NAPA connects to the asphalt pavement industry through partnerships with other associations, universities, and government agencies. The following are some key partnerships which benefit the industry through shared information and support.
NAPA Research and Education Foundation
Just a little more than a decade ago, few universities offered courses in HMA technology. There was no authoritative textbook on the subject. There was a need for practical research that would lead to technologies that when implemented could improve the quality and performance of HMA pavements. To respond to these challenges, NAPA Members endowed the NAPA Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF). In addition to other areas of focus, NAPAREF promotes scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs.
National Center for Asphalt Technology
NAPAREF in turn created the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University, Alabama as a focal point for HMA research and technology transfer. The test track and laboratory at NCAT is just one of the exciting elements that makes NCAT the industry's premiere research facility for asphalt technology. NCAT also offers professor training to ensure that the latest information is offered in university courses across the country and abroad. Visit NCAT.
Asphalt Pavement Alliance
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) is an industry coalition of NAPA, the Asphalt Institute, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The APA's mission is to further the use and quality of HMA pavements. The Alliance will accomplish this through research, technology transfer, engineering, education, and innovation. Visit APA.
State Asphalt Pavement Associations
NAPA partners with the State Asphalt Pavement Associations, which are independent organizations. However they are not affiliated with NAPA. The State Asphalt Pavement Associations represent the Hot Mix Asphalt pavement industry in 38 states with programs of technology transfer, education, and training. For a listing of state associations, click here.
NAPA partners with many government agencies on issues important to agencies and contractors. One of the first and most successful government partnerships with AASHTO, FAA, FHWA, U.S. Army COE, APWA and NACE resulted in the Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook. This handbook "has been widely accepted as a standard training aid throughout the major segments of the paving industry. This partnership resulted in another partnership with FHWA’s National Highway Institute (NHI) to develop a training course on Hot-Mix Asphalt Construction. NAPA’s partnership with FHWA continues with the development of publications such as HMA Pavement Mix Type Selection Guide and Designing and Constructing SMA Mixtures – State-of-the-Practice. Another successful partnership with AASHTO produced a joint publication Segregation: Causes and Cures for Hot Mix Asphalt, a valuable diagnostic aid for contractors and agencies in determining the causes and finding the cures for mix segregation. NAPA also works with government partners on seminars and workshops to educate agencies and contractors on the latest technologies.
NAPA’s partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America, and the International Union of Operating Engineers, FHWA and paving equipment manufacturers resulted in a NORA 1999 Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety for work on engineering controls on hot mix asphalt pavers. This partnership effort laid the foundation for additional partnership efforts. Most recently, NAPA, the Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and ARTBA applied for and received a Harwood Grant from OSHA to develop training materials and approaches to improving work zone safety.
NAPA’s partnerships with government agencies result in win-win situations by combining the resources and knowledge of all groups for research, and education in materials, design, construction, and safety.