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The Delaware Department of Transportation continues to see the value in using pervious concrete, reports NRMCA Senior Director, Local Paving, Ken Justice. Work crews recently finished paving the parking lot of the new DOT district office in Newark (seen here). The concrete was supplied by Heritage Concrete and was placed by NRMCA-certified ADEL Construction of Newark. The project was completed in three days. Justice said department officials are pleased with this project and are planning to add pervious concrete at the next DOT district site, currently under design.

For more information, contact Ken Justice at kjustice@nrmca.org.

There is still time to register for the fourth and final webinar in the Pave Ahead Pavement Education Pervious Concrete webinar series. Maintenance Guidelines for Pervious Concrete will be held Thursday, June 18, at 2 p.m. Eastern time; it will focus on the importance of establishing a maintenance plan for pervious concrete pavement as well as define the various degrees of required maintenance.

“One of the biggest deterrents to specifiers using pervious concrete is the fear of the hidden costs of maintenance,” says NRMCA Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge. “The first thing we tell them is that there are maintenance costs associated with any stormwater management system. And the costs associated with pervious concrete are very manageable.”

Civil and geotechnical engineers, property owners, municipal and public works directors, property managers and maintenance supervisors or any other individuals associated with properties that have pervious concrete as part of the stormwater management system would benefit from attending this program. “I encourage all our members to extend the invitation to these individuals,” adds Kresge.

For more information, go to paveahead.com/education or contact Phil Kresge at pkresge@nrmca.org.

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Pavement

Last summer, the RMC Research & Education Foundation released the Guide to Concrete Trails, developed by the CP Tech Center and including input from a technical advisory committee comprised of concrete pavement experts and contractors from around the country. In just eight months, thousands of copies of the guide have been distributed, both hard copies and electronic versions, and it has already been successfully used to promote concrete as the material of choice in recreational trails.

Due to its immense popularity, NRMCA Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Jon Hansen is coordinating a second print run. While electronic copies of the guide are available from the Foundation’s Concrete Applications webpage (there are three electronic versions available) for free, some prefer to distribute professionally-printed copies. With a large-volume print run planned, copies may be ordered as part of this effort for $6 each, plus shipping via standard US Postal Service (you will be charged the actual cost of shipping depending on the number of copies ordered).

The deadline for ordering printed copies at the bulk printing cost of $6 each is Thursday, June 18. The order will be submitted to the printer on Friday morning, June 19, with delivery expected by July 1. Due to a lack of storage space, NRMCA is stocking a very small number of printed copies and we do not anticipate reordering again until early fall. To order, contact Jon Hansen at jhansen@nrmca.org or 515-779-0456.

During these unprecedented times of COVID-19, NRMCA’s Pave Ahead team has been working hard to bring educational opportunities to designers, municipalities, students, Association members and other industry professionals. These free, on-line opportunities are on a variety of technical and promotional concrete pavement topics. Click here to find a complete list of webinars. Certificates of Attendance will be emailed once you have completed the webinar.

If you are located outside of the U.S., the webinars may be accessed here. Portland Cement Association recorded webinars can be found here and those from the ACPA/CP Tech Center are located here.

If you have recommendations for upcoming webinar topics, please contact Amanda Hult at 720-648-0323 or ahult@nrmca.org or any of the Local Paving Team.

Buildings

The Build With Strength (BWS) webinar series continues today, Wednesday June 17, at 2 p.m. Eastern time with Economical Design of Insulating Concrete Forms. Led by Lionel Lemay of NRMCA and Randy Daniels of Fox Blocks, this webinar will explore the evolution of ICFs as well as design, detailing and construction inspections. Next week on Wednesday, June 24, NRMCA will present Specifying Sustainable Concrete. Led by Lionel Lemay and NRMCA Executive Vice President of Engineering Colin Lobo, the presentation outlines how concrete performance can be improved while lowering environmental footprint by implementing performance-based specifications.

BWS also has nine on-demand webinars to view at your convenience:

Each webinar provides American Institute of Architects (AIA) Learning Units and/or Professional Development Hours (PDH) for continuing education requirements.

Build With Strength is a coalition led by NRMCA that promotes standards advocacy to leverage policies promoting safety and resiliency and help place more concrete. For more information on Build With Strength and the webinar series, contact Lionel Lemay at llemay@nrmca.org.

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Earlier this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a reminder to businesses looking to reopen after having been closed for months due to COVID-19. OSHA reminds employers that worker safety is still “a priority amid both coronavirus and common workplace hazards.“ OSHA is stressing that employers should have a sound plan for bringing workers back into the workplace, including addressing COVID-19 exposure, work schedules, employee fatigue and stress, training refreshers and any new policies. OSHA also reminds employers that they are prohibited “from retaliating against workers for raising concerns about safety and health conditions.”

OSHA also lists a number of guidance documents for employers to help with creating new COVID-19 policies and practices, including:

  • Workplace flexibilities;
  • Engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices and personal protective equipment;
  • Training workers on the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with the coronavirus;
  • Basic hygiene and housekeeping practices;
  • Social distancing practices;
  • Identifying and isolating sick workers;
  • Return to work after worker illness or exposure; and
  • Anti-retaliation practices.

Click here to review OSHA’s announcement and here for more information on OSHA’s COVID-19 regulations, guidance, FAQs and other resources. You may also contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

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NRMCA is still accepting applications for the Excellence in Quality Award contest. A company must be a NRMCA producer member in good standing to participate and can enter as a company or a division. Applicants are asked to respond to a multiple-choice type application form that generates their scores. Companies or divisions that achieve a score of 75% or greater will be recognized at NRMCA's ConcreteWorks, scheduled from September 25-29 in Denver. The deadline for receiving completed award applications is Tuesday, June 30.

There are several advantages to participating in this award program, including:
1. It provides recognition to the companies that maintain high quality standards;
2. The award criteria can serve as an excellent quality improvement tool for companies;
3. Companies have used the award criteria for conducting internal quality audits; and
4. Companies that apply will be provided with industry average quality benchmark data.

Click here to access the link for the Excel file. Before starting the survey, please download the file to your computer and save it using a different file name (company/division name). Then e-mail the completed file and required attachments to Karen Bean at kbean@nrmca.org. For more information, contact Vice President, Technical Services, Karthik Obla at kobla@nrmca.org.

Workforce Development

To help producers navigate new waters in a recovering COVID-19 world, NRMCA has produced a free 60-minute webinar focusing on expanding sales tactics. The lesson, titled Learn How and When to Influence a Design Team to Make Concrete the Material of Choice, provides the opportunity to pull sales staff together, discuss the webinar’s content and plan forward. The thoughtful lecture delineates the phases of a construction project and where your team can have the most influence on a buyer’s decision to choose concrete. It also details the roles architects, engineers and contractors play as it relates to the choice of materials. While the content will better serve your more senior sales and promotion staff, it also sets the tone for entry sales reps who should broaden their horizon about defining the full scope of buyers for a large project.

Available 24/7, please click here to view the webinar as a group or individually (please scroll to the bottom of the page). For questions or comments, please contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.

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Calendar

*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

June 17, Build With Strength Webinar
Economical Design of Insulating Concrete Forms
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

June 18, Concrete Pavement Webinar Series
Maintenance Guidelines for Pervious Concrete
Email: Brian Killingsworth, 210-508-4923

June 18, Online Course
Resources for Improving Concrete Quality
Email: Karthik Obla, 703-706-4863

June 22 – July 2, Online Course
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

June 24, Build With Strength Webinar
Specifying Sustainable Concrete
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

June 25, Smyrna, Tennessee – Sponsored by TCA
Volumetric Mixer Operator Certification
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393

June 26, Smyrna, Tennessee – Sponsored by TCA
Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393

July 14 – 16, Nashville, TN – Sponsored by TCA
Certified Concrete Sales Professional (CCSP) Module IV Course
Email: Darla Sparkman, 615-360-7393

July 15, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Part 1, Essentials of Quality Concrete: Concrete Materials
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

July 22, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Pt 1, Essentials of Quality Concrete: Concrete Materials Pt 2 & Fresh Concrete Properties
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

July 29, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Part 1, Essentials of Quality Concrete: Hardened Concrete Properties
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

August 5, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Part 2, Forming, Handling, Placing & Finishing Concrete: Concrete Forming & Site Preparation
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

August 12, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Part 2, Forming, Handling, Placing & Finishing Concrete: Delivery, Placing & Finishing
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

August 19, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Part 2, Forming, Handling, Placing & Finishing Concrete: Extreme Weather Conditions & Troubleshooting
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

August 26, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Pt 3, Concrete Standards, Requirements & Specifications: Standards for Concrete Construction
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

September 2, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Pt 3, Concrete Standards, Requirements & Specifications: Standards for Production & Delivery
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

September 9, Online Course
Fundamentals of Concrete Pt 3, Concrete Standards, Requirements & Specifications: Project Specifications for Concrete
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101

September 25 – 29, Denver
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 8, Nashville, TN
Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 20 – 22, Mendota Heights, MN
Concrete Safety Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 10 - 12, New Orleans
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 17 – 19, Glendora, CA
Environmental Course for the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

December 15, Charlotte, NC
Improving Concrete Quality Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

December 15 – 18, Phoenix
NRMCA Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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