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The Fall 2023 edition of NRMCA's quarterly magazine, Concrete InFocus, is now available online. This issue features a number of insightful columns under the Pave Ahead, Build With Strength, Enviroscene and Cement Side headings along with a cover story on Seattle's new aquarium that features innovative and sustainable concrete solutions for this landmark building. There's also the latest from NRMCA's Developing Industry Leaders program and another in the ongoing Innovations in Pavement series.

For more information on receiving a hard copy of the magazine or being placed on the e-delivery list, contact Frank Cavaliere at

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September is Suicide Prevention Month. In an effort to create additional awareness of this important topic, especially for suicide prevention within the construction industry, the Concrete Advancement Foundation last week published a Spotlight piece that includes a variety of details and resources for both companies and individuals. Of particular note are the resources available from the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) and the 988 Suicide & Crisis Hotline. The Foundation will also feature this topic as part of its Walk for Wellness taking place scheduled for Sunday, October 1, in conjunction with NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2023.

For more information on the work of the Concrete Advancement Foundation, please contact Executive Director Julia Garbini, Senior Director Jennifer LeFevre or visit

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NRMCA, through the Build With Strength initiative hosted a Low-Carbon Roundtable event on September 8 in Washington, DC. The event aimed at bringing design and build teams together to explore the current state of the Washington, DC, market and identify opportunities to collaborate on implementing low-carbon concrete solutions. Speakers included Lionel Lemay of NRMCA, Walter Tersch of the General Services Administration, Connor Rattey of the Green Building Council of Washington, DC, and Lauren Wingo of ARUP.

Lauren also moderated a panel of experts, including Kate Williamson of Thornton-Tomasetti, Kahlil Francis from Skanska, Jim Martinoski of Miller & Long and Teck Chua of NRMCA Producer member Vulcan Materials to discuss how two large concrete projects in Washington, DC, achieved low-carbon concrete. The program ended with a feedback session from the attendees that included key owners, architects, engineers, contractors and producers.

NRMCA organizes events like this all over the U.S. To find out more, contact Lionel Lemay at or 847-922-7995.

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Last week, NRMCA exhibited at Building Innovation 2023 hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) in Washington, DC. The annual conference brings together government agencies, architects, engineers, contractors and scientists among others to engage in discussions and work groups to improve the built environment. This year’s event focused on four major topics: Resilience, Technology, Building Performance and Sustainability, and Workforce.

NRMCA/Build With Strength is an organizational member of NIBS and participates in NIBS’ councils on Industry Leadership, Disaster Preparedness and Building Performance as part of its codes and standards advocacy strategy.

For more information on NRMCA/Build With Strength codes and standards advocacy efforts, contact Shamim Rashid-Sumar (shown here at the exhibit hall booth, with NRMCA/BWS colleague Frank Gordon at right) at

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More than two dozen students from the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program will be on hand in Nashville, TN, at NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks later this month. Students from four of the five programs (in New Jersey, Texas, South Dakota and Middle Tennessee) will be taking part in the education programming, helping judge the National Mixer Driver Championship, visiting with attendees at the CIM booth in the exhibit hall and networking with the leaders of the ready mixed concrete industry. These students will be looking for summer internships or full-time placement after graduation, so it’s a great opportunity for members to meet these future industry leaders in a more casual environment and see if they would be a good fit for their organization.

On Tuesday morning, the MTSU CIM Patrons have invited attendees to an open house to tour the new Concrete Industry Management building at Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN). Bus service will be provided for up to 55 attendees. There is no limit on attendees providing their own transportation. The bus will depart the Gaylord Opryland at 8:30 a.m. and returns to the hotel at noon (with a stop at the airport on the way back). RSVP to if you would like to participate and please indicate if you will need transportation or will arrive on your own.

Click here for complete ConcreteWorks details. For more information, contact Senior Director of Meetings Jessica Walgenbach.

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

September 29 - October 3, Nashville, TN
NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2023
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 11 - 13, Centennial, CO *Sold Out
Safety Course
Co-located with Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

October 17 - 20, Denver
CCSP Module I: Intro to Concrete Fundamentals – Concrete 101
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

October 18, Online Course
Concrete Innovations Session 16
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

October 22 - 24, Baltimore
Future Schools Summit 2023
Sponsored by Build With Strength
Email: Frank Gordon, 865-719-2861

November 7 - 9, Charlotte, NC *Sold Out
The Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Co-located with CRMCA
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

November 7 - 9, Online Course
Handling Concrete Specifications, Low Strength Problems and Mixture Submittals
Email: Karthik Obla, 703-706-4863

November 14 - 16, Dallas *Sold Out
NRMCA Dispatcher Course
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

November 15, Free Online Webinar
Concrete Innovations Session 17
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

November 28 - 30, Orlando, FL *Sold Out
Environmental Course
Co-located with Florida Concrete & Products Association
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

December 12 - 15, Orlando, FL *Sold Out
Plant Manager Certification Course
Co-located with Florida Concrete & Products Association
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

December 12 - 14, Denver
CCSP Module II: Understanding the Concrete Contractors Business
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

December 12, Charlotte, NC
NRMCA's Improving Concrete Quality
Co-located with Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Email: Karthik Obla, 703-706-4863

December 13, Online Course
Concrete Innovations Session 18
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

February 13 - 15, Denver
CCSP Module III: General Business Knowledge
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

March 18 - 21, Tampa, FL
NRMCA 2024 Annual Convention
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

March 26 - 28, Denver
CCSP IV: Professional Sales Skills
Email: Jeffrey Bowers, 703-706-4835

October 10 - 14, Aurora, CO
NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2024
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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