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ACPA Pavement Workshop – Tuesday, June 13, 2017

  • Pavement Innovations That Are Changing the Industry … Jerry Voigt, P.E., President & CEO, America Concrete Pavement Association
  • Long Life Concrete Pavement – Practices Around the Country … Mark Snyder, Ph.D., P.E., Special Consultant to ACPA, and Kevin McMullen, P.E., President, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association   
  • Concrete Overlays – A Growing Solution … Gary Fick, Vice President, Trinity Construction Management Services
  • Quality Management – Reducing Variability in Construction … Mike Praul, P.E., Federal Highway Administration
  • Pavement Economics and Competition … Jeremy Gregory, Ph.D., Executive Director, Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT, and Leif Wathne, P.E., Executive Vice President, American Concrete Pavement Association
  • Maintenance of Traffic Innovations … Leif Wathne, P.E., Executive Vice President, American Concrete Pavement Association

Asset Management Task Force – Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pavement Design Task Force – June 14, 2017

 

 

Event to Celebrate First Concrete Pavement

ACPA Members, Chapter/State affiliates, technology partners, and others are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the construction of a replica of the test strip that was placed by George Bartholomew in 1891 prior to the construction of America’s first concrete street.

The replica was designed as part of a project to revitalize the downtown area with a new outdoor patio expansion to the popular brick oven pizzeria, “Six Hundred Downtown.”  The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) on July 12, and will be held in the 100 block of Main Street in downtown Bellefontaine.  The unveiling of a commemorative plaque also will be part of the celebration.

The event will include remarks by Bellefontaine’s Mayor, the Hon. R. Benjamin Stahler, ACPA President and CEO Jerry Voigt, Great Lakes Cement Promotion Council Executive Director Ray McVeigh, and Ohio Concrete Association Executive Director Greg Colvin.  Also invited are local officials from Bellefontaine and family members of the Bartholomew family.   For additional details about the event, please click here to download an event flyer.

The event was organized by the Task Force for the Preservation of Historic Concrete Pavement Artifacts, and was made possible because of the contributions of corporate sponsors, in-kind contributors, and individual contributors.  For a list of the contributors, please see the event flyer.

In April 2016, the task force organized a celebration of the 125th Anniversary celebration of the placement of first concrete pavement, and that event prompted the concept of replicating the original test strip.  Participation in the event is free of charge, but interested parties are asked to register with Amy Fimple of the Ohio Chapter, ACPA at  614.891.0210 or amy@ohioconcrete.org.

ACPA Forms Legislative Issues Committee

ACPA has formed the Legislative Issues Committee (LIC), which replaces the association’s Legislative Issues Task Force.

In accordance with LIC Operating Guidelines and as directed by the ACPA Board of Directors, the LIC held its inaugural meeting on June 14.  The first order of business was to transition the task force (typically formed for limited time periods to address specific topics) to a standing committee. 

The committee’s purpose is to, “engage individual members of the Association in activities for the purpose of exchanging information and making recommendations to the ACPA Board of Directors on legislative and regulatory matters affecting the Association and the concrete pavement industry.”

The LIC elected Dan Rozycki, The Transtec Group, as Committee Chairman, and John Cunningham, Iowa Concrete Paving Association, as Vice Chairman.  As prescribed, by the operating guidelines, the LIC Chairman will serve as a voting member of the ACPA Board of Directors.  In addition to covering other business and hearing updates on activities in the White House and on Capitol Hill, the LIC also recognized and thanked Peter Deem, CarbonCure, and Gerry Krozel, St Marys Cement, for leading the LITF  since its establishment in 2008.   

ACPA Urges Participation
Participation in LIC meetings and activities–including receiving ACPA legislative and regulatory updates–now requires ACPA members and affiliates to complete an “Advocacy Interest Membership” form annually.  There are no additional dues associated with this membership classification, but membership will follow certain the operating guidelines stringently.  Participation also allows ACPA PAC activities to be reported and acted upon without encumbrances that existed before the re-organization of the LIC. 

ACPA: Take the Grand Challenge

ACPA is encouraging all civil engineers to take the “Grand Challenge” initiative, which is aimed at reducing the life cycle cost of infrastructure projects by 50 percent by 2025.  The initiative also fosters innovations and promotes optimization of infrastructure investments.

Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the initiative has been formally endorsed by ACPA. To get started, ACPA is encouraging all civil engineers to visit the dedicated website, at https://ascegrandchallenge.com/.

Taking the challenge is quick and simple.  From the home page, users can learn why their support is needed, then take the pledge by clicking the “I’m In” tab and completing a simple online form.  Users also have the option of sharing stories about how they are helping achieve the goal, as well as communicating about the initiative through social media channels.

After taking the Grand Challenge, or if you’ve taken it already, please take a moment to click on the highlighted link to send ACPA a preformatted email confirmation.

Why is This Important?
The goal of the program is to encourage civil engineers to rethink what is possible, and to transform the way they plan, deliver, operate, and maintain the nation’s infrastructure.   At the core is the goal of closing a gap between available funding and infrastructure needs. 

“Our policy and funding advocacy are no less important than in the past. However, they cannot close the gap alone,” says Leif Wathne, P.E., ACPA Executive Vice President. “We must do what our profession alone is uniquely qualified to do. We must lead the significant improvement in the delivery and life cycle performance of infrastructure investments through innovation spurred on by performance based standards; increased focus on life cycle performance, especially through life cycle cost analysis, and enhanced resilience.

He emphasizes that advocacy for increased funding, a solution to the Highway Trust Fund issue, and fair and equitable policies (including competition) are still important, but adds that the Grand Challenge is an important process for civil engineers to make a profound impact by raising awareness, controlling life-cycle costs, and optimizing investments in highways, airports, and other infrastructure.

ACPA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Appoints Ray Seipp

The ACPA, Mid-Atlantic Chapter announces Ray Seipp has been appointed as its President, effective June 1. In this position, he will be responsible for technical service, project development, and advocacy for concrete pavements throughout the Mid-Atlantic Chapter region and across all markets.

Prior to his appointment with the Chapter, Seipp was the Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Promotion & Government Affairs for Buzzi Unicem USA, an ACPA member company. Seipp retired from the company in July 2016, after serving in key positions for 45 years. While with the company, he served in sales management positions for the majority of his career.

“Ray Seipp brings a vast amount of valuable experience and expertise to the Chapter and to our customers in the state highway departments and with other agencies/owners in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia,” said Mike Miller, Vice President of Concrete General, Inc., an ACPA member company. Miller also serves as the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, ACPA. “Ray is widely known and respected as an expert promoter and tireless advocate for concrete pavements. We are confident that he will be a great asset to association members and customers alike.”

In addition to his service with Buzzi Unicem, Seipp also served in a number of volunteer leadership positions in support of the cement and concrete industries. Just a few of the organizations with which he has held leadership positions include the ACPA, RMC Research and Education Foundation, Portland Cement Association’s (PCA’s) Southeast and Northeast Regions, and ACPA-Southeast Chapter. He also has served on the Pennsylvania Transportation Construction Industries PAC; Pennsylvania Concrete and Aggregates Board of Directors; Concrete Industry Management Program National Advisory Board; and Associated Builders & Contractors, Knoxville Chapter.

He has also been recognized by ACPA and PCA for his exceptional track record as a promoter. His long list of accomplishments include double-digit growth in market share increases, introduction and advocacy of new concrete technologies (including overlays, pervious concrete, and roller compacted concrete); and strong relationships with customers at all levels.

Seipp holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The ACPA Mid-Atlantic Chapter is a trade association representing concrete paving contractors, cement companies, equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, consultants, and others with an interest in concrete pavements. The Chapter is an affiliate of the American Concrete Pavement Association in Rosemont, Ill., and Washington, D.C.

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Contact Information:
Ray Seipp
President
ACPA, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
9701 Gayton Road, Suite 5
Richmond, VA 23238
Mobile: 423.364.6982
Email: rseipp@acpa.org
http://www.midatlantic.pavement.com/

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