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Awards Program

The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Awards Program recognizes those in our industry who achieve excellence. NAPA awards are meaningful for the winners because they are bestowed by peers, but publicity reaches far beyond the NAPA membership. Winners are highlighted in industry publications throughout the country and recognized for the quality work they are doing.


NAPA's Awards Program presents special opportunities for recognizing and encouraging excellence. The program continues to expand with new categories. Recipients are recognized for their contributions to a job well done.


Read more about the NAPA's Awards Program and the 2017 Sheldon G. Hayes, Ray Brown Airport Pavement, Larry H. Lemon, and Quality in Construction Award winners by navigating with the left-side menu bar. The information includes write-ups on each winning project, photos from the Awards Breakfast (available for download), a slideshow of the winning pavements, and information about the history of the program.


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Quality in Construction Awards and Operational Excellence Awards


The Quality in Construction Awards is open to all asphalt producers, paving contractors, and road owners in the United States until the October 4, 2018 deadline.


The Operational Excellence Awards — Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation and Community Involvement Awards are open to NAPA members through October 4, 2018.


Click here to log in as a NAPA member and start or resume an application. Click here to view PDFs of sample nomination forms and details on required documentation.


Potential Members and DOTs/Road Owners

Applicants who are not NAPA members must contact the Associate Director of Awards & Marketing at the NAPA office to obtain login credentials. Look here, for information on the benefits of NAPA membership.



Important Changes to the Awards Program for 2018!chnage-ahead1

The Awards Program has undergone several changes for 2018, including qualification changes for the Quality in Construction Awards.


 Operational Excellence Awards Changes


  • The Outstanding Brochure and Outstanding Website Awards have been discontinued
  • The Ecological Award winners and finalists will now be drawn from the Diamond Achievement Sustainable Commendation recipients. The top-scoring Diamond Achievement Sustainable Commendation applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process for the Ecological Award. These top-scoring facilities will be required to fill out a supplemental questionnaire, submit additional photos, and complete an affidavit. The first Ecological Award will be awarded at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Hawaii and will be chosen from the 2018 Diamond Achievement Sustainable Commendation recipients.
  • The 2018 Operational Excellence Awards winners will be recognized at the 2019 Annual Meeting, as opposed to the 2019 Midyear Meeting.



Quality in Construction Awards Changes


  • Standard deviation figures are required for all project submissions. A minimum of three tests for No. 8 and No. 200 sieves, AC Content, Plant Air Voids, and Density is required. If specifications do not require one of these mix property factors, please follow instructions on the Quality in Construction application.
  • Only projects placed with a minimum of 5,000 tons are eligible for the Ray Brown Airport and Larry H. Lemon Awards.