NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovations, Chris Dagosta recently helped coordinate a Build With Strength seminar on Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) in the Midwest for Nebraska and Iowa professionals interested in the school construction market. The event was held November 1 in Papillion, NE, and was jointly sponsored by the Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association (NCAA) and the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association. Dagosta and Randy Daniels of Fox Blocks were the presenters.
"We had a great turnout, opening eyes and turning heads!," said NCAA Promotions Director Jeff Mulder. "Both Nebraska and Iowa received phone calls Monday morning from schools that want more information on ICF’s."
Mulder added that he has been asked to discuss ICFs with Columbus, NE, school officials while Clinton, IA, school officials also requested a presentation. The seminar was aimed at architects, designers, contractors and school officials, with Dagosta and his collegues stressing ICF's high energy efficiency that can save school districts millions of dollars throughout the life of the structure.
Shown here are some of the 46 attendees who learned about ICF school construction, during the seminar and at the construction site. For more information, contact Chris Dagosta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tennessee Concrete Association and the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association (ICF-MA) recently hosted an Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) installation training event that attracted architects, engineers, concrete contractors and ready mixed concrete producers who wanted to learn more about building with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). ICFs are quickly becoming the method of choice for all forms of construction due to ICF attributes such as speed and safe construction, operation maintenance and energy savings, resilience, sound control and building insurance discounts. These benefits are creating ICF project demand; this training session is delivering a knowledgeable contractor workforce that can augment its portfolio of construction services to include ICFs.
Micah Garrett of ICF-MA/BuildBlock is shown above at right demonstrating the benefits and advantages of ICF construction during the event. As part of the Build With Strength campaign, NRMCA promotes sustainable concrete solutions for buildings. Contact Derek Torres at email@example.com or 973-876-0938 for more information.
The NRMCA’s Pervious Concrete Promotion Subcommittee has released the first of three pervious concrete promotional flyers. Asking the question, “How many cars can you park on your detention pond?” the Economic Benefits of Pervious Concrete flyer highlights areas where owners and developers can save money by using pervious concrete pavement.
“We have given particular focus on the role pervious concrete plays in the permitting process,” says NRMCA Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge. “Surprisingly, after years of promotion one of the biggest, and most common hurdles we face is that developers don’t know about, or don’t understand, pervious concrete and are reluctant to include it as a project’s stormwater management system. Knowing that pervious concrete is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Best Management Practice (BMP) and that it is also accepted by many state and local permit agencies should help in their decision-making process.”
Besides this flyer, the subcommittee is working on the other two pieces of promotional collateral. Currently undergoing final review is a similar flyer titled The Environmental Benefits of Pervious Concrete. Also in development is Pervious Concrete for Residential Development, which will target home builders and developers.
The Economic Benefits of Pervious Concrete can be found on PaveAhead.com or click here to download the new flyer. For more information, contact Phil Kresge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRMCA once again joined forces with the American Concrete Pavement Association's (ACPA) Colorado Wyoming Chapter in sponsoring a booth at the 6th Annual APWA Colorado Chapter Conference held on October 28-29 in Arvada, reports NRMCA Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Don A. Clem, PE. The conference, which featured the heading The Power of Connection – Look Up and Plug In, drew over 200 public works professionals from throughout Colorado despite a two-day snowstorm that hit the region. The program featured high-level presentations from transportation leaders, including the engineering director of Denver International Airport Landside Engineering and APWA President-Elect Mary Joyce Ivers.
A well-attended breakout presentation on Innovations in Concrete Pavement Construction was provided by Amy Brooks, chief operations officer and Matt Fonte, assistant general superintendent, Castle Rock Construction Company, an ACPA member company. The booth was staffed by Clem, Angela Folkestad, PE, executive director, and Jamie Johnson, PE, paving engineer, ACPA CO/ WY. (Shown here, from left to right, are Don Clem, Jamie Johnson, paving engineer, ACPA CO/ WY Chapter, and Jeff Dankenbring, public works director, City of Centennial during the conference.)
For more information, contact Don Clem at email@example.com.
Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the federal government’s clearinghouse for all labor-related data, released its anticipated 2018 workplace injury and illness information. One of the metrics the BLS outlines is incident rates, which represents the number of lost day injuries/illnesses, restricted duty day injuries/illnesses and medical case injuries/illnesses. This year’s ready mixed concrete industry specific incident rate remains unchanged from 2017 at 3.9. (The incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers and were calculated as (N/EH) x 200,000, where N = number of injuries and illnesses, EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year and 200,000 = base for 100 equivalent full-time workers working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year.)
Overall, the data shows a steady downward trend as the industry continues to stress safe and healthy work practices, along with added emphasis on training and education. NRMCA, for example, conducts safety courses, safety webinars and is constantly publishing updated safety related training materials. In addition, NRMCA recently launched ThinkFirst, an industry-wide focus dedicated to creating and enhancing a steadfast culture of safe work practices by emphasizing thoughtful and strategic actions throughout operational tasks. Safe operations require an industry’s workforce to ThinkFirst.
Year Incident Rate
As well, continuing the industry’s downward trend and increase in safety awareness, the total cases with days away from work, job restriction or transfer dropped from 2.7 in 2017 to 2.6 in 2018.
Click here for more information on the BLS and workplace injury/illness data. You may also contact Kevin Walgenback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRMCA's Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year Award acknowledges the significant contribution of ready mixed concrete truck drivers to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry. As a salute to these key members of the concrete production and delivery team, the award recognizes the driver’s career achievement, safety, professionalism, competence and customer service skills in a manner that will enhance the industry and public image of the career of Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional. The 2020 Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver of the Year Award winner will be honored at an awards presentation ceremony at NRMCA’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas in March 2020.
Please e-mail applications by Tuesday, December 31, to Gary Mullings at email@example.com. Click here to download the nomination form and for more information, including staff contact.
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.
November 19 – 21, Orlando, FL
November 20, Little Rock, AR
December 3, Denver
December 3, Webinar
December 10, Hagerstown, MD
December 10 – 13, Orlando, FL *Sold Out
December 17 – 19, Dallas
January 14 – 16, Des Moines, IA
January 14 – 16, Nashville, TN
January 21 – 24, Cincinnati *Sold Out
January 28 – 30, Orlando, FL
January 28 – 30, Dallas
February 25 – 28, Miami
March 7 – 9, Las Vegas
March 10 – 14, Las Vegas
March 17 – 19, Dallas
March 24 – 27, Boston
April 28 – May 1, New Orleans
September 27 – 29, Aurora, CO
December 15 – 18, Phoenix