ACPA meets with the Tri-Services

ACPA Representatives met with the military Tri-Services twice during last week’s TRB Conference. ACPA’s Chief Engineer, Gary Mitchell, P.E., and several ACPA members attended the Tri-Services Concrete Pavement Industry Meeting on Tuesday. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and FAA provided a general update on specification changes and the timing of planned updates to their concrete pavement construction specifications. ACPA’s Mitchell gave an update on the CP Tech Center and FAA Cooperative agreement. Randy Scott and Jay Warren from ACPA member RC Construction provided a presentation on their recent runway reconstruction project at Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina. The presentation highlighted RC Construction’s process for blending aggregates prior to concrete pavement construction.

On Thursday, Mitchell and Scott, along with ACPA’s past President, Jerry Voigt, who attended virtually, met with Tri-Services to discuss ACPA’s redline of Tri-Services concrete construction specification. Early indications suggest Tri-Services will include many of ACPA’s recommendations and will provide ACPA with a review copy of a planned specification update this spring. “ACPA’s meeting with Tri-Services continued our very productive working relationship,” Mitchell stated. “Over the past five years, the Industry and Tri-Services have committed to work together to resolve some of the ambiguity in the specifications, which we hope will reduce the number of misinterpretations and disagreements during construction,” Mitchell added. Once Tri-Services completes its current update, ACPA will have the opportunity to provide additional recommendations. Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is also keenly interested in ACPA’s work on the specification and is part of an ACPA-AGC task force working on the effort.

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