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Chapter Committee Holds Mid-Year Meeting

The ACPA Chapter/States, along with ACPA staff, and members of ACPA’s Board met on May 15 and 16.   

In addition to discussing timely issues, the semi-annual Chapter Committee meeting also included presentations from ACPA staff, the Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT, and the CP Tech Center, as well as an update on the ACPA Emerging Leaders Group activities. 

The mid-year meeting is an opportunity for the close-knit network of Chapter/State paving executives and promoters to share ideas among their peers and other industry colleagues.  The meeting is also an early and important step in ACPA national’s annual planning process. 

In addition to discussions about technical, public policy, and promotional topics, there was also time to relax and enjoy old and new friendships, as well as golf, fishing, and other recreational activities.  

Committee Chairman Jim Powell (Northwest Chapter) hosted the event at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA.  Chairman Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle Construction), Vice Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX), Past Chairperson Lori Tiefenthaler (Lehigh Hanson) also participated in the meeting, as did Jeremy Gregory, CSHub at MIT, Gordon Smith (CP Tech Center), and John Roberts (IGGA).  Bill Larson (CalPortland Cement), current Chairman of the Northwest Chapter, also participated in the meeting.

‘Concrete Competes’ Provides Local Support

ACPA has implemented a new program called “Concrete Competes,” which is aimed at providing focused assistance to chapter/states and members locally.  The program takes a “back to basics” approach and is draws on concrete material and paving experts to renew competition and quality for highways.   

The program is designed to provide technical, promotional, and organizational support locally, while also emphasizing competition, longevity, quality, and engineering solutions to agencies and other stakeholders. 

A recent example of this focused support program was a meeting held last week with the Secretary, Chief Engineer, and Head of Materials, Design and Construction of the West Virginia Department of Transportation. Chairman Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle), Jerry Voigt (ACPA), and Ray Seipp (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)–along with officials from Atlantic Contracting & Materials Co.; Kokosing Construction Co.; Lane Construction Corp.;  McCarthy Improvement Co.; and Swank Construction Co.–met with the DOT officials in Charleston to communicate a strong desire to build business in the state. 

The Secretary set a positive tone for the meeting by opening with a comment that he wanted more concrete paving in the state, in part to increase competition between the paving materials industries.  “It was positive meeting, and we have some momentum to work on specifications and project requirements that will help the industry compete in West Virginia,” Voigt said.    

 

 

ACPA Presents Jointing Workshops in Florida

In support of the new Florida Chapter, ACPA presented two concrete pavement jointing workshops in Florida last week.   Eric Ferrebee and Mark Snyder delivered the training for the FDOT, local agencies, consulting engineers, pavement designers, technical staff, contractors, and suppliers

Sponsored by the Florida DOT, the Florida Chapter-ACPA (FP&CA), and ACPA, the workshops will each feature two days of  hands-on design instruction and practical construction and quality information. 

The May 8 and 9 session in Davie, focused on design, but also included training on construction and quality.  The May 10 and 11 track, held in Gainesville, emphasized construction & quality, but also covered pavement design.

 

ACPA Participates in WOC Planning

ACPA participated in the annual planning meeting for World of Concrete (WOC) on May 9.  Bill Davenport participated in the meeting, which provides a post-event summary of results for the 2018 show, as well as a look ahead to “WOC 2019.”  This year’s show drew just over 58,000 attendees (including almost 39,000 attendees and over 19,000 exhibitor personnel.  ACPA presented two industry/association training events, and along with the other 17 co-sponsors, actively promoted attendee registration using printed and digital advertising and promotion.  ACPA and the other cosponsors share royalties generated from educational events and attendee registration. 

WOC 2019 will be held from January 21 through 25, with seminars beginning on Monday, January 21 and the show beginning on Tuesday, January 22. The show theme will be, “We Don’t Stop.” One change planned for 2019 is a keynote event, tentatively based on an economic forecast. Also in 2019, ACPA, IGGA, and PCA will be exhibiting together as part of our ongoing collaboration efforts.  ACPA will announce additional details about educational events and other details in the late summer.

Hotel Deadline Nears for Mid-Year Meeting

The ACPA Mid-Year Meeting is approaching quickly, so please register for the hotel and the event as soon as possible.  Here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • Because of strong demand,  ACPA has increased its room block.  Members should book as soon as possible, because we expect remaining rooms to sell out. 
  • Rooms will be available at a discounted rate of $229 per night until the deadline date of Tuesday, May 22, or until rooms are sold out.
  • If you are unable to secure a room at the group rate, please contact dbecker@acpa.org.
  • Be sure to complete your online event registration by June 1, as the web registration will close after that date.  (On-site event registration will be available.)

In addition to our workshop and task force/committee meetings, there’s also time for fun and networking!  When making your plans, be sure to check out the rafting/dinner option on Tues., June 12, as well as the terrace reception on Wednesday, June 13.  

The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 12, through Thursday, June 14, at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, CO.  Please visit the “one-stop” hotel and event registration website today. 

 

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