The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Awards Program recognizes those in our industry who achieve excellence in asphalt pavement construction. NAPA awards are meaningful for the winners because they are bestowed by peers, but publicity reaches far beyond the NAPA membership. Winners are highlighted in industry publications throughout the country and recognized for the quality work they are doing.
NAPA's Awards Program presents special opportunities for recognizing and encouraging excellence. Recipients are recognized for their contributions to a job well done.
Award programs include:
The Sheldon G. Hayes Award
The Sheldon G. Hayes Award winner is determined through a two-year process. Highway pavement projects using more than 50,000 tons of asphalt are eligible for consideration. Initially, they must win a Quality in Construction (QIC) Award, which is determined by numerical scores given by pavement engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) on the basis of how well the contractor met the specifications and achieved density on the finished pavement. All the pavements that meet a benchmark figure are given the QIC award.
The year after a project wins a QIC Award, it may be considered for the Sheldon G. Hayes Award. The top-ranked projects from each year are tested for smoothness, then visually inspected by an independent pavement consultant with many years of experience in the industry. This year, the evaluators praised the contestants for high-quality construction practices resulting in smooth, safe, and durable pavements.
Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award
The Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award is given to the highest-rated Quality in Construction - Airport Pavement. The award is named after Ray Brown, who was the Director of the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) from 1991 until his retirement in 2007. Under his leadership, NCAT became the preeminent organization for asphalt pavement research.
Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award
In 2013, NAPA began recognizing the top general pavements constructed and submitted for a Quality in Construction Award. Dubbed the Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award, the 10 highest-scoring projects submitted for a Quality in Construction Award in the General Paving (less than 50,000 tons) category are recognized for their commitment to building high-quality roads.
The award is named after Larry H. Lemon of Haskell Lemon Construction in Oklahoma City, who served faithfully on the Awards Committee for 18 years, before serving as Chairman of NAPA in 2010. Larry was instrumental in the creation of the rating system for the Quality in Construction Awards which require qualitative analysis using data and test results to determine the winners.
Quality in Construction Award
The Quality in Construction Awards recognize asphalt pavements of excellence. “Quality pavements are something every road builder strives to construct. We want to build pavements that deliver on the promise of high performance and drivability for the public,” said William C. Ensor III, NAPA 2014 Chairman. “Projects that earn a Quality in Construction Award have been measured against industry best practices designed to live up to that promise.”
For questions or additional information contact, Ester Magorka, Vice President - Marketing & Awards.