The National Asphalt Pavement Association is now accepting nominations for its Quality in Construction and Operational Excellence Awards programs. Nominations are made online at

The Quality in Construction Awards recognize outstanding pavements in the following categories: Asphalt Pavements Using More Than 50,000 Tons, General Paving Projects Using Less Than 50,000 Tons, and Airport Pavements. Additional recognition is awarded for the use of sustainable paving practices and for innovative projects. Nominations can be submitted by any pavement contractor or pavement owner through Oct. 9, and winning projects will be highlighted at the NAPA 2016 Annual Meeting in February.

Annually, the top airport pavement receives the Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award. In addition, the 10 highest ranking general paving projects are recognized with the Larry H. Lemon Award. The top asphalt highway projects using more than 50,000 tons undergo further testing and analysis, and are placed into contention for the coveted Sheldon G. Hayes Award.

The Operational Excellence Awards recognize NAPA member companies for best practices in asphalt operations, safety, community relations, ecological practices, and marketing. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 4, and winners will be honored at the NAPA 2016 Midyear Meeting.

“The Quality in Construction and Operational Excellence Awards recognize companies for delivering superior pavements through best practices. Our customers and road users everywhere benefit from our industry’s efforts to continually improve pavement design and construction,” said NAPA Chairman Michael Cote. “NAPA members build smooth, safe, sustainable roads for the traveling public. Projects and companies that win these awards set the benchmark for other asphalt producers and pavers.”

About The National Asphalt Pavement Association
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.