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Industry Partners Have Strong Showing at NACE

Banner showing competition within states drew considerable attention.

Banner showing competition within states drew considerable attention. (Photo: Wayne Adaska, PCA)

As reported earlier this month, ACPA, NRMCA, and PCA collaborated once again to present a strong showing at the recent National Association of County Engineers Exposition and Conference, held earlier this week in Daytona Beach, Fla. (The event this year was held jointly with the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association.)

The event drew approximately 650 participants, with about half representing APWA, according to PCA’s Wayne Adaska.   

Using booth graphics, presentation materials, and collateral developed around the theme, “Competition Paves,” the associations exhibited as the Alliance for Pavement Competition during the exposition portion of the event on Monday and Tuesday.   The Competition Paves messaging, as well as a booth graphic that showed competition within many states attracted attention and sparked discussions as well.

Competition Paves” is an education and outreach program organized by the Alliance for Pavement Competition.  The program is aimed at demonstrating the enhanced cost-savings and improved value to agencies/owners, taxpayers, and the traveling public.    Representatives from the respective national associations, as well as state and regional promoters, will be on hand to meet with county engineers and other public officials who typically attend the event.

RCC-RPC-mRoller Compacted Concrete Presence
In related news, the Roller Compacted Concrete Research & Promotion Council (RCC RPC), with support from Chris Carwie (A.G. Peltz); Fares Abdo (Morgan Corp.), and Jim Render (Essroc/Italcementi), also exhibited at the same event.  

ACPA provided planning and logistical support for both groups.   Planning and developmental work for the exhibit, collateral materials, and advertising came from Bill Davenport (ACPA); Brian Killingsworth and Amanda Hult (NRMCA); Wayne Adaska and Patti Flesher (PCA); Rico Fung (CAC) representing the ACPA-affiliated Chapter/State committee; and Gordon Smith  and John Cunningham (ICPA), also representing the Chapter/States.   Adaska, Hult, and Killingsworth also staffed the Competition Paves booth for the two-day exposition.

ACPA Calls for “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the American Concrete Pavement Association’s 26th annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards program.  

GoldandSilverMedals-V2-webProjects must be submitted to ACPA on or before the final deadline of Friday, July 24, 2015.  Also, all nominated projects must have been completed in 2014.*

As usual, all project details and photos must be completed online.   Follow the links below to see more information; to nominate a project (or projects!); and to see past recipients.

ACPA will formally recognize award winners at our 52nd Annual Meeting awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida.

About the Paving Awards Program

For more than 25 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 National awards recognize the contractors, engineers, and owners whose efforts result in some of the best pavements in airports, highways, street & roads, and industrial pavements, as determined by an independent panel of judges.  

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ACPA Reaches New Heights with Distance Learning

ACPA received a positive report on its four web-based learning management system courses with the news that 800 people have taken the courses since first going live in 2013.

Screen grab shows detail of media coverage in EQUIPMENT WORLD/BETTER ROADS.

Screen grab shows detail of media coverage in EQUIPMENT WORLD/BETTER ROADS.

In late January, ACPA launched the latest of the courses, “Best Practices for Constructing Smooth  Concrete Pavements” and “Best Practices for Handling Aggregates for Concrete Paving.”   The existing courses cover “Safety on Concrete Pavement Construction Sites” and “Proper Use of Stringless Paving Technology.”

The launch began with a press conference at World of Concrete, press release and social media campaign. The media campaign is also believed to have sparked the 35% increase in participation in the “safety” and “stringless” courses.

The courses are available free of charge by clicking here (or alternatively, going to; then entering the coupon code “Pavement1” when prompted.

All four courses feature a split-screen option for viewing the presentation, as well as rich content that includes field interviews, photographs, illustrations, and video footage depicting the subject matter.

Participants also may receive a certificate of completion / PDH Certificate at the completion of each course.  The table below shows the breakdown or participants and the available credits for each course.

Course NameYear of ProgramNo. of ParticipantsCredit Hours/PDH's
Worker Safety On Concrete Pavement Construction Sites20133231.5
Course Proper Use of Stringless Slipform Paving Technology 2013 268 1.5
Best Practices for Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements 2015 128 4.5
Course Best Practices for Handling Aggregates for Concrete Paving 2015 813.5
TOTAL 80011 available

ACPA Encourages Early Hotel Reservations for Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA is encouraging members, Chapter/States, technology partners and others to make hotel registrations as early as possible for the Association’s Mid-Year Meeting.  Early registration makes it possible to take advantage of the $259/night discounted rate.   Click here for online hotel reservations. 

The ACPA Mid-Year Meeting will be held at the Palomar Chicago (A Kimpton Hotel), from Tuesday, June 23, through Thursday, June 25. (Please see details in the section below before making travel plans.)

In related news, ACPA will be announcing the availability of the event registration link during the week of April 6.

About the Meeting
ACPA is planning a “Maintenance of Traffic” workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23. Task force meetings will follow the workshop on Tuesday afternoon and continue on Wednesday, June 24.   Also on June 24, ACPA’s Strategic Advisory Committee (S.A.C.) will meet.  The workshop, task force meetings, and S.A.C. meeting are open to all registered guests. 

ACPA will host receptions on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend these informal gatherings, which will include plenty of networking opportunities, as well as refreshments and snacks. The ACPA Mid-Year Meeting wraps up with the June 25 ACPA Board of Directors meeting, which is closed meeting.

The Mid-Year Meeting is where the concrete pavement industry gathers to discuss current events and topics that have the greatest impact on the business opportunities and threats; industry best practices; specifications and standards; and more.

More About the Hotel
HotelPalomar-Chicago-ACPAMYM2015Located at 505 State Street, south of Illinois, the Palomar Hotel is a contemporary, 4-star hotel just off Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile”  area of Michigan Ave. The hotel is very close (walking distance or a short cab ride) to some of the best restaurants, bars, shopping, and other attractions that Chicago has to offer. 

Hotel amenities include complimentary coffee and juice in the morning and a hosted wine hour in the evening. The Palomar was recognized as a “Best Hotels in the USA, 2014” by US News & World Report, a “Top 15 Chicago Hotel, 2013” by Conde Nast Traveler, and is one  is one of the highest rated/reviewed Chicago hotels on Google, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.

ACPA Celebrates Career of Suneel Vanikar

ACPA was on hand last week to celebrate the career of Suneel Vanikar, P.E., Pavement Design and Analysis Team Leader with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Infrastructure.

Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO, joined with Vanikar’s colleagues, friends, and family members to celebrate. Vanikar is retiring effective May 1, after 35 years of distinguished service to the FHWA.  

Jerry Voigt (L) and Suneel Vanikar (R) take time for a photo during a celebration last week at FHWA headquarters in Washington, D.C..

Jerry Voigt (L) and Suneel Vanikar (R) take time for a photo during a celebration last week at FHWA headquarters in Washington, D.C..

“Suneel Vanikar has been an exceptional advocate for concrete pavement technology implementation to improve our nation’s Federal-aid highway system,” Voigt said adding, “Among his many contributions are his work in guiding the development and advancement of high-performance concrete, as well as fast-track construction, innovative concepts, and nondestructive testing used in producing quality concrete pavements. 

“His interest and leadership in pursuing and implementing new and emerging concrete pavement technologies has been unrivaled,” Voigt said, citing the 2006 FHWA Scanning Tour, “which continues to pay huge benefits to owners/agencies, the concrete pavement industry, and the highway users who benefit from technologies such as two-lift concrete pavements and geotextile interlayers, which are used increasingly in concrete paving.”

Voigt said Vanikar demonstrated the same enthusiasm and positivity in advancing technology as he did in growing and reinforcing an excellent working relationship between the Federal Highway Administration and the concrete pavement industry.  

“For as long as I’ve known him, Suneel has been consistently patient, fair, and objective in his dealings with ACPA staff, Chapter/State affiliates, and members,” Voigt said.

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