The ACPA Pennsylvania Chapter, held a successful 23rd Annual Concrete Conference, thanks to the combined efforts of John Becker, Rich Jucha, and Robyn Bauder. Working together, they pivoted the popular in-person event to a virtual event, which was attended by an estimated 175 professionals including PennDOT and the Turnpike officials, ACPA/PA members, engineers, and representatives of the academic community.
The program featured a robust and diverse agenda presented in seven sessions over a two-day period. Session topics included:
Agency and local updates;
National updates, competition, quality initiatives;
Jointing, long-life concrete, design issues;
PEM and CP Tech Center updates;
CPR/Pavement Preservation and Maintenance and Rehab;
RCC, overlays, and construction issues; and
FDR, supplemental cements; and project spotlights.
The Pennsylvania Chapter brought together a well-respected panel of subject matter experts who presented timely technical topics. Agencies presenting included: PennDOT (which also led discussion forums), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, MnDOT, and the Oklahoma Turnpike. The concrete pavement industry was also well represented with presentations by ACPA, Golden Triangle Construction, ARA, PCA, Iowa Concrete Paving Association, and of course the Pennsylvania Chapter. Four universities also presented: MIT, Oklahoma State University; Penn State, and the University of Pittsburgh. From ACPA national, Jerry Voigt presented an update on ACPA activities and Eric Ferrebee presented on joint layout, intersections, roundabouts, and diverging diamond interchanges.
John Becker, ACPA/PA President; Dave Sciullo, Vice President of Construction at Golden Triangle Construction and 2021 ACPA/PA Chairman; Melissa Batula, Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration at PennDOT; and Brad Heigel, Chief Engineer, of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission kicked off the two-day conference.
ACPA National staff provided support for the event, including administrative support and facilitation of the web-based program.