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Still Time to Register for ACPA’s Airport Workshop

You still have time to register for ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop. Because of the high demand, ACPA seats and hotel rooms are going quickly. 

One of the popular highlights of the workshop is straightforward, often spirited discussions about concrete pavement specifications for airports, notably the FAA’s P-501 spec and the UFGS 32 13 14.13 spec used for US Army Corps of Engineers and other Tri-Services projects. Seats are going quickly, so don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this popular training and tech transfer event.

The workshop this year will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Fort Lauderdale, FL, from Oct. 22 through 24. Please click here to visit our one-stop website, which includes a registration link, hotel registration link, and updated agenda.


Arkansas Workshop Focuses on Innovation

The 2019 Arkansas Concrete Pavement Conference last week drew an estimated 175 professionals to Little Rock to learn about and discuss the latest innovations in concrete pavement design, construction and maintenance. 

Alan Meadors kicked off the formal program, which included opening remarks by Scott Bennett, Arkansas DOT Director and FHWA perspectives presented by. Angel Correa, and an overview of ACPA activities and inter-industry competition by Leif Wathne, ACPA.  Technical presentations included:

  • Achieving pavement smoothness by Luke Stovall of Weaver-Bailey Contractors;* 
  • Preserving concrete pavements: making the right choice by John Roberts of IGGA;
  • Concrete research activities by Dr. Micah Hale, University of Arkansas;
  • Transitioning from PI to IRI for compliance by John Donahue, of the Missouri DOT;
  • Precast panels for highway construction by Sam Tyson of FHWA; 
  • Performance and use of sealants on concrete pavements by Dr. Cameron Murray, University of Arkansas; and 
  • A National Concrete Pavement Technology Center Update by Dr. Peter Taylor of the CP Tech Center.

The conference also included a presentation of a $100,000 check from the Chapter to the University of Arkansas in support of concrete initiatives.  The contribution is part of a five-year commitment by the Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.  Another highlight of the annual conference were the refreshment breaks, where participants had the opportunity to visit with and see exhibits by sponsors. 
* ACPA member company.


ACPA Announces Paving Award Recipients

ACPA announced today the recipients of the 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards. Click here to see the overall award recipients. In keeping with tradition, the announcement of the “Gold” and “Silver” awards remains a secret until the award presentation ceremony during the annual meeting.

In announcing the awards, the association recognizes 27 award-winning projects, along with the hard work, outstanding quality, and creative approaches to problem solving demonstrated by contractors, agencies and engineers. In all, ACPA recognizes 23 unique contractors, whose exceptional projects span 15 affiliated chapter/state association areas. Forty-one professionals served as judges of the award submittals, reviewing nomination forms, project details, and photos depicting the projects.

The annual awards are one of the highlights of our annual meeting each year, and this year will be no exception. In early September, award winners will receive an invitation letter to attend the 30th awards banquet. The banquet will be held during the ACPA 56th Annual Meeting. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 5th at the New Orleans Marriott.

ACPA Annual Meeting Special Events

When making plans for ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting, be sure to check out the special events that provide guests with some great entertainment and recreation options! Here’s a preview of some of the optional activities planned for December 3 through 5:

Tuesday, December 3
Golf Outing – 12:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
All guests are welcome to sign up for the golf outing at nearby English Turn Golf Club. This is a great opportunity to spend time with friends, clients and customers, all while enjoying a beautiful New Orleans delta golf venue. Bus transportation will be provided.

Personal and Thrilling Airboat Swamp Tour – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
All registered guests are invited to sign up for a high-speed airboat tour of the South Louisiana bayous and tidewater cypress swamp. During your 2-hour tour,  you’ll have opportunities to see  moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees, along with alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibises, as well as the occasional hawk, owl or bald eagle. Bus transportation will be provided.

Spirits and Cocktails Walking Tour – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Discover the grim and ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter, while enjoying drinks on this entertaining and “spirited” walking tour.  Enjoy signature New Orleans cocktails while hearing about ghosts and spirits said to still haunt the legendary Vieux Carre. You won’t want to miss tales of New Orleans-style voodoo and the history of the French Quarter, along with drinks at a few of the city’s most famous bars and restaurants. All cocktail samples are included in the ticket price.  

Wednesday, December 4
Special Culture and Cuisine Tour (for registered spouses/guests) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Sample authentic and flavorful New Orleans dishes, while learning about their fascinating origins during a small-group walking tour with other registered spouses and guests. You’ll navigate the alluring past and present of New Orleans cuisine with 6-8 samples of dishes for which the city is famous, including red beans and rice, po-boys, gumbo, chargrilled oysters, and more! (Separate sign up necessary—see website.)

“Mardi Gras” Theme Reception (for all registrants, guests and spouses welcome)  – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
A visit to New Orleans is not complete without a party, so you won’t want to miss ACPA’s fun-filled Mardi Gras, which will be held in the Marriott Hotel (Riverview 1-2 on the 41st floor). Kick back and enjoy some New Orleans jazz, great conversation and some laughs with friends and colleagues. Don’t arrive late and don’t leave early, because we have a few surprises planned!

ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 5., at the New Orleans Marriott. To reserve a room at the Marriott at a discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website.  ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20.  Our one-stop registration/information website is  See you in N’awlins! 


John Leckie Joins Indiana Chapter

John Leckie, P.E., has joined the the Indiana Chapter as the associaton’s Director of Pavements & Materials. His primary focus is to identify and pursue concrete pavement bid opportunities with the Indiana DOT’s district offices, as well as with municipal and county agencies. 

Prior to joining Indiana Chapter ACPA, John served 29 years with Indiana DOT. He joined the agency in 1990, and during his tenure, held a variety of roles, including Project Engineer in Construction, District Testing Engineer, District Development Engineer, and District Capital Program Management Director for the DOT’s Fort Wayne District. More recently, he served as Construction and Materials Management Director for the agency.

He graduated from the Indiana Institute of Technology in 1990 and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana. John’s addition to the staff will allow the Association extend its technical and promotional support to offer concrete pavement solutions to cities, counties and Indiana DOT districts.  John’s contact information is:  317.634.8989 (office) | 260.519.0133 (mobile) | (email).

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