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The recently-completed Dallas City Performance Hall, a 124,000-square-foot multi-phase theater facility, is being praised for its environmental and LEED Silver-rated construction, courtesy of using concrete as the primary construction material. The structure is composed of a long sweeping roof flanked by two stories of cast-in-place concrete walls and is organized as a series of linear pavilions, capped by varying ribbon-like roof forms. The dense concrete walls create a solid sound barrier to hold in entertainment music and dialogue and keep distracting noises out.

Source: article for October 26. Read more.
Leave it to Los Angeles to change what's called a "concrete cancer" to a civic design achievement via "concrete cosmetic surgery." What's it all about, you say? Well, LA city officials are seeking to turn a crumbling Sixth Street Viaduct across the Los Angeles River into a pretty spiffy new bridge, courtesy of the world's most versatile building material. Hey, not just Hollywood starlets seek to benefit from cosmetic surgery.

Source: An October 22 posting on the Web site called Blouin ArtInfo. Read more.
News that researchers are making progress on a type of concrete that can fill its own cracks has made the news over the past week, with multiple media outlets producing stories. This recent post by, states that the material's creators are preparing for real-world testing and, if successful, "the living-organism-assisted 'bioconcrete' could transform how our cities are built." Read more.
In an effort to diversify from its longtime ready mixed concrete business, the Casilio family of Bethlehem, PA, has opened a store that sells a line of home décor furnishings and other items made from concrete. With the economy lagging and business down in the concrete industry, the family began looking for ways to cut expenses and create new sources of revenue.

Source: October 22 article by Lehigh Valley Business. Read more.
The P-161V AASF Hangar 1811 renovation project at McGuire Air Force Base has been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, due in part to including pervious concrete for stormwater management, reports NRMCA Senior National Resource Director Phil Kresge. Completed in June 2011, the project utilized 400 cubic yards of pervious concrete for sidewalks and parking lots.

The engineer for the project, Faye, Spofford and Thorndike (FST), first considered pervious concrete after Kresge's colleague, Senior National Resource Director Doug O’Neill, gave a presentation at its Burlington, MA, office. O’Neill and Kresge worked with FST to propose an alternate specification to the original Army/Navy pervious concrete spec. Ken Justice, promotion director for the Portland Cement Association – Northeast, assisted in the specification review. Justice also provided design guidance and contractor referral. The revised specification used on this project became the basis of the Unified Facilities Guide Specification (UFGS) for pervious concrete that is now the standard for all Department of Defense and General Services Administration (GSA) projects.

"This accomplishment is a credit to everyone involved on the project, including members of the AE team and their consultants, contractors and subs, Navy, Army and McGuire AFB personnel whose efforts resulted in a project that exceeded the government's goal of LEED Silver certification," said Jeffery Cohen, the project administrator from FST. The project earned 41-points, sufficient to be LEED Gold-certified under the LEED-NC v2.2 rating system, which was in effect at the time the project was under design. Using pervious concrete accounted for LEED credits for stormwater quantity and quality management.

For more information, contact Doug O’Neill at, Phil Kresge at or Ken Justice at
The Florida Concrete & Products Association in conjunction with the American Concrete Institute - Jacksonville, FL, chapter recently held a Concrete Sustainability Day at the University of North Florida (UNF). The day was filled with various speakers from the concrete industry, including NRMCA Senior National Resource Director Amy Miller who discussed the sustainable aspects of concrete as well as incorporating concrete in parking lot design through ACI 330 - The Guide and Design of Concrete Parking Lots. After the speakers, there was a live demonstration showing pervious concrete, flowable fill and self consolidating concrete.

"The goal for this function was to give owners, designers and students (future designers) the chance for education on all the sustainable aspects of concrete as well as the functional benefits," Miller said. "UNF faculty were also involved in the meeting and encouraged their students to participate in the lectures and network with professionals in the concrete industry."

For more information, contact Amy Miller at
With Florida’s building industry all but shut down, the leadership of the Florida Concrete & Products Association determined it was critically important to open up new markets and therefore set in motion efforts to win market share for concrete mainline paving and streets and local roads. This new campaign resulted in some successes, some shortcomings and a great deal of learning on how to advocate effectively. To assist others in developing effective streets and roads advocacy where there is little existing market share, Tim Kuebler of Titan America has set down theses eight rules. Click here to download the 6-page PDF version of this document.

For printed copies of the document or to learn more about NRMCA’s program to assists states and localities in moving forward with streets and roads advocacy, contact Glenn Ochsenreiter at or 240-485-1140.
There is one NRMCA promotion-focused Webinar on tap for November. Effectively Communicating Sustainability is an hour-long program that takes what we already know about concrete’s sustainability along with the recently released MIT research results and incorporates that information with a Communications 101 course, geared toward helping attendees understand what it takes to improve our communication skills. Click on the link below to learn more or contact NRMCA's Jacques Jenkins at
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This Friday, November 9, the researchers at the Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSH) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will hold a free informational Webinar on the Life Cycle Environmental and Cost Analysis Research. The Webinar will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. and will focus on Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Pavements, Pavement-Vehicle Interaction in Life Cycle Assessment for Pavements and Residential Buildings’ Energy Efficiency. There will also be a question and answer period.
Click here for information on registering for the Webinar. For more information about the work taking place at MIT or other Foundation-funded programs, please contact Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini at or Senior Director Jennifer LeFevre at
The American Concrete Institute's (ACI) 2012 Fall Convention was held last month in Toronto. Below is an update of some of activities that involved NRMCA interests.

130 – Sustainability Committee - Lionel Lemay is NRMCA’s representative on ACI 130 Committee on Sustainability. The committee continues to march slowly toward an in-depth document on the sustainability of concrete. Lemay has written the chapters on materials, concrete proportioning and production and will have all negatives resolved by mid-April 2013. The chapters reference several NRMCA programs to meet sustainability objectives, including Green-Star, Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification and Environmental Product Declarations. Lemay is also working on chapters related to sustainability design tools, rating systems and codes and standards, and has been selected to be on the final editing team. NRMCA’s Karthik Obla has written sections on recycled wash water and recycled returned concrete. The document is expected to be finalized in 2013.

132   Responsibilities in Concrete Construction - The committee addressed several comments as it works toward completing a comprehensive document that discusses the individual and joint responsibilities of stakeholders in concrete construction. The document is moving through the ACI approval process. The committee will offer a seminar session and panel discussion on the topic of Responsibilities at the next convention in Minneapolis. NRMCA's Colin Lobo is on this committee.

201 – Durability - NRMCA’s Karthik Obla maintains representation on ACI 201. The 201.2R Guide to Durable Concrete is being revised. A new chapter on physical salt attack due to sulfates is complete.  Physical salt attack resembles surface scaling due to freezing and thawing and is different from chemical sulfate attack.

211 – Mixture Proportioning - Karthik Obla maintains representation on ACI 211. The document Standard Practice for Selecting Proportions for Normal, Heavyweight, and Mass Concrete is being re-balloted. Comments from the Technical Activities Committee (TAC) on the new chapter on concrete mixture submittals have been addressed by the committee. This chapter includes examples of prescriptive and performance submittals. TAC suggestions on the new chapter on mixture evaluation concrete mixture submittals have been addressed by the committee. New task groups are working on mixture proportioning for pumping and mixture proportioning;  ground limestone powder and mineral fillers will be handled in separate sections.

214 – Strength Tests - This committee is looking for project compressive strength test data to update the table showing the standards of concrete control for both testing variability as well as batch to batch variability. Karthik Obla attended the meeting as an associate member.

232 – Fly Ash and Natural Pozzolans - Karthik Obla is chairman of ACI 232.  The committee is involved in responding to the TAC suggestions on ACI 232.2R, Use of Fly Ash in concrete. The committee voted on a new report on high volume fly ash (HVFA) concrete. This report will be revised and reballoted by Spring 2013. A substantially revised ACI 232.1R, Use of Natural Pozzolans in Concrete, has been completed. A new task group has been created on Glass Derived Pozzolans.

Tom Adams with the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) mentioned that new legislation to direct the EPA to manage coal ash disposal in a manner similar to that used for municipal solid waste has been introduced in the Senate with strong bipartisan sponsorship. However, the bill will most likely have to find a vehicle to carry it in the upcoming legislative session. The House has passed a similar bill on three occasions already. It is expected that if the bill gets to the President's desk he may sign it. The EPA has submitted information to a federal court last week that it cannot get a rule published for at least one year, making the possibility of EPA finalizing a coal ash disposal rule unlikely in 2013. The court is hearing a complaint brought by 11 environmental groups and two ash marketers contending that the agency has failed to comply with regulations requiring review and revision of regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act every three years. The objective of the complaint is to force the court to set a deadline for EPA regulation.

The ACI Spring 2013 convention will feature two sessions on Green Cements and they will be cosponsored with ACI Committees 236, 363 and 130.  In addition, there is likely to be a session on fly ash in honor of Dick Stehly sponsored by Committee 232.

301 – Specifications for Structural Concrete - ACI Committee 301 is working on several revisions to the specification in this cycle. Resolutions of ballots have resulted in revisions to the sections on lightweight concrete, mass concrete, shrinkage compensating concrete, formwork and tilt up concrete. In the sections on concrete materials, Section 4, revisions were approved to remove a default cement type, change aggregate submittal requirements, using water to conform to ASTM C1602 (which permits the use of wash water), requiring air entrained concrete only when exposed to freeze thaw cycles, revising requirements for admixtures and to require plants to be certified by NRMCA or an equivalent program or approved by state highway agencies. The committee is also working on including requirements for alkali silica reactions. There are several outstanding revisions to Section 4 that have to reach committee consensus. ACI 301 is working toward completing its revised specification by Fall 2013. Colin Lobo maintains representation on ACI 301.

318 – Building Code for Structural Concrete - The committee continues its frantic pace of achieving consensus on a reorganized member-based code. To accommodate the review process and meet a deadline for adoption into the International Building Code, the document has to be essentially completed by summer 2013. The chapters on materials have been completed with commentary incorporated. Some code revisions that impact concrete materials include changing some of the defined durability exposure classifications and requirements to concrete and to include reference to ASTM C595 on blended cement that permits up to 15% limestone addition. Other revisions at this time are relatively minor. Major revisions are being deferred to the next code cycle. An important decision made in this meeting is that the 318 Code is written to  the Licensed Design Professional and contractors do not have responsibility for code requirements that are not included in contract documents. This decision was necessary as all construction related provisions are being gathered into one chapter. Colin Lobo maintains representation on ACI 318.
325 – Concrete Pavements - NRMCA’s Brian Killingsworth maintains representation on ACI 325 on Concrete Pavements. The committee currently has five documents under development or revision. The report ACI 325.9R Guide for Construction of Concrete Pavements has been completely revised and the committee is currently responding to TAC comments. The committee is also working toward re-approval of ACI 325.12R-02: Guide for Design of Jointed Concrete Pavements for Streets and Local Roads. Killingsworth has revised the document making U.S. Customary Units primary and has corrected the design thickness tables, while also addressing a few editorial issues. A complete revision with updated thickness tables and other technical revisions will begin after the document is reapproved. 

The committee is developing ACI 325.XR Report on Precast Concrete Pavements - State of the Practice which is based upon work completed by Tayabji for SHRP2. Eventually, this document will become a design and construction report for precast and prestressed pavements. The committee is also developing ACI 325.YR Proportioning, Quality Control and Evaluation of Concrete Pavement Strength Relationships. The document is complete and is being prepared for balloting by the Spring 2013 convention. A revision is underway of 325.11R Accelerated Techniques for Concrete Paving. Work is in the initial stages but progress has been good. The effort will harmonize with the proportioning document. Killingsworth will ensure that considerations for streets and local roads will be included in the revised document.

327  Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavements - Brian Killingsworth will maintain representation on this committee. Current activities include resolving negative votes on the report ACI 327.XR Report on Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavements. The committee will also begin development of an RCC specification for materials and construction to supplement report 327.XR.

329 – Performance Criteria for Materials for Ready Mixed Concrete - The committee has completed a review by the Technical Activities Committee (TAC) and is responding to these comments before this document is finalized. It should be available as a Committee 329 report by Spring 2013. The committee will request TAC to develop a guide specification on performance requirements for concrete and with this development will suggest revisions to ACI 301 and 318 for future consideration. Some of NRMCA's developed recommendations to specifications will be used for this purpose. The committee is also developing a standard presentation discussing the benefits of evolving to performance-based specifications for improved quality and to support sustainable construction. Colin Lobo and Karthik Obla maintain representation on Committee 329.

330 – Parking Lots - Amy Miller remains staff liaison to the committee. A task group reviewed and resolved negative comments from TAC for ACI 330.1 xx "Design and Construction of Concrete Site Paving for Industrial and Trucking Facilities." Committee now awaits ACI staff and/or TAC to initiate public response.

332 – Residential - Lionel Lemay is NRMCA’s representative on the ACI 332 Committee on Residential Concrete Work. The committee responded to Technical Activities Committee (TAC) comments ACI 332-13 Code Requirements for Residential Structural Concrete. Most TAC comments were resolved. However, one major comment still needs to be addressed. TAC would like to see durability criteria in residential concrete be handled in the same way as ACI 318, for freezing and thawing, sulfates and chlorides. They would like to see the Exposure Class concept be used in residential work. NRMCA is opposed to this approach since it requires someone with significant technical knowledge of concrete and most building officials and contractors do not have the expertise. ACI 318 requires the design professional select Exposure Class, but most projects under the jurisdiction of ACI 332 would not be design professionals. NRMCA will continue to work with the committee to oppose this dangerous move toward a potential unworkable residential code.

522 – Pervious Concrete - As it finalizes the specification for pervious concrete (ACI 522.1), Committee 522 reviewed several public comments as the last part of the review process. This resulted in some changes to the specification document. The committee is also working on revisions to the guide document, ACI 522R, with a goal of publishing the next version in 2014. The committee is developing standard details for pervious concrete pavements. Amy Miller maintains representation on Committee 522.

555 – Recycled Materials - Karthik Obla maintains representation on ACI 555. The document Removal and Reuse of Hardened Concrete is undergoing revisions and will include discussions on crushed returned concrete aggregates based on research work conducted at the NRMCA Research Laboratory. There will be two sessions on recycled materials in concrete and they are likely to feature presentations by NRMCA engineers on wash water and crushed concrete aggregate.

Session on Natural Pozzolans - Karthik Obla presented Natural Pozzolans – An Overview during a session sponsored by ACI 232.

Other News
1. ACI Cement and Concrete Terminology will soon become a standard.
2. ACI 377 – A new technical committee on Performance Based Structural Integrity and Resilience has been created.

For more information, contact Karthik Obla at
Concrete plant, environmental and compliance managers will benefit from attending NRMCA's December 4-6 "Environmental Professional Certification for the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry." Details concerning your company's responsibilities when it comes to EPA regulations, the Clean Water Act, discharge permits, stormwater management and a host of other critical environmental matters are covered in an intense 2½-day, hands-on learning experience.

Click here for more course information, staff contact and registration options.
Seven additional organizations have joined NRMCA as co-sponsors of the 2013 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, bringing the total number of organizational partners to 24. New co-sponsors include:
American Society of Concrete Contractors
MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub
National Concrete Masonry Association
National Institute of Building Sciences
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
Slag Cement Association
Wildlife Habitat Council

The 8th annual conference, scheduled for May 6-8 in San Francisco at the Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay (Redwood City, CA), will provide learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction. Researchers, design professionals and industry professionals are invited to present and attend the conference. Suggested topics include the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as they relate to sustainability.
Abstracts can be submitted online at through Friday, November 30. For additional details, contact NRMCA's Lionel Lemay at or 847-918-7101.
NRMCA's November Internet Spotlight, good through Tuesday, December 4, is the complete four part driver training set of the It's Up to Us DVD series (Parts 1-4). While supplies last only, prepare your drivers for the winter training season by purchasing the complete driver training DVD series for half price.

This four part DVD series guides ready mix drivers on best management practices for safeguarding the environment. Part 1 explains what environmental regulations are and how following the rules impacts your business. Part 2 covers water and waste concrete: compliance procedures, how they affect the environment, alternative methods and an important definition of pH. Part 3 examines admixtures, chemicals and fuel, including identifying chemicals, the need to check for leaks, three simple fueling rules and who to call in the event of a spill. Part 4 examines how to minimize air pollution, dust and noise.

Order online today and receive 50% off. Regular member price is $280, Internet Special $140, plus shipping.
*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

November 8, Madison, WI
Great Lakes Regional Work Plan Meeting
Email: Nicole Maher, 888-84-NRMCA, x1158
November 12, Webinar
Environmental Product Declarations
Email: Tien Peng, 206-913-8535
November 14, Little Rock, AR
South Central Regional Work Plan Meeting
Email: Nicole Maher, 888-84-NRMCA, x1158
November 16, Webinar
Effectively Communicating Sustainability
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 888-84-NRMCA, x1165
November 19, Webinar
Biodiveristy at Ready Mixed Concrete Plants
Email: Tien Peng, 206-913-8535
November 27, Wilmington, NC
Adopting Disaster Resilient Construction at the Local Level
Email: Tien Peng, 206-913-8535
December 4-6, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module II: Customer Business Knowledge
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
December 4-6, Orlando, FL
Environmental Professional Certification Course for the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry
Email: Nicole Maher, 888-84-NRMCA, x1158
December 6, Las Vegas
Rocky Mountain Regional Work Plan Meeting
Email: Nicole Maher, 888-84-NRMCA, x1158
December 7, Webinar
ACI 330 R-08 - The Gold Standard of Concrete Parking Lot Design
Email: Jacques Jenkins, 888-84-NRMCA, x1165
December 11-14, Denver
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
December 12, Silver Spring, MD
Atlantic Regional Work Plan Meeting
Email: Nicole Maher, 888-84-NRMCA, x1158
December 12-13, Doha, Qatar
International Concrete Technology Forum
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101
February 18-22, Sacramento, CA
Technical Short Course
Email: Karen Bean, 888-84-NRMCA, x1168
February 19-21, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module III: General Business Knowledge
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
March 3-5, San Antonio, TX
NRMCA Annual Convention
Email: Nicole Maher, 888-84-NRMCA, x1158
March 19-21, Silver Spring, MD
CCSP Module IV: Sales Fundamentals
Email: Shawnita Dickens, 888-84-NRMCA, x1154
May 6-8, San Francisco
International Concrete Sustainability Conference
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-918-7101
May 12-15, Chicago
Fifth North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete
August 11-15, Montreal
ISARC 2013: 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, Mining & Petroleum Industries
Email: Chantal Murphy, 514-939-2710, ext. 1309
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