- We accept articles about accept project stories about …
- Concrete highways (urban or rural)
- Airports, streets and roads (including boulevards, cul de sacs, urban arterials, connectors, etc.)
- Industrial pavements and parking areas (and this category also includes distribution center parking areas, race tracks, training tracks, truck stop plazas, military bases, NASA facilities, and pavements used in a variety of multi-modal facilities, including rail yards, ports, etc.)
- Intersections, bus pads, shoulders, and other facilities related to highways, roads, etc.
- In addition to jointed plain concrete pavement projects, we also accept projects involving continuously-reinforced concrete, roller compacted concrete, decorative concrete pavements,
- Full-depth pavement reclamation, partial-depth repairs, diamond-grinding, grooving, joint and pavement repairs/restoration, and all types of pavement preservation/CPR involving concrete and cementitious materials.
For new or recent projects
- Articles must be free of commercialism and may not include competitive claims and comparisons.
- Articles must feature an ACPA contractor in good standing, and the contractor may be either the GC or a subcontractor responsible for the concrete work.
- Articles should be between 500 and 900 words and typically are about project stories (or case histories) about current or recently-completed concrete pavement construction, rehabilitation, or restoration projects.
- The most popular articles in the magazine typically follow a format and include this type of coverage:
- A short overview of the project.
- Examples of a problem (or problems solved). Another way to cover this is by explaining how the project eased congestion, increased capacity, played a role in business/community development, improved highway/roadway or airport pavement conditions, etc.
- Details about the project that made it particularly challenging. Tight schedules, exceptional smoothness, challenging weather/climate conditions, sustainability features and environmental challenges, performance against budget, unmapped utilities, and night/weekend paving are just a few examples.
- Details about what made the project successful and how the finished project is benefitting road users, area businesses, residents, travelers, etc. are good examples, but there are many more.
- Quoted sources should include the key contractor personnel involved in the project, as well as an agency/owner’s representative, who can provide information about the project, as well as why concrete pavements were used. We ask that any quotes be approved by the people quoted, and ACPA staff can assist with that step, if assistance is needed. Quotes from engineers/consultants are also helpful, but not required.
For historic projects
- Most of the guidelines above apply to historically-significant projects, or those pavements that have been in service for 40 years or more.
- We do relax our requirement about the member contractors, but like to know more details about the contractor prior to submittal of the article.
- Projects should focus on the durability of the pavement, but also can include any known details about the paving project (or CPR work).
Photo and video considerations
- Good quality photos are very important. High-resolution (300 dpi) photos with good color contrast are the best. A good selection is 10 to 12 photos.
- For current or new projects, we prefer to have a good mixture of paving (and/or CPR) photos and finished pavement photos or what we call beauty shots.
- Photos of earthworks, stockpiles, the plant (if applicable), and other operations are fine, but for paving and CPR, the most important photos are those taken ahead of the paver, on the paver, and behind the paver (including curing and joint sawing, sealing, etc.), as well as the finished pavement shots mentioned above.
- When taking beauty shots, please know that clouds, trees, panoramic views of the paving train, ribbon-cutting, traffic on the pavement, etc., add a lot of interest to the photos.
- Most photos are taken in horizontal format, but if the photo is large enough and high enough resolution, it may be considered as a candidate for the cover illustration, so we encourage horizontal and vertical photos.
- Drone photos, GoPro photos, and aerial photos from aircraft are also a plus!
- Most smartphones (iPhones and Androids) are capable of taking high resolution photos, and we encourage the settings on the phone to be set for Large (or Extra Large) format and high resolution.
- We are also increasingly using videos to tell the stories on the web and in new video reports we’re doing, so if you have videos from phones, GoPros, drones, etc., please contact us for upload instructions.