Codes and Standards

PCA Questions the Value of Proposed ICC Committee on CLT

The International Code Council (ICC) is now accepting comments on its first ad hoc committee focused on the development of code change proposals for specific building material interests.

The committee would develop code change proposals addressing tall wood buildings with a focus on cross laminated timber (CLT) and structural composite lumber. Funded by  the wood industry, proposed code changes from the committee, if any, would be available for consideration in the 2018 ICC building code development cycle for the 2021 edition of the International Building Code.

This would be a precedent setting action for ICC. It is soliciting feedback from stakeholders and interested parties, and industry is encouraged to submit comments by November 2, 2015, to Tallwoodfeedback@iccsafe.org.

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Contact Steve Szoke

Market Intelligence

2015 Cement Industry by State Maps Available

Texas-Map-2015-reviseUpdated industry economic impact sheets for the 48 continental United States are now available.

These fact sheets are powerful tools to illustrate the economic impact that the cement industry has on a state. They provide basic information that will be of interest to elected officials and key senior management within decision making organizations such as state departments of transportation and other agencies.

Each fact sheet contains a map of cement offices, plants and terminals, as well as cement industry economic data for each state including:

  • Clinker capacity
  • Cement production
  • Cement consumption
  • Cement employees
  • Cement and concrete related employees
  • Cement contribution to state revenue
  • Cement and concrete-related contribution to state revenue

Contact Brian Schmidt

Regional News

Alabama Holds Full-Depth Reclamation Conference

On October 6, 100 people, including Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) officials, consultants, city and county representatives, contractors, and cement industry members, attended a full-depth reclamation (FDR) conference sponsored by the Portland Cement Association Southeast Region.

Held at the Alabama General Contractors Office in Irondale, the day began with a discussion of FDR construction in Alabama, technical aspects, and case studies. During lunch, Bill Oliver, former University of Alabama and Auburn University football coach, entertained the attendees with stories of his days coaching with Bear Bryant.

The conference concluded with an expert roundtable question and answer period. Participating in the discussion were Lyndi Blackburn, ALDOT assistant materials and tests engineer; Dale Cronauer, Blount Construction president; Kim Stokes, The Miller Group general manager; Eric Baker, Roadtec director of marketing and sales support; Josh Harvill, Chambers County engineer; David Palmer, Franklin County engineer; Stan Bland, PCA-SE pavement applications director, Carolinas/Virginia, PE, and Dr. Andrew Johnson, PCA-SE pavement design engineer.

Contact Roger Faulkner

Allies

CRSI Retains McDonald as President and CEO

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) recently announced Dr. David McDonald’s appointment as president and chief executive officer of the Institute.

McDonald was appointed interim CRSI president June 8 with responsibility to oversee daily operations as well as directing future progress of the Institute.  Previously, he served six years as managing director of the Epoxy Interest Group of CRSI where his efforts included steering technical and marketing efforts.

“All of the candidates we met were solid and well-versed in the issues and challenges of steel reinforced concrete. The leadership and management skills demonstrated by Dr. McDonald while interim president were key elements in our choice of a new executive,” said Scott Stevens, CRSI board of directors chairman.

Association News

PCA Launches Biennial Concrete Bridge Awards Competition

Bridge_Winner_framedThe Portland Cement Association invites entries for its Fifteenth Concrete Bridge Awards Competition to recognize excellence in design and construction of concrete bridges.

Eligible structures for the 2016 competition must have been essentially completed between October 2013 and September 2015, and must be located within the United States or Canada.

All types of bridges—highway, rail, transit, pedestrian, and wildlife crossing—in which the basic structural system is concrete are eligible. Entries are equally encouraged for cast-in-place or precast concrete bridges with short, medium, or long spans. Newly constructed, reconstructed, or widened structures qualify for the competition.

To submit your entry please visit www.cement.org/bridges

Contact Alpa Swinger

Paving

Georgia County Increases FDR on Road and Saves More Than $1 Million

PCA-SE-SPOTLIGHT_FDR_GA_1509 1_franedThomas County, Georgia, planned a roadway improvement for 10 miles of Metcalf Road in Thomasville, involving eight inches of full-depth reclamation (FDR) with cement and a 2-inch asphalt surface course. However, the project’s engineering consultant recommended increasing the pavement surface to three inches. The estimated cost of that extra inch of asphalt increased the cost by nearly $1 million more than the funding dedicated for it.

Portland Cement Association Southeast (PCA-SE) staff worked with Thomas County to redesign the project and recommended increasing the FDR depth to 10 inches. This relieved the need for that extra inch of asphalt, saved the county more than $1 million, and allowed the project to proceed. The FDR portion commenced in early July and took four weeks to complete. A pilot vehicle routed traffic around the ongoing work so the road did not close.

PCA-SE used the project to showcase the efficiency of the full-depth reclamation process and its benefits during a July 21 Metcalf Road Open House. PCA-SE staff conducted a project tour and gave information about the FDR process. The open house has stimulated a buzz regarding future use of FDR for road construction. At least two additional public works officials are now planning projects that include using FDR.

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Contact Roger Faulkner

Education and Training

Discounted Registration to World of Concrete

WOC_Discount_FramedWorld of Concrete (WOC) 2016 will be held in Las Vegas on February 1-5, 2016. The largest, most comprehensive commercial concrete and masonry event for the concrete industry features more than 1,400 exhibitors and more than 100 seminars and conference sessions. New for 2016, WOC will launch an area for precast concrete, highlighting the latest products and technologies in the sector. As a cosponsor, PCA offers discount admission to exhibits. By registering through PCA and using promo code A32, exhibits-only admission is $20, a $45-$65 savings. Additionally, PCA receives a rebate from Hanley-Wood based on the number of pre-registered attendees who come to the show.

2016 WOC Pricing:

  • Exhibits-only rates: $20 online thru show; $65 onsite with printed Buyer Invite, or $85 without printed Buyer Invite.
  • Seminar rates: 3-hour seminars are $130 before December 15, 2015 and $170 after; 90-minute seminar rates are $90 before December 15, 2015 and $130 after; 4-hour certification rates are $185 before December 15 and $215 after.
  • Super pass packages: SP1-2 rates are $405 before December 15 and $525 after December 15; SP3 rates are $505 before December 15 and $625 after.
  • Onsite seminar rates and super pass packages are the same as after December 15 pricing.

Register with PCA discount

*Some restrictions may apply.

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