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APAM News Volume 11, Issue 4

APAM Newsletter
From: Asphalt Pavement Association of MI <>
Subject: APAM Newsletter
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 Volume 11, Issue 4                                      September 2, 2016
In This Issue
APAM Happenings
APAM 10th Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Outing

The 10th annual Scholarship Fund Golf Outing was held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Bucks Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  Eighty four golfers participated in the outing and it was a great day for golf!  There were many great conversations amongst industry friends and associates. 

This year's winning team, with a 58 was sponsored by Ferris State University; Pictured L to R: Justin Foster (MDOT), Owen Beyer, Marc Beyer (MDOT) and Tom Larabel (Ferris State University). The FSU Team also won the skins.  

2nd place team sponsored by Rieth-Riley; Chad Loney, Josh Buchanan, Len Evans and Alan McQuestion shot a 60Congratulations to both teams!

Also awarded were prizes for Longest Drive:  Sheri Strpko (Rieth-Riley).  Closest to the Pin and Longest Putt was won by Jeff Kocsis (Kent CRC). 50/50 winner Brian Peace with Elmer's took home $325.00! 

Special Thanks to all our sponsors!  Beverage Sponsors:  AIS Companies, Stoneco and Ontario Trap Rock. Hole Sponsors:  AIS Companies, Bit-Mat Products, Cadillac Asphalt, LLC, Central Asphalt, Inc., Edw C Levy Co., Ferris State University Construction Institute, Give "Em A Brake Safety, Marathon Petroleum Co., Michigan CAT, Michigan Paving & Materials Co., Rieth-Riley Construction and Superior Asphalt, Inc. Courtesy Bag Sponsors: AIS Companies and Michigan Paving & Materials Co.  Silent Auction Donations:  Seneca Petroleum (Detroit Lions Tickets)and Central Asphalt, Inc. (Buck's Run 4 Person Pass). These donations raised an additional $450.00 for the Scholarship Fund! 

This year approximately $8,700.00 was raised!  That brings are total to date funds raised to $90,415.00! We thank you for your support to the Scholarship Program.  See you next year!

APAM Seeking Scholarship Applications 

APAM members are asked to please encourage eligible students to submit an application.  To be eligible students must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university or a two-year technical institute in Michigan and interested in pursuing a career in the HMA Paving Industry. Click here for the application. Deadline for submittals is October 12, 2016. Scholarships will be awarded at the Awards Banquet in December. 

2016 Asphalt Paving Award Nominations Due Soon

It's Time! Deadlines for 2016 Asphalt Paving Awards nominations are fast approaching. Start thinking of those projects that you have completed or will complete by the project deadlines and nominate them for an award. 

The APAM/MDOT Nomination form is posted on the home page of the APAM website.

Deadlines for 2016 Project Submittal:
Superior Region: Wednesday, October 5th
North Region: Wednesday, October 12th
All Other Regions: Wednesday, October 19th

Be sure to save Thursday, December 8, 2016 and plan to attend the Awards Banquet at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

2017 Paving Conference - SAVE THE DATE

The 61st Annual Asphalt Paving Conference 2017 date is February 15-16, 2017 at the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan.  This is earlier than our usual date so spread the word so that we can see you in Battle Creek!
MDOT Issues Special Provision Updates

As part of their yearly review, MDOT has issued updates to many of their special provision and supplemental specifications. These revisions will take effect for the October 7, 2016 letting.

Click here to view the updates to HMA related special provisions. 

Click here to view a list of other select special provision updates.  

There were many other special provision, use statements and supplemental specification updates.  

Click here to link to the MDOT special provisions.

Engineering Operations Committee Minutes

The June 2, 2016 EOC minutes include the following items and more: 

Item 4:  Pavement SelectionOld US-131 Turnback
Route/Location: Old US-131: approx. four miles north of Cadillac to M-42, Wexford County.

EOC approved the selection of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement alternative. 

Item 5: The Pavement Selection Manual - The Pavement Selection Manual has been revised to reflect the recommendations from a process improvement effort that occurred in late 2013 to late 2015.

To view the updated Manual.

Asphalt Your Best Value
Speed of Construction Video on YouTube

View this video to see why Asphalt is your best choice when it comes to speed of construction. 
APAM Member News
In Memoriam - Thomas B. Blair
APAM and the Asphalt Industry recently lost longtime friend and associate Thomas B. Blair, Director of Product Engineering for Edw. C. Levy Co. Mr. Blair passed away on July 28th at home surrounded by his family. Tom was a very active member of our association for many years. His love of the industry, its people and our product fueled a great passion in everything Tom did for the association.

He was very active in many APAM/ MDOT committees including serving as Co-Chairman of the Hot Mix Asphalt Operations (HMAOC) Technical Committee for over 4 years beginning in May of 2012. Also, he was currently Chairman of the APAM Technical Committee, Co-Chairman of the HMAOC Lab Qualification Committee, and a member of the HMAOC Data Analysis Committee.

Mr. Blair was a civil engineering graduate of Lawrence Technological University and a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan. He was also very active in the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association. 

Tom was always strongly focused on representing our members and improving asphalt pavements and our industry. We are very grateful for all of his efforts over the many years. He will be greatly missed.

We wish to extend our deepest condolences to Tom's family and friends.

Memorials may be directed to:
Angela Hospice
14100 Newburgh Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
1500 Rosecrans Ave.
Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


The IMPACT Leadership Group represents emerging leaders committed to making a lasting IMPACT on the asphalt industry through education, leadership development and networking.

Attend the annual conference and learn how you can make an IMPACT within your workplace and on the industry.

* Develop leadership and management skills
* Address industry positions
* Build a national network of industry professionals
* Exchange ideas
* Discuss areas of mutual interest

Make an IMPACT and register today!

Click here for the conference information.

Hotel Reservations at theWit Hotel can be online or by calling the hotel at 312-467-0200.

NAPA Webinars

NAPA webinars provide an easy way to stay informed about important issues facing the industry, and to expand your technical and industry knowledge. Webinars are free to NAPA members, government personnel, educators, and students. Many webinars also include an opportunity to earn professional development hours (PDHs). NAPA has many archived webinars in the online store that can be viewed on your own schedule.

Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming Conference
7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference in Ann Arbor

The 7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference will be held on November 2-3 in Ann Arbor. The conference agenda highlights current experiences and new research on rubber-modified asphalt pavements.

Sessions include: "Rubber Modified Asphalt - History and Overcoming Perceptions," "How States Implement Rubber Modified Asphalt," "How Terminals Deliver Rubber into Binders," "Contractors' Case Studies: What Contractors Need to Consider in Using Rubber Modified Asphalt," "Binder Testing and Standards Barriers to Rubber Modified Asphalt," and an "FHWA Guidebook Update."

The conference also includes networking opportunities and a keynote luncheon featuring a speaker from the FHWA. For more information and to register, click here.
Technical Corner

The urban heat island effect (UHI) is the phenomena where built-up areas tend to hold more heat than surrounding rural areas. UHI is a complicated problem related to buildings and hardscapes, the loss of vegetation, and how water is absorbed or redirected in an area.

Mitigation of UHI is complex and difficult, and some green ratings systems offer credits for reflective pavements as a UHI mitigation tool despite a lack of science supporting the approach. There is even evidence that reflective pavements in some cases can have unintended negative consequences, in terms of heat loading of buildings and human health.

Click to view General Overview and Technical Details in the new factsheets recently published by NAPA.
Upcoming Events
7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference, November 2-3, 2016, Sheraton Ann Arbor, MI

NAPA Annual Meeting, January 29-February 1, 2017. Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL 

APAM 61st Asphalt Paving Conference, February 15-16, 2017, FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek, Michigan.


ConExpo/ConAgg, March 7-11, 2017, LasVegas, NV

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