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Central Concrete, BASF stage Sustainable Institutional Structures seminar

Sources: BASF Construction Chemicals, Cleveland; CP staff

Reducing buildings’ environmental impact through innovative, sustainable concrete technologies is the focus of May 2–3 seminars BASF Admixture Systems and San Jose ready mixed producer Central Concrete Supply, a U.S. Concrete company, will present in Berkeley and San Francisco, Calif.

A free luncheon seminar for A/E/C professionals, “Innovative Concrete Technologies for the Construction of Sustainable Institutional Structures” will feature BASF veterans Tarek Khan and Brad Violetta examining pursuit of LEED rating points/credit through the use of sustainable concrete; demonstrating the Integrated Durability-Sustainability Wizard to develop guide specifications for products and concrete technologies; and, quantifying the ecological impact of different concrete mixes in six environmental categories.

Central Concrete Director of Quality Assurance Mike Donovan will lead a panel discussion, "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the SF Public Utilities Commission HQ Project." In their case study of a building nearing completion in a dense neighborhood near downtown San Francisco, panelists will outline how a switch from steel to a resilient post-tension concrete trimmed the construction schedule; secured $12 million in savings; and, reduced embodied carbon footprint by 7.4 million lbs. as measured in lower CO2 emissions.

Joining Donovan on the panel are David Mar, S.E., principal of project engineer Tipping Mar; Phil Williams, P.E., LEED AP, Webcor Builders vice president of Sustainability and Systems Engineering; and, Chris Erickson, chief executive officer of Berkeley-based Climate Earth, which developed Carbon Calculator, a tool Central Concrete deployed for the project. Registration for the May 2  Berkeley (David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way) and May 3 San Francisco (Bently Reserve, 301 Battery Street) seminars can be completed here.