The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) is pleased to name the recipients of its 2012 distinguished service and recognition awards.

The awards program was established in 1968, when the 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 time-honored tradition, cherished by the honorees, the industry, and of course, ACPA. The recipients of ACPA’s 2012 distinguished service awards are as follows:

ACPA Honorary Life Recognition Award
Peter Deem, Holcim (US), Inc. (ret.), has been named an Honorary Life Member (HLM) of the American Concrete Pavement Association.

The HLM recognition is arguably one of the highest-order recognitions presented by the Association, and is presented to individuals that are retiring or have retired from ACPA member companies, and have demonstrated their commitment and compassion for the industry and ACPA. First presented in 1972, the award is bestowed only selectively, and awardees must be nominated and approved by the ACPA Board of Directors.

"I am honored to receive this very special award, and humbled to be among the small group of distinguished professionals who share in this special recognition," Deem said, adding, “This recognition is especially gratifying to me because it comes from the members, whom I hold in the highest regard.”

Deem is one of only 13 current HLM's, and in recognition of his service to the industry will enjoy the full rights and privileges of ACPA membership for life.

Peter Deem has served tirelessly as a past Chairman of the Board (2006), as well as in a number of other leadership roles, including the Innovative Pavement Research Foundation (IPRF) and the ACPA Strategic Board of Advisors. He has been a tireless advocate of transportation funding and concrete pavement research funding, and has served as Chairman of the ACPA Legislative Issues Task Force since its formation. Prior to 2006, he also served for many years as Chairman and a leading member of ACPA's market development committee.

Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement
The 2012 award recipient is Michael I. Darter, Ph.D., P.E., Professor Emeritus, Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Principal Engineer at Applied Research Associates, Inc., for his many contributions to concrete pavement science, research, and technology transfer and implementation.

He served on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois from 1973 until he retired in 2003. While on the faculty of University of Illinois, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in pavement evaluation and rehabilitation; pavement management; pavement design; and materials. His major area of academic study has been in the area of highway and airport infrastructure.

He is considered an international authority in design, rehabilitation, and management of highway and airport facilities, particularly concrete pavements.

Through research, teaching, and consulting internationally, he has contributed significant new knowledge and many widely used engineering tools in pavement design/build; evaluation and forensic analyses; management; construction quality assurance; performance specifications; life-cycle costs analysis; expert witness; rehabilitation and maintenance procedures. Just a few significant career milestones include:

  • Leadership of the concrete pavement team over seven years in the development of the mechanistically based NCHRP 1-37A Design Guide. This design procedure has since become the national AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (M-E PDG)—currently known as DARWIn M-E™—being implemented nationwide.
  • Co-development of the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) method of evaluation used by commercial and military airports worldwide (adopted and standardized by the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and ASTM International).
  • Numerous initiatives in highway pavement design and rehabilitation, including development of the 1993 AASHTO Overlay Design Procedure. He was also part of the national consulting team that produced the 1986 AASHTO Design Guide working on Part III Rehabilitation and Part IV Mechanistic Concepts.
  • Development of the Illinois DOT Interstate Highway network pavement feedback system (ILLINET), CRCP rehabilitation procedures, and studies of rehabilitation techniques such as diamond grinding and a knowledge base advisory system for pavement evaluation and rehabilitation for the FHWA.
  • Development of concrete pavement performance related specifications (PRS) for the FHWA over a period of time from 1990 to 2000 and assisted in the implementation on several large construction projects in Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Wisconsin with great success.

Dr. Darter's many other awards and honors for his accomplishments in transportation infrastructure engineering include:

  • “Eldon J. Yoder” awards (in 1985, 1989, and 2001) for the most outstanding paper at the International Conference on Concrete Pavement Design and Rehabilitation.
  • “The D. Grant Mickle Award,” presented by the Transportation Research Board (1989) for the most outstanding paper in maintenance and operations.
  • “Outstanding Educator Award” from the American Concrete Pavement Association (1992).
  • “Outstanding Faculty” award from the University of Illinois (2000).

The Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement 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 award for 2012 is presented to Ron Youngman, P.E., Executive Director, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter – ACPA, for his steadfast promotion of concrete pavements, applying innovation and sound engineering principles to address challenges and opportunities alike.

The partnership between Youngman and the Colorado DOT (CDOT) is outstanding, and a testament of that positive relationship can be seen in an example that dates to 1990. It was then that a CDOT materials engineer and Youngman had the idea to try a new approach to adjust concrete pavement thickness on a demonstration project in Fort Collins, Colo.

The project had a 5 in.-thick, 6 ft x 6 ft panel spacing, as well as some 3.5 in.-thick 6 ft. x 6 ft panels. It was apparent that joint spacing was critical to the success of the project. It was based on the success of this project that the Colorado “6 x 6 x 6” concept was conceived, and since then, dozens of these projects have been built throughout the state.

Colorado is said to be the birthplace of 6 x 6 x 6 design, and Youngman has been directly involved in its success. His efforts have included determining the need for tie bars in all the longitudinal joints; determining the bond between the concrete and the asphalt; and assisting CDOT with the development of a design procedure for 6 in. concrete overlays.

In the ensuing years, other states have used the 6 x 6 x 6 system to construct millions of square yards of concrete overlays in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wyoming, to name a few.

For more than 25 years, Youngman has at times used unconventional promotion methods, but always with sound engineering principles as a foundation. Youngman has mentored young and old engineers alike, and of course, has been a key member of the ACPA Chapter/State network.

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 award-winning pavement in 2012 is the Forbes Field Runway 13-31 at the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority , Topeka, Kans.

The original runway pavement is an approximately 8" concrete pavement constructed in 1942. An approximately 10 in. bonded concrete overlay was placed subsequently as aircraft sizes and weights grew very quickly as a function of aviation advances since the original construction. By the 1990's, the runway was in very distressed condition as a result of D-cracking at the joints.

An innovative, economical bonded concrete overlay design was used to rehabilitate the runway in 1995. This included 4 in. bonded concrete over most of each 25 ft x 25 ft panel, but the overlay increased in thickness to 9 in. unbonded concrete overlay at the D-cracked joints.

After 17 years of services it appears this very economical overlay is nearing its engineered design life. The Forbes Field airfield pavement has a more than 70-year legacy of service, thanks to the original 1.3 million SY of concrete pavement placed in the early months of World War II to the most recent overlay system placed in 1995. In addition to providing service to businesses, residents, and travelers to this important airport in the City of Topeka, the airport also has retained its military provenance with service to the Kansas Air National Guard , as well as the U.S. Army/Fort Riley.

Awarded annually since 1994, this 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 2012 award recipient is presented to Frank Hayes, Senior Airport Specialist (ret.) and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) Team for their vision, tenacity, and commitment to quality construction and sustainable construction practices with the implementation of Pavement Management System (PMS).

Hayes and HJAIA's implementation of its PMS is a hallmark of the owner’s sustainable construction practices, which involve minimizing the amount of resources used in construction. v

The PMS has allowed the Department of Aviation to focus resources on the pavement areas that require maintenance, as well as to improve the design in the areas to increase the service life beyond what was expected. During his tenure, Hayes expected HJAIA’s airfield concrete pavements to perform beyond the Federal Aviation Administration’s standard 20-year design, and to that end, he was continually seeking ways to make pavements last up to 50 years.

By effectively using the PMS, the owner was able to allow pavement section and concrete mix designs to be changed, while still producing cost-effective pavement sections with improved performance. Along with other sustainable practices – including incorporating fly ash and lithium—concrete mixtures have yielded more durable, longer-lasting pavements.

The system developed at HJAIA under Frank Hayes’ leadership has been the subject of Transportation Research Board publications, Innovative Pavement Research Foundation reports, and most recently, a paper presented at the International Society of Concrete Pavements’ 10th International Conference in Québec City, Québec.

Hayes was a tireless advocate for effective PMS’s since 1984, long before they were required by FAA. Hayes has demonstrated a passion for quality, practicality, and innovative approaches to placing sustainable pavements. As a result, HJAIA has a tradition of innovative uses of mix designs/materials, strength/depth specifications, and sealing materials, all resulting in sustainable and durable pavements.

During his 35-year career at the airport, Hayes was involved with over 4.5 million SY of concrete pavements for runway, taxiway and apron applications. During the past decade alone, it is estimated that over 600,000 SY of removed concrete pavement was recycled back into base materials for pavement sections at the airport.

Frank Hayes’ vision of long life pavements, has become the standard at HJAIA, and one reason why sustainable practices will continue to be used in the future.

Begun in 2010, the ACPA Sustainable Practices Recognition 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.