ORGANIZATIONS – MAY 2021

Cary Kopczynski, principal of an eponymous engineering firm with Chicago and Seattle offices, has been elected American Concrete Institute president for 2021-22, succeeding Minneapolis attorney and (pre-AECOM) Ellerbe Associates veteran Jeffrey Coleman. A recognized expert in reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete building design, Kopczynski has served on the ACI Foundation Board of Trustees and ACI Board’s Financial Advisory Committee, and…

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Collaboration and comment tools accompany digital ACI 318 guide

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute has released a pdf version of Design Guide on the ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, formatted with a digital rights management encryption service that enhances user experience through a commenting and collaboration platform. The service echoes best practices from other organizations’ digital rights management strategies and protects files by requiring a one-time…

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Digital ACI 318 guide launches with collaboration tools

Sources: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.; CP staff The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute has released a pdf version of Design Guide on the ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, formatted with a digital rights management encryption service that enhances user experience through a commenting and collaboration platform. The service echoes best practices from other organizations’ digital rights…

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ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is recognizing 975 of the nearly 1,500 producer member plants entered into the 2019 Excellence in Safety Awards Program. The record number of plants spans Gold (918 recipients), Silver (five) and Bronze (52) categories defined by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incident rate (IR) thresholds.

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ORGANIZATIONS – JUNE 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Portland Cement Association have named Joe Roche as chief financial officer, reporting to NRMCA President Mike Philipps and PCA CEO Mike Ireland. Roche arrives with 30-plus years’ management experience supporting non-profit and trade organizations, and immediately transitions from the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Md. He will lead ongoing evaluation, development and implementation of NRMCA and PCA financial processes and systems, and oversee the groups’ Finance Shared Services agreement. Based primarily at the Alexandria, Va., association offices, Roche will work with external finance partners to implement process improvements, maximize system capabilities, and focus on staff development.

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Institute certifies stainless steel rebar fabricators

Source: Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill.

Stainless Steel Fabrication is the latest addition to Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute certification programs. Candidate plants undergo a comprehensive and rigorous audit to demonstrate they have the personnel, organization, experience, procedures, knowledge, equipment, and commitment to provide quality products—meeting or exceeding industry and government agency expectations.

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Foundation backs high strength rebar research

Sources: Charles Pankow Foundation, McLean, Va.; CP staff

The Charles Pankow Foundation’s latest grant will help fund a project, “Foundation Mats with High Strength Steel Reinforcement,” under principal investigator Jack Moehle, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Project findings stand to further validate the case for elevated rebar strength thresholds in American Concrete Institute and model building code language. Joining the Pankow Foundation as research allies are the ACI Foundation and Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Education and Research Foundation.

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ORGANIZATIONS – AUGUST 2017

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After working with the Concrete Reinforcement Steel Institute since 2011 as a founding cosponsor, the American Concrete Institute is exclusively overseeing Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI) certification. Developed in response to a National Transportation Safety Board request following a fatal Boston Central Artery/Tunnel precast panel anchor failure, the certification program is now available in 40-plus locations.

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ACI assumes sole operation of Adhesive Anchor Installer certification

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

After working with the Concrete Reinforcement Steel Institute since 2011 as a founding cosponsor, ACI is exclusively overseeing Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI) certification. Developed in response to a National Transportation Safety Board request following a Boston Central Artery/Tunnel precast panel anchor failure, the certification program is now available in 40-plus locations.

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CRSI chief Risser shifts to PCI, succeeding Toscas

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

PCI has named Robert Risser its new president. He joins the group with 20-plus years of executive association management experience, most recently as president and CEO of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute in Schaumburg, Ill., and succeeds James Toscas, who after 11 years left PCI in late-2014 to lead Portland Cement Association.

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