Paving Webinar to Feature Toscas, LCCA

toscas_hiJim Toscas, PCA president and chief executive officer, is the featured speaker during this month's Paving Advocacy Call. He will present the CEO Perspective segment and take questions.

The free, one-hour webinar concentrates on practices and avenues to successful paving advocacy and promotion is scheduled for Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Also scheduled are Tom Tietz, executive director, California Nevada Cement Association, with details and strategy of a Nevada life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) related success story, and Andrew Moss, PCA market intelligence senior analyst, with an update on the latest Oman Highway Measurement Report.

Register for the webinar here.

Contact Alpa Swinger


CTLGroup Acquires Williams Building Diagnostics

Williams Building Diagnostics (WBD), an architectural consulting firm with nearly 30 years of specialized expertise in building enclosure services, is now a subsidiary of the CTLGroup.

With operations in Bradenton, Florida, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, WBD's capabilities include the evaluation of building performance issues and innovative moisture management solutions that enhance the durability of commercial, institutional, and single and multi-family residential structures. 

“We’re excited to welcome Williams Building Diagnostics to the CTLGroup family,” said Dr. Brent Nixon, CTLGroup president and chief executive officer. “Their extensive portfolio of building enclosure solutions combined with CTLGroup’s 99-year legacy in engineering, architecture, and materials science will enhance the combined firms’ ability to meet our clients’ diverse needs.”

Contact Nate Welsh

Market Intelligence

PPI: Concrete, Asphalt on the Rise

Concrete’s price increased 4.7 percent compared to last year, according to the January Producer Price Indices (PPI). Year-over-year declines in steel (-1.5 percent) and lumber (-0.5 percent) and an uptick in asphalt (1.3 percent) were also reported. Since 2013, steel has maintained a relatively narrow range of price movement. This is likely due to moderated global economic conditions. Asphalt has shown a slight but consistent rise during the same period.

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On a month-to-month basis, concrete and lumber were up 0.7 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. For lumber, the increase came on the heels of three months of consecutive declines. A strong start to the year in terms of the housing market could boost lumber prices as the construction season begins to unfold later in the year.  Asphalt’s 0.4 percent decline was the first since the previous July, and falls within the three to six month lag period that embodies the correlation between oil price movement and asphalt price. This may indicate the start of a significant drop in asphalt prices during the coming months.

Contact Joe Chiappe

Member News

Audit Reveals Successful Industry Sustainability Efforts

Seventeen member companies of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) demonstrated improvement in their sustainability, according to an independent audit.

The CSI is a global effort by 24 leading cement producers with operations in 100 countries. Collectively these companies account for around 30 percent of the world’s cement production and range in size from multinationals to local producers. Each has integrated sustainable development into their business strategies according to the CSI charter.

The audit mapped the implementation of the charter in seven key areas: carbon dioxide emissions and energy management, fuels and material use, health and safety, emissions monitoring and reporting, local impact on land and communities, reporting and communications, and governance.

In each area, at least one company scored 100 percent in terms of implementing commitments of the CSI charter, although no member achieve perfect scores across all seven areas. Long-standing member companies who were more active in the CSI generally received higher scores, confirming the value of collaboration, measurement, and integrated sustainability practices.

In general, higher scores were achieved for the management of energy and CO2 emissions as well as for fuels and material use. The audit also identified areas for improvement, such as biodiversity, communications and relationships with communities.

Bruno Lafont, chairman and chief executive officer of Lafarge and current CSI co-chairman said, “The cement sector fully recognizes its responsibility to mitigate its carbon footprint as well as fulfill its broader responsibilities to society and nature. It was this outlook that led to the original and unique development of the CSI over 10 years ago to advance sustainability among the major cement manufacturers around the world.”

Association News

Register for PCA Spring Meeting


Registration is open for the PCA Spring Meeting, April 6-8, 2015, at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

In addition to PCA committee sesions, meeting highlights include the presentation of PCA’s Sustainable Manufacturing Awards on April 7 and an economic update by Ed Sullivan, PCA group vice president and chief economist, on April 8. In addition, the Board of Directors for both PCA and CTLGroup will meet.

Deadline for hotel reservations and meeting registration is March 16.

Register for the meeting online.

Contact Kathryn DiProva

Regional News

Concrete Pavement Enhances I-485 and I-85 in North Carolina

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North Carolina Department of Transportation utilized the design-build method to integrate three separate concrete pavement projects that will complete the I-485 and widen I-85 northeast of Charlotte.

The projects were: construct a new eight-lane section of I-485 using nearly 495,500 square yards of concrete pavement, widen and reconstruct about seven miles of I-85 from four to eight lanes, and reconstruct the I-85/I-485 to a “turbine interchange.

With a combined value of more than $350 million, the projects contain in excess of 1.1 million square yards of concrete paving and will consume nearly 100,000 tons of cement within the pavement items.

Two segments were completed in 2014 and the last, completing the loop section of I-485, will open in the spring of 2015.

Read the PCA Southeast Region Spotlight


Registration Open for 57th IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference

Registration is available for the 57th annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference, April 26-30, 2015, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

The largest conference in the industry, this meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest economic forecast, industry news, government regulations updates, and the latest technology that impacts its operations and business continuity.

The meeting will include presentations from the industry’s top technical people, addressing the diverse technical issues and proposing potential solutions to the many challenges facing the cement industry. In addition, St. Mary’s Bowmanville facility, Canada’s largest cement plant, will host tours.

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2015 Spring National Concrete Consortium Scheduled for Reno

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Spring National Concrete Consortium (NCC), April 21-23, in Reno, Nevada. Presentations will include reports on assessing air-void system, internal curing, curling, new cement types, supplementary cementing materials, continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRC), MIT CSHub durability program, National Concrete Pavement Technical Center (NCPTC) updates, and a tour of the Nevada Cement Company plant.

This meeting is ideal for individuals from government agencies, industry, contractors, and engineering firms interested in the latest concrete-pavement technology, including field demonstrations.

View the NCC agenda and register here.