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Site Visit Provides Opportunity to Gain Insights on Airport Overlay Project

Tour Group – Photo shows (L-R) Ernesto Larrazabal, Rico Fung, Garry Price, Chris Stewart, Gary Mitchell, William Wetzel, and Guy Zummo.  Not shown in the photo was Thomas Amoia.

Tour Group – Photo shows (L-R) Ernesto Larrazabal, Rico Fung, Garry Price, Chris Stewart, Gary Mitchell, William Wetzel, and Guy Zummo. Not shown in the photo was Thomas Amoia.

ACPA and the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) recently arranged a tour at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President – Airports & Pavement Technology, and Rico Fung, CAC’s Director, Markets and Technical Affairs (and current Chairman of the ACPA Chapter/State Committee), teamed up to arrange the site visit.  

Fung is promoting the use of concrete overlay on some rehabilitation work at Toronto Pearson International Airport and wanted officials to view the project. The group had an opportunity to tour the Runway 4L-22R concrete reconstruction project, which includes an 18 in. concrete overlay of an existing asphalt runway.

Guy Zummo,  P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Consulting Engineer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) helped set up the tour for Chris Stewart, P.Eng., Manager, Airside and Infrastructure Engineering, and Garry Price, A.A.E., GSC, Manager of Capital Restoration Projects, both of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). Zummo is now the new Chief Civil Engineer for PANYNJ, following the retirement of Scott Murrell.  Incidentally, prior to being appointed to his current position, ACPA accompanied Zummo on a similar tour at Washington Dulles Airport when he was the PANYNJ design engineer for an earlier JFK concrete runway project.

Unlike most agencies, which hire consultants, Zummo and his PANYNJ staff provided the design, plans, specifications, and construction administration for the project, Mitchell said. Mitchell said the work by Tutor Perini Corporation’s Cherry Hill Construction subsidiary is outstanding. The project is expected to be finished in late September.

“The GTAA engineers are very impressed with the execution and quality of the project,” said CAC’s Fung.  “This visit helps to plant the seed of concrete overlay as a viable rehabilitation strategy for Toronto’s existing asphalt and concrete airfield pavements.”

Register Now for ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop


ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop is scheduled for November 3 through 5 at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, Austin, Texas

This comprehensive training will cover airport pavement design and pre-construction considerations; pavement construction; specifications; and other related topics. 

The course also will include detailed information and a group discussion about interpreting and applying Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) P-501 and Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 32 13 11 specifications in airport concrete pavement construction and rehabilitation.

The workshop will feature presentations by Gary Mitchell, ACPA: Doug Johnson, FAA; Dan Rozycki, The Transtec Group;  Toy Poole, CTLGroup; and other experts.

Participants in the course may earn up to 20 professional development hours (PDH’s) for this workshop. The cost of the workshop is $750 for ACPA members and government employees, and $950 for non–members. 

Click  here  to view a flyer for the workshop.   Click here  for registration information.


ACPA, CTLGroup to Present Webinar on Airport Pavement Specs, Testing

Based on the popularity of our recent webinar, “Gaining a Better Understanding of FAA and Military Airport Pavement Specifications” (presented on May 19), ACPA is offering a special course designed to help contractors and engineers recognize weaknesses in the FAA’s P-501 and UFC’s 32 13 11 specification requirements, as well as the supporting test methods that are likely to cause problems.

CTLGroupThe one hour webinar, “Standards for Concrete Materials and Hardened Concrete in Pavements: What They Do and Don’t Tell Us,” will be presented by guest presenter, Toy Poole, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist, CTL Group, Austin, Texas.  

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, and will be held from Noon to 1:00 p.m. (CENTRAL). Please click here for additional details and online registration information.

ACPA Encourages Early Registration for Annual Meeting, Hotel

52ndAM-coverACPA is encouraging early registration for the Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, as well as hotel rooms.   With the event drawing closer, ACPA is anticipating high registration counts, and so, is encouraging reservations as soon as possible.

ACPA’s one-stop event website ( includes program details, a link to reserve accommodations, and event registration.   The site also includes the spouse/guest program, social activities, and other information about this exciting, information-packed meeting.

There are many new features this year that will interest first time attendees, as well as long-time regulars.   ACPA is featuring “Makin’ Concrete Cool” project stories and strategic issues forums (focusing on maintenance of traffic and FAA P-501 & UFC 32 13 11 specifications).   We are also planning a technology fair and a special luncheon featuring Scott Wolter, host of the “America Unearthed” TV show on the History Channel.   The event also includes an excellent line-up for Concrete Pavement University, the National Excellence in Paving Awards banquet, and plenty of chances to catch up with old and new friends at the social/networking events.

ACPA members are eligible to receive 20%-off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse/guest.   To receive the discounted member rate enter the following promo code at checkout:  countonconcrete

Attendees are reminded they should not call the hotel directly for room reservations.  Attendees may also make reservations via phone by calling the Hyatt’s reservation line at 1.888.421.1442.  Even so, ACPA is encouraging reservations via the webpage.


ACPA Renews License, Commitment to ME Pavement Design Software

ACPA has once again renewed the annual site-license for AASHTO’s Pavement ME Design software. AASHTOWare-Pavement-ME-icon

In practical terms, this renewal enables ACPA technical staff and technical staff of ACPA-Affiliated Chapter/State Associations and the Cement Association of Canada to use the software for pavement design and analysis support.   

The renewal also represents ACPA’s long-standing support of mechanistic-empirical pavement design.   As reported in ACPA’s “A Concrete Legacy,” the association “was involved in the evolution of the AASHTO design procedures through all of its evolution, providing endorsements, suggestions for improvement, and support for a fair and equitable design method.”

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