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President’s message – Saving history

By Pete Grass, P.E., CAE

Those who know Asphalt Institute (AI) history will recall that we moved our headquarters from New York City to the University of Maryland, College Park campus in January 1955 in a building the university built for our exclusive use. That facility, in the center of campus, housed the headquarters staff and our large materials testing facility and research center.

One of the hallmarks of the structure, later known as the Potomac building, was the entrance hall containing the Asphalt Institute’s logo – surrounded by black and white marble tiles. Flanked by a pair of curved rising staircases to the second floor, it made a striking entrance. Scores of asphalt industry practitioners walked over the floor and most recall the sizeable medallion.

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Asphalt Institute Foundation receives $500K grant from ExxonMobil

AIF courtyard revealed at centennial celebration

Photo by Mark Mahan

ExxonMobil and Imperial joined the Asphalt Institute (AI) in celebrating its 100th anniversary at the Lexington, Kentucky headquarters on October 9th. This milestone was marked with several presentations along with a dedication of the Asphalt Institute Foundation (AIF) courtyard with customized commemorative brick pavers.

The Asphalt Institute also announced a $500,000 research grant provided by ExxonMobil to the Asphalt Institute Foundation to conduct strategic research and carry out educational activities designed to advance the liquid asphalt industry.

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