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Annual Meeting is Approaching Quickly

ACPA’s 55th Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching and hotel and event registrations are increasing steadily.  ACPA is encouraging members and guests to register as soon as possible to take advantage of our specially-priced hotel rooms (as part of our exclusive room block).

The meeting is scheduled for Tues., Nov. 27, through Thurs., Nov. 29, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL.   

To reserve a hotel room at a discounted rate of $219/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website. ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20

Industry Has Strong Presence at NC2 Meeting

ACPA and the ACPA/IGGA P3 Partnership are involved with the National Concrete Consortium (NC2) meeting this week in Saratoga Springs, NY. Jerry Voigt, Leif Wathne and John Roberts are involved in the semi-annual meeting, which is heavily focused on quality and efficient project delivery. Represesentatives of 10 chapters and close to 30 member companies also participated in the meeting. 

Specific reports and presentations addressed performance engineered mixtures (PEM), including a PEM Tech Advisory Committee meeting, where participants discussed recent shadow testing data collection efforts on trials of the PEM suite of tests. The tests are showing promise, and the trials are helping identify improvements.

A major focus of the NC2 discussion included quality assurance programs, quality assurance testing and contractor quality control. New and evolving technology, such as the use of e-ticketing/documentation, and accelerated construction (using precast concrete for pavements and bridges).

Participants will also benefit from an optional field trip on Thurs., Sept. 20, hosted by The Fort Miller Group, an ACPA member, at its precast plant in nearby Greenwich, NY.

Meeting attendance of about 190 attendees was reported to be higher than last-year’s record-breaking 20th anniversary meeting. The semi-annual NC2 meeting gives the state materials engineers, industry and academia an opportunity to share research and technical information specifically about concrete pavements. The group originally began as the Midwest Concrete Consortium and has expanded to include over 30 state DOT’s, along with toll highway authorities.
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Photo courtesy of the CP Tech Center.

Virginia Meeting Sets a Positive Direction

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter contractors met with Virginia DOT officials to discuss the value of competition in paving type selection and the benefits of a healthy two-pavement system.

Jim Tanner, President, Denton Enterprises, Inc.; Rich McDonough, District Manager, The Lane Construction Corp.; and Patrick Smith, Sr. Project Manager, Atlantic Contracting & Material Co., Inc., along with Ray Seipp, President, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, ACPA, represented the concrete paving industry.

An impressive group of VDOT and Virginia Transportation Research Council [VTRC] personnel was headed by Garrett Moore, VDOT Chief Engineer. The group also included Mohammed Mirshahi, VDOT Deputy Chief Engineer; Branco Vlacich, State Maintenance Engineer; and Andy Babish, State Materials Engineer; along with Catherine McGhee, VTRC Director; Kevin McGhee, VTRC Associate Director – Pavements; and Tanveer Chowdhury, VTRC Assistant Division Administrator, State Infrastructure.

 “ACPA was grateful for the opportunity to have a candid and productive conversation regarding the value of competition,” Wathne said.

The Chapter is looking forward to working with Virginia in the development of a competitive pavement system for the benefit of the Virginia taxpayers.

Last Call: Iowa CPR Open House

Don’t miss the Partial Depth/Full Depth Patching, Diamond Grinding, and Dowel Bar Retrofit workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Denison, IA.

Organized and presented by  ICPAIGGA and the Iowa DOT, this three-hour event will cover project background and specifics, the contractor’s perspectives, lunch and a site visit to see these pavement restoration and preservation strategies first-hand. 

The open house, on US 30 in Denison, includes partial- and full-depth patching, diamond grinding and dowel bar retrofit. For details, please contact Lee Shepard before COB Friday, Sept. 21.  Lee’s contact information is: lshepard@concretestate.org or 515.963.0606.  

On the Road with ACPA

With fall meeting & event schedules taking form, ACPA staff is actively participating in conferences, meetings, and other events to support affiliated chapters, members, and agency/owner customers.

In addition to NC2 (see related story above), ACPA also participated in a Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting Tuesday in Virginia, and will be participating in the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Atlanta, as well as meetings with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and New York Chapter later this week.  

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