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Deadline for “Excellence” Award Submittals Draws Near

View the ACPA Awards Submittal Information Page


The deadline to submit a project for ACPA’s 2014 “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards program is August 1.  

For those interested in submitting a project, please follow this link to access the online awards submittal system.  Submittal forms must be fully completed online for consideration in the ACPA National awards program. If requested information does not apply to your specific project, please indicate so in the submittal.  Projects submitted must have been completed in calendar year 2013.   Anyone submitting an award nomination is encouraged to read carefully the eligibility requirements and additional information found online.

Persons submitting awards are reminded that if they used the ACPA website to submit a project for a local Chapter/State paving awards program and won, their submission will be automatically transferred and available to edit until the deadline. There is no need to re-create the entry.

Changes for 2014 Program  
Several important changes have been implemented for 2014.   They include:25th-Awards-Composite

  • Two new award categories (Roller Compacted Concrete-Industrial and Roller Compacted Concrete-Special Application).
  • One award winner within the CPR category and the two new RCC categories described above.
  • Two award winners (gold/silver) within all other categories.  
  • No co-award winners. Judges will break all ties.
  • Award winners will be notified by email and letter prior to our awards banquet; however, the award level (gold or silver) will be announced for the first time at the awards banquet.

About the Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Program
For a quarter century, the ACPA Annual Awards for Excellence in Concrete Pavement have honored quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada. The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in every concrete pavement project and serves as a forum for sharing information about highly successful projects.

The awards program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects. Winning an Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement provides the contractors, engineers, and owners with a level of prestige that can assist them in the development of future projects.

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.

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