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AM55 Update: Final Day to Register Online

Today (November 14) is the final day for completing your ACPA Annual Meeting online hotel and event registration.   Links are included on ACPA’s Annual Meeting website for both event and hotel registration

  • For event registration, please remember to enter the promotional code, member20, before proceeding to checkout.  As a reminder, ACPA members receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying.
  • For hotel reservations, please be aware that our discounted room block is sold out at the Marriott Harbor Beach, although you may be able to a secure room at the hotel’s regular room rate. ACPA has secured a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate ($169/night) at the nearby B-Ocean Resort.  When making reservations, please use the link above or call 866.990.6826 and refer to the “American Concrete Pavement Association.” Located at 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, the hotel is 0.1 mile along the beach or road from the Marriott.

If you miss the deadline: For event registration, we will be pleased to register you and your spouse/guests onsite at the Marriott Harbor Beach.  For hotel reservations after Nov. 14, please contact Elke Allen at 847.423.8705 or  

We’re anticipating record attendance, so don’t miss this important, impactful, and fun-filled event.  As a reminder, the big event will be held Nov. 27 through Nov. 29, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 


Don’t Forget these Exciting Special Activities

Ready for adventure or chance to relax at the ACPA Annual Meeting?  You still have time to register for our exciting and fun-filled optional activities, which include:

Golf Outing on Tuesday, November 27 (11:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 
All are welcome to sign up for the 1:00 pm shotgun golf outing at the nearby Jacaranda Golf Club. This is great opportunity to relax and connect with friends and colleagues on the links.  A shuttle bus will transport you to and from the golf course. The shuttle will depart promptly at noon, so please plan to be in the hotel lobby at 11:45 a.m. for boarding. Lunch is included with this activity. 

Airboat Tour and Alligator Show on Tuesday, November 27 (12:45 to 5:00 p.m.)
If you’re ready for adventure, climb aboard an airboat and take an exciting tour through the Everglades.  You’ll encounter wildlife and take in a live gator show featuring the “Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team” from Animal Planet’s popular TV series. Shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the park. The shuttle will depart promptly at 1:00 p.m., so please plan to be in the lobby at 12:45 p.m. for boarding.  Prior to departure, ACPA encourages guests to grab a quick lunch, as boxed lunches are not included with this activity.

(Overtime Activity) Deep-Sea Fishing on Friday, November 30 (6:45 a.m. to Noon)
Before you make plans to head to the airport, climb aboard for a half-day deep-sea fishing excursion. Top Shot Sportfishing is a premier, award-winning chartering service, and while we can’t guarantee you’ll catch the biggest fish, we’re sure you’ll have some great fish stories to tell. Sailfish are in season, so don’t miss this great opportunity. 

All of these events are available and may be added to new or existing registrations.  To reserve your spot, visit our AM55 registration site:


Ohio Concrete Hosts Concrete Workshop

The Ohio Concrete Association (OCA) hosted “For the Love of Concrete: 2018,” yesterday in Medina, OH.  The workshop’s scope included  concrete pavements and other structures, and included topics related to funding, specifications and standards, testing, and technology. 

Bob Krulik of OCA organized the event and presented opening remarks and discussed an investigation into the feasibility of manufacturing aggregates by nuclear methods and  Mark Pardi of the Ohio Chapter presented an Ohio DOT pavement specification update.

Leif Wathne discussed technological innovations in concrete paving.  Krulik also presented the 2018 northeast Ohio Concrete Project of the Year. 

Kansas Seminar Covers Concrete Essentials

The 21st Annual Concrete Pavement Parking Lot & Flatwork Seminar held earlier this month covered some important and timely technical and business issues. Co-sponsored by the Missouri/Kansas Chapter and The Concrete Promotional Group of Kansas City, the seminar included two project overviews, a concrete paving “crash course,” ADA compliance considerations, and several technical presentations.

Moderated by Doug Burns of Ash Grove Cement, the event included technical presentations on concrete pavement jointing by Todd LaTorella of the Missouri/Chapter, as well as design runs by Eric Ferrebee of ACPA National.

Ferrebee’s presentation is one of the latest in ACPA’s ongoing efforts to provide hands-on training and instruction. To date, he has provided this training to more than 2,000 industry and agency personnel.



CP Tech Center Offers PEM Resource

Performance engineered mixtures (PEMs) are gaining momentum and the attention of the concrete construction community, including owners and contractors. 

For contractors and others interested in more information about PEM, The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) has published “Performance Engineered Mixtures for Contractors,” an 8-page tech brief written by Peter Taylor.

The tech brief provides guidance on properties, processes and recommended tests for the laboratory and the field. It also includes detailed information about tests available to gauge workability, air void system, unit weight (density), strength development, and transport qualities .

The brief also cites recommended tests for quality control and agency acceptance by the agency involved. This publication was sponsored by the FHWA, the National Pooled Fund Study TPF-5(368), and the concrete industry. To view or download the document, click here.

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