ACPA presents 2017 excellence awards for concrete paving

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Updated Dec 14, 2017


The American Concrete Paving Association has presented its Excellence in Concrete Pavements Awards and selected Michael I. Darter for its 2017 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award.


HHE Award

Darter is principal engineer with Applied Research Associates and professor emeritus of the University of Illinois and has spent more than 40 years consulting, researching and teaching in the concrete paving field.

He was chosen 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.”

He was the principal developer of the “AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide,” which ACPA President and CEO Gerald Voigt called “the most comprehensive tool for concrete pavements in history.”

He has also inspired future engineers through his teaching style and his contributions have resulted in improved pavement longevity and quality, Voigt says.


Excellence in Concrete Pavements Awards

ACPA presented the following 2017 Excellence in Concrete Pavements Awards:

  • Reliever & General Aviation Airports

Gold – Reconstruction Project at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport, Maryville, Missouri; Contractor: Ideker; Owner: City of Maryville, Missouri; Engineer: Jviation

Silver – Jack Edwards National Airport Improvements, Gulf Shores, Alabama; Contractor: A.G. Peltz Group; Owner: Jack Edwards National Airport; Engineer: Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon

  • Commercial Service & Military Airports

Gold – Project: Runway/Taxiway Reconstruction, Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan; Contractor: Ajax Paving Industries; Owner: Wayne County Airport Authority; Engineer: RS&H

Silver – Runway 14-32 Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh International Airport, Findlay Township, Pa.; Contractor: Golden Triangle Construction Company; Owner:  Allegheny County Airport Authority; Engineer: Michael Baker International

  • Roller Compacted Concrete (Industrial)

Gold – Walmart Distribution Center, Mebane, N.C.; Contractor: Morgan Corp.                   ; Owner: Wal-Mart Stores; Engineers: Kimley-Horn

Silver – Bayport Container Yard, Seabrook, Texas; Contractor: A.G. Peltz Group; Owner: Port of Houston Authority; Engineers: LAN Engineering, HVJ Associates

  • Industrial Paving
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Gold – Circle Test Track Reconstruction at GM’s Milford Proving Ground, Michigan; Contractor:   Ajax Paving Industries; Owner: General Motors; Engineer: PEA, Inc.

  • Roller Compacted Concrete (Special Application)

Gold – Brickhaven Ash Unloading Facility, Moncure, North Carolina; Contractor: Andale Construction; Owner: Green Meadows; Engineer: HDR Engineering

Silver – Crossgate Road, Port Wentworth, Georgia; Contractor: A.G. Peltz Group; Owner/Engineer: Georgia Department of Transportation

  • Concrete Pavement Restoration

Gold – State Highway 52 CPR Project, Winneshiek County, Iowa; Contractors: Wicks Construction, Iowa Civil Contracting; Owner: Iowa Department of Transportation; Engineer: WHKS & Co.

Silver – Douglas County Concrete Pavement Preservation Program, Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Contractors: Villalobos Concrete Company, Chato’s Concrete, Interstate Improvement; Owner/Engineer: Douglas County

  • Municipal Streets & Intersection (>30,000 SY)

Gold – I-49 & Peculiar Way Interchange Improvements, Peculiar, Missouri; Contractor: Emery Sapp & Sons; Owner: Missouri Department of Transportation; Engineer: George Butler Associates

Silver – State Route Rehabilitation Project, Curry County, New Mexico; Contractor: K. Barnett & Sons; Owner: New Mexico Department of Transportation; Engineer: CH2M Hill

  • Municipal Streets & Intersection (<30,000 SY)

Gold – State Highway 42, Sister Bay, Wisconsin; Contractor: Vinton Construction Company; Owner: Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Village of Sister Bay; Engineer: REI Engineering, Village of Sister Bay

Silver – Diagonal Highway Reconstruction, Boulder, Colorado; Contractor: Castle Rock Construction Company; Owner: City of Boulder Public Works Department; Engineer: Loris and Associates

  • County Roads

Gold – County Road M-56, Dickinson County, Iowa; Contractor: Cedar Valley Corp.; Owner/Engineer: Dickinson County, Iowa

Silver – Voca Road & US 69 West, Atoka County, Oklahoma; Contractor: TTK Construction Co.; Owner: Oklahoma Department of Transportation; Engineer: Southeast 3 Circuit Engineering District

  • State Roads

Gold – US-56 Reconstruction, Gray, Kansas; Contractor: Koss Construction; Owner: Kansas DOT; Engineer: Transystems

Silver – Route AC Construction in Perry County, Perryville, Missouri; Contractor: Emery Sapp & Sons; Owner: Missouri DOT; Engineer: Missouri DOT-Southeast District

  • Overlays, Streets and Roads

Gold – Allamakee-B-38-Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa; Contractor: Cedar Valley Corporation; Owner/Engineer: Allamakee County

Silver – Merriam Lane Reconstruction & Improvements, Wyandotte, Kansas; Contractor: Miles Excavating; Owner: Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City; Engineer: Burns & McDonnell

  • Overlays, Highways

Gold – State Highway 13 Resurfacing Project, Moffat County, Colorado; Contractor: Castle Rock Construction Company; Owner: Colorado DOT – Region 3; Engineer: Colorado DOT – Region 3, Craig Residency

Silver – State Highway 51, Blaine County, Canton, Oklahoma; Contractor: Duit Construction Co.; Owner/Engineer: Oklahoma DOT

  • Urban Aerials and Collectors

Gold – State Highway 119 Reconstruction, Longmont, Colorado; Contractor: Castle Rock Construction Company; Owner: Colorado DOT – Region 4; Engineer: Colorado DOT – Region 4, Boulder Residency

Silver – N.Y. Gateway Connections Improvement Project – U.S. Peace Bridge Plaza, Buffalo, New York; Contractor: Surianello General Concrete Contractors;    Owner: New York State Department of Transportation – Region 5;            Engineer: Parsons Transportation Group of NY

  • Divided Highways (Rural)

Gold – South Lawrence Trafficway (K-10), Douglas, Kansas; Contractor: Emery Sapp & Sons; Owner: Kansas Department of Transportation; Engineer: HNTB Corp.

Silver – Wood County I-75 Reconstruction, Perrysburg, Ohio; Contractors: E&B Paving, E.S. Wagner Co.; Owner/Engineer: Ohio Department of Transportation – District 2

  • Divided Highways (Urban)

Gold – Grand Parkway Project, Houston, Texas; Contractor: Zachry Construction Corp., Odebrecht Construction; Owner: Texas DOT; Engineers: Parsons Transportation Group, The Transtec Group

Silver – I-25, Lincoln Avenue to County Line Road, Douglas County, Colorado; Contractor: Interstate Highway Construction; Owner: Colorado DOT; Engineer: Colorado DOT Region 1 – Lone Tree Residency