The National Concrete Masonry Association and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute honor 142 plants in their 2016 Safety Awards Program, recognizing members who demonstrate exemplary accident prevention and worker protection. Eligibility is based on the lowest number of or no reportable injuries as documented by OSHA 300A logs (or equivalent Canadian injury reports) for the year.

“The members of NCMA and ICPI are committed to the highest levels of workplace safety,” says NCMA President Robert Thomas. “This commitment is demonstrated by the number of safety awards given this year, and it is a testament to our industry that our members place a high importance in practicing safe manufacturing processes.”

“Safety is good business and, more importantly, excellent for employee morale,” adds ICPI Executive Director Charles McGrath. “These awards recognize both aspects required to run successful [concrete block and paver] companies.”

NCMA/ICPI Safety Award categories are Milestone (no recordable injuries for five or more consecutive years); Platinum (no recordable injuries for the year); Gold (incidence rate less than 1); and, Silver (incidence rate less than 2). A complete list of 2016 award recipients can be found at

CTLGroup has appointed David Mizwicki as vice president and chief financial officer. He will be responsible for financial management, business performance and leadership of finance and accounting within the Skokie, Ill.-based materials testing and engineering consulting organization. CTLGroup cites Mizwicki’s track record of leading multiple companies to improved performance and results, along with his ability to use strong analytic, planning and organizational skills to solve financial and business challenges. Prior to CTL Group, he held senior finance and accounting positions with TRM, Brightstar Corp., Sears Holding and Motorola.

ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has named Vulcan Materials Corporate Manager of Technical Services Robin Graves this year’s Award of Merit recipient. The committee’s top award, conferred along with title of fellow, recognizes leadership in C09 activities; outstanding contributions to improving standards for aggregate materials and concrete durability; plus, standards supporting sustainability initiatives.

An ASTM member since 1992, Graves received the C09 Subcommittee Chairman Award in 2009, Committee C07 on Lime and Limestone Award of Appreciation in 2012, and C09 Katharine and Bryant Mather Award in 2016. He is currently C09 vice chairman and C07 chairman, and also has served on the ASTM Board of Directors and Committee on Technical Committee Operations. Graves moved to his current position after serving as senior materials engineer for Birmingham, Ala.-based Vulcan Materials, and previously held positions with the National Aggregates Association and Chemical Lime Co.

ASTM Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units has named A. Rhett Whitlock, president of WDP & Associates Inc., Murrells Inlet, S.C., as 2017 Award of Merit recipient. An ASTM member since 1985, he was previously honored by C15 with the Alan H. Yorkdale Memorial Award for authoring a paper on products within the committee scope of clay shale, concrete or sand-lime masonry. In addition to ASTM, Whitlock is a member of The Masonry Society, International Masonry Society, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Construction Specifications Institute.

Canada Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. have penned a joint venture, Green Business Certification Inc. Canada. Effective 2018, it calls for GBCI Canada to deliver all of the current and future certification and professional credentialing services for LEED v4, WELL, SITES, PEER, Parksmart, Zero Waste and GRESB in Canada. CaGBC will continue to a) engage and support the Canadian green building industry, its members and stakeholders through education and training, advocacy and research, business events and a range of other activities; b) provide certification reviews and market support for LEED Canada, thereby not disrupting the existing certification model for its customers; and, c) deliver and support the new Zero Carbon Building Standard.


Wayne Drinkward

The Construction Industry Round Table has elected Wayne Drinkward, chief executive officer of Portland, Ore.-based general contractor and construction manager Hoffman Corp., as 2017 chairman, succeeding H. Ralph Hawkins, chairman emeritus of HKS, Inc. CIRT is the national business trade association comprised of approximately 120 chief executives from the leading design and construction companies doing business in the United States and globally.

Joining Drinkward as 2017 CIRT officers are Vice Chairman Charles A. Bacon III, chairman of Limbach Holdings, Pittsburgh; and Treasurer Paul Franzen, president of Barnard Construction, Bozeman, Mont. New directors serving on the CIRT board through 2020 are Greg Cosko of Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction, San Francisco; Peter Emmons of Structural Group, Columbia, Md.; Steven Edwards of Black & Veatch Holding, Overland Park, Kan.; and, Daniel McQuade of AECOM Construction Services, New York.