Association News

PCA Fall Meeting:  Hotel Deadline Extended

BANNER-MEDRECTANGLE-FALL15_execThe PCA Fall Committee Meetings will take place August 31-September 2, 2015 at the Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago. The hotel reservation has been extended to August 10. 

Meeting highlights include:

> Economic Update by Edward Sullivan, PCA group vice president and chief economist at the Monday group lunch

> Presentation of the John P. Gleason, Jr., Leadership Awards at the lunch on Monday

> A meeting of the Manufacturing Technical Committee focusing on emerging issues and best practices

> Tuesday's group breakfast will be keynoted by Alex Herrgott, deputy staff director of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Registration and hotel reservations may be found on­line at the Members Only section of the PCA’s website. 

Contact Kathryn DiProva


August Paving Call Debuts "Regional Focus"

The Paving Committee holds monthly paving advocacy conference calls to share best practices and avenues to successful advocacy and promotional efforts. The next call is August 14 at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

August's call will feature the first part of a new series, Regional Focus, highlighting progress and successes in a specific region. The first segment addresses advocacy successes from Doug Burns, executive director of PCA North Central. The call will also include an update on the ongoing pavement-vehicle interaction research at Florida International University. 

Register for the webinar here.

Contact Alpa Swinger

Market Intelligence

National Real Construction Spending Grows

National real construction spending grew 9.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis in June from the preceding year, according to the PCA Market Intelligence Group August Construction Invue report. Residential and nonresidential construction activity rose 8.7 percent and 25.9 percent, respectively, while public construction was up 6.6 percent.

PCA forecasts that as the economy gains momentum, job gains will add strength to states’ ability to spend and rising home prices will eventually support stronger construction spending at the local level as well. Job creation is critical in generating household formation and favorable homebuyer affordability.

The Construction InVue report and dashboard provide cutting-edge information and insight into the domestic construction industry. Presented monthly in easy to read Excel and PDF formats, these all-inclusive reports include general economic trends, construction activity indicators, and real and normal construction spending for more than 30 categories for the current year.

Please see August Construction Invue for more information.

Contact Joe Chiappe

Regional News

Kwik Trip Promotion Has Long-Lasting Impact

Six years ago, after receiving information from PCA, Kwik Trip, Inc., announced that all new store parking lots would be constructed with concrete. Kwik Trip recognized the durability and sustainability benefits of concrete parking lots. The company especially appreciated that concrete parking lots use less lighting and produce less heat than asphalt.

According to Steve Rentz, Hoffman Concrete in Mankato, Minnesota, Kwik Trip now seems to be giving existing stores the same attention. The company is removing a ten-year old asphalt parking lot in Mankato and replacing it with concrete.

Rentz has been a leader in promotion for both ready mixed concrete and concrete paving for many years. He said, “I really appreciate the work that April (Stier) and yourself (Doug Burns) are doing.  As a small paver of city streets, we can really see your efforts paying off the past few years. Thanks.” 

Contact Doug Burns


Gajda Wins Inaugural W. Gene Corley Legacy Award

Corley_execJohn Gajda, senior principal engineer, materials consulting at CTLGroup, recently won the first W. Gene Corley Legacy Award in recognition of his expertise on the 73-story Wilshire Grand Tower in Los Angeles, California.

Gajda was selected for his above-and-beyond contributions to the engineering and materials science profession on the visionary hotel and mixed-use building. When completed, the Wilshire Grand Tower will stand as the tallest structure in the Los Angeles skyline, and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

 “John’s work on the Wilshire Grand Center not only carries on the legacy of Dr. Corley but it embodies CTLGroup’s vision, mission and values as the go-to experts in engineering and materials science,” said CTLGroup Chief Operating Officer Tim Tonyan.

The W. Gene Corley Legacy Award honors the late CTLGroup Senior Vice President Dr. Gene Corley, PE, a pioneer in structural and forensic engineering. Corley’s career spanned more than 50 years between the CTLGroup and PCA. He led the federal investigation of the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center towers and other landmark investigations; was an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) fellow; and served as chairman of the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering. Corley was also elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his leadership in raising the standards of the engineering profession.


Tennis Receives AASHTO Award

Tennis_ExecPaul D. Tennis, PCA director of product standards and technology, received an appreciation for services award August 4 from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The award recognizes Tennis’ technical efforts to harmonize cement specifications between AASHTO and ASTM. He serves as chair of ASTM Committee C01 on Cement and is a member of the Joint AASHTO-ASTM Task Group on Harmonization of Cement Specifications. Tennis said he was pleasantly surprised when Mark Felag, chairman of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Technical Section 3a and chief civil engineer Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) materials department, presented the award at the technical section meeting.

AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail, and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.

Contact Paul Tennis


Concrete That's Meant to Be Seen

100BuildingsConcrete is one of the noble materials of contemporary architecture. A kind of liquid stone at the outset, it is malleable, durable, and capable of prodigious feats of engineering, says the author of the new book.

In 100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings, Philip Jodido highlights the best work done in concrete of recent years. The two-volume set includes such stars as Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, and Steven Holl, but also surprising new architects like the Russians SPEECH, and rising stars of the international scene like Rudy Ricciotti from France, as well as artists such as James Turrell, who turned the famous concrete spiral of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim in New York into the setting of one of his most remarkable pieces.

Jodido studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Art for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.

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