The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) announced the recipients of its distinguished service and recognition awards. The award program was established in 1968, when the Association's first honoree was James W. Johnson, Iowa Highway Commission Testing Lab, for the invention of the slip form paver. The program has grown into a tradition cherished by the organization, the honorees, and the industry.
The 2011 recipients of ACPA's distinguished service awards include:
Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement
The 2011 award recipient is Jeffery Roesler, Ph.D., P.E., professor and Illinois Chapter-ACPA Faculty Scholar University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., in recognition of his research, which has advanced the understanding and use of thin, economical concrete pavement systems.
The award also recognizes his contributions to an advanced design procedure for thin concrete overlays on asphalt, and notably, for groundbreaking work to unlock the science behind the structural benefits of fiber reinforcement for thin slabs.
The award is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to advance the development and implementation of technical innovations and best practices in the design and construction of concrete pavements.
This award is named in honor of the second chief executive of the American Concrete Pavement Association. Marlin J. Knutson served in that role from 1988 to 1998, and during his tenure, was a staunch advocate for technical service and technology transfer. The Knutson Award for Technical Achievement has been awarded annually since 1998.
It is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to advance the development and implementation of technical innovations—as well as best practices—in the design and construction of concrete pavements.
Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award
The ACPA Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award recipient for 2011 is Robert Long, Jr., Executive Director of the ACPA-Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Richmond, Va.
The award recognizes Long's dedicated and persistent promotion of concrete pavements in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The award particularly recognizes Long for fostering a fair pavement selection policy in West Virginia, which has created new paving opportunities for ACPA members.
The ACPA Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award has been awarded selectively since 1998. It is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions through promotion efforts or programs to advance the awareness, specification, and/or placement of concrete pavements. The recipient must be an employee of an ACPA member-company, ACPA national staff, or staff of a local chapter/state association affiliated with ACPA.
Lifetime Pavement Recognition Award
The 2011 Lifetime Pavement Award was presented to Scott Street in the City of Springfield, Missouri. The street was recognized for its outstanding longevity and service over the past 87 years. The hallmark of concrete pavements is long life and durability, and Scott Street has certainly lived up to this tradition of excellence, as evidenced by this long-lasting roadway, which provides service to the City, its local communities, road users, and all who travel along this exceptional roadway.
Accepting the award on behalf of the City was Jonathan Gano, P.E., Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Springfield, Mo.
Awarded annually since 1994, the award is presented to the agency owner of an in-service concrete pavement that has demonstrated exceptional performance and service to its local community, state, and users. (This recognition rotates annually between public market segments: highway, street and airport. The 2011 award was presented for a municipal facility.)
Sustainable Practices Recognition Award
The 2011 award was presented to a team comprised of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Interstate Highway Construction, Inc (IHC). The award recognized CDOT and IHC for their outstanding, collaborative efforts on Interstate-225 from Mississippi Avenue to 6th Avenue, Aurora, Colo.
This award cites the team's use of 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 percent recycling of existing concrete materials for use in a new concrete mix and on other project components.
Begun in 2010, this award is presented to an organization or team (owner and contractor) that demonstrates leadership by implementing sustainable design and construction practices that consider societal, environmental, and economic factors.