112th Annual Meeting

May 1-3, 2016 at the Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico USA


Join us in San Juan, Puerto Rico for what promises to be excellent technical and guest programs. Come early or stay after the meeting and enjoy all that the Caribbean has to offer. Plan your visit today.


AWPA Meeting Registration
Pre-registration has closed. On-site registraton will be available April 30 to May 3 at the AWPA Desk in the Ponce de Leon foyer of the Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan.


Getting to San Juan
San Juan is served by Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) with commercial airlines such as Air Canada, American, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest, U.S. Airways, and United providing numerous flights per day. Rental cars, taxicabs, and other ground transportation options are available at the airport.


Hotel Reservations
The meeting will take place at the Condado Plaza Hilton, located at 999 Ashford Avenue in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The group rate for a single or double occupancy Standard Guestroom is $182.10 (plus tax) which includes the resort fee, porterage, and housekeeping gratuities. Please note that there is an additional charge of $40 each for the third and fourth adult guests in the room. The room rate is inclusive of the resort fee, porterage, and housekeeping gratuities. Guestrooms must be guaranteed with a credit card, and a first night's deposit will be charged at the time of reservation. The cut-off date has passed, and registration has closed.

Spouse/Guest Program
An immersive Puerto Rican experience, this one-of-a-kind tour will teach you about the history, culture, food and architecture of the areas you visit. You will experience firsthand the rich traditions of the San Juan. First, the tour guide will share some the important heritage and historical sites during a short guided city tour. Then, you will go off the beaten path to savor authentic Island food at several dining establishments. The guides will take to the favorite restaurants of the locals while the chefs prepare traditional Puerto Rican food at each stop. Go hungry - there will be plenty to enjoy. We'll leave time for shopping before the bus transports you back to the hotel. There is limited walking but comfortable shoes are recommended.


The 2016 Hacker's Classic selects Rio Bayamon in Puerto Rico
Built in 2005, and rated as the Number 1 Municipal Course in all of Puerto Rico, Rio Bayamon has been selected to host the 2016 AWPA Hackers Classic. Rio Bayamon is designed for precision, not might. Smaller greens, sloping fairways, gusty breezes, rivers and lakes, all come into play for the golfer who understands the subtleties of the game. The ladies will enjoy this fine course, and the gentlemen will find it challenging. The 2016 AWPA Hackers Classic will feature a shot-gun start on Sunday morning, May 1, with a scramble format and contests on all 18 holes. Prizes for the lowest gross and net team scores.

Pickler's Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk
The 2016 Pickler’s Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk will feature San Juan's historic Condado neighborhood, situated on a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Lagoon. The event will be on the morning of Sunday, May 1. There is no charge for the event, but you must register to participate.


Suppliers Showcase
The Suppliers Showcase is a great way to make potential customers aware of your products and services at a very reasonable price. The Suppliers Showcase is normally held in conjunction with coffee breaks for a more comfortable, inviting interaction with potential sales contacts. We intentionally limit the number of spaces to maximize your opportunities to meet the people who need your products and/or services, so if you are interested, please be sure to inquire soon. Please note that registration includes full meeting registration for one person, member or non-member.

Current Suppliers Include:

American Wood Technology

Ametek Process Instruments

Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc

City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board

Shyam Chemicals Pvt. LTD

Wood Care Systems


Things to See and Do in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has many unique and wonderful activities. Please visit their website for more information on what Puerto Rico has to offer

112th Annual Meeting Schedule of Events
General Chair: Jerry Winandy

Program Chair: Rick Bleskey


Saturday, April 30, 2016
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Executive Committee Meeting


Sunday, May 1, 2016
8:00 am - Golfers meet at Rio Bayamon Golf Club for 2016 Hacker's Classic

8:00 am - Pickler's Prance 5k Fun Run/Walk

12:00 noon to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

1:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase Setup

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Task Group Meetings

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - T-1 Education Task Group

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - T-2 Assay Zone Task Group

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - P-6 Minimum Retention Values Task Group

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - AWPA/ASTM Standards Coordination Working Group

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - President's Reception


Monday, May 2, 2016
8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Supplier Showcase

8:00 am to 8:15 am - Business Session

8:15 am to 9:45 am - Opening Session

  • Welcome
  • Recognition of Sponsors
  • Award of Merit Presentation
  • General Technical Committee Reports
  • President's and Vice President's Addresses

9:00 am to 3:00 pm - Spouse/Guest Program

9:45 am to 10:15 am - Break

10:15 am to 11:30 am - Technical Session 1: Keynote Session
Session Chair - Jerry Winandy

  • The Mycology of Caribbean Environments - Jean Lodge, U.S. Forest Service
  • Current Status of Termites in the Neotropics - Rudi Scheffrahn, University of Florida

11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 2: Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture and Research Symposium
Session Chair - Lehong Jin, Vice Chair - Grant Kirker

Research Symposium papers are as follows

  • The 2016 Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture: Changing Perceptions and Efficacy of Pressure Treated Lumber in a Post CCA Caribbean Market - Todd Roskin, St. John Solutions
  • Student Research Papers:
  • New UV Protective Clear Coat for Wood Protection - Caroline Queant, Universite Laval
  • Effect of Chitosan on the Bacterial Population of Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar)- Olanrewaju Raji and Dragica Jeremic, Mississippi State University and Juliet Tang, USDA Forest Service Products Lab
  • Micro-checking of Oriented Strand Board Exposed to Wetting and Drying - Vinicius Lube and Phil Evans, University of British Columbia
  • Acetylated Pine is as Resistant to Surface Checking as the Tropical Hardwood Ipe - George Chan, University of British Columbia
  • Research Symposium Papers:
  • The Field Performance of IPBC Treated L-joints in Hilo, Hawaii - Jeff Morrell, Oregon State University
  • Effects of IPBC/Permethrin Treated Wood on the Subterranean Termite Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar): E1 Testing and Analytical Standard Development for Permethrin in Wood - Mark Mankowski*, USDA Forest Service Products Laboratory and Geoffrey Webb and Richard Valpey, Troy Corporation
  • Microwave-assisted Direct Synthesis of Boronated Alkanol Amine Succinic Anhydride Esters as Potential Surfactants for Various Applications Particularly for Treating Wood - Arun K. Chattopadhyay, Etimine USA
  • Copper Foil - Polyethylene Laminate Termite Barrier - Edward Freytag* and Timmy Madere, New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board, and William Abbott, Copper Care Wood Preservatives, Inc.
  • Evaluating the Efficacy of Borate/Copper Naphthenate Treatments - 26 Years of Exposure in AWPA Hazard Zone 4 - Terry Amburgey, Michael Sanders* and Mike Barnes, Mississippi State University
  • Defeating Copper Tolerance: An Example of how 'Omics' Research Can Accelerate Discovery of New Wood Protection Compounds - Juliet Tang* and Tina Ciaramitaro, Forest Products Lab, Darrel Nicholas, Maria Tomaso-Peterson and Susan Diehl, Mississippi State University
  • A Treatability Study of Western Wood Species with Water-based Azoles and Insecticides Using Buffered Amine Oxides - Ronald W. Clawson, Kop-Coat, Inc.
  • A Laboratory Bioassay Screening Test of Wood Cross Sections to Evaluate Efficacy with Respect to Wood Preservative Gradients - Alan Ross, Kop-Coat, Inc.
  • Four Decades of US EPA Review and Continuous Federal Registration of Creosote - Larry Ebner, Denton, LLC, David Webb*, Creosote Council and John Butala, Toxicology Consultants, Inc.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

8:00 am to 3:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase

8:00 am to 9:15 am - Technical Session 3: Rich Ziobro Memorial Symposium
Session Chair - Jun Zhang (click here for abstracts)

  • Studies on The Performance of Micronized Copper Preservatives - Rod Stirling* and Paul Morris - FPInnovations
  • Advancements in Remedial Treatment Technology - A Rich Ziobro Legacy - Doug Herdman, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
  • Release of Copper Particles from Pressure Treated Wood - Jun Zhang, Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • Review of Testing Methodology for Micronized Copper Preservative Systems - Craig McIntyre, McIntyre Associates

9:15 am to 9:45 am - Break

9:45 am to 11:30 am - Technical Session 4: EPA Regulations and Treated Wood Handling
Session Chair - Norm Sedillo (click here for abstracts)

  • Coming into Compliance with Boiler Area Source, Boiler MACT and NHSM and Boiler MACT's Effect on Spent Railway Ties and Other Treated Wood - P H Haroz, Conversion Technology
  • Pros, Cons and Case Studies of Available Regulatory Options for In-Situ Remediation - Jim Rouse* and Richard Christensen*, Acuity Environmental Solutions
  • Non-hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) Rule - Jeff Lloyd*, Nisus Corporation and Adam Taylor, University of Tennessee
  • Best Management Practices for Treated Wood Handling at the End of Service Life - Helena Solo-Gabriele*, Athena Jones, Juniper Marini, University of Miami and Timothy Townsend, University of Florida
  • Recent Chemical Analysis of Hazardous Components in Treated Wood - Jim Brient, Nisus Corporation

11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Technical Session 5: Special Issues for Use of Treated Wood in Caribbean and Similar Environments
Session Chair - Grant Kirker 

  • Distribution and Oxidation State of Copper in the Cell Walls of Treated Wood Examined by Synchrotron Based XANES and XFM - Samuel L. Zelinka*, Grant Kirker, Joseph Jakes, Barry Lai and Leandro Passarini, Forest Products Lab
  • Avast ye Salty Dogs: Salt Damage in the Context of Historical Maritime Wood Preservation - Grant Kirker*, Sam Zelinka and Leandro Passarini, Forest Products Lab
  • Observations and Implications for Pressure Treating - Mike Freeman, Consulting Wood Scientist
  • Micronized Copper Treatments of Hardwoods - John Ruddick, Consultant
  • Chemical, Physical and Biological Properties of Polymeric Betaine - Stefan Schmitt, Ruetgers Organics
  • Deadwood, Soil Biota and Nutrient Dynamics in Tropical Forests: A Review of Case Studies from Puerto Rico - Grizelle Gonzalez* and D. Jean Lodge, Forest Products Lab

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 6: Recent Advancements in Hazard Modeling and its Future
Session Chair - Jerry Winandy 

  • FPL Field Tests in the Tropics (1945-2005) - Grant Kirker*, Stan Lebow and Mark Mankowski - Forest Products Lab
  • Field Performance of Surface Treatments on Lumber exposed in Tropics - Jeff Morrell - Oregon State University
  • The Use of Climate Models for Predicting Decay Hazards: A North American Perspective - Paul Morris and Rod Stirling* - FPInnovations
  • Decay Hazards and Wood Protection Requirements Associated with Tropical and other High Moisture Environments - Andy Zahora, Viance

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - Closing Reception and Awards Presentation


Wednesday, May 4, 2016
8:00 am to 5:00 pm - Technical Committee Meetings

8:00 am to 10:00 am: T-2 Lumber and Timbers

10:00 am to 11:00 am: T-1 Treatments Coordination

11:00 am to 11:30 am: T-3 Piles & Ties

11:30 am to 12:00 noon: T-4 Poles & Posts

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm: Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm: T-7 Quality Control & Inspection

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm: T-8 Composites and Manufactured Products

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: P-4 Waterborne Preservative Systems

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