Member News

Harrington Retires from Lehigh Hanson

Harrington, Dan_framed2Lehigh Hanson, Inc., announced the retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel M. Harrington last Friday.

Harrington retires after 20 years of service, including the past six as president and CEO. Under his leadership, Lehigh Hanson successfully managed through one of the worst economic downturns in recent history and capitalized on the market recovery of the last few years. His contributions and industry knowledge positioned the company for future growth.

He served as chairman of the PCA Board of Directors from 2003-2004, chairman of the PCA Government Affairs Committee, and a long-time member of the PCA Executive Committee, among others.

Effective October 16, Jon Morrish, previously president of Lehigh Hanson’s South Region, succeeded Harrington as president and chief executive officer. Morrish will join the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement in February 2016. 


Boone Joins PCA Southeast Region as Pavement Applications Director

Boone, Jessie_framedPortland Cement Association Southeast Region (PCA-SE) announced Jessie Anna Boone has joined the promotion team as pavement applications director for Tennessee and Kentucky.

Boone previously worked as an account manager for Magotteaux, handling 30 cement plants and two waste burning facilities. Before that, she worked at Lafarge North America as a quality assurance lab technician in quality control, and in sales.

Boone graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management.

PCA-SE represents the manufacturers and distributors of portland cement in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia/DC, and West Virginia. PCA-SE works closely with the American Concrete Pavement Association, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and related local and regional associations and their members.

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Member News

Four CEMEX USA Plants Win ENERGY STAR Certification

Four CEMEX USA cement-manufacturing plants have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® Certification in 2015.

Plants in Miami, Florida, Clinchfield, Georgia, Fairborn, Ohio, and Victorville, California, were recognized. This ranks the performance of these facilities among the top 25 percent of similar U.S. facilities for energy conservation, and marks the ninth consecutive year of certification for the Clinchfield plant, the fifth for the Miami plant, and the fourth for the Fairborn and Victorville plants.

Also, three CEMEX USA ready-mix plants in Texas, La Porte, Mission, and Rosenburg, met the ENERGY STAR challenge by committing to the pre-established goal of reducing energy intensity by 10 percent within five years or less by the replacement and use of more energy efficient parts and equipment, such as dust collectors, conveyor belt pulleys and lighting.

“CEMEX is committed to sustainable practices throughout our operations, including energy efficiency,” said Karl H Watson, Jr, president, CEMEX USA. “We are honored to again be recognized by the EPA and ENERGY STAR for our commitment to sustainable practices.”

CEMEX USA is a corporate partner of the EPA ENERGY STAR program and is an active proponent of the importance of energy efficiency.

Association News

PCA Fall Board Meeting Room Block Reservation Period Extended

PCA_Fall_Meeting_Small_Rec_Logo_FramedThe deadline for the PCA Fall Board Meeting hotel room block reservation period is extended to October 23. Meeting and hotel registration is available in the Members Only Section of

PCA’s Board of Directors will meet November 16-17, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Hotel in Dana Point, California.

In addition to the Board meeting on November 17, the Education Foundation, Government Affairs Council, and PCA’s Centennial Planning Committee, among others, will convene. The meeting will kick off with a golf tournament on Sunday, November 15, and feature a spouse hospitality program.

Contact Jan Farnsworth


CTLGroup Restores Iconic UIC Structure

UIC_University_Hall_framedHarsh Chicago winters and time have taken their toll on University Hall, the main administrative building at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Designed by legendary architect Walter Netsch in the Brutalist style, the 28-story tower was constructed in 1963 using an exposed cast-in-place concrete structural frame with precast concrete window panel infill. An unusual feature of its design is that, instead of setbacks, it widens in two stages, so that it is 20 feet wider at the top floor than at its base.

UIC retained RATIO Architects (RATIO) and CTLGroup for structural engineering services and materials consulting for the design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction phases of the repair and restoration of the exterior façade.

In 2014, RATIO and CTLGroup conducted a condition assessment of the building, performed materials testing and analysis, and developed conceptual repair designs. A conceptualization report of the repair work and cost estimates was presented to UIC.

Subsequently, UIC approved the scope of repairs, which included repairing areas of damage, stabilizing the building exterior to mitigate future deterioration, and restoring the exterior appearance of the building. 

Regional News

Georgia Concrete Pavement Conference Pushes the “Pedal to the Metal”

The Georgia Concrete Paving Association (ACPA-SE) recently held its Georgia Concrete Pavement Conference at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. Eighty people attended, including officials from the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Highway Administration, city and county transportation staff, consultants, and representatives from universities, cement companies, and paving contractors.

The conference opened with a legislative update from Tommie Williams, Georgia State Senate transportation committee chair, Bubber Epps, Georgia House of Representatives small business development committee chair, and Josh Waller, Georgia DOT legislative director. Lunch was keynoted by Russell McMurry, Georgia DOT commissioner .

In addition, there were sessions on pavement sustainability, roller-compacted concrete, new advancements in mix design, and traffic management. Speakers included representatives from several regional and national organizations including Leif Wathne, PE, American Concrete Pavement Association; Andy Johnson, PhD, PE, PCA-SE; Les White, PE, CEMEX USA; Corey Zollinger, PE, CEMEX USA; Jeremy Gregory, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Peter Taylor, PhD, PE, CPTech Center; and Kevin Crusa, McCarthy Improvement Company.

The day concluded with an evening reception by “pit row” where attendees had an opportunity to ride in a pace car going more than 120 miles per hour.

Contact Roger Faulkner

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