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ACPA to Pivot Annual Meeting to Virtual Event

Amid the rapidly changing conditions with the pandemic, ACPA was both cautious and optimistic about the possibility of holding a live event in Nashville for our 57th Annual Meeting in December. However, since receiving a favorable response to an in-person event from members and past event meeting participants in mid-June, the conditions have worsened in Nashville.

Certain areas and regions around the country, including Nashville, have become COVID-19 hot-spots, so named for their sharp increases in outbreaks. With the increased risk, in mid-July the ACPA Administrative Committee requested a feasibility analysis of holding the event, which led to a recommendation that ACPA take the event virtual.

Last week the ACPA Board of Directors reviewed the analysis and affirmed the decision, which has guided ACPA staff to pivot from planning an in-person meeting to a virtual event. The decision hinged on practical concerns of a large group meeting, including reduced attendance, financial impact, social distancing requirements, and safety concerns for ACPA members.

“We were disappointed at first,” says Jerry Voigt, “but now we’re rolling up our sleeves and excited to plan what we hope will be an outstanding virtual event–steps above the typical Zoom, MS Teams and Go-to-Meeting platforms everyone has been using the past few months.”

During ACPA’s weekly “3 Minutes on Monday” special video report, Jerry says: “I promise we’re still going to deliver many of your favorite elements that make our annual meeting such a rich experience. We’ll be challenged to bring it all together online, but your ACPA staff NEVER backs down from a challenge!”

“We hope you will embrace this change with us and rally together to create a great event and positive atmosphere,” he adds.

ACPA Extends Deadline for Association Award Nominations

There’s still time to submit nominations for the 2020 ACPA Association Awards, which recognize distinguished service and other special milestones.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 21. To submit a nomination, click the highlighted links below for each award:

  • Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan – Presented annually since 1968, this special award recognizes individuals or organizations for their unparalleled, long-term commitment, dedication, participation, and leadership in the concrete pavement community.
  • Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement – Presented annually since 1998, this award recognizes an individual or group who has made significant contributions to advance the development and implementation of technical innovations and best practices in the design and construction of concrete pavements.
  • Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award – Awarded selectively since 1998, this recognition goes to an individual or group who has made significant contributions through promotional efforts or programs to advance the awareness, specification, and/or placement of concrete pavements.
  • Lifetime Pavement Recognition Award (Roadway) – Presented annually since 1994, this award is presented to the agency owner of an in-service concrete pavement that has demonstrated exceptional performance and service to its local community, state, and users. (This recognition rotates annually between market segments. This year, we will recognize an exceptional street or road project.)
  • Sustainable Practices Recognition Award – First presented in 2010, this award goes to an organization or team (owner and contractor) that demonstrates leadership by implementing design and construction practices that consider societal, environmental, and economic factors.

The awards will be presented as part of the Association’s 57th Annual Meeting. To view past award recipients, please follow this link.

You Still Have Time to Register for the Next ACPA-PCA Webinar

There’s still time to register for the next PCA-ACPA paving webinar, which is scheduled for this Friday (August 14) at Noon (Central)/ 1 p.m. (Eastern)

The program will include, “Lifecycle Cost Analysis/Asset Management with the Arkansas DOT,” which explores how keeping pace with the pulse of the DOT is leading to new opportunities. The topic will be presented by Alan Meadors, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.

The webinar also will include, “Using Cement Slurry Directly from a Ready Mix Truck.” The presentation, by Scott Hall, of Sagamore Ready Mix, will describe a dust-free process for recycling failed asphalt pavement into a new stronger cement treated base. Click here to register for the August 14th webinar.

Here’s a preview of other topics in the upcoming webinar series:

  • September 11—The webinar series continues with “Resiliency and Resilient Pavement Perspectives,” which explains how programs are meeting the demands in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Participants will hear how the pavement industry (via ACPA) is approaching this opportunity. Presenters include: Amy Wedel (Florida Chapter), Ray Seipp (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), and Jim Mack (CEMEX and past-Chairman of ACPA).
  • October 9—This webinar will cover, “Defining and Updating Specifications with the DOT.” The program will explore the working relationship with Caltrans and the formula for success. It’s part specifications, part relationships, and part tenacity. The topic will be presented by Charles Stuart, Southwest Concrete Pavement Association.

Additional topics and webinars are being added to the schedule and will be announced soon.

A Tribute to Ken Liescheidt

Ken Liescheidt, Missouri/Kansas Chapter, ACPA MO Field Engineer, is retiring after 19 years of dedicated service to the chapter and the industry.

Ken came to Missouri/Kansas Chapter in 2002 after a distinguished 30-year career with MoDOT and a total of 33 years of service in the U.S. Army & Missouri National Guard.

During his time with the Chapter, Ken’s passion and commitment to the industry has been second to none and his accomplishments have been numerous.

He has been responsible for promoting concrete pavement products across all markets and many agencies.

He is directly responsible for building an ever-growing concrete overlay parking lot market in the St. Louis area, and he has personally promoted over 20 projects across numerous school districts and public agencies.

Ken has helped build strong relationships with engineers and executives from agencies, industry and consulting practices, all of whom are crucial to current and future industry success.

“Everyone knows Ken and everyone likes and respects the way he does business,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. “He’s always smiling and positive–he’s just a solid individual with a solid reputation and his service during his ACPA career was outstanding.”

“Ken has exemplified the passion, energy and persistence needed to promote concrete pavement products successfully,” says Todd LaTorella, Executive Director of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter. “Ken’s contributions and accomplishments to the Chapter have been invaluable and are second to none in our industry. He will be sorely missed as a member of the MO/KS ACPA promotion team, but has left an indelible mark.”

Dave Ahlvers, MoDOT State Construction & Materials Engineer adds, “I really admire Ken’s dedication and energy. He is a tireless advocate for concrete paving and a respected partner.”

Ken will be with the chapter through the end of the month. We hope you’ll join us in wishing him the best in the next chapter of his life! Ken’s contact information is or 314-651-2721 (mobile).

Don’t Miss the Final Summer ACPA/CP Tech Center Webinars

There’s still time to register for our upcoming webinars in the ACPA-CP Tech Center summer webinar series.

So far, close to 8,000 people have participated in our webinar program or viewed them online after the live event. Don’t miss the final two programs in our summer series!

Here’s a look at the one-hour webinars scheduled for August 18th and September 22.

Both programs begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) / Noon (CDT):

  • August 18—Concrete Pavement Joint Design, Layout and Construction. Two industry experts, both with former DOT experience, share their insights, philosophies, and some important do’s and don’ts in the art and science of joint design for concrete pavements. They will specifically focus on the more difficult jointing challenges for ramps, intersections, and roundabouts. They also will offer perspectives on proper training, support, and assistance in their market areas. Presenters include Kevin McMullen, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, and Bill Cuerdon, New York State Chapter.
  • September 22—The topic for this webinar will be Resiliency/Resilient Pavement Systems.  This webinar will explore how resilience relates to pavements. The webinar will also describe how owners and contractors recover from disasters and the important role road design plays in recovery. The webinar will cover the need for resilient pavements; defining resilience, and improving pavement resilience. Our presenters are Jim Mack, Director – Infrastructure Market Development, CEMEX (and Past-Chairman, ACPA), and Dr. Tom Van Dam, Principal, NCE.

Click here to register for the upcoming webinars.

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