Join Us for the D.C. Fly-In

Be sure to register for the Washington, D.C. Fly-In and celebrate PCA’s centennial on Capitol Hill May 24-25. Janet McCabe, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, will provide keynote remarks at the Fly-In’s opening dinner at the historic Hay Adams hotel. Fly-In participants will visit with members of Congress to advocate on the following issues; Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), Ozone, Coal Ash, and Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS). Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), are slated to participate in Fly-In activities. Prior to the start of the Fly-In, PCA will hold an in-person Government Affairs Committee (GAC) meeting and Transportation and Infrastructure meeting. Fly-In events are free. However, in order to help meeting organizers plan appropriately, please register in advance. 

Contact Rachel Derby

Market Intelligence

PCA Releases A 25 Year Buildings Outlook

Tonnage Risks 2016 -2040 framedMarket Intelligence recently completed preliminary findings regarding potential share erosion, volume loss, and cement industry revenue risk associated with the competitive conditions through 2040. The preliminary findings suggest the cement industry could lose more than 39 million metric tons of cement, or roughly $4 billion in revenues if the current market trends continue uninterrupted.

Contact Ed Sullivan

Member News

LafargeHolcim Announces Sustainability Program

LafargeHolcim announced a new group sustainability strategy last week. The 2030 Plan sets ambitious long term goals to help the company lead in sustainability and set new standards. The plan encourages the entire construction industry to provide solutions to some of the planet’s biggest issues. It sets a vision and defines the next steps in that direction. Quantitative targets relate to the company’s direct and indirect impacts over the life-cycle of its products and services.

There are five areas of focus: Innovation, People & Communities, Water & Nature, and Circular Economy. Targets include:

  • Produce 40 percent less net CO2 per ton of cement than in 1990.
  • Help customers avoid 10 million tons of CO2 released every year from their building and infrastructure by providing innovative solutions.
  • Reduce by 30 percent the amount of fresh water used to produce each ton of cement.
  • Achieve a minimum of 30 percent gender diversity at all management levels.
  • Use 80 million tons per year of resources made from waste produced in its operations.

See the LafargeHolcim website for the plan.

Research and Technology

Attend the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Technology Conference

There is still time to register for the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference May 16-19 in Dallas, Texas. The event will include a number of firsts. May 16 is the first Fatality and Serious Injury Prevention Symposium boasts six nationally recognized speakers addressing topics ranging from developing a culture of safety to structural integrity evaluations and from fall protection to confined space operations. May 17-18 are presentations on waste heat recovery, energy efficiency, and compliance issues are scheduled along with tutorials and process training. The intensive mix of technical presentations, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions provides participants practical know-how that they can bring back to their plant for immediate use. Jim Toscas, PCA President/CEO, will share information on PCA’s Centennial Celebration and Franz Ulm, MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub executive director, will update conference attendees on current research at the Hub. A highlight of the program is a tour of the Ash Grove Midlothian Plant on May 19.

Visit www.cementconference.org for more information.

Contact Rick Bohan.

Market Development

Register for Friday's Paving Promotion Call

The next PCA monthly paving call will take place Friday, May 13, at 11 am ET.  The calls enable PCA to share best practices and avenues to successful paving advocacy and promotion. 

This month’s call will feature:

• A discussion on the status of the PCA regional promotion groups – John Prentice, PCA 

• An update on research being performed at Oregon State in a collaborative effort that leverages MIT Concrete Science, and its impact on paving promotion – Jason Weiss, Oregon State

• A new, all-inclusive, industry-supported cement and concrete paving design software is in the works that aims to be a valuable tool for paving promotion effort - Lori Tiefenthaler, Lehigh Hanson & Andy Gieraltowski, ACPA

Feel free to forward this announcement to concrete pavement promoters that you feel would benefit from participating on these calls. Please copy pavements@cement.org on the forwarded email in order to add them to the master list for future calls.

Registration is required to participate. Please use the call-in information that is provided. 

Contact Alpa Swinger

Codes and Standards

Campbell Joins Codes and Standards Team

Campbell, S 2 FRAMED.Scott D. Campbell, Ph.D., P.E. joined the PCA Codes and Standards team on May 2, as Director of Code Technology. His most recent activities were concurrent as senior scientist of the College of Engineering at University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and his own consulting practice. His consulting work has focused predominantly on dynamic building loads – seismic and vibration. Within the team he will focus on the structural provisions of national model building codes and referenced standards and manage analytical efforts supporting other key codes and standards activities including fire protection, energy conservation, sustainability, and enhanced resiliency. Part of Campbell's initial efforts will involve evaluating the design criteria of concrete, masonry, and competitive building materials to help assure comparable life safety, property protection, welfare of the general public and safety to emergency responders is fairly and properly provided for current and proposed applications of competitive materials. His email address is scampbell@cement.org.

Contact Steve Szoke


Spring Design and Control of Mixtures Course Draws Full Class

A full class of concrete industry members attended PCA's Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures course last week. The 24 attendees were taught by Michelle Wilson, PCA director, concrete technology, and George Seegebrecht, Concrete Consulting Engineers president. Based on the best-selling PCA Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, the fast-paced, 3.5-day program combined classroom instruction, lab demonstrations, and hands-on training. Registrations are being accepted for the September 12-15, 2016 program.

Contact Michelle Wilson