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Bomb Cyclone is No Match for the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter

Check out ACPA National’s coverage of the 2019 CO/WY ACPA Annual Concrete Pavement Workshop!

In this week’s continuing coverage of “Gold Standard” Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter’s 2019 Annual Concrete Pavement Workshop, held March 14.

 

The “Pi Day” theme of the annual workshop gave Angela Folkestad, Jamie Johnson and Emma Dolan the opportunity to add some humor to the day-long event, but as the day of the workshop drew closer, talk of a large-scale snowstorm moving across the region proved to be no laughing matter.

“My first thought was, ‘will it really happen?’ But, there was no way I was going to cancel just because of a snowstorm,” Angela says.  “People in Colorado know how to get around in snow, especially people in the construction industry.”  After all, big trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles are common, she adds.

As the storm approached, calls started coming in from speakers, who said their flight plans (including double- and triple-booked alternative flights) were being canceled.  Eventually, all but two out-of-state participants were grounded at home or at intermediate connection points.

That’s when Angela reached out to ACPA staff, and Jerry Voigt (one of the grounded speakers), Andy Gieraltowski, and Bill Davenport to put a plan into action.  With support from ACPA and the CP Tech Center, all the “remote” speakers were able to participate through live web-based broadcasting programs.  “I was very relieved to have ACPA helping out throughout the day,” Angela adds.

By the morning of the event, the bomb cyclone had dumped 5 to 20 inches of snow throughout the state, delivered winds gusting up to 80 mph, and dropped the  barometric pressures to historically low levels, according to 9News.com. 

Angela praised Melody Perkins of the Colorado DOT, who was stuck in the storm on her way home the night before.  After spending most of the night trying to get home, and then after only an hour of sleep, she presented at the workshop. Angela recognized Colorado DOT Chief Engineer Joshua Laipply for presenting at the workshop, in spite of the severe weather.  It’s also worth mentioning Colorado DOT materials engineers from around the state spent most of the day before the workshop meeting in a dark conference room after the power went out in their building.  “They didn’t want to miss their opportunity to meet while the whole group was in town,” she says.

Angela also commended the remote speakers for delivering presentations seamlessly and complimented presenters and moderators who were at the conference, noting their flexibility in adapting to time changes and jumping in where needed. 

The use of the “webinar” program to link the remote speakers wasn’t the only technology put to use during the workshop.  Two undergrads studying with Dr. Tyler Ley at Oklahoma State University, were able to attend, thanks to their arrival earlier in the week. Emily Rideout and Hailey Goodale, participated in the program and assisted with the Q&A following the presentations. They used a toll-free number where participants could text questions, a technology that led to a very robust exchange of questions and responses. “About half of the questions came through the texting program,” Angela says. 

Although the conference fell a little short of the anticipated attendance, Angela said there were more than 225 attendees.  “To have more than two-thirds of our expected attendance is really amazing,” she says, adding, “A few people were not able to attend because roads were closed in Wyoming and south of Denver.”

Throughout the day, this writer observed that Angela, Jamie, and Emma, exhibited tremendous grace under pressure.  The workshop delivered a wealth of technical information, program updates, and some hospitality and networking events, along with the Chapter’s paving awards program.  Along the way, there were plenty of “Pi” jokes, which underscored the humor and forethought that went into the workshop.  In the end, the workshop also showed that ACPA members, national and chapter staff, agency customers, and others excel through even the harshest conditions.

Click here to see more of ACPA’s “gold standard” feature coverage. http://www.acpa.org/chapter-events/

2019 Concrete Day at the Capitol!

 You are invited to attend the 2019 Concrete Day at the Capitol BBQ on Tuesday, April 23!

The event takes place at the southeast corner of the Capitol grounds (corner of 14th and Grant)

Lunch will be served from 11:00am – 1:30pm

Governor Polis will be in attendance to recognize the concrete industry as important to furthering development in our state and the hard work, dedication, and the efficiency of its employees.

Concrete Day is supported and presented by CRMCAACPA- Colorado ChapterColorado/Wyoming Chapter, ACPA 
 
 
We are seeking volunteers!
Please contact Emma if you or your staff are available and willing to help. If you can join us, please indicate your time and volunteer category preference from the following list:

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Event Set Up
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Grill Cooks
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Servers (times are flexible)
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Hand Shakers (greet attendees and Legislators)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Break Down


If you have any questions please contact Emma Dolan at edolan@pavement.com or 720-297-9902.



Attend the “Everyday Counts: Pavement Preservation Workshop”

Register today for the Everyday Counts Pavement Preservation Workshop in conjunction with the 2019 National Concrete Consortium in Denver. 

When?
Thursday, April 4th, 2019
1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Where?
CDOT – Turnpike Conference Room
4670 N. Holly St.
Denver, CO 80216

Agenda:
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Group Introductions & Setting Expectations
Larry Scofield, P.E., IGGA

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Concrete Partial and Full Depth Repairs
Maria Masten, P.E., Minnesota DOT

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Dowel Bar Retrofit
Jeff Uhlmeyer, P.E., Washington DOT

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Break

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Repair of Bonded Concrete Overlay of Asphalt (BCOA)
Mark Snyder, PhD, P.E., Pavement Engineering and Research Consultants

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Diamond Grinding
John Roberts, P.E., IGGA

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Summary & Day Wrap-up
Steve Tritsch, P.E., CP Tech Center

5:00 pm
Adjourn

Click Here to Register

If you have questions, please contact:
Angela Folkestad (AFolkestad@pavement.com) or
Jamie Johnson (JJohnson@pavement.com)

Thank you for attending the 2019 Annual Concrete Pavement Workshop!

A huge thank you to everyone who braved the weather to attend the concrete pavement workshop on March 14th!  Your participation and the discussions that take place are valuable to improving concrete pavement construction in Colorado and Wyoming.  Several of you made tremendous efforts to participate – including one speaker who spent the night stranded in her vehicle and then presented while running on very little sleep.

Special thanks to all our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and volunteers for helping us put on the event.  We appreciate everyone’s patience with the last-minute schedule adjustments and the large number of remote presentations from our speakers whose flights were cancelled.

We will be providing links to most of the presentations – check back for more information in the near future.  We look forward to seeing you next March at our 2020 Annual Concrete Pavement Workshop!

Thank you for your support of YES on 110!

A message from the Let’s Go, Colorado Campaign:

On behalf of the Let’s Go, Colorado Team please accept our thanks for all YOU did in support of Yes on #110.

  • YOU built a coalition of more than 500 organizations and individuals in support of this important measure
  • YOU attended and spoke on behalf of YES on #110 at more than 320 gatherings
  • YOU distributed 10,000 yard signs across Colorado
  • YOU posted and shared social media in support
  • YOU wrote op-eds, and letters to the editor
  • YOU gathered deep support from editorial boards – 11 in all – from across the Centennial State
  • YOU talked to your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors- sharing your support for YES on #110
  • YOU gave generously

 
While the election tally at the end of the evening  was not what we hoped for, we are proud of the work we did together.
Colorado’s transportation needs – at the state and local level – will continue to grow.  This coalition is deep, bipartisan and strong. Together our  voices will continue to tell this important story.

We are not deterred. Together we stand strong. Stand with us! Let’s Go, Colorado!