The American Concrete Pavement Association presents distinguished service awards in recognition of people and practices that represent the very best the transportation-construction community has to offer. The award program was established in 1968 when the Association’s first honoree was James W. Johnson, Iowa Highway Commission Testing Lab for invention of the slipform pavement machine. The program has grown into a tradition cherished by the organization, the honorees, and the industry.
Collectively, these awards and recognitions honor the commitment, focus, and accomplishments of the most forward thinking, innovative, and determined professionals in the transportation community, as well as the quality highways, airports, and streets and roads they build and rehabilitate.
Sustainable practices also are honored with a special award. These best practices in sustainable pavement construction, preservation, and rehabilitation are those which serve as a model throughout the transportation-construction community.
The nomination period for the 2021 Distinguished Service Awards is now closed. Recipients will be notified the first week of October and recognized at the upcoming 58th Annual Meeting in Huntington Beach, California.
2020—Randell C. Riley, P.E., Illinois Chapter-ACPA, Inc. (retired).In recognition of your exceptional service and commitment to the concrete pavement industry.
2019—Peter Deem, Holcim (U.S.) (retired) and ACPA Honorary Life Member. In recognition of a distinguished career and dedicated service to the American Concrete Pavement Association. Mr. Deem collaborated with ACPA contractors to build the Association and expand its scope and effectiveness.
2018—Don Detwiler, Chairman, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. In recognition of technology advancement and resultant high quality of concrete pavements, the award recognizes his distinguished career and lifelong service to ACPA and the concrete pavement industry; his leadership as 1979 Chairman of the Board; and his role in forming the first ACPA-affiliated chapter in the northeastern United States.
2017—Michael I. Darter, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer with Applied Research Associates, Inc. and Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois. The award recognized Darter for his innovation, leadership, teaching, and mentoring in the field of civil engineering, as well as for his advancement of technology that has resulted in countless numbers of high-quality concrete pavements.
2016—James D. “Doug” Pitcock, Jr., owner, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Williams Brothers Construction Company, Houston, for his leadership in both the transportation-construction industry, as well as one of the largest concrete paving contractors in the United States.
2015—Gary Godbersen, President & CEO, GOMACO Corporation, for more than 50 years of support of the American Concrete Pavement Association, and for vision, inventiveness, and many innovations in concrete paving equipment and accessories.
2014—John E. Eisenhour, National Sales Manager, Guntert & Zimmerman Const. Div., Inc., Ripon, Calif., for more than 50 years of dedication and commitment to the art and science of concrete pavement construction.
2013—James (Jim) Duit, President of Duit Construction Co., Inc., for 45 years of innovation and successful construction of concrete pavements, as well as selfless dedication and tireless advocacy on behalf of the industry and the American Concrete Pavement Association.
2012—Gordon Smith, P.E., Iowa Concrete Paving Association, for more than 25 years of dedicated service and successful promotion of concrete pavement in Iowa and across the nation. The award also recognizes Smith for his vision and leadership in chartering the Iowa Center for Concrete Pavement Technology, which grew to be the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) at the Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
2011—Dan Keys, Berns Construction Company (retired), for the indelible positive marks left on the concrete pavement industry in Indiana and across the nation as both a founder of the Indiana Chapter – ACPA, and a chairman of the American Concrete Pavement Association, including leadership in chartering the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center in 2005.
2010—Patrick Nolan, Interstate Highway Construction, for dedication, leadership, creativity, and faith in guiding the American Concrete Pavement Association, and for the integrity that defined your career and will remain your legacy.
2009—James Shilstone Sr., Chairman of the Shilstone Companies, Inc. for educating the concrete pavement industry about the principles of aggregate gradation and concrete mixture design. His tireless, lifelong pursuits greatly improved the quality of concrete pavements worldwide, and based on his work, thousands of miles of pavements have been built using materials selected according to the principles he has taught.
2008—Gary Aamold, Highway Services Division, Penhall Company, for dedication, commitment, and service to the concrete pavement industry, as well as leadership of the American Concrete Pavement Association, and its affiliate, the International Grooving & Grinding Association. Also, for demonstrated vision and leadership in the areas of pavement restoration and rehabilitation, including direct involvement in the co-development of the Next Generation Concrete Surface, pioneered through tireless research, field testing, and laboratory evaluation.
2007—James Lafrenz, P.E., IPRF and ACPA, for outstanding leadership and dedication to advancing the quality of concrete pavements, and thus, vastly improving the nation’s airfields. Also, for guiding ACPA’s airport programs, the Innovative Pavement Research Foundation, and contributing unwavering will to advance the transportation community at large through sound vision and the tireless pursuit of excellence.
2006—Edward A. Egan, Northern Con-Agg, Inc., for Outstanding leadership and dedication to advancing the use of concrete pavements, as well as for guiding the American Concrete Pavement Association and the concrete pavement industry through sound vision and the tireless pursuit of quality.
2005—William R. Cape, James Cape & Sons Construction Company (Posthumously), for peerless innovation, leadership, vision, tenacity, and drive. As a leader, teacher, mentor, and friend to many in the concrete pavement industry, the pursuit of quality and excellence were both his life’s work and his passion.
2004—Donald E. Beuerlein, Koss Construction Company, for outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to advancing the use of concrete pavements, as well as for shaping and guiding the American Concrete Pavement Association, for countless contributions to the Association and to your craft have resulted in world-class quality and have embodied the best of the past, present, and future of the concrete pavement industry.
2003—Robert B. Priest, Sanders Saws, for outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication in developing both the phrase and the technology of CPR and for service to the industry in key leadership positions on the ACPA Board, IGGA, Southeast Chapter-ACPA and the Northeast Chapter-ACPA.
2002—Leet E. Denton, Denton Enterprises, Inc., for more than 40 years of outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to advancing the use of concrete pavements, as well as for shaping and guiding the American Concrete Pavement Association and the concrete pavement industry through sound vision, bold ideas, and the tireless pursuit of quality.
2001—Richard E. Forrestal, Cold Spring Construction Company, for over 50 years of outstanding leadership, tireless service, promotion and dedication to advancing the use and roles of concrete pavements and serving as ACPA Chairman of the Board in 1983.
2000—M. Lee Powell, III, President, APAC—Georgia, Inc.—Ballenger Paving Division, for over forty years of leadership, tireless service and dedication to advancing the use and roles of concrete pavements and twice serving as ACPA Chairman of the Board.
1999—James Mays, T.L. James Company (retired), for his leadership and dedication to the concrete pavement industry, tireless promotion of concrete pavements, equipment innovations, and his well-established track record for quality concrete pavement projects.
1998—Denny Brush, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association—In recognition of his leadership in developing design procedures for concrete airfields, highways and local roads and for expanding the transportation community’s knowledge of concrete pavement engineering.
1997—Robert G. Packard, American Concrete Pavement Association—In recognition of his leadership in developing design procedures for concrete airfields, highways and local roads and for expanding the transportation community’s knowledge of concrete pavement engineering.
1996—Sanford P. LaHue, American Concrete Pavement Association—In recognition of his leadership in promoting quality concrete pavements to the highway community, concrete pavement industry and the American Concrete Pavement Association.
1995—Thomas T. Trussell, Central Atlantic Contractors, Inc., for 47 years, a leader and pioneer in the development of concrete pavement restoration (CPR) techniques and for his dedication to the concrete pavement industry.
1994—Roger A. Minnich, Minnich-Maginniss Mfg., for 40 years of customer service to the concrete pavement industry, and for providing contractors with ideas and knowledge to help them solve their vibration problems.
1993—Charles T. Sheley, Hi-Way Paving, Inc., for his devotion to the quality of concrete pavements, and for his tireless efforts in the consolidation of the American Concrete Pavement Association and the Portland Cement Association Paving Division.
1992—Ronald M. Guntert, Sr., Guntert &, Zimmerman Const. Div.—Manufacturer, inventor, innovator, for his personal devotion and years of dedication and involvement in the concrete pavement industry.
1991—Harold W. Godbersen, GOMACO Corporation (Posthumously)—Contractor, manufacturer, inventor, for his personal devotion and years of dedication and involvement to the concrete pavement industry.
1990—Portland Cement Association, for their assistance in the formation of the American Concrete Pavement Association and for their promotional and technical research in support of concrete pavements for the past 75 years.
1989—James C. Mikulanec, Central Paving Corporation, for the development of the “Fast Track” paving concept.
1988—William Feltz, Andersen Concrete Co., for the development of the AASHTO Computer Program.
1987—Robert E. Hirschman, Elderlee, Inc., for service and dedication to the Association as President, Past President and Secretary/Treasurer.
1986—Thomas Wilson, Jr., Southern Roadbuilders, Inc. (Posthumously), for being a strong Association supporter and industry leader.
1985—ACPA Staff in appreciation of contributions made during their time of employment with ACPA.
1984—Wisconsin DOT for recognition of Wisconsin I-90/94 recycling project.
1983—Gordon K. Ray for dedication of entire professional career to the promotion of concrete pavements.
1982—Georgia Department of Transportation for leadership in developing and conducting a positive program of pcc pavement restoration.
1981—Marlin J. Knutson, Iowa Concrete Paving Association, for important contributions to the concrete pavement industry, including promotion of thin-bonded concrete overlays.
1979—S. J. Groves, Brown & Lambrecht and Denton Construction Co. for outstanding achievement in exhibiting fortitude required for development of the low bid on the Edens Expressway Reconstruction Project, the largest roadway contract ever awarded in the United States and for the professional manner in which the joint-venture mobilized equipment, procured materials, and successfully completed the first year’s construction on schedule.
1978—Iowa Department of Transportation for outstanding achievement in concrete paving technology.
1977—Gene Marter, Material Service Corporation and Dick Wehrli, Easy Street Construction Company, for their inventive leadership in co-chairing the ACPA Pave-In II street paving seminar at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
1976—Glen E. Perkins, Quad City Construction Company—Received for inventive leadership in developing the first production version of the slipform paver.
1975—Harry S. Curlin, Southern Roadbuilders, Inc., for leadership in developing the econocrete concept.
1974—Illinois State Toll Highway Authority in recognition of the innovative design concepts developed for the 69 mile extension of the Illinois East-West Tollway between Aurora and Rock Falls.
1973—Zachry-South Prairie in recognition of excellence in management, scheduling, and construction.
1972—George C. Koss, Koss Construction Company (Posthumously)—Biggest promoter of concrete pavements in the Midwest.
1971—The Pave-In Team for construction of a mile of concrete pavement presented to the County free of charge using their own design and specifications to illustrate cost savings in upgrading low traffic roads with concrete pavement.
1970—Denton Construction Company for exceptional promotion of concrete pavement, development of new ideas; use of innovative methods and design; and outstanding job performance.
1969—Bill Swisher, CMI Corporation in recognition of innovating and manufacturing the Automated Fine Grader.
1968—James W. Johnson, Iowa Highway Commission Testing Lab—Inventor of the slipform paver.
Harold Halm Presidential
2019—Doug Johnson, P.E., Federal Aviation Administration, for exemplary leadership in the tireless pursuit of commercial airport concrete pavement quality and for stewarding a valued history and strong partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration and the American Concrete Pavement Association.
2018—Village of Kimberly, WI, for achieving the remarkable milestone of 100% concrete roads. This achievement reflects the Village administration’s long-standing policy to build streets and roads to last, and to pass along these benefits to the taxpayers through quality pavements, lower street maintenance costs and a better quality of life through other village services.
2015—Wisconsin DOT for the agency’s long-standing life cycle cost and pavement type selection policies that recognize the importance that healthy industry competition has on creating higher quality pavements at a lower overall cost to the public.
2013—Suneel Vanikar, Federal Highway Administration, for exemplary leadership in pursuit of concrete pavement technology implementation and for stewarding a valued history and partnership between the Federal Highway Administration and the American Concrete Pavement Association.
2007—Baker Concrete Const., Inc. & Speedway Motor Sports for outstanding achievement in construction of concrete pavement at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
2006*—Koss Construction Co. on the 50th Anniversary of the completion of the first project funded by the 1956 highway act, which established the Interstate Highway System.
2002—Tully Construction Co., Inc., for dedicated support in the clean-up efforts at New York’s “Ground Zero” and exemplary representation of the concrete pavement industry.
2001—Tom Cackler, Director, Highway Division, Iowa DOT, for 30 Years of Outstanding Service to the State of Iowa and for Dedicated Support and Encouragement of the Concrete Pavement Industry.
2000—Edward A. Egan, President, Northern Con-Agg, Inc., for 35 Years of Personal Service on behalf of the Mission and Leadership of the American Concrete Pavement Association and for dedicated contributions to advancing the position and credibility of the Association.
1999—Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, in recognition of the Highway 71 Relocation project, which provides a vital transportation link for the citizens and industry in the State of Arkansas.
1998—Elmer Greinert “Bud” Shuster, (R-9-Pa.), then-Chairman, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives.
1997—Jack Oremus (Posthumously), President, Dixon-Marquette Cement and Prairie Group , for his steadfast dedication and support of the industry, his strong leadership skills, and his unwavering support of forward-looking initiatives such as mechanistic pavement design.
1996—Georgia DOT in recognition of outstanding commitment and achievements in concrete pavement restoration. Georgia was the first to pull together all the techniques into a comprehensive system of repairs which came to be known as CPR. The system has since been adopted by many state and countries around the world to economically prolong highway life and improve ride quality.
1994—Robert G. Huber, Washington, Iowa County Engineer – For his dedication to the engineering profession and concrete pavement industry and for his devotion to innovative pavement designs, including whitetopping.
* In 2006 the ACPA Presidential Award was renamed the Harold J. Halm Presidential Award after ACPA’s first President.
Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement
2020 – Gary Fick, Project Manager, The Transtec Group, for extraordinary efforts in championing real-time pavement smoothness technology and helping contractors improve ride quality of concrete pavements nationwide.
2019—Paul Jaworski, Product Manager, Minnich Manufacturing, Inc., for direct involvement and contribution to virtually all the significant inventions and technological advancements of concrete vibration technologies, you have earned the reputation of being an expert, thought leader and trusted advisor in the art and science of concrete consolidation.
2018—Jason Weiss, Ph.D., P.E., Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University.Weiss was recognized for fundamental advancement of concrete pavement durability through applied research, including application of the ring and dual-ring tests; resistivity test, and most notably the “formation factor.”Some of his notable technical achievements are important components of the “Performance Engineered Mixtures” program, and are enabling the FHWA, state DOTs, and industry to work collaboratively to develop the next generation specification for concrete pavement quality assurance.
2017—Tyler Ley, Ph.D., P.E., Oklahoma State University, in recognition of his enthusiastic approach to learning, researching, teaching and innovating, which has had a positive impact beyond students and colleagues in the concrete paving industry. The award also was presented for technical accomplishments , notably the Super Air Meter (SAM), which has become a core component of the concrete pavement industry’s drive for Performance Engineered Mixtures.
2016—The William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. for supporting the comprehensive needs of the aviation community, including state-of-the-art pavement design tools and technical standards to meet the demands of today’s new large aircraft.
2015—Julie M. Vandenbossche, Ph.D., P.E., University of Pittsburgh, for more than 25 years of accomplishments in the field of concrete pavement research, particularly work on the design of concrete overlays on asphalt pavements.The design models offer the concrete pavement industry new opportunities in the industry’s quest to provide quality alternatives to traditional asphalt resurfacing.
2014—Larry Scofield, P.E., International Grooving & Grinding Association in recognition of his decisive role in developing and implementing the Next Generation Concrete Surface technology; development of the SPS-2 state-sponsored pooled fund study; and steadfast support of the industry and transportation agencies through passion, hard work, expertise, and solid technical guidance.
2013—MNRoad in recognition of MnROAD, Minnesota’s Cold Weather Road Research Facility, where agency and industry ideas are put to the test. This award is presented as a tribute to MnRoad’s commitment to learning and putting ideas into practice.
2012—Dr. Mike Darter, P.E., Applied Research Associates for his many contributions to concrete pavement research and engineering, and the many engineers trained through his life’s work, including the development of: The Pavement Condition Index; National Pavement Performance Models; MEPDG – Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide; and 1993 AASHTO Overlay Design Procedure.
2011—Dr. Jeffrey Roesler, P.E. – University of Illinois, for a persistent pursuit of research to advance thin, economical concrete pavement systems. Of highest acknowledgment is the development of the most advanced design procedure for thin concrete overlays on asphalt, which includes groundbreaking work to unlock the science behind the structural benefit of fiber reinforcement for thin slabs.
2010—Dale Harrington, P.E., National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, for a passionate commitment to working collaboratively with others to truly make a difference, particularly for leadership and vision in creating the Integrated Materials and Construction Practices Manual, the CP Road Map, and the Guide to Concrete Overlays, which have impacted best practices throughout the nation.
2009—Rodney Joel, P.E., Federal Aviation Administration, Safety and Standards Branch, for meritorious service to the transportation community, and notably, for significant improvements in concrete airfield design and construction, and particularly for the design of stabilized and drainable bases and the use of mechanistic pavement thickness design, which all have greatly improved concrete pavements throughout the nation.
2008—Thomas J. Yager (retired), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), for commitment and service to the transportation-construction community by advancing concrete pavement testing, research, and development, with particular emphasis on friction. The award also recognizes the research and development of transverse grooving to counteract hydroplaning, thereby improving aircraft tire performance on wet pavement.
2007—James H. Woodstrom, P.E. (retired), Caltrans, for commitment and service to the transportation industry in advancing concrete pavement testing, research, and development. Recognized among his accomplishments is his pivotal role in research and development for many of the designs, procedures and specifications used by the California DOT (Caltrans), including the plain jointed concrete pavements that have become the standard across the world.
2006—National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) for commitment and service to the concrete pavement industry in advancing concrete pavement research, technology transfer, and technology implementation. Among the growing list of accomplishments is the key role in developing and advancing the Concrete Pavement Road Map, which holds great promise for the future of concrete pavement technology.
2005—The Transtec Group and Federal Highway Administration for outstanding achievement in developing the HIPERPAV software program, which has improved the knowledge of concrete paving contractors and engineers on the factors that influence construction quality.
2004—Robert F. Steffes, PCC Research Engineer, Center for Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Technology, Iowa State University for outstanding achievement in the field of research and development, notably the development of longitudinal joint forming, an innovative method of forming longitudinal joints into concrete pavements. This award also recognizes his many innovations over the years that have resulted in quality concrete pavements.
2003—David E. Wittwer, Wittwer Paving, Inc., for outstanding work and contributions to develop, implement, and promote practices used to attain “super-smooth” concrete pavements.
2002—David L. Rettner and the Minnesota DOT Metro Division, for conceptualizing, engineering and promoting the I-35W “60-Year Pavement” project, setting new standards for PCC pavement design and construction in the U.S., and raising awareness of the long-term performance of concrete pavements.
2001—Pavement Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, Western States Chapter-ACPA, and California DOT for leadership as a key participant of the California I-10 team, and for innovative technical contributions.
2000—Kansas DOT for ongoing contributions in setting smoothness standards for concrete pavements.
1999—Jimmie Thompson, Ash Grove Cement Company for advancing concrete pavement quality through enhanced material design, teaching and leadership, and an unprecedented personal commitment to the concrete pavement industry.
Outstanding Pavement Promotion Awards
2020—Ken Liescheidt, Missouri/Kansas Chapter, ACPA Missouri Field Engineer (retired), for the creation of a sustained concrete overlay parking lot market in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
2019—Mike Byers, Executive Director, Indiana Chapter-ACPA, for leadership in advocating for the use of concrete pavements, and work to improve the design, constructability, preservation and maintenance of Indiana’s highways and roads. Mr. Byers collaboration with the Indiana DOT and Purdue University (including some 45 study advisory groups) has made a positive and lasting impact on the many individuals you have mentored, guided and supported. By making concrete pavements and concrete promotion his life’s work, Mike earned the respect of a grateful industry, which recognizes you as a soft-spoken, powerful leader, promoter and expert.
2017—Task Force for the Preservation of Historic Concrete Pavement Artifacts for chronicling concrete pavement projects and preserving historic artifacts, notably the original concrete pavements dating back to 1891 and 1893 in Bellefontaine, OH.
2016—Patrick (Pat) Long, Director of Marketing and Government Affairs for the Indiana Chapter-ACPA. This award recognizes Long’s unique expertise in the promotion of concrete pavements. The award cited his experiences in regulatory and legislative issues, economic development policy, and public finance have benefited the industry in Indiana and throughout ACPA’s Chapter/State paving association network.
2015—Larry Engbrecht, Executive Director, South Dakota Chapter-ACPA, for his professional approach and honorable, straightforward nature as Executive Director of the South Dakota Chapter-ACPA. These qualities have built a trustful environment where the South Dakota DOT and industry partner together to find mutually beneficial solutions using concrete pavements. This has led to a stable market for concrete paving and the introduction of concrete overlays as a tool in the DOT’s toolbox.
2014—James Mack, P.E., Director Market Development-Commercial Strategy, CEMEX, Houston, Texas, for championing life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA), which plays an important role in improving the pavement investment decision-making process. The award also recognizes him as an outspoken advocate for the benefits of LCCA; for his outreach and education efforts in the proper application of LCCA as a pavement selection/validation tool; and for his experience and expertise in a range of concrete promotion efforts.
2013—Kevin McMullen, P.E., President of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association (WCPA)—In recognition of his professional approach, leadership, and unwavering efforts in developing and maintaining one of the strongest and most consistent concrete pavement programs of any state in the United States.
2012—Ron Youngman, P.E., Colorado/Wyoming Chapter – ACPA, for his steadfast promotion of concrete pavements, applying innovation and sound engineering principles to address challenges and opportunities alike.
2011—Robert Long, ACPA-Mid-Atlantic Chapter for dedicated and persistent promotion of concrete pavements in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, and in particular for fostering a fair pavement selection policy in West Virginia, which has created new paving opportunities for ACPA members.
2010—Randell Riley, P.E., Illinois Chapter, Inc. – ACPA, for tireless, successful promotion of concrete pavement solutions on lower volume country roads, city streets, and bus pads in the State of Illinois, including thin concrete overlays.
2008—Todd LaTorella, P.E., Missouri/Kansas Chapter, Inc.—ACPA
2007—Gerry Krozel, Prairie Material Sales Inc.
2006—Bob Lopez, Cement Council of Texas
2006—John Cunningham, Iowa Concrete Paving Association
2005—Allan Childers, P.E., ACPA-Southeast Chapter
2005—Ken Liescheidt, P.E., Missouri/Kansas Chapter
2004—Dan DeGraaf, P.E., West Michigan, Michigan Concrete Paving Association
2004—Lori Tiefenthaler, Southeast Cement Association
2003—Gregory A. Dean, Southeast Chapter—ACPA
2002—William R. Larson, CEMEX, Ontario, CA
2001—Lee B. Godfrey, Jr., Signal Mountain Cement Company
2000—M.C. Ollar, P.E., Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter—ACPA
1999—Ray Siepp, Signal Mountain Cement Company
Lifetime Pavement Recognition
2020—Washington County (IA) Engineer’s Office in recognition of the long-term performance of W61 (Riverside Road). The 14-mile section of 6-inch thick, 20-foot wide concrete pavement has withstood the tests of time, traffic, and weather since 1962.
2019— Virginia Department of Transportation in recognition of Virginia State Route 316. With only minimal maintenance, State Route 316 (Greenbush Road} has served the communities of Accomack County, Virginia, for about eight decades. This exceptional pavement has far exceeded its original design life and exhibits the durability and performance for which concrete pavement specifiers strive. This highway is not only an important travel route for local communities, but is an excellent example of the longevity that has become one of the greatest values and true hallmarks of concrete pavement.
2018 (2 recipients)—The City of Boulder, CO, was in recognized with an award for a four-block section of Mapleton Avenue, a location of great importance to a vibrant city. Built in 1927, and with minimal maintenance since, the concrete pavement stands as an exceptional and durable example of concrete put to the test. This historic section of Mapleton Avenue has contributed to economic development, including mining camps, the discovery of gold, and the growth of the University of Colorado.
2018 (2 recipients) —Florida DOT, District 5, for Woodland Boulevard in DeLand, FL. The concrete pavement designated as US 17/92 and Woodland Boulevard, extends the entire north-south length of the City of DeLand, and remains in excellent condition as it approaches eight decades of service. Built in 1939 and dedicated in 1940, the jointed-reinforced concrete pavement serves Stetson University and Florida DOT’s District 5 Headquarters, along with many other businesses in the city. This storied pavement plays an important role in the community, as the site of many parades and civic celebrations.
2017—California Interstate 10 (Ontario to Colton Freeway) Presented to the Caltrans, District 8, in reconginition of the 10-mile section of concrete pavement built in 1947 and still in use in 2017.
2016—The City of San Antonio for Belknap Place, the oldest concrete pavement in the State of Texas. Located in the Monte Vista Historic District of San Antonio, was placed in 1914, the pavement employed an innovative, patented process called “Granitoid.”
2015—Westminster Avenue between 1300 East & 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT. Westminster Avenue was among the first concrete streets ever built by the city, having been constructed in 1916. It serves as a testament to the longevity of concrete pavements, carrying traffic just as it did nearly one hundred years ago.
2014—Renner Field, Goodland, Kans. in recognition of the Runway 12/30 Whitetopping at Renner Field. This exceptional facility was first constructed in 1965 and overlaid with 6 in. of concrete in 1974. One of the first two airport whitetopping projects in the United States, this is one of the earliest airport pavement systems to use slipform paving equipment.
2013—The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in recognition of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, “America’s First Super Highway,” and its standing as the first limited access, high-speed facility in the United States. The award also recognizes the legacy of this unrivaled facility, which is that it served as the blueprint for the U.S. Interstate Highway System.
2011—Scott Street, Springfield, MO – In recognition of more than 87 years of high-quality, low-maintenance service to the road users, citizens and taxpayers of Springfield. The concrete pavement on Scott Street remains a legacy to the sound decision of a citizen-led effort to build roads in the city through self-imposed taxes.
2010—Interstate 79, Washington County, PA; Pennsylvania DOT – For outstanding performance in providing more than 20 years of zero-maintenance service to road users, citizens and taxpayers of Pennsylvania. The concrete pavement has stood the test of time and is a testament to the durability and longevity of concrete and the importance of quality construction and design.
2008—Sagtikos State Parkway, NY (Highways); Belknap Place, San Antonio, Texas (Streets & Roads); and Washington Dulles International Airport (Airports)
2007—Interstate 176, located between Reading and Morgantown, PA (Highways)
2006—Interstate 29, Monona County, Iowa DOT (Highways); Cemetery Road, Eddyville, Mahaska County, Iowa (Streets & Local Roads); and Runway 13/31 at Iowa’s Storm Lake Municipal Airport (Airports)
2005—NASA for Shuttle Landing Facility Kennedy Space Center Cape Canaveral, Florida (Airports)
2004—State Route 17 into Hollywood, Habersham County, Georgia DOT (Highways); Lawrence County Airport, Courtland, Ala. (Airports); Huron and North 2nd Streets, City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (Streets & Local Roads); St. Rte 522 South Shade Gap, Pennsylvania DOT, Engineering District 9-0 (Highways)
2002—B Street, Salt Lake City, Utah DOT (Streets & Local Roads) and I-26, 40-year Concrete Pavement; South Carolina (Highways); and Yalecrest Neighborhood, Salt Lake City, Utah (Streets & Local Roads)
2001—Interstate—55, Benton to Sikeston, Missouri DOT (Highways)
2000—Interstate 285 Dekalb County, Georgia DOT (Highways)
1999—Historic Route 66, Oklahoma DOT (Highways)
1999—Sixth & Seventh Streets, City of Duluth, Minnesota
1994—Runway 8R/26L at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport (Airports)
Sustainable Practices Recognition Award
2020—The Public Works Department City of Riviera Beach, Florida and Engineering Team of Erdman Anthony West Palm Beach, Florida. This award recognizes the Singer Island Neighborhood Improvements in Riviera Beach, Florida. The team demonstrated great foresight by placing a concrete pavement that will provide a resilient structure under future king tide conditions. Such decisions are a model for others and represent great progress in thoughtful, proactive construction of more resilient and sustainable infrastructure.
2019—Federal Highway Administration, in recognition of leadership in creating a framework for sustainable design and construction practices that consider societal, environmental and economic factors (the triple bottom line). Since 2011, the FHWA-led Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group (SPTWG) has been a positive and productive forum for the public and private sectors. The SPTWG has earned high marks for its open exchanges among stakeholders. FHWA has fostered increased awareness of use-phase impacts, which are now considered essential elements of sustainability and life-cycle analysis.
2018—Florida Department of Transportation and Archer Western Construction in recognition of the innovative design-build team which proposed, engineered, and built a 16-ft wide full-depth concrete shoulder to serve as an emergency lane along State Route 9B in Jacksonville. The decision to provide the emergency lane reflects forward-thinking context sensitivity, which is rare and an inherently important part of sustainable construction. This is a positive example of including the societal benefit of avoiding future construction costs and eliminating future lane closures.
2017—Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. (an ACPA Member) and the Kansas DOT for their team effort in recognizing and prioritizing sustainable construction practices on the South Lawrence Trafficway (K-10) Project. In addition to the complexity of building a six-mile, four-lane highway on new alignment, the contractor and agency’s combined efforts successfully employed context sensitive measures in the truest spirit of sustainable construction.
2015—The award was presented to the Utah DOT Region 2; Geneva Rock Products, Inc.; and Holcim (US) for their work on the Interstate-80 reconstruction project from Silver Creek Junction to Wanship, Utah. This award recognizes the leadership of these companies/ organizations and the individuals involved in the project, specifically for sustainable construction practices. The award also pays appropriate tribute to the teamwork and leadership in conceiving and executing the Interstate 80 project. This project is believed to be include the first ever partial depth reclamation of only 4 inches of existing asphalt with cement, as well as the first large scale paving project using Envirocore cement. The combined efforts have resulted in the attainment of the “triple bottom-line” of societal, environmental, and economic factors. This project has made the Utah DOT and others in the concrete pavement industry more aware of what can be done in applying sustainable practices without impacting cost, schedule, or the traveling public.
2013—Illinois Tollway for using everything within the exiting right-of-way as raw materials for base and pavement construction/reconstruction, as well as to include fractionated recycled asphalt pavement and two-lift construction to further the agency’s sustainability goals. It also recognizes the commitments made by the Tollway engineering and management staff to take what they have learned through an investment in research, and apply it in practice working with their local construction industry partners. The Tollway’s recycling program represents the most ambitious concrete pavement sustainability effort underway by any U.S. agency.
2012—Frank Hayes, Senior Airport Specialist (ret.) and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Team for their vision, tenacity, and commitment to quality construction and sustainable construction practices with the implementation of Pavement Management System (PMS).
2011—Interstate 225 From Mississippi Avenue to 6th Avenue in Aurora, Colorado; Colorado DOT; and Interstate Highway Construction, Inc. for successfully collaborating on sustainable design and construction practices for a truly green reconstruction project. The teamwork and leadership on this project shows how concrete pavements can exhibit a lower energy footprint, reduce the use of fuel during construction, lower disposal needs and promote 100% recycling of existing concrete materials for use in a new concrete mix and on other project components.
2010—Honey Creek Resort; Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wicks Construction, Inc., Concrete Technologies, Inc.; Jasper Construction and Ideal Ready Mix Co., Inc. for outstanding collaboration and leadership in sustainable, low-impact construction using concrete pavement on the largest project ever undertaken by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa’s first destination resort at a state park.
Denton Honorary Life Membership
2019—Leet “Ed” Denton, retired President of Denton Enterprises
2018—Irving F. Jensen, Jr.,Irving F. Jensen Co.)
2012—Peter Deem, Holcim US
2003—Robert H. Given, P.E., Iowa Concrete Paving Association and Iowa DOT
2007—Colin Jensen, Knife River Corporation (fka Irving F. Jensen Co.)
2006—Rolland Johns, CEMEX
1998—Marlin J. Knutson, P.E., American Concrete Pavement Association
1996—Joseph A. Kurtz, Pavement Specialists, Inc.
2006—M. Lee Powell III, APAC-Southeast, Inc., Ballenger Paving Division
2005—Donald E. Beuerlein, Koss Construction Company
2004—Charles T. Sheley, Hi-Way Paving, Inc.
1998—Joseph McDaniel, Ohio/Kentucky Chapter-ACPA
1997—Jack Irmscher, Lone Star Industries