The Colorado/Wyoming Chapter’s annual concrete pavement workshop last week drew about 200 professionals together to hear an all-star line-up of experts who presented on a wide range of important and timely topics.

Angela Folkestad, Jerry Voigt and Steve Harelson (CDOT Chief Engineer) delivered the opening remarks.  Dr. Jeremy Gregory of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub presented “Innovative Solutions for Improving Concrete Sustainability,” and Jerry Voigt presented “Shaped by Concrete: Enhancing Sustainability in the Cement and Concrete Industry,” drawing on resources from ACPA and from PCA’s new “Shaped by Concrete campaign.” Amy Brooks of Castle Rock Construction and Bob LaForce, Yeh and Associates, also described ways of “Achieving Sustainability Goals through Concrete Pavement Longevity.”

“The presentations were insightful, and we hope that they will lead to additional discussion in the coming months,” Angela says, adding, “The presenters also provided information that gave participants new ways of looking at sustainability.”  Breakout sessions were held in the late morning and early afternoon, and covered design, construction, maintenance, materials and asset management/maintenance.

Angela noted there was particularly strong interest in two airport tracks, one covering sustainability and the other covering concrete pavement specs. Gary Mitchell, along with representatives from the FAA, Colorado DOT Aeronautics, Denver International Airport and three engineering firms were also involved in the sessions.

Photo:  CDOT Chief Engineer Steve Harelson presents opening remarks at the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter workshop.