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Sustainable Practices Recognition Award

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  • Awarded selectively since 2010.
  • 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.
  • Nominations may be made by any member.
  • Selected by vote of the Strategic Advisory Committee.

Also see other ACPA Awards.


Frank Hayes accepts the 2012 Sustainable Practices Recognition Award.
Presentation of the 2011 Sustainable Practices Recognition Award.

  • 2018 — Florida Department of Transportation and Archer Western Construction in recognition of the innovative design-build team which proposed, engineered, and built a 16-ft wide full-depth concrete shoulder to serve as an emergency lane along State Route 98 in Jacksonville. The decision to provide the emergency lane reflects forward-thinking context sensitivity, which is rare and an inherently important part of sustainable construction. This is a positive example of including the societal benefit of avoiding future construction costs and eliminating future lane closures.
  • 2017 - Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. and the Kansas DOT for their team effort in recognizing and prioritizing sustainable construction practices on the South Lawrence Trafficway (K-10) Project. In addition to the complexity of building a six-mile, four-lane highway on new alignment, the contractor and agency’s combined efforts successfully employed context sensitive measures in the truest spirit of sustainable construction.
  • 2015 - Utah DOT Region 2; Geneva Rock Products, Inc.; and Holcim (US) for their work on the Interstate-80 reconstruction project from Silver Creek Junction to Wanship, Utah. This award recognizes the leadership of these companies/ organizations and the individuals involved in the project, specifically for sustainable construction practices. The award also pays appropriate tribute to the teamwork and leadership in conceiving and executing the Interstate 80 project. This project is believed to be include the first ever partial depth reclamation of only 4 inches of existing asphalt with cement, as well as the first large scale paving project using Envirocore cement. The combined efforts have resulted in the attainment of the “triple bottom-line” of societal, environmental, and economic factors. This project has made the Utah DOT and others in the concrete pavement industry more aware of what can be done in applying sustainable practices without impacting cost, schedule, or the traveling public.
  • 2013 - Illinois State Toll Highway Authority for using everything within the exiting right-of-way as raw materials for base and pavement construction/reconstruction, as well as to include fractionated recycled asphalt pavement and two-lift construction to further the agency's sustainability goals. It also recognizes the commitments made by the Tollway engineering and management staff to take what they have learned through an investment in research, and apply it in practice working with their local construction industry partners. The Tollway’s recycling program represents the most ambitious concrete pavement sustainability effort underway by any U.S. agency.2012 - Frank Hayes, Senior Airport Specialist, HNTB (retired) and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) Team – For the team’s vision, tenacity, and commitment to quality pavements and sustainable construction practices by pioneering and implementing airport pavement management. HJAIA’s system remains the hallmark of the airport’s pioneering vision, minimizes the use of resources, and extends pavement longevity beyond the standard 20-year design life.
  • 2011 - I-225 From Mississippi Avenue to 6th Avenue in Aurora, Colorado; Colorado Department of Transportation & Interstate Highway Construction, Inc. – For successfully collaborating on sustainable design and construction practices for a truly green reconstruction project. The teamwork and leadership on this project shows how concrete pavements can exhibit a lower energy footprint, reduce the use of fuel during construction, lower disposal needs and promote 100% recycling of existing concrete materials for use in a new concrete mix and on other project components.
  • 2010 - Honey Creek Resort, awarded to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Wicks Construction, Inc.; Concrete Technologies, Inc.; Jasper Construction Services, Inc.; and Ideal Ready Mix Co., Inc. - For outstanding collaboration and leadership in sustainable, low-impact construction using concrete pavement on the largest project ever undertaken by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa’s first destination resort at a state park.