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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.

IGGA Releases Updated NGCS Guide Spec

IGGA, an ACPA technology partner, has released an updated guide specification for the Next Generation Concrete Surface (NGCS).

“NGCS Construction on Existing or Newly Constructed Roadways” Click here to download the guide spec from the IGGA website.

Revisions to the guide spec, specifically narrowing the blade settings, were made to further reduce the “skittering” or lateral stability concerns, says Larry Scofield.

Larry says California developed longitudinal grooving in the 1960s and constructed more than anyone else at that time and since. During its early deployment, they evaluated a number of things including groove width. Initial research showed the 0.095 in. blades produced less “skittering,” so since the late 1960s, California has required these narrower blades. He adds this is the first change that has been made to NGCS since the proof of testing.

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