ACPA National and ACPA Southeast Chapter will team up to deliver a Best Practices in Airfield Concrete Pavement Construction Workshop at the Memphis International Airport (MEM) in Memphis, TN. MEM is home to FedEx’s largest hub and recently re-took the honor as the busiest cargo airport in the world. Construction of a consolidated aircraft de-icing facility is currently underway at the Airport. Parsons, who is handling the project construction management for the Airport, reached out to ACPA and requested the workshop to help educate and train their inspection team in airfield pavement construction best practices and provide guidance on the interpretation of some unclear provisions in the FAA construction specification.

RC Construction Inc. (an ACPA member), will be paving the 367,000 square yard – 18.5-inch thick airfield concrete pavement de-icing facility. The pavement construction is part of a $201 million joint venture project between RC Construction and Eutaw Construction Company.  Along with the pavement, the project includes other significant heavy civil construction efforts including 525,000 cubic yards of unclassified excavation and grading. “Although this involves a lot of paving, it is part of a much larger project that requires inspectors with numerous expertise and not just pavement construction inspectors. So, this workshop will give us an opportunity to educate the construction management’s large inspection team in what to look for in best pavement construction practices and specification interpretation”, says Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President Airports and Pavement Technology. This type of training is something ACPA is ideally suited to do, and is an excellent example of the significant value ACPA’s technical expertise represents to both contractors and owners. ACPA Southeast Chapter’s Airport Consultant, Gerald Jasper, P.E. will also be helping with the development and delivery of this workshop.