Members Meet and Celebrate the PCA Centennial
PCA held its 2016 Spring Congress March 13-15 in Chicago. Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour gave the keynote address at the group lunch on Tuesday. Barbour spoke about Hurricane Katrina and lessons learned in the wake of the powerful storm. He pointed to storm preparation and resilient people as factors that contributed to the safety of so many residents. He concluded that much of the state, and the coast in particular, has rebuilt with concrete and come back stronger than before.
On Monday evening, the group celebrated PCA’s centennial at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, site of the first PCA meeting in 1916. Board Chairman John Stull, Centennial Chairman Cary Cohrs, and President/CEO Jim Toscas spoke on the past, present and future of the association.
Cohrs noted that Continental, Lehigh, and Ash Grove were all founding members, operate under the same name today, and remain PCA members. He also acknowledged some first families of cement -- industry pioneers that remain active today. Ash Grove Cement Company has been managed by the Sunderland family for four generations, since 1909. Lester T. Sunderland, great grandfather of current Ash Grove Chair Charlie Sunderland, served as the second president and chairman of PCA in 1920. The Wulf family has managed Monarch Cement since 1913. Walter Wulf, Jr., is a current PCA Board member. His father served as chairman of PCA’s 50th anniversary committee in 1966.
On Wednesday, the Congress wrapped up with Board of Directors meetings for PCA and CTLGroup. Ed Sullivan, PCA chief economist and group vice president, presented the year-end cement industry economic report.
Contact Jan Farnsworth
Competitive Building Materials Report Shows Little Change in February
February 2016 showed little change in the competitive building materials Producer Price Index (PPI) report.
The asphalt PPI fell 0.8 percent in February from the month prior, after rising 2.6 percent in January. Though January’s spike did not begin a new trend, it illustrates that there can be a disconnect between asphalt and oil price when oil prices are in decline. The price of oil has fallen nearly 45 percent since April 2015. In that same time, the price of asphalt has fallen less than 1 percent on net.
Lumber’s PPI remained relatively steady, declining 0.3 percent from January. Lumber prices fell 7.2 percent in 2015, despite a 10 percent gain in single family housing starts. It is likely demand for lumber was not as great as was anticipated, which caused the capacity utilization rate to decline.
The Steel PPI was down 1 percent from January. Global commodity prices continue to plummet, and PCA expects this will cause the price of steel to fall below its trough from 2009 before rebounding in 2017.
Contact Joe Chiappe
Attend the 2016 Washington DC Fly-In
Make plans today to be part of the 2016 Washington, DC Fly-In on May 24-25. This event provides an opportunity to interact with key lawmakers and regulators and help lobby on policy that affects cement plants across the United States. It also marks an occasion to participate in and celebrate PCA's Centennial Anniversary.
Contact Rachel Derby
MIT CSHub Streamlines Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings
MIT CSHub recently announced a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology which streamlines LCA assessment of buildings. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) enables builders, engineers, architects and the like to analyze the environmental performance of a proposed building design. However, surveys have shown that LCA tools are not widely-used because the analyses are time-consuming, require burdensome data collection, and are poorly integrated with the design process. CSHub has developed a streamlined LCA methodology called the Building Attribute to Impact Algorithm (BAIA) which allows practitioners to focus on the parameters that matter and leave the rest underspecified. This speeds up the analysis process and leads to more informed design decisions.
Contact Mark Justman
Building Seismic Safety Council Develops Priorities for 2020
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) recently met to develop priorities for 2020 code provisions. The council deals with the complex technical, regulatory, social and economic issues involved in developing and promulgating building earthquake risk mitigation provisions that are national in scope. The March 8 colloquium presented issues and proposed priorities for 2020 provisions that are intended to be incorporated into the 2024 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) published by the International Code Council and other model codes. Proposed priorities include:
- Validating acceptable risk.
- Adjusting risk criteria to better reflect new and increased data on ground motion measurements.
- Modifying how seismic hazard risk is quantified, deterministic seismic hazard analysis (DSHA) versus probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA).
Provision update committee teams continue to address areas including the seismic design of concrete, masonry, steel, and wood structures.
See the staff report on this meeting
Contact Steve Szoke
Gajda to Present at American Society of Civil Engineers Event
John Gajda, senior principal engineer at CTLGroup, shares his mass concrete knowledge and expertise on March 23 at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Section Construction Group Winter Seminar in New York City. Mass Placement Concrete – Theory, Benefit, Practice, and Local Usage is the theme of the two-night continuing education event. Gajda is the chair of ACI 207. Over the past 20 years he has worked on more than 600 mass concrete projects encompassing thousands of mass concrete placements throughout the world.
Register Today for California PCA CEMS Hardware Technician Summit
The April 19-20 PCA Mercury CEMS Hardware Technician Summit in Ontario, California, will be the last course offered before the September compliance deadline. The Tuesday, April 19, session focuses on ThermoFisher Scientific CEMS and the Wednesday, April 20, session focuses on Tekran CEMS.
Contact Rick Bohan or Mike Schon
Education and Training
Faculty Will Benefit from July Workshop
Faculty in engineering, architecture, and construction management will benefit from the PCA Education Foundation Professors’ Workshop on the PCA Campus on July 20-24. Besides the opportunity to network with colleagues from other universities, the professors will receive valuable information on the latest developments in concrete design, construction, and materials to bring back to their classrooms. Scheduled topics in the week-long workshop include concrete materials properties, engineering and economics of concrete structures including bridges, and design, construction, and performance of concrete pavements. The workshop fee of $395 includes handout materials, demonstrations by software vendors, resource literature, lunches, and receptions.
See the PCA website for registration and schedule.
Contact Michelle Wilson
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Meetings and Events
PCA Paving Committee Conference Call
April 8, 2015
PCA Mercury CEMS Hardware Technician Summit (ThermoFisher Scientific CEMS)
April 19, 2016
PCA Mercury CEMS Hardware Technician Summit (Tekran CEMS)
April 20, 2016
PCA Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures: The Course
May 2-5, 2016
IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference
May 15-19, 2016
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
2016 DC Fly-In
May 24-25, 2016
The Liaison Capitol Hill
PCA Centennial Celebration Cocktail Reception and Dinner at The Hay Adams on Tuesday, May 24
PCA Education Foundation Professors' Workshop
July 25-29, 2016
PCA Centennial Outing and Celebration (picnic)
July 27, 2016
PCA Fall Congress
August 29-31, 2016
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
PCA Centennial Celebration Associate Member Recognition Reception on Tuesday, August 30
Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures: The Course
September 12-15, 2016
PCA Annual Summit
November 13-15, 2016
Palm Beach, Florida
PCA Centennial Celebration Board Dinner on Monday, November 14
The Masonry Society Professors' Workshop
March 20-22, 2016
San Diego, California
2016 National Hurricane Conference
March 21-24, 2016
Webinar: Materials-Related Concrete Pavement Distresses by CP Tech Center
March 23, 2016, 10:00 a.m. CDT
Cement Employers Association (CEA) "Winter" Meeting
March 29-31, 2016
Phone 610.868.8060 for more information
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Houses that Work™ Program
April 5, 2016
European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) Seminar: Alternative Fuels: Quality Surveillance and Impact on the Production Process
April 6-7, 2016
The Masonry Society Spring Meeting
April 6-9, 2016
38th International Conference on Cement Microscopy (ICMA)
April 17-21, 2016
American Concrete Institute (ACI) Convention
April 17-21, 2016
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