Sources: American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis; CP staff
The Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA) will merge with American Society of Concrete Contractors and become the Concrete Polishing Council, alongside ASSC’s Decorative Concrete, Manufacturer’s Advisory and Safety & Risk Management Councils.
CPAA was formed in 2010 to provide standards, education and a professional network for concrete polishing interests. Within ASCC, it will continue to be a resource for contractors, designers and owners involved with specifying, installing and maintaining polished concrete. The move does not reflect dissatisfaction with prior manager and American Concrete Institute subsidiary, Creative Association Management (CAM), notes CPAA President Chad Gill. “CAM made us more solid and credible, increasing membership and adding significantly to the substance of the organization. We become part of ASCC as a strong coalition of polishing companies, ready to take our next steps,” he adds.
“Concrete polishing contractors take the baton from the placement contractor and carry it to the finished surface. It makes sense for polishing and placement contractors to have tight coordination. While CPAA has built its brand on education and specification, we were only telling half the story. Combining with the strongest association in concrete placement, we now have an unrivaled depth of technical and real world knowledge about how to deliver the best possible end product.”
Specialty councils elect a board of directors, establish their own bylaws, and maintain independent strategic plans while still being involved and in step with the ASCC mission.