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Guide to Concrete Overlays Nears Completion

The third edition of the “Guide to Concrete Overlays” is currently in print production and soon will be sent to ACPA Chapter/States for distribution.  The updated guide was first produced in January 2007, and then, updated and reprinted in September 2008.  ACPA was among the organizations providing funding and technical review of the publication.

ACPA Southeast Chapter Seeks Airport Promotion Director

The Southeast Chapter, American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA-SE) is seeking a highly motivated airport professional to promote and increase the use of concrete pavement solutions (conventional and roller-compacted concrete) and innovative cement technologies (full-depth reclamation and soil cement) at airport facilities in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

This unique opportunity is for an individual with experience in the airport industry that has existing contacts or the ability to develop strong business relationships, be creative, persistent, and enthusiastic. Overnight travel will be required to establish and sustain essential contact with airport officials, engineering designers, contractors, suppliers, and owners.

This person will also coordinate with other ACPA-SE State Directors and collaborate with pertinent professional associations to advance the use of concrete and cement. In addition, this individual will work closely with ACPA’s Vice-President of Airports to foster and maintain policies that are coordinated and supported by the Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters office.

Competitive compensation, excellent benefits package including 401K, medical, dental and vision insurance.ACPA-SE is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer.   Follow this link for additional information about this position.

Candidates meeting the above requirements should email a cover letter, resume and salary history to dwilson@cement.org

 

Please Note: All candidates who apply for this position will be kept confidential.

ACPA Colorado/Wyoming Chapter Seeks Executive Director

The American Concrete Pavement Association – Colorado/Wyoming Chapter is seeking an Executive Director responsible for planning and implementing programs focused on expanding the use of concrete pavements in the construction, rehabilitation, airports, streets and roads and industrial facilities and maintenance of highways throughout the Colorado and Wyoming.

Responsible for providing technical support to paving contractors and working closely with Colorado and Wyoming Departments of Transportation, city and county agencies, industry associations, and other related organizations.

Position requires demonstrated expertise/experience in paving (preferably with strong design, construction, and materials background); technology transfer/implementation; program management. BS in Civil Engineering is a must; Professional Engineer preferred. Must have strong presentation and writing skills and be willing to travel a minimum 25 percent. Individual will work from the chapter’s Colorado office.

Specific duties and responsibilities are focused on developing and implementing efforts focused on:

  • Long-term performance – addressing key initiatives and issues relating to concrete pavement durability, constructability, design, first-cost and life-cycle costs, maintenance, warranties, and other relevant issues.
  • Traffic management –further developing and transferring technology and best practices for managing concrete construction/rehabilitation under traffic conditions.
  • Innovation – building on the successes of Fast Track methodologies, white topping and other concrete overlay technology, recycling, ride specs, and performance incentives to assist in the development and use of innovative PCC pavement products, processes, and practices in the paving market.
  • Quality – providing leadership through highly-visible presence and proactive involvement with state and national quality initiatives with the aim of ensuring compliance, fostering industry support, partnering with industry stakeholders, and an objective consideration of paving products.
  • Mechanistic Design – providing leadership through proactive involvement with and among all stakeholders (AASHTO, CDOT, WyDot, ACPA, Local Agencies, and other public-private partners) to implement mechanistic design programs and tools. Familiarity/experience with AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design is a plus.

Position also requires identifying, addressing, and communicating short-term (early warning) and long-range strategies and opportunities related to highway pavement construction and rehabilitation. Responsible for implementing the Strategic Plan and competing for fair market share.

Ideal candidate will provide strong leadership and support to the industry’s R&D program, including technology transfer, technology implementation, training, and education.

Also must be familiar with federal and state governmental (legislative and executive) initiatives, funding mechanisms, and activities relating to highways construction/rehabilitation. Candidates with experience in effective public advocacy will be given strong consideration.

Send confidential resume/salary history to:

                                               Barbara Applegate
                                               American Concrete Pavement Association
                                               Colorado Wyoming Chapter
                                               6880 South Yosemite Court, Ste. 100
                                               Centennial, Colorado 80112
                                               bapplegate@paveconcrete.org

Infrastructure Week Grassroots Alert

Infrastructure Week 2014 is here! The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Building America’s Future, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution have organized a full week of strategically placed high-level events and briefings, national and targeted regional media coverage and other activities convening business and policy leaders to articulate the national, regional and local challenges in maintaining, updating and developing new infrastructure across the United States. Infrastructure Week 2014 is designed to help build momentum and urgency to attract the attention of key policymakers and the larger community by telling the story of business, labor, industry and citizens dedicated to improving America’s global competitiveness through investment in infrastructure.

ACPA, as part of the Highway Materials Group is using the occasion of Infrastructure Week 2014 to attract the attention of key policymakers to the critical state of our infrastructure, the need for a robust, long term highway bill, and the urgent need to fix our highway trust fund.  Download press release.  Each of the Highway Materials Group members will be using the same letter in their grassroots campaign, but you are welcome to write your own letters to your elected officials. You are also welcome to use PCA’s grassroots page below to make the process of sending a letter easier.

Click here to tell Congress that the time to fix the highway trust fund is NOW!

The Highway Trust fund that has funded the US surface transportation program for almost 60 years will go bankrupt by the end of the summer. This means that the Federal Highway Administration will not be able reimburse State DOTs for highway projects at the peak of the summer construction season. Numerous DOTs have already held back or cancelled bid lettings in anticipation of this crisis. The long term ramifications for commerce and the broader US economy is sobering. USDOT is estimating that 700,000 jobs are at risk, and by 2020 businesses could lose $1 trillion a year in sales.

A solution must be acted upon by Congress before lasting damage is inflicted on American economic competitiveness and prosperity.

Please feel free to share the above link both within and beyond your organizations. We encourage all Americans to engage with their lawmakers on this critically important issue.

Mid-Year Meeting and “Applying LCCA for Fair Pavement Type Selection” Workshop

Complete Description and Online Registration  

ACPA will be hosting members and other guests for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held June 24 through 26 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago.   Also, a workshop on “Applying Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Fair Pavement Type Selection” will be held on the first day of the meeting, June 24th.

Workshop Outline

The workshop, “Applying Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Fair Pavement Type Selection”  will feature presentations by subject matter experts on the following topics:

  • How LCCA Works
  • FHWA’s LCCA Perspective
  • LCCA – A State Perspective
  • LCCA – Case Examples
  • Using Mechanistic-Empirical Design for LCCA Inputs
  • Putting LCCA into Perspective

For complete details, including speakers and topic descriptions, view the workshop agenda.

Task Force and Committee Meetings Overview
Members and industry partners will meet to work on emerging technical and market issues and to guide the Association in its future direction.  The meetings will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 24th, through morning of Wednesday, June 26th.

Tuesday, June 24

  • Legislative Issues Task Force
  • Airfield Task Force  

Wednesday, June 25

  • Strategic Board Meeting – Strategic Planning Session Budget 
  • Finance Committee – Audit Review (closed, by invitation only)
  • Jointing & Smoothness Combined Task Force Meeting
  • RCC Task Force Meeting
  • Pavement ME Task Force

Thursday, June 26

  •  Board of Directors 2nd Quarter Meeting (closed, by invitation only)

In addition to the task force meetings, receptions will be held on the evenings of June 24 and 25.   For times and other event information, check the complete description.

Location
The Mid-Year Meeting and Workshop will be held at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, located just off the Magnificent Mile at 163 E. Walton Place, Chicago. 

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