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Concrete Conference a Success

With an information-packed agenda, the 22nd annual Pennsylvania Concrete Conference drew 175 attendees and featured a wealth of business and technical information for participants.  First-time attendees comprised about 40% of our overall participation. These first-time attendees included experienced representatives from companies that have not previously been engaged with the concrete pavement community along with younger professionals who are the future of our industry. Six posters were presented from doctoral candidates and recent graduates from four universities on research that could reshape the state of the practice in concrete technologies.

The diverse group of attendees represented 72 different organizations, including twelve contractor firms. With a good mix of agencies, industry, consultants and academia, the conference started with keynote remarks from Yassmin Gramian, P.E., Acting Secretary of Transportation, PennDOT, who provided an overview of the mission and vision of PennDOT. This presentation was followed by a talk on the PennDOT 2020 construction program and on concrete pavement initiatives by T. Jay Cunningham, P.E., PennDOT’s Bureau of Maintenance and Operations.  Tom Harman from FHWA spoke about Innovations and Craig Shuey, COO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission presented on automated speed enforcement.

Leif Wathne of ACPA delivered an excellent historical overview of pavement type selection, which set the stage for a talk by Randolph Kirchain Ph.D. of MIT, about the impact of competition on pavement economics. 

Technical presentations covered materials, best practices, case histories, research and more.  Rich Jucha from ACPA/PA presented on a contractor/aggregate producer led skid study and Heather Steffek from the New York State Chapter presented on full-depth reclamation with portland cement stabilization.  PennDOT staffers Joe Cribben, Dave Jarvis, and Pat Baer updated the group, respectively, on CPQI Initiatives, 408 Updates, and Performance Engineered Mixtures.

The conference again included participation and presentations from the concrete precast, pipe and ready-mixed industries. Casting this wider net allowed attendees to dialogue with a diverse mix of suppliers, producers, and others who were drawn to this more diverse program.

2020 Association Happenings

MEMBERSHIP (Updated March 2, 2020)

The Chapter would like to welcome our newest members, who have all joined us this year:

  • Baseline Contracting (Paving Contractor)
  • Flores Automation (Allied/Services)
  • Komatsu/Northeast (Allied/Equipment)
  • Pennoni (Allied/Consultant)
  • Power Curbers & Power Pavers (Allied/Equipment)
  • Ravi Engineering & Land Surveying (Allied/Consultant)
  • Separation Technologies (Cementitious/Fly ash)

Welcome!!!!!

ELECTIONS

Our 2020 elections for our Directors and Officers took place during our Annual 2020 Dinner on February 18.  The following have been elected to one-year positions as Officers: Mark Ondecko,  Gulisek (Chair), Dave Scuillo, Golden Triangle (Vice-Chair), Christian Bononi, LafargeHolcim (Secretary/Treasurer).  Three-year directors elected were Dave Scuillo (Golden Triangle), Tom Hunt (CEMEX), Dan Davis (JMT) and Bob Priest (RBP Consultants). 

 

** Concrete Conference & Annual Meeting **

On-line registration has closed for the 22nd Annual Penn Concrete Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey on February 19-20, but we are accepting day of event registrations. Click HERE for the Day of Conference Registration Form.  Click HERE for the Agenda.

The Winter ACPA/PA Board Meeting (open to all members of ACPA/PA and invited guests) takes place on February 18, also at the Sheraton.  We start with lunch followed by the Board Meeting.  Our evening program includes a reception, a very brief Annual Meeting, and dinner. Come back soon for details on special guest dinner speaker.  Click HERE for details and to register.   

The ACPA/PA, in cooperation with our allied Transportation Construction Industry associations, is hosting a TCI Breakfast Meeting at the Sheraton on February 19, from 7am to 9am.  The Honorable Martina A. White, House Transportation Infrastructure Task Force Chair, will be our guest speaker.  Registration for this event is being handled separate from our Conference and Annual Meeting.  Click HERE for details and to register.     

 

Who’s Attending, Sponsoring and Exhibiting at the Conference? 

Platinum Sponsors

  • Golden Triangle
  • Gulisek Construction
  • Guntert & Zimmerman

Gold Sponsors

  • Swank Construction
  • CEMEX
  • Lehigh Hanson

Silver Sponsors

  • Flores Automation
  • Amerikohl
  • New Enterprise
  • ACI-Pittsburgh
  • Callahan Paving
  • J. J Anderson Construction
  • Gomaco
  • LafargeHolcim
  • Milliron & Goodman

 Bronze Sponsors

  • Fort Miller Group
  • CTS Cement /Rapid Set
  • Master Builders Solutions
  • Hi-Way Paving
  • Power Curbers & Power Pavers 

Advertising

  • Golden Triangle (HP)
  • Fort Miller Group (BC)
  • Amerikohl (HP)
  • ACI-Pittsburgh (QP)
  • RBP Consultants (BC)

Attending

  • PennDOT BOPD
  • PennDOT BOMO
  • PennDOT BOP&R
  • FHWA/PA
  • Keystone Stabilization
  • York Building Supplies

Exhibiting

  • Golden Triangle
  • Uretek USA
  • FORTA Group
  • Fort Miller Group 
  • IGGA
  • PCPA
  • Hunt Consulting & Testing 
  • Northeast Solite
  • CTS Cement /Rapid Set
  • ACPA/National
  • PA Precast Association
  • Gomaco/Cleveland Brothers
  • Geotech Services

Attending

  • ACPA/PA
  • PennDOT Office of Secretary 
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike
  • ACPA/National
  • FHWA/Washington
  • ACPA/NYS
  • MIT 
  • PACA
  • Penn State University
  • American Concrete Pipe Assoc.
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Northeast Prestressed
  • PA Precast Association
  • PennDOT District 1
  • PennDOT District 2
  • PennDOT District 3
  • PennDOT District 4
  • PennDOT District 5
  • PennDOT District 6
  • H&K Group
  • Urban Engineers
  • Milliron & Goodman
  • Gomaco
  • Cleveland Brothers
  • Lehigh Hanson
  • Komatsu Northeast
  • Guntert & Zimmerman

Attending

  • Golden Triangle
  • Mackin Engineering
  • Argos Cement
  • Uretek USA
  • Callahan Paving Products
  • Swank Construction
  • Walsh Construction
  • Cemex
  • FORTA Group
  • Flores Automation
  • Gulisek Construction
  • Fort Miller Group
  • JBC Associates
  • Amerikohl
  • New Enterprise 
  • CTS Cement /Rapid Set
  • Hunt Consulting & Testing
  • Johnson, Mirmiran, & Thompson
  • Lane Construction
  • JBC Associates
  • Remington & Vernick
  • Tye Bar
  • Stone & Company
  • SEFA Group
  • PennDOT District 8
  • PennDOT District 9
  • PennDOT District 10
  • PennDOT District 11
  • PennDOT District 12
  • Drexel University
  • Master Builders Solutions
  • J. J. Anderson Construction
  • Buzzi Unicem
  • Hi-Way Paving
  • Pennoni Associates
  • Boral Resources
  • Temple University
  • Allegheny Minerals
  • Geotech Services
  • LafargeHolcim
  • Power Curbers & Power Pavers

ACPA/PA Board Approves New Fees

The Pennsylvania Chapter Board approved last week new and streamlined fees for all membership categories.  A summary of all the changes can be found on our Dues  page. 

For all membership categories, we will soon be issuing invoices for annual dues, which will now be due by January 31.  For questions, please email us at Penn@ACPA.org or call 717-215-0509.

2019 Concrete Pavement Rodeo/Annual Bus Tour

Unfortunately, this year’s Concrete Pavement Rodeo originally scheduled for September 18-19 in Selinsgrove, PA had to be postponed.

We are still planning on conducting this event next year, more likely in combination with our traditional concrete pavement tour.

Please come back to this site for more information and details.