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Industry Groups to Celebrate Colorado Concrete Day  

Three leading concrete industry groups today announced plans to participate in an event as part of State of Colorado recently proclaimed Concrete Industry Day, April 23.  

Governor Jared Polis recently issued the proclamation recognizing the importance of concrete to the state. The proclamation reads in part: “The State of Colorado recognizes the ready mixed concrete industry as important to furthering development in our state and appreciates the hard work, dedication, and the efficiency of its employees…”

The three industry groups include the American Concrete Pavement Association-Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and the American Concrete Pipe Association. The associations will host a picnic lunch for Colorado legislators and their staff members. The event, Concrete Day at the Capitol, will be held on the southeast corner of the Capitol grounds from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

“Concrete is a part of so many things we build,” said Governor Polis. “The concrete industry is an important contributor to Colorado’s infrastructure, economy, and future. We look forward to celebrating at the Concrete Day at the Capitol BBQ and recognizing the thousands of employees that are making a difference in our state.” The Governor will attend this year’s event and address attendees.

The aim of the event is to recognize the hard work of the Colorado Legislature and their staff members, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of the concrete industry to the state of Colorado’s economic growth and sustainable development practices. 

NACA Fly-In Soars to New Heights (Part 2)

As we reported last week, the third-annual North American Concrete Alliance* fly-in reached new heights with industry participation, an excellent program, and engagement by Federal government officials. 

In all, more than 140 participants representing 12 cement and concrete trade associations came to Washington to represent the industry. Speakers from nine federal agencies and Administration offices included the U.S. DOT, FHWA, The White House and the Office of the Vice President.

Officials included James Redstone, Special Assistant to the President, White House Domestic Policy Council; Phillip Pinegar, Domestic Policy Advisor for the Office of the Vice President; Paul Teller, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; and Brandye Hendrickson, Acting Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

From Congress, 11 U.S. Representatives and three Senators presented remarks during the two-day event.  From the House, featured speakers included Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Ranking Member Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11), House Education & Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment; and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3), member of the T&I Committee and 2018 Cement & Concrete Champion. Other T&I Committee members also spoke during the event. 

From the Senate side, EPW Chairman (and 2016 Cement and Concrete Champion) John Barrasso (R-WY); Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chair of the Senate EPW Infrastructure Subcommittee and 2019 Cement and Concrete Champion; and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), also with the Senate EPW Committee.  

The event also included issues-specific sessions that covered some of the cement and concrete industry’s highest priorities.  In addition to the presentations and discussions, the attendees also visited Capitol Hill to discuss funding and other topics. In all, 14 small teams attended more than 160 meetings on Capitol Hill and spoke with officials from an estimated 30% of Congressional offices.  

Among the discussion topics were highway reauthorization, the highway trust fund, resiliency, truck weights, LCCA, and airfield pavement research to name a few. 


Photo: 
(L-R) ACPA Legislative Issues Committee Chairman Dan Rozycki (The Transtec Group) discusses infrastructure investment with Paul Teller, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, during the NACA Fly-In cocktail reception and opening dinner. (Photo courtesy of PCA.)

Editor’s note:  Information for this story was provided by Rachel Derby, PCA.

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The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns and initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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ACPA Featured in Construction in Focus

ACPA was featured prominently in the printed and digital editions of CONSTRUCTION IN FOCUS magazine (April 2019). Jerry Voigt and Bill Davenport collaborated on the article, which provides insights into a few of the high priority initiatives and issues on which ACPA is focused, including competition, VISION2040, and the association’s role in the concrete pavement industry. 

The magazine reaches 112,000 construction professionals throughout North America.  About 44% of the readers are senior management officials. More than 65% of the readers are contractors, suppliers, and engineering/consulting firms.  Click here to read the complete issue and here to read the article, “Driving the Concrete Pavement Industry Forward.”  

Webinar Tackles Alkali-Silica Reaction

An upcoming webinar will provide useful information about Alkali-Silica-Reaction (ASR) in concrete pavements.

Presented by the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) and ACPA, the webinar, “ASR Potential for Concrete Pavement Damage” is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 , from Noon to 1:30 CDT.

The webinar will be presented by Rolf Breitenbücher, Professor, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) & ISCP Director.  

Contractors, consultants, engineers and others with an interest in concrete pavement quality will benefit from this course, which provides an overview of the reaction mechanisms, suitable prevention measures, and techniques for evaluating ASR-afflicted pavements in situ. The webinar will address different ways to prevent ASR, including the limitation of the alkali content in the binder or a special selection of aggregates based on their ASR-sensitivity. Also included will be appropriate repair measures such as hydrophobing or top-layer replacement.

ACPA will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).  ACPA members can register online and receive the discounted rate of $30 for individuals or $75 for groups of six or fewer. There is no cost to government employees, but verification and registration are required.  ISCP members are encouraged to log-in and obtain information through the ISCP website.  Some restrictions apply.  For more information and to register, please follow this link.

NCE to Open Las Vegas Office

NCE, an ACPA member, announced it has opened a southern Nevada office in Las Vegas.  Tom Van Dam, Ph.D., P.E.,  is the Principal managing the office.  Michael Dunning, Ph.D., P.E., also will be serving clients as an Associate.

Established as Nichols Consulting Engineers, Chtd. in 1990, NCE is a client-focused consulting engineering, planning, environmental, and construction services firm that specializes in the innovative design and construction of infrastructure. NCE provides services to a wide variety of government agencies, municipalities, institutions, and developers.

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