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ACPA Presents Top Honors to Don Detwiler

Don Detwiler, Chairman of New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. was named the recipient of the 2018 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan (HHE) Award, one of the American Concrete Pavement Association’s (ACPA’s) highest and most coveted awards.

The award recognized Detwiler’s long-standing commitment to advancing technology, and in turn producing high quality of concrete pavements. The award also recognized Detwiler’s distinguished career and lifelong service to ACPA and the concrete pavement industry. The award was presented by Chuck Niederriter, 2018 Chairman of the ACPA Board of Directors (and Chief Operating Officer of Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.)

“Don Detwiler served and led the industry nationally and locally in Pennsylvania with class and vision,” said “He led the way in getting our first chapter off the ground in the northeastern U.S. He also assisted the industry through challenging times as ACPA’s chairman in 1979,” Niederriter said, adding, “In that role, he led the change of our name from the American Concrete Paving Association to American Concrete Pavement Association. The simple act of changing our association’s name actually inspired a new vision and a renewed focus on our mission to support our members and chapters, something that is more important than ever today!”

Niederriter also recounted a few of Detwiler’s many career highlights, beginning with his early years with New Enterprise Stone & Lime.

“Don graduated from Juniata College in 1964 and joined the family business at a time when New Enterprise began paving concrete roadways,” Niederriter said. “This was the start of 50-plus years of concrete paving excellence in building highways such as Interstate 80, Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 22, Route 220 and the Bud Shuster Highway.

“Under his guidance, New Enterprise achieved the Mile-a-Day Club [recognition by ACPA] on a few occasions, paved over a million square yard in one season, and we estimate that Don was involved with over 14 million square yards of concrete paving. I think it is safe to say that he has built more concrete roads in Pennsylvania than any other company,” he added.

Niederriter spoke about influence, and said, “(Don) has been very influential to both PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which led to many projects throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

“Influence can occur in many different ways,” Niederriter said, adding. “Don’s influence is borne of his integrity and quality of work.”

Video Captures Annual Meeting Energy

A new ACPA streaming video captures the energy and excitement of the Association’s 55th Annual Meeting, held the final week of November in Fort Lauderdale.  

The meeting provided the perfect setting for the video, which includes meeting highlights, as well as comments from ACPA members and staff.

Click here to view the video, which is the first in a series we’ll be producing this year and in 2019.

Village of Kimberly Earns Presidential Award

The Village of Kimberly, WI, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Harold J. Halm Presidential Award.     

ACPA recognized the Village for achieving the remarkable milestone of 100% concrete roads. 

This achievement reflects the Village administration’s long-standing policy to build streets and roads to last, and to pass along these benefits to the taxpayers through quality pavements, lower street maintenance costs and a better quality of life through other village services.

“This policy represents a very responsible approach to governing the Village’s infrastructure, finances and an ideal to which large and small cities across the United States can look to as a positive example of how to be a responsible steward of the public’s resources and trust,” said ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E.

“It is particularly fitting that this award be presented during this, the year in which the Village achieved 100 percent concrete pavement streets,” Voigt said, adding, “This is a remarkable milestone of national significance to the concrete pavement industry.”

This is only the 13th time the award has been presented since 1994.  

Special Event Reveals Transportation Grants

A special event with US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao yesterday served a forum to discuss the Trump Administration’s commitment to infrastructure, as well as to announce major investments across America.

Held at the US DOT headquarters in Washington, DC, the centerpin of the event was the announcement of projects and funding levels under the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation discretionary grants program.

In all, $1.5 billion in grant funding will go to 91 projects in 49 states and DC. Click here to see list of the projects and grant funding.

“BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects that serve as a down payment on this Administrations/ commitment to Americas infrastructure,” according to US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao.

In addition to Secretary Chao, US DOT Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) also participated in the special event. Other participants included Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), Rep. David Price (D-NC-04), and Mayor Jamael Brown (D), Youngstown, OH.

Leif Wathne attended the event on behalf of ACPA members. Demand for BUILD grants far exceeded available funds, according to a US DOT press release. Some 851 eligible applications from all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories, and DC were submitted–a figure almost double the number of applications received in 2017.

 

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Jason Weiss Named MJK Award Recipient

ACPA presented the 2018 Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement to Jason Weiss, Ph.D., P.E., Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University.

Weiss was recognized for fundamental advancement of concrete pavement durability through applied research, including application of the ring and dual-ring tests; resistivity test, and most notably the “formation factor.”

Some of his notable technical achievements are important components of the “Performance Engineered Mixtures” program, and are enabling the FHWA, state DOTs, and industry to work collaboratively to develop the next generation specification for concrete pavement quality assurance.

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