To recognize the recently proclaimed Concrete Industry Day, American Concrete Pavement Association-Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, American Concrete Pipe Association and Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association members hosted legislators and staff late last month for a BBQ picnic lunch on the Colorado State Capitol grounds in Denver. In addition to government outreach, the associations teamed to raise awareness of the industry’s key link to economic growth and sustainable development practices in the state.

“Colorado recognizes the concrete industry as important to furthering development in our state and appreciates the hard work, dedication, and the efficiency of its employees,” noted Governor Jared Polis in a Concrete Industry Day proclamation. “Concrete is a part of so many things we build,” he added in a statement on the Capitol gathering. “The concrete industry is an important contributor to Colorado’s infrastructure, economy, and future. We look forward to celebrating Concrete Day at the Capitol and recognizing the thousands of employees that are making a difference in our state.”

Scott Mueller

Scott Mueller has joined the American Concrete Pavement Association as vice president of Marketing. He arrives from Skokie, Ill.-based Jelmar LLC, where he served as chief revenue officer, responsible for sales, marketing and business development of specialty chemicals and cleaners under the “CLR” brand name. He also served as director of Marketing-Worldwide with AMCOL International Corp., a Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based holding company engaged in industrial/manufacturing markets (mining and construction technologies), consumer packaged goods, and healthcare. Ahead of those positions, Mueller was director of Marketing for Ohio-based Dayton Superior, an ACPA member and leading provider of concrete accessories, chemicals, plus forming and paving products for nonresidential construction.

The Associated General Contractors of America is the first signature sponsor of Construction Safety Week. The May 6-10 event will see AGC members and peers across the U.S. and Canada stage job site stand downs and related activities to promote best safety practices throughout the project delivery cycle.

Safety Week is dedicated to raising the awareness of the industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern. The event is sponsored by Construction Industry Safety Initiative and Incident & Injury Free Executive Forum contractors, engineers and allied

The American Concrete Institute elected its 2019-2020 officer slate during the Concrete Convention and Exposition in Quebec City: President, Randall Poston, senior principal with Austin, Texas-Pivot Engineers; Senior Vice President, Jeffrey Coleman; and, Vice President, Cary Kopczynski, senior principal of Cary Kopczynski & Co., a structural engineer with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.

ACI also elected four directors to three-year terms: Walter Flood IV, assistant engineer and project manager, Flood Laboratories, Chicago; Professor Maria Juenger, University of Texas Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering; Michael Kreger, who holds the Garry Neil Drummond Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Alabama; and, Ishita Manjrekar, technical director at Sunanda Speciality Coatings Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

The ACI Foundation has elected Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska and Scott Anderson, P.E. as respective chairs of the Concrete Research and Scholarship Councils. The former council seeks to advance the concrete industry through the funding of multiple research projects annually that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures. The Scholarship Council awards more than $100,000 in fellowships and scholarships annually in the name of individuals, organizations, corporations, and ACI. Awards are promoted globally through ACI’s network of faculty members.

Dr. Radlinska joined the faculty of Penn State University in 2012, following four years of teaching and conducting research in the area of cement-based materials at Villanova University. She is currently researching cement solidification in the microgravity environment plus 3D printing of concrete (separate NASA-funded projects), plus pyrrhotite reactivity in concrete (funded by NSF). Anderson is president of Northern California at design-build contractor Pankow, where he has worked for the last 23 years in several capacities. An ACI Fellow, he serves ACI Committees 117 on Tolerances and 362 on Parking Structures.

The Portland Cement Association has named five members as 2019 Energy and Environment Awards winners, recognizing outstanding environmental and community relations efforts from the past year. Recipients by category: Energy Efficiency, CalPortland Co., Mojave, Calif. plant; Environmental Performance, Roanoke Cement Co., Troutville, Va. plant; Innovation, Lehigh Hanson Inc., Permanente Plant, Cupertino, Calif.; Land Stewardship, Buzzi Unicem USA, Greencastle, Ind. plant; and, Outreach, Cemex Construction Materials South, Lyons, Colo. plant.

“The awards highlight how America’s cement manufacturers are focused on sustainably producing the highest quality product with minimal environmental footprint,” says PCA CEO Michael Ireland. “The companies selected for these environmental accolades demonstrate a strong culture of innovation.”

The International Code Council Assessment Center received American National Standards Institute accreditation for Residential Building Inspector (B1) and Commercial Building Inspector (B2) certifications. “The ANSI accreditation reflects our commitment to pursue the highest possible standard,” says ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims. “This mark of distinction demonstrates the Code Council has the necessary competencies and has undergone a rigorous accreditation process. Accredited certification programs are essential to maintaining public health and safety, which is at the core of the Code Council’s mission.” The certification programs incorporate ICC’s technical expertise and knowledge of the world’s most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes, he adds.