Organizations – May 2015

Gregg Lewis, AIA, has joined National Ready Mixed Concrete Association as senior director, Building Innovations, responsible for providing developers and design professionals technical expertise on advanced, cast-in-place concrete methods. Additionally, he will integrate architect, engineer and contractor teams to offer durable, energy efficient and economical concrete solutions meeting building developer and tenant needs.

Based in southwest Virginia, Lewis has 20-plus years of architectural practice experience, specializing in sustainable and economical building designs. He spearheaded the internationally acclaimed Cradle to Cradle Home Design Competition challenging designers worldwide to consider life cycle in building design and construction. At architectural/engineering giant AECOM, he coordinated design, technical assistance and economic analysis for multiple USAID Haiti earthquake recovery projects exceeding $100 million. He most recently founded a non-profit group, More For Our Money, to encourage legislative and public awareness campaigns focused on improving highway infrastructure competition and value throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“[His] addition will help NRMCA strengthen its presence in the building sector nationally, ensuring concrete is well represented,” says NRMCA President Robert Garbini. “With the growing emphasis on life-cycle cost analysis, resilient construction and energy efficiency in the building industry, it is important that the concrete industry underscores its strengths in those areas.”

Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural history from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.; master of architecture degree from Yale University; and, an MBA from Wake Forest University. He is a registered architect in Virginia, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified EarthCraft Builder with the Virginia Sustainable Buildings Network, and Building Performance Institute Building Analyst, and can be reached at 540/529-3893; [email protected].

The American Concrete Pipe Association raised more than $140,000 at an annual auction benefitting the ACPA Research & Education Foundation, and staged during the group’s 2015 convention held in Amelia Island, Fla. Thirty industry or allied organizations donated items, while dozens of bidders enjoyed a friendly rivalry competing for the work-related items and other articles of value. ACPA associate members contributed high-value targets, including loads of cement. Equipment, entertainment, and vacation donations were likewise sold off to the winning bidders by the expert auctioneer, Adam Hochfelder.

ACPA launched a website prior to the annual meeting that allowed advanced bids by members and associates, many of whom locked down their choices by using the “Buy-It-Now” option. Record auction proceeds will enable the ACPA Research & Education Foundation to continue its mission of supporting the long-term competitiveness of the precast concrete pipe and box culvert industry.

The next Foundation auction is scheduled amid the 2016 ACPA Annual Convention, March 20-23 in Tucson, Ariz.