Regional News

ICF Construction Moves Kentucky Toward Net Zero Energy


In 2008, Kentucky implemented a new energy plan with a goal of improving energy efficiency throughout the state by 2025. To achieve “Net Zero Energy,” it is necessary to downsize the required renewable energy use by incorporating natural day-lighting, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and walls with high heat retention “R” values. Kentucky builders have turned to insulated concrete form (ICF) walls to meet these needs.

More than 600 ICF structures have been built to date in Kentucky, including more than 70 schools, 10 hotels, and several college residence halls, hospitals, libraries, convenience centers, and fire stations.

Besides energy efficiency, ICF structures offer distinct advantages over a conventional framed building. Constructed with continuous steel reinforced concrete, they remain intact in a wind or flood disaster. Lower installation labor costs, less heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) equipment costs, and no added insulation are other benefits.   

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Contact Roger Faulkner

Member News

Ash Grove Donates $20,000 to Nature Conservancy 

Ash Grove Cement Company recently donated $20,000 to the non-profit Nature Conservancy of Nebraska. The gift will help fund construction of a workshop/laboratory to support conservation and ranching operations at the Niobrara Valley Preserve.

“Ash Grove Cement Company is delighted to support The Nature Conservancy of Nebraska and its important project, Niobrara Valley Preserve,” said John Dale, plant manager of Ash Grove Cement Louisville. “We believe conservation is vital to the future of the state which is why we’ve contributed to The Nature Conservancy throughout the Plains states for the past 20 years.”

The 60,000-acre Niobrara Valley Preserve is one of the largest conservancy preserves in the world. The complex of protected prairies, forests, streams, wetlands, and riverfront has attracted researchers, students, naturalists, and enthusiasts since 1985.

Market Intelligence

Updated Report Improves Identification of Market Shifts

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PCA Market Intelligence has updated its State Ranking Report to better identify medium-term trends and market turning points. The report ranks all states using sector specific metrics for residential, nonresidential, and public construction. New methodologies focus on near-term momentum and will assist users in identifying shifts in markets.

According to the latest PCA State Ranking Report, employment growth is strong in the West and Southeast while states with high energy exploration and production exposure continue to see weakened labor markets. In relation to residential construction activity, states that experienced the brunt of the housing correction such as California, Georgia, and Florida are now exhibiting some of the strongest improvement in housing fundamentals. However, energy states such as North Dakota, and to a lesser degree Texas, are showing some signs of deterioration in residential construction. Despite their anemic job growth and slowing private construction activity, energy states’ public construction fundamentals have remained largely intact.

The State Ranking Report is free to PCA members, others may email for subscription pricing.

Contact David Zwicke


George “Tom” Vanderwalker, 1948-2015

Vanderwalker, Tom_FramedGeorge “Tom” Vanderwalker, vice president of safety at Salt River Materials Group, passed away last week. Tom was a true leader in safety, health, and the mining industry. He was the past chairman of the SRMG Occupational Health & Safety Committee, and served on the PCA Occupational Health & Safety Committee and numerous other industry boards and committees. Tom is survived by his wife, Pam, five children, and 15 grandchildren.

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Association News

PCA Earns 2015 MarCom Award

Marcom_logo_framedPCA received a 2015 MarCom Gold Award in the category of Media Response. The award was in recognition of media coverage received during the 2015 World of Concrete (WOC) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a part of the award winning coverage, PCA Chief Economist Edward J. Sullivan was interviewed by the local FOX affiliate during the show, the only local television coverage WOC received.

The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm. MarCom Awards is an international creative competition, and the competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.

MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand creative professionals. AMCP oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets standards for excellence.

Contact Erik Rancatore

Codes and Standards

ICC Delays Online Public Comment Voting

Due to technical issues with the handheld voting devices during the recent International Codes Committee (ICC) Public Comment Hearings in Long Beach, California, the scheduled CDPaccess voting has been delayed. ICC sources advise that the process may be delayed until January 2016, three months after the hearings.

The re-voting will commence in December with two rounds of voting required to make the process fair and transparent. Only those members who were issued a voting device at the hearings will be permitted to vote in the re-voting process. After the conclusion of the re-vote, the scheduled public comment voting, including all eligible voting members, will begin. This additional time before the vote is being used by many entities to further campaign for votes favorable to their positions. Thus, PCA will continue its banner ad campaign in two internet magazines as a means to share our positions on specific code change proposals. Watch for further updates from PCA when the ICC CDPaccess voting schedule is announced.

View the PCA positions on building code modifications

Contact Jay Hall



Tonyan Participates in US Trade Mission to the Middle East

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CTLGroup Chief Operating Officer Tim Tonyan, PhD, recently participated in an architecture and engineering services trade mission to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Doha, Qatar.

The trade mission was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration with support from the American Institute of Architects and the American Council of Engineering Companies.

CTLGroup and ten other U.S. companies participated in a series of one-on-one meetings with foreign industry executives and government officials. Tonyan’s visit included an evening with Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Barbara Leaf, U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

“There is growing recognition in the region for the need for improved training in U.S. standards and approaches to sustainability in the built environment,” said Tonyan.

The trip was highlighted in an October 21 Bloomberg Business article on spending trends in Saudi Arabia. 

Education and Training

Purchase Discounted Tickets to World of Concrete

World of Concrete (WOC) 2016 will be held in Las Vegas on February 2-6, 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 (Some restrictions may apply):

  • 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 seminars are $90 before December 15, 2015 and $130 after; 4-hour certifications are $185 before December 15 and $215 after.
  • Super pass packages: SP1-2s are $405 before December 15 and $525 after December 15; SP3s are $505 before December 15 and $625 after.
  • Rates for onsite seminars and super pass packages are the same as post-December 15 pricing.

Register with PCA discount