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Riley Receives ACI Illinois Recognition

(L-R) Jack Shadle, Henry Crown Award Chairman, presents the 2017 award to Randy Riley as Cathleen Riley looks on. (Photo: ACI Illinois.)

ACI Illinois has named Randell Riley, Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter-ACPA, Inc., the 2017 recipient of the Henry Crown Award.  He was honored on May 6 at the ACI Chapter’s Annual Dinner at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago.

ACI recognized him as a long-time contributor to the concrete industry. The ACI Chapter’s newsletter cited, “His accomplishments in advancing concrete pavements and technology are well respected by contractors, material and equipment suppliers, and agency engineers.”

The ACI Chapter recognized Riley for his record of professional excellence, adding that he has “worked extensively with the Illinois DOT and the Tollway Authority,” and has been instrumental in the development of concrete overlays and concrete parking lots in Illinois.

As a Henry Crown Award winner, $1,000 will be donated to the charity of Riley’s choice. 

Riley started his career with the Iowa DOT as the Assistant Cement and Concrete Engineer. From 1981 to 1989, he served ACPA National as the Director of Engineering and Technical Service.  He also worked for the Illinois Concrete Council and the Great Lakes Cement Shippers from 1989 until 2006, when he became the Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter, ACPA.  He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois Springfield.

ACPA Participates in LCA Symposium

The Life Cycle Analysis 2017 (LCA) Symposium was hosted in April at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to focus on the implementation of LCA for pavements in North America and around the world.  The event followed the FHWA’s Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group Meeting.

Cosponsored by the Illinois Center for Transportation, the Illinois DOT, and the University of California (Davis/Berkeley) Pavement Research Center, the symposium’s objective was to review the current status of LCA implementation, identify the extent of consensus, and discuss future developments for pavement LCA implementation.

The symposium included poster presentations, papers, and panel discussions by subject matter experts representing universities, industry, and the public sector.  

ACPA’s Leif Wathne and Eric Ferrebee participated in the symposium.  

“This was an great opportunity to see how pavement LCA is gaining wider acceptance,” Ferrebee said, adding, “The symposium also provided a view of the practical, meaningful ways industry, the public sector, and academia are working together to show the importance and value of LCA in highway, airport, and roadway construction.”

Wathne participated in a panel discussion called, “Where Do We Go from Here!” where he emphasized that meaningful advancement in sustainable practices and LCA will only be realized by fully marshaling and leveraging the expertise, know-how and innovative spirit of both paving industries, primarily though competition.

Also on the panel were  Navneet Garg, FAA; Gina Ahlstrom, FHWA; Steve Gillen, Illinois Toll Highway Authority; and Richard Willis, NAPA.  The CS Hub at MIT, along with Illinois State University, NRMCA, and ACPA members APTech and ARA, were among the presenters and panelists participating in the event.

This symposium is a follow-up to the 2010 Pavement LCA Workshop, Davis, California; 2012 RILEM Symposium on LCA for Construction Materials, Nantes, France; and 2014 Pavement LCA Symposium, Davis, California.

FHWA Sustainable Pavement Meeting

The 13th meeting of the FHWA Sustainable Pavement Technical Working Group (TWG) met in mid-April in Champaign, Ill. The FHWA Sustainable Pavement Program began in 2010 to advance the knowledge and practice of sustainability related to pavements, and the TWG’s aim is to provide technical input on sustainability specific to pavement systems and pavement materials.

ACPA’s Leif Wathne has been involved with the TWG’s working group since its inception. The group is comprised of agency, industry, and academia, with individual members working together on a number of major initiatives. Wathne noted major initiatives discussed include:
• A Pavement Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) framework, which the group has just completed to better define the issues, implications and practical uses for LCA.
• Sustainable Pavements Roadmap, a plan to assess what the FHWA sustainable pavements program will focus on over the next five years. The TWG discussed the framework, priorities and actions, current status, and steps for moving forward.

The TWG previously produced a major deliverable, a publication called, “Towards Sustainable Pavement Systems. A Reference,” (HIF-15-002), a comprehensive, in-depth resource covering sustainable pavements. Published in 2015, the 458-page publication provides a thorough discussion of all aspects of sustainable pavements, including impacts from all phases of a pavement’s life cycle, including the critically important use-phase.

The next meeting of the group will be in Blacksburg, Va. in October, followed by a spring 2018 meeting in Seattle.

ACPA Participates in AASHTO Committee Meeting

ACPA participated in the AASHTO Joint Technical Committee on Pavements in Seattle on April 25.   ACPA’s Leif Wathne participated in the meeting and reported a number of key outcomes, including:

  • As part of a reorganization at AASHTO, the committee is expected to be merged with the Subcommittee on Materials.   There was some discussion about how to weave the two groups together, and Wathne said he believes the concrete pavement industry will continue to have representation on the new committee.   
  • A presentation on the SHRP2 R-23 program’s “rePave” scoping tool shows promise to  develop guidelines for long-life pavement renewal. An underlying study, the scoping tool, and accompanying resources focus on long life options ranging from 30 to 50 years.  Several states have run the program on existing projects.   Some states report they have had success in using the tool, determining future projects, providing guidance on pavement evaluation, and for training new engineers.
  • An update on Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide-related research.  One of the highlights of the discussion was discussion about moving to a web-based application, as well as a number of enhancements expected in 2018.   Costs of the software are expected to remain the same in 2018, but will increase 5% in 2019.

In addition to discussions on these and other topics, Wathne provided an overview of the concrete pavement industry during the meeting.

Submit Projects for ACPA Excellence Awards

ACPA’s 2017 “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards program is now accepting submittals for projects completed in the calendar year 2016.

To submit projects for award consideration or to view complete program details, including eligibility requirements, please click here.

Projects must be submitted to ACPA on or prior to the submission deadline of Friday, July 7, 2017. ACPA will formally recognize award winners at the ACPA 54th Annual Meeting Awards Banquet on the evening of Thursday, November 30th. The banquet will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, California.

About the Paving Awards Program
For 27 consecutive years, the ACPA “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards have honored quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada. The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in every concrete pavement project and serves as a forum for sharing information about highly successful projects.

The awards program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects. Winning an Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement provides the contractors, engineers, and owners with a level of prestige that can assist them in the development of future projects.

For questions or additional information, please email Andy Gieraltowski at

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