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ACPA Announces Florida Chapter Affiliation

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) announced the affiliation of the Florida Chapter-ACPA, which expands the association’s network to 21 regional and local paving associations.  

Supported by the multifaceted capabilities and technical, advocacy, and promotional resources of ACPA National, the Florida Chapter and other affiliated chapters provide direct support to local agencies/owners and other customers in states/provinces and regions throughout the United States and Canada.  

The Florida Chapter-ACPA is organized under the Florida Concrete & Products Association (FC&PA), which was founded in 1955.  The Florida Chapter will represent both the national association and the FCPA in customer-facing matters related to technology transfer, technical service, advocacy and promotion of concrete pavements.

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Update on SPS Tech Day Events

Following our previous story about the  SPS Pavement Tours, additional details are available on several of the events, according to Larry Scofield of the IGGA/ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership.

Dates and locations for upcoming events are:

  • Colorado (Denver) – March 23;
  • Washington (Ritzville) – May 2; and
  • Iowa (Pleasant Hill) – May 30.

For the events noted above, please contact the local ACPA-Affiliated Chapter/State paving association for more details. Additional events are being planned, and details will be sent included in future issues of ACPA TODAY.  For additional information, including registration, please contact Scofield at or at 480.775.0908. 

SPS pavements are the focal point of the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) SPS-2 study, or Strategic Study of Structural Factors for Rigid Pavements, which represents the most comprehensive set of concrete pavement performance data in the United States.  

ACPA to Participate in Airport Design, Construction Symposium

ACPA will develop and moderate a breakout session at the annual Airport Design and Construction Symposium jointly sponsored by the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) and American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

Pavements continue to be one of the most important assets of any airport, and ACPA’s Gary Mitchell developed this session to focus on managing assets using cost effective state-of-the art paving technologies.  The session will emphasize how to minimize impacts and maximize safety, all without compromising pavement quality.  A technical panel  will include the manager of the FAA Office of Safety and Standards, a consulting pavement engineer, a consulting airport design engineer, and airport construction project manager from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Each panel member will provide some thoughts and background, followed by a Q&A  and discussion session.

The ACC/AAAE event will be held in Denver, Feb 28 through Mar 2. More than 1,000 engineers, construction managers, architects, planners, and constructors will attend.  ACPA’s session on airfield pavements will be held on Feb. 28, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (MST).

MIT Webinar Explains Importance of Albedo

An important sustainability feature of concrete pavements is their high albedo.  The topic of albedo and its impact on global warming are the subject of a webinar scheduled for Thursday, February 15, at 11 a.m. (EST) | 10 a.m. (CST).

Albedo, Climate, and Urban Heat Island,” will be presented by CSHub Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Gregory.  The webinar will also discuss an approach developed by CSHub researchers to quantify the impacts of changes to pavement albedo, and then to translate those changes into global warming potential. This webinar also report on results from recent studies on the topic.

This webinar is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit:

Webinar is Latest Outreach on PavementDesigner

Following the official external launch of on January 8, the sponsoring associations* are continuing the outreach, education and promotional efforts with a webinar to present the broad-based pavement design community with an overview of free web-based concrete pavement design resource.  ACPA’s Eric Ferrebee will lead the webinar with support from NRMCA and PCA.  
The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at 1 p.m. (Eastern) \ Noon (Central.  There is no cost for this 90-min.webinar, but registration is required at: .   Please note this registration limited to 500 groups and individuals.   Registration is offered on a first-come/first-served basis.

About the Webinar
This 90-minute webinar describes, a free, web-based pavement thickness design platform, which was created for city, county, and consultant engineers, academia, or anyone involved in design of roadway, industrial, and parking area pavements.

Learning objectives are to:
• Create or enhance a basic understanding of the history of concrete pavement design
• Inform of the evolution and development of
• Demonstrate the three-step approach to
• Demonstrate features and benefits
• Present and discuss sample pavement designs for various applications/facilities
• Provide recap and question/answer opportunities

Questions about the webinar?   Contact Bill Davenport (847.423.8703 or


* Primary sponsors are the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation, and the the Portland Cement Association (PCA).  Additional funding and support came from the RCC Pavement Council.   The RMC Research and Education Foundation is affiliated with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.   

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