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Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your employees are aware of the R.J. Schreck Scholarship. With the assistance of David Branscome, Jr., Branscome Paving Company, VAA Scholarship Committee has developed the documents to help company’s promote the scholarship! The documents contain a QR Code that will forward the applicants to a short video providing more information....
Today, women play numerous roles in Virginia's asphalt industry. These roles include company owners, management, accountants, human resources managers, project managers, and engineers. But did you know many companies have women working on paving crews, at asphalt plants, and in the labs? The opportunities provided by the asphalt industry are numerous. For those in the industry, this should come...
In a "normal" year, VAA hosts 5 to 10 events ranging in size from 70 to over 600 people. These events start in the early part of the year with asphalt seminars, transition scholarship golf tournaments in the summer, and conclude with the Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Expo and Conference in December. Each event is very involved and takes months of...
Congratulations to Colony Construction's Powhatan Laboratory for receiving a VAAES Lab Review certificate. The lab passed a thorough review by VAA staff covering equipment and testing procedures to ensure compliance with VDOT, AASHTO, and ASTM specifications and test methods. Great job by the quality control staff! These Lab reviews are just one of the many value-added services VAA provides to...
In 2001, the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) initiated the perpetual pavement award. To be considered for this award, a pavement had to meet several criteria, including a structural life of at least 35 years and a resurfacing cycle of no less than 13 years. In 2006, VDOT won its first perpetual pavement award for I-81 north of Winchester. Since...
Christopher S. Decker, P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Vice President, RDM International, has been named the recipient of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) Airfield Pavement Practitioner Award. The Airfield Pavement Practitioner Award was established in 2009 to recognize and honor practicing engineers employed in the airfield pavement engineering profession with demonstrated leadership and/or achievements in airfield pavement projects. Congratulations to Chris Decker.
In March, VDOT named Robbie Prezioso, P.E., as the new State Maintenance Engineer. Robbie replaces Branco Vlacich, who retired at the end of 2020. Below is an excerpt from the announcement email from VDOT's Kevin Gregg: I am pleased to announce the selection of Robbie Prezioso as our new State Maintenance Engineer. He will take ownership of State Maintenance effective...
With Balanced Mix Design (BMD) progressing towards initial implementation in 2023, VDOT, VTRC, and VAA are working diligently to determine this major paradigm shift's training needs. Discussions to date have touched on topics associated with new equipment, technical test methods, and sampling. Much has been learned from the BMD pilot projects over the past few years, with more to...
Time is running out to register for the first RJS scholarship golf event of 2021! We are kicking off on Cinco De Mayo! Our first event of the year, sponsored by Carter Machinery Company, will be held at the Riverfront Golf Club in Suffolk, VA, on May 5. The start time has been revised and will be at 9:00...
On March 31, Lee Hy Paving lost a veteran of the industry—Mike Paynter. Mike worked for several asphalt paving companies in Central Virginia over his nearly 40-year career. He was killed in a work zone accident in Lancaster County. Mike was laid to rest on April 5. He leaves behind a wife and three children along with his family at...
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