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ACPA “Excellence” Awards Program Open for Submittals

ACPA is now accepting award submittals for the 29th annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards.  The program is open to projects completed in the calendar year 2017.  Please check out the complete program details, including eligibility requirements.  The final deadline for submittals is Friday, July 6, 2018.

After judging is finished later this year, award winners will receive an invite to attend the 29th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards banquet on Thursday, November 29 during ACPA’s 55th Annual Meeting.   The annual meeting will be held November 27 through 29 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.  

The awards program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects.  Click here to begin the awards submittal process and here to see a summary of 2017 award recipients.

ACPA Chapter/State Meeting Preview

ACPA Chapter/State Committee, along with ACPA staff, and ACPA members, will meet next week in Stevenson, WA.   The group is meeting to discuss priorities, prepare plans and review how they can can best leverage the work of ACPA national, CP Tech Center and the MIT Sustainability Hub.   The group meets formally twice per year–once in conjunction with the ACPA annual meeting and once at mid-year, usually in the Chapter Chair’s region or state.   Jim Powell, 2018 Chapter Committee Chairman is hosting this year’s meeting.

Open House Features Mobile Concrete Trailer

The FHWA and Colorado DOT (CDOT) are bringing the Mobile Concrete Trailer to Colorado on May 17. The open house is sponsored by the FHWA, CDOT, the CP Tech Center, and the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter-ACPA.  

The open house will focus on Performance Engineered Mixture (PEM) test methods near the C-4 design-build project in South Denver. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CDOT maintenance yard, 8800 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton.

The MCT is a valuable resource to agencies and industry, and includes state-of-the-art concrete technology used in materials selection, mixture design, field and laboratory testing, and pavement evaluation. Some of the new and emerging test methods to be featured include:

  • The Super Air Meter (SAM), which measures air void characteristics of concrete; 
  • Surface Resistivity, a rapid measurement that indicates concrete permeability; 
  • Box Test, which measures workability; and 
  • V-Kelly, another measure of workability. 

Please follows the highlighted links for registration and an event flyer. For questions or more information, contact:  Jagan Gudimettla, FHWA MCT (Jagan.m.gudimettla.ctr@dot.gov or 703.963.4939) or Angela Folkestad, CO/WY Chapter (afolkestad@pavement.com or 303.947.9576).

Cement & Concrete Fly-In Update

More than 100 industry professionals gathered in Washington, DC, last week for the second annualCement and Concrete Industry Fly-In.  The two-day event included  several panels and policy sessions focusing on environmental, health, and safety regulatory and legislative topics that impact the industry.  

Among the highlights were a welcome/briefing by keynote speakers Sen. Ted Cruz and House T&I Chairman Bill Shuster; an event in honor of Rep.  Jason Lewis; and a closing reception honoring the 2018 Cement and Concrete Champions Rep. Charlie Dent and Rep. Daniel Lipinski.

On the second day, 14 small teams attended more than 100 meetings with lawmakers to urge infrastructure investment and talk about other topics important to contractors, cement producers, and other members of the associations.   

Since the fly-in, PCA’s Rachel Derby says the House  has passed the FAA Reauthorization, which included the industry supported Disaster Recovery Reform Act and provided stable funding for the Airport Improvement Program. It also removed unnecessary restrictions on the PFC, which will allow airports to more effectively finance projects.  Also, sponsorship for the PAID Act has increased  and Congressional offices are even more aware of our industries’ priorities.

Throughout the event, PCA and ACPA, along with members & affiliates of both associations, supported the messages being delivered on Capitol Hill with a robust social media program that emphasized infrastructure investment, while also discussing facts about the importance of cement and concrete industries to the nation’s economy. 

 

ACPA to Present Jointing Workshops in Florida

ACPA will present two concrete pavement jointing workshops in Florida next week.   Eric Ferrebee and Mark Snyder will deliver the training, which is designed for FDOT, local agencies, consulting engineers, pavement designers, technical staff, contractors, and suppliers

Sponsored by the Florida DOT, the Florida Chapter-ACPA (FP&CA), and ACPA, the workshops will each feature two days of  hands-on design instruction and practical construction and quality information.   The May 8 and 9 session, to be held in Davie, will concentrate on design, but also will cover construction and quality.  The May 10 and 11 track, to be held in Gainesville, will emphasize construction & quality, but will also cover design.

Complete details, location information, and registration costs and instructions are outlined in a registration flyer available here.

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