getting rid of the snow and ice that can cause hazards for travelers of all kinds. Although these systems require a plug-in to current electrical systems, which could create excessive demands on a grid, some believe that alternative energies can be harnessed to develop electricity for direct use in concrete.


Electrically-powered roads could have many benefits for our society in the coming years, especially when considering the growing use of electric vehicles. Electrical currents within a road could power smart traffic systems that improve a driver’s traveling efficiency. With the proper sensors and hardware, developers of this concrete believe that it could even be used to prevent cyber-attacks. With the right industry support and corporate partnership, the NRC believes that cities could start developing and implementing this electric concrete within two years.


Bergen Mobile Concrete is always interested in the cutting edge of concrete and construction technology. If you need concrete services in northern New Jersey, make sure you choose the firm with its finger on the pulse of the industry.




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Bergen Mobile Concrete & Emerging Concrete Technologies

Concrete demolition is a job that has required some fairly wasteful processes up to now. Demolition machines are meant to pulverize the building material into rubble, leaving nothing useful left behind to repurpose into new buildings. A lot of water is sprayed to keep dust, which may contain harmful substances, from getting into the air. The waste is taken by dump truck to remote recycling facilities, where the materials that can be salvaged must still be separated.

New, evolving technologies in the demolition of concrete structures, however, may be able to reuse a high percentage of the prior building for new building projects. Concrete deconstructing robots, known as ERO machines, have been designed to disassemble concrete structures and separate materials for construction reuse.

These machines can scan a building environment to determine the most efficient route of deconstruction. The robot then travels along the surfaces of the building. It removes concrete from the walls through a process called hydro-demolition, which forces high-pressure water jets against the wall to strip away concrete while leaving the rebar support structure intact.

A separation technology known as a centrifugal decanter allows the wet concrete to be repurposed into materials that can be used for a new building project directly on-site. The centrifugal force of the spinning decanter is capable of separating the concrete from the water used to break it up. This effectively dries the concrete and allows it to be reused for other projects.

Bergen Mobile Concrete is well acquainted with emerging construction technologies. Our concrete buggy greatly improves the efficiency of any project. Our services also leave very little waste behind to worry about. Call us today if you have a concrete job that requires tools or service in northern New Jersey.


Did the Fourth remind you of improvements?

It’s what Americans do, really. Go to the relative or friend with the best back yard and grill out, lay out and enjoy our nations great history. But while you were marveling at your friends’ patio, or newly paved concrete driveway, did it make you think about the improvements you could make to your home?
Lots of people like to take their 4th of July parties to the backyards, on patios and decks, and flush green lawns.

Sometimes this happens. While your friends are reveling in burgers and hot dogs, you cannot keep your eyes away from the awesome patio, wondering what it would be like if your backyard could be so inviting and useful.

That could be your yard, though. Bergen Mobile Concrete is Bergen County New Jersey’s leader in mobile concrete, able to deliver both big and small loads throughout the Garden State. Home owners are just as valuable and always will be as valuable as our large commercial clients. We recognize the importance of improving one’s home, and with our mobile buggy, we ensure never over-pouring to save you money.

Call us today. No job is too big or too small for our concrete services in New Jersey. From Newark Airport to your backyard, we can do it all.

Can Supply NJDOT Class B and High Early Concrete

Bergen Mobile Concrete has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Transportation for its Class B truck, which means it’s able to deliver bigger loads for bigger projects.


Also recently, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved high-early concrete for delivery as well.


This is a huge step for Bergen Mobile Concrete as they continue to be one of the leaders in ready concrete in New Jersey. With projects at New Jersey Tech, Newark International Airport and work on Interstate-80, our projects will only continue to get bigger. But if you’re a residential resident, this means our service only gets better.


We have the capability to do bigger jobs, but still have our mobile buggy to take care of the smaller projects. The mobile concrete mixer saves you money because there’s never a chance of having too much concrete, only exact amounts.


Northern New Jersey should be thrilled of our well-rounded capabilities. We’re now able to handle the big and small concrete projects with ease. Give us a call today for any concrete needs in Northern New Jersey.

No New Jersey concrete project too big or small

Some New Jersey concrete companies only take large concrete projects. Some can only handle smaller projects. Bergen Mobile Concrete, though, we can handle them all.

No project is too big or small for our company. We’ve worked on projects on the interstate and airports; we’ve worked on projects in people’s backyard, with our mobile concrete mixer from Cemen Tech we can really handle anything.

Our concrete cement mixer has the ability to create up to 45 cubic yards of high-quality concrete per hour. That’s equal to 1,215 square feet of concrete, which is able to cover a lot of ground fast.

If your business or residential project isn’t in need of that much concrete, maybe just some patchwork on a driveway or making a little backyard patio, then our mobile concrete buggy is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that can maneuver easily into most spaces and deliver the exact concrete you need. Lots of New Jersey concrete businesses over order concrete, leaving you stuck with a hefty bill although you used a little concrete. With our mobile mixer, we have the ability to make as much concrete as you need.

Our concrete business has been front in center in the recovery relief of Superstorm Sandy, which is one more reason to rely on us for any concrete needs.

In the middle of New Jersey concrete clean up

New Jersey took the brunt of the force from Superstorm Sandy, and as you can imagine, we’ve been front and center in helping out the rebuilding efforts.

Our mobile concrete buggy and fleet of concrete mixers have been doing their best to help rebuild sidewalks, curbs and road damage. Trees that fell ripped up sidewalks and damaged concrete patios or driveways all need to be fixed and we’re working hard to get them completed so people can try and get on with their lives, but a ton of work needs to be done.
We’re working on getting our trucks DOT registered in New Jersey so we can take on bigger projects. Best case scenario we can get them registered by the New Year, but I’d expect that to happen sometime in January.

But we’re busy and glad to help out. If your contracting company could use our concrete assistance don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our concrete buggy is able to fit into spaces only opened by 37-inches wide and we’ve been called upon for a plethora of New Jersey projects throughout the past month.