By all counts, the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association’s (WCPA’s) Annual Workshop last week was a great success. Some 310 registrants participated in the three-day event, held Feb. 10 through 12.
The event began with the WCPA membership meeting, social hour, and member dinner. “This allowed members to spend some time to talk outside of project pressures,” said WCPA President Kevin McMullen, P.E.
ACPA President/CEO Jerry Voigt, P.E. and Executive Vice President Leif Wathne, P.E., participated in both the membership meeting and workshop. Voigt presented a look at 20 years of industry innovation since ACPA authored the visioning document “Creating a New Generation of Pavements.” Wathne presented a primer on proper Life Cycle Cost Analysis.
One of the highlights of the event was ACPA’s presentation of the Harold J. Halm Presidential Award to Wisconsin DOT officials. The award was a framed painting of a concrete roadway leading to the Capitol building in Madison, Wis. ACPA recognized Wisconsin’s long-standing pavement type selection policies that recognize the impact that healthy industry competition has on creating high-quality pavements at a lower overall cost to the public.
In presenting the award, Voigt said “The painting is a fitting scene with a concrete street leading to the capitol building in Madison. It is a reminder of who the local industry and DOT serve… the public of the state of Wisconsin.”
“I appreciate Secretary Mark Gottlieb presenting on the State/WisDOT budget and construction program,” McMullen said, adding, “The presentation was complemented nicely by Wisconsin Director of the Bureau of Technical Services Steve Krebs, P.E., presenting the Department’s technical priorities for concrete paving.”