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AROUND THE CONCRETE INDUSTRY

An Interview with NYSDOT's Don Streeter
NYMaterials President Dave Hamling recently had the
opportunity to visit with NYSDOT's Don Streeter for a
question and answer session. The questions and Don's
insights from that meeting are provided in this article.
MM: Materials producers have known

short, there are just more topics to be familiar

More recently, the tools we need for QC/QA

you as the State's concrete expert for

with and the same time to deal with them all.

have become more mainstream giving us

many years. During 2017 you were

None of the above has been completed

the opportunity to implement performance

promoted to Director of the Bureau of

without support and knowledge from fellow

requirements on a system-wide basis.

Research. How  does that affect your

employees, outside organizations, and indus-

MM: Performance specifications shift

work on concrete?

try counterparts, all of whom I am grateful

risk from the agency to the producer/con-

DS: The short answer is that I have more

to know and work with. I see my involve-

tractor, and the industry is concerned

things to do, so I'm spending less time doing

ment with concrete, as well as many of the

about testing requirements and pay

the things I've traditionally done.

other topics, being transitioned to some of

items. Do you think these issues can be
resolved in the short term?

I have enjoyed many years of working

the younger staff who are well-versed and

in the Materials Bureau handling concrete

capable. This has in fact been going on for

DS: Continuing on from the previous

materials and construction issues, and work-

some time now. These people are coming up

question, one of the things that have helped

ing closely with industry representatives.

through the ranks, gaining knowledge, just

move performance specifications along

I've worked from the proverbial "ground up"

as I did over the years.

has been the commercial side of the con-

in the world of concrete, so this is where I'm

MM: You've been a proponent of perfor-

crete business. Big box stores have used

most comfortable. From construction inspec-

mance-based concrete specs for some

performance requirements for some time.

tor to EIC to Materials Bureau, concrete is

time. How did the draft 501 performance

Additionally, national organizations like

what I handle most my time.

spec evolve at NYSDOT?

NRMCA's P2P  promotion have encour-

However, there has always been more

DS: Readers can dig through their book

aged the use of performance specifications.

to my job than just concrete. I have been

shelves and dust off the Spring 2005 edition

These specifications have been pointed

involved with, or responsible for: precast

of Material Matters. In there I discussed use

out to me by producers for many years.

concrete QC/QA; shotcrete; culverts and

of QC/QA and performance specifications.

Knowing that producers have been able

culvert lining; masonry products; manag-

Over the years, we've had special specifica-

to make performance specifications work

ing Independent Assurance Sampling and

tions for contractor designed mixtures for a

on the commercial side begs the question

Testing (IAST); Design-Build liaison for

number of uses. The difficulty has always

"why can't we make it work for the public

Materials; and on the dark side, HMA automa-

been timely verification of quality.

sector." I realize there is angst with imple-

tion inspections and approvals. Now added

Let's be honest here, many of the producers

mentation of anything new, but as a group

are the Research duties including: manag-

have wanted the latitude to operate the way

we work well together overall and manage

ing pooled fund projects; Local Technical

they see fit to produce what is needed for an

to get things done.

Assistance Program (LTAP); targeted mate-

application. We've been considering this on

MM: What is the current status of

rials, structures and pavement in-house

both sides for some time. Implementation of

Section 501 draft?

research; representing the Department at the

performance specs has always been limited

DS: The Department is currently using

Transportation Research Board and within

by the lack of easy-to-use test equipment and

a version of performance specifications on

AASHTO's Research Advisory Committee. In

methods that could verify concrete quality.

the K-Bridge project in NYC. We have already

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Material Matters - Spring 2018

Chairman’s Message
President’s Report
Legislative Update
Counsel’s Corner
Membership Benefit
Member KUDOS
Work the Problem
2017 Asphalt Pavement Showcase Award Winners
One Company’s Efforts to Set up an Asphalt Plant
An Interview with NYSDOT’s Don Streeter
Residential Concrete
Welcome New Members
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Intro
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - cover1
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - cover2
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 3
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 4
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 5
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 6
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Chairman’s Message
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 8
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - President’s Report
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Legislative Update
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 11
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Counsel’s Corner
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 13
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 14
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 15
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 16
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Membership Benefit
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 18
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Member KUDOS
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 20
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Work the Problem
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 22
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 23
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 2017 Asphalt Pavement Showcase Award Winners
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 25
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - One Company’s Efforts to Set up an Asphalt Plant
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 27
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - An Interview with NYSDOT’s Don Streeter
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 29
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 30
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 31
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Residential Concrete
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 33
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 34
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - Welcome New Members
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 36
Material Matters - Spring 2018 - 37
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