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Deadline Nears for Excellence Awards Nominations

Our final deadline for the 31st annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” submittals and edits is Friday, July 3, 2020.

The program is open to members, chapters and others for projects completed in the calendar year 2019. Members who previously submitted an award-winning project to an ACPA Chapter/State association using our online system do not need to resubmit for the national program. Your submittal details will be automatically carried over and entered into the national program.

To submit your project for award consideration or to view complete program details, including eligibility requirements, please click here. Editing an existing project is optional for projects in the system.

Award winners will receive an invite to attend the 31st Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 3rd at the OMNI Nashville Hotel. The banquet will be held during the ACPA 57th Annual Meeting.

CAMRA Leaders Discuss Return to Office Plans

The chief executives of 17 concrete and masonry related associations—a group known as CAMRA—met yesterday by videoconference. The group meets periodically to share ideas and discuss cement/concrete industry issues.

Jerry Voigt represented ACPA in the meeting, which addressed how the associations are handling meetings and events and how they plan to return employees to work. Flexibility and alignment with state-issued coronavirus plans were common elements in the return to work plans.

ACPA highlighted its recently implemented “Return to Office” policy, which ties to the state of Illinois’ five-phase plan health plan.

Under ACPA’s plan, national employees will continue working from home, and travel will continue to be limited until phase three of the Association’s plan.

“We are protecting the individual employees and our Association team by not jumping right back to the office all at once,” Voigt says, adding, “We have to follow Illinois’ requirements, and these, along with changes and new health and safety protocols by our office building management company, are also  factored into our approach.”

Jerry says he prefers to call the plan a “back to office” plan rather than back to work, because, as illustrated in this week’s 3 Minutes on Monday, the staff has been very productive during work at home status. Better Business Planning, ACPA’s human resources consultants, provided recommendations for the phased-in approach.

ACPA Board Maintains Focus on the Business of Concrete Paving

The ACPA board of directors held its 2nd quarter board meeting last Thursday by web conference. Despite the obvious difference in meeting format, ACPA’s volunteer and staff leaders were sharply focused on the Association’s mission to support members, chapters, and agencies through a range of different programs and activities.

The board discussed upcoming meetings, which of course, are impacted by several factors, including state policies on “re-openings.” But there are other factors, including how likely or unlikely members are to travel for upcoming meetings through the balance of the year. As such, ACPA earlier today launched a survey to gauge member and affiliate thoughts about the options of a live or virtual annual meeting in early December. If you haven’t taken the survey, we ask you to let us know your thoughts as soon as possible. Click here to take the survey.

The board also heard a year-to-date update from Jerry Voigt, and the briefing provided a clear view of the ACPA staff sharp focus on results, in spite of the pandemic and state-ordered work-at-home mandates. These same results were shared in ACPA’s 3 Minutes on Monday report this week.

More specifically, the board heard about some of the many initiatives Leif Wathne has been leading to support the industry and DOT partners through legislative actions. Scott Mueller provided an update on the promotional plan he and a team of local promoters are executing in key states. They also heard about Gary Mitchell’s work in co-developing a cooperative agreement with the FAA – one which we believe will involve the CP Tech Center and which we are confident will return great value to the airport pavement community. Lastly, other important staff-driven projects were outlined, which demonstrate the staff’s full-service approach and cohesive efforts under work at home orders.

As we have noted before, this is not business as usual, but business despite the adverse conditions facing us all.

Remembering Wayne VanMeter

ACPA learned yesterday of the passing of Arlo “Wayne” VanMeter, formerly of Clarkson Construction Company. He passed away on June 9, 2020 in Weston, MO.

Wayne began working for Clarkson Construction Company in 1966 and was one of the founding members of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter in 1987, as well as its predecessor Missouri/Kansas P.C. Concrete Paving Group. Wayne led the Chapter as Chairman in both 1991 and 1996. He was also instrumental in starting the Missouri/Kansas Concrete Pavement Workshop in 1980; the workshop commemorated its 40th anniversary earlier this year.

“For myself and many people in the industry, we will remember Wayne as a soft spoken, but very influential man and a pioneer and strong supporter of both the industry and the people who make up the industry,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. “He possessed the admirable traits of being both a strong and passionate leader, while also being very kind and thoughtful.”

Wayne’s passion for concrete paving and his support for the industry and association—even through some difficult times—cannot be undervalued,” says Todd LaTorella, Missouri/Kansas Chapter Executive. “Wayne understood that the success of our industry relied on the agencies, engineering community, and industry working together.”

We extend our deepest sympathies to the VanMeter family, and their many friends and colleagues throughout the industry.

Visitation and services were held Sunday and Monday of this week, but those who wish to deliver a message of condolence to the family are encouraged to visit a memorial page at: In addition to leaving a remembrance or message of sympathy, the site also presents an option of planting a tree in his honor.

ACPA Identifies Key Topics for PCA Paving Committee Calls

ACPA has developed topics and confirmed speakers for several of the monthly PCA Paving Committee calls, including:

  • (July 10th) Advancing the Cement usage in Soil Stabilization Specifications – This is a success story involving the Indiana DOT. Presenter: John Leckie, Indiana Chapter-ACPA.
  • (August 14th) Lifecycle Cost Analysis/Asset Management with the Arkansas DOT – Keeping a close pulse on the DOT leads to new opportunities. Presenter: Alan Meadors, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.
  • (September 11th) Resiliency and Resilient Pavement Perspectives – Programs and demands are advancing in the Southeastern/Mid Atlantic United States. Participants will hear how the pavement industry (via ACPA) is approaching this opportunity. Presenters: Amy Wedel (Florida Chapter), Ray Seipp (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), and Jim Mack (CEMEX).

ACPA has long partnered with PCA to co-present topics for the monthly PCA Paving Committee conference call. Look for additional topics and registration details to come from PCA and to be announced in ACPA TODAY.

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