Meeting of the National Concrete Consortium (NC2) Held April 9-11

This week ACPA participated in the biannual meeting of the National Concrete Consortium (NC2) hosted in Birmingham, Alabama. The NC2 meeting provides an opportunity for State DOTs to congregate and advance the practice for concrete materials in pavements and structures. This meeting’s topics focused on FHWA updates, including the release of their low-carbon transportation materials (LCTM) program, the future of cement chemistry, opening strengths and opening to traffic and digital construction technologies focusing on e-ticketing.

ACPA members helped deliver the program with former ACPA Chairman and Director of Market Development and Infrastructure & Sustainability for Cemex, Jim Mack, and Will Gray, Manager of A.G. Peltz Group LLC, giving presentations to nearly 200 attendees. Mack presented the Industry Perspective on Future Changes in Cement Chemistry: Blended Cements, Carbon Neutrality. Gray presented on Alabama’s I-59 Mainline Paving Project and highlighted how it has helped deliver competition to Alabama.

Eric Ferrebee, P.E., ACPA’s Senior Director of Technical Services, and Nick Davis, P.E., Director of the Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership for ACPA and Director of Technical Services for IGGA, were in attendance representing the industry. Ferrebee was recently re-elected for a second term on the NC2 executive committee.

The next meeting of the NC2 will be held jointly with the 13th International Conference on Concrete Pavements held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from August 25-29. Registration and the room block are now open.

 

ACPA Board of Directors to Participate in the DC Transportation Construction Fly-In May 14 – 16

Each year, the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), organized by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), hosts a ‘fly-in’ for its partner organizations to encourage advocacy on behalf of the transportation construction industry. This year, ACPA plans to descend on Capitol Hill for discussions on the impacts of inflation, August Redistribution and Federal research funding critical for the work of ACPA’s partner, the CP Tech Center. ACPA would like to thank those on the Board who have signed up to meet with their lawmakers and relevant Committee Chairs:

  • Ernie Peterson, Chair (KS) – Vice President of Sales – Midwest at Ash Grove Cement Company
  • Don Weaver, Incoming Chair (AR) – Vice President and Secretary of Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc.
  • John Leckie, Chapter State Executive Committee Chair (IN) – Executive Director of the Indiana Chapter of ACPA
  • Laura O’Neill Kaumo, (DC) – President and CEO of ACPA
  • Ed Wessel, (PA) – President of Hi-Way Paving, Inc.
  • Nathan Reede, (SD) – President and CEO of Reede Construction, Inc.
  • John Roberts, (NY) – Executive Director of IGGA/ACPA Pavement Preservation Partnership
  • Ruben Guererro, (AZ) – CEO of Salt River Materials Group
  • Ron Meskis, (CA) – CEO of American Highway
  • Tim Nash, (TN) – Director of Concrete Products for Wirtgen America, Inc.

Related to the fly-in, ACPA’s Chapter State Executive Directors will travel to Washington, DC to meet with relevant Federal Agencies. Stay tuned for developments from the Fly-In and CSE agency meetings.

Through materials development, consultation services and program advisement, RC3 stands ready to assist agencies and contractors in securing funding and implementing measures to decrease the carbon footprint in construction projects. For questions or additional information, please contact ACPA’s Senior Director of Technical Services, Eric Ferrebee, P.E., at eferrebee@acpa.org. To receive regular communications, please sign up for RC3 updates here.

 

ACPA Participates in P-501 Workshop

ACPA participated in the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NEC/AAAE) sponsored P-501 Workshop at the 2024 NEC Hershey Conference on March 25-27 in Hershey, PA. The P-501 workshop was planned and developed by the FAA Headquarters and Eastern Region Engineers, ACPA and the Airport Concrete Pavement Technology Program’s (ACPTP) Technology Transfer Program. ACPA’s Chief Engineer Gary Mitchell, CP Tech Center and ACPTP’s Director Dr. Peter Taylor, ACPA Member RDM’s Vice-President Chris Decker and FAA Headquarters’ Engineer Harold Honey participated in the workshop delivered as a track at the NEC/AAAE annual Hershey Conference. The conference was attended by more than 400 engineers, airport sponsors and FAA regional engineers. The workshop discussed various specification requirements, performance-engineered mixtures (PEM), contractor quality control requirements and airport sponsors quality assurance requirements and included a panel session to discuss proper project execution. The workshop was the first in what is expected to be a biannual concrete paving workshop for the FAA Eastern Region.