LCA Analysis

Maximizing Value with Low Carbon Asphalt:

A Lifecycle Cost Analysis

Extend Pavement Life with Aramid Fibers – From Cradle to Gate to Grave

At Surface Tech, we understand that the true cost of any infrastructure project lies not just in its initial construction but in its performance over time. That’s why we advocate for a comprehensive lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) for low carbon asphalt, enhanced with aramid fibers. This approach allows us to evaluate the economic and environmental benefits of our asphalt solutions from inception to end-of-life.

Cradle to Gate: The Foundation of Sustainability

Our ‘Cradle to Gate’ analysis assesses the environmental impact and cost efficiency of asphalt production from the extraction of raw materials to the production gate. By utilizing aramid fibers, we elevate the standard for low carbon asphalt, ensuring that the production phase is as eco-friendly as possible, reducing carbon emissions, and saving costs associated with energy consumption.

Aramid Fibers: Prolonging Pavement Longevity

The integration of aramid fibers into asphalt mix designs is a game-changer for pavement longevity. These fibers add unmatched strength and resilience, significantly reducing the frequency of maintenance and associated costs. By extending the life of pavements, we not only provide better value for investment but also lessen the environmental impact over the pavement’s lifecycle.

Cradle to Grave: A Comprehensive Overview

Our ‘Cradle to Grave’ analysis goes a step further, considering the full lifespan of the
asphalt, including maintenance, rehabilitation, and eventual decommissioning. Surface Tech’s low carbon asphalt with aramid fibers presents an opportunity to minimize costs throughout the pavement’s life. Fewer repairs and replacements translate to reduced resource use, lower emissions, and significant cost savings.

Cost-Benefit Analysis: The Bottom Line

By performing a detailed LCCA, we provide our clients with a clear picture of the cost benefits of choosing Surface Tech’s low carbon asphalt solutions. Our analysis demonstrates that the slightly higher initial cost of aramid fiber asphalt is far outweighed by the savings and environmental benefits over the course of its service life.

Informed, Sustainable Decision-Making

Choosing Surface Tech’s aramid fiber-reinforced asphalt isn’t just an engineering decision; it’s a sustainability choice. Our LCCA empowers stakeholders to make informed decisions that align with both fiscal responsibility and environmental stewardship.



As a leader with both creative and analytical skills, Jason oversees the planning, development, and execution of Surface Tech’s marketing and advertising strategies. He has been responsible of late for clarifying the company’s value proposition through a series of new branding executions resulting in a revamped website and other improvements in the company’s strategic marketing initiatives.

Jason brings more than 25 years of industrial design, branding, and manufacturing experience to his new role as CMO. His work has appeared in leading design publications, and he has received numerous international design awards. His portfolio includes more than 40 design and utility patents in the fields of consumer electronics, software, packaging, medical devices, and software. Speed to market, with a critical eye for detail and simplicity, is the driving force behind his multidisciplinary design process.

Jason holds a BS in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University. His previous work experience includes Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Skylab Architecture, and founder of New Studio. 

Stacie Steel

U.S. Northwest

Stacie Steel, PE, offers a depth of experience in asphalt and concrete pavements. She has provided infrastructure-related civil engineering and project management consulting services to both public and private sector clients for the past 20 years.

Stacie’s technical expertise centers around all things pavements: structural design, materials design and specifications, sustainability, life-cycle cost analyses, pavement management, preservation and rehabilitation, QA/QC, materials testing, and forensic evaluations.

Throughout her career, she has worked on paving projects for many national commercial retailers, municipalities, and airports. Stacie has proven leadership and organizational capabilities, as evidenced by earning the President’s Choice Award from the WTS Colorado Chapter early in her career. She currently serves on the WTS Puget Sound Chapter’s TransportationYOU Committee, and is dedicated to ensuring access to local outdoor recreation opportunities serving on the Board of Directors for the Lonesome Lake Preservation Group.