NPCA, PCI delineate plant certification requirements by product category

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago

The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued Joint Concrete Products List (JCPL 11-19) to alleviate confusion regarding precast and prestressed concrete product certification programs and enable specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or whether either is allowable. The document ensures accurate specification of certification programs and that all appropriately certified plants are able to bid a project.

NPCA and PCI have worked together on their certification programs—each widely accepted and based on independent, third-party audits—since 2013 as part of a wider effort to align key activities and member offerings, including annual trade shows, marketing, government affairs, technical and safety materials, plus education and training. Together, the groups represent nearly 1,500 precast and prestressed concrete producers, industry suppliers or service providers and erectors, along with architects, consultants, contractors, developers, educators, engineers and students.

“Both of our organizations are committed to the specification, production, and installation of quality precast and prestressed concrete products, and we value this opportunity to provide additional clarification to the industry,” says NPCA President Ty Gable.

“Members from both organizations have worked together to provide more clarity to owners and specifiers as well as to our membership and the industry to ensure that precast and prestressed concrete products remain at the highest possible quality. The ultimate goal is customer satisfaction,” adds PCI CEO Bob Risser, P.E.