Concrete Products

APR 2012

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT BY STEVEN PROKOPY are plenty of opportunities to know that," he says. "To Donna's credit and the leader- ship of PCI, there has been much improved communication between PCI and its mem- bership. Jim Toscas does an excellent job with his President's Message. We get quite a bit of e-newsletters coming to us. If you don't know what's going on at PCI, you just aren't paying attention. "I have an engineering background and I was involved with the technical commit- tees, but as I moved up into more of a man- agerial role at Tindall, I get less involved with that and that led to me being less in- volved with PCI. But since I've gotten more involved again, I see there are so many good initiatives and activity going on that should preclude any doubt about value proposition. The more involved you are, the more evident that is. So that's certainly one of my objectives, trying to get that message out to the membership at large. Find a place to plug in and help us steer this ship in the direction it needs to go. "As far as inviting people to come along, where we're really doing a good job with that is with our professional membership. We have more than 2,000 individual profes- sional members and student members. We're doing a great job getting the word out to the campuses—engineering and ar- chitectural students—to get on board and expose them to what's going on." SUSTAINABLE PLANT PROGRAM Although still in its earliest stages, PCI re- cently formally launched a pilot Sustainable Plant Program for producer members. The Institute released details on its tracking PRESTRESSED/PRECAST CONCRETE INSTITUTE Although the Precast/Prestressed Con- crete Institute (PCI) has headquarters in Chicago, its membership ranges world- wide. PCI maintains a full staff of techni- cal and marketing professionals to foster greater understanding and use of precast and prestressed concrete. Founded in 1954, PCI is the foremost de- CHAIRMAN (2012) GREG FORCE, PE, FPCI, FASCE President & Chief Operating Officer Tindall Corporation Spartanburg, South Carolina IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN (2011) DONNA S. REUTER Regional Chief Operating Officer Building Systems Division Oldcastle Precast Inc. South Bethlehem, New York CHAIRMAN-ELECT (2013) TOM KELLEY, PE President Gage Brothers Concrete Products Sioux Falls, South Dakota 30 | APRIL 2012 AT-A-GLANCE veloper of standards and methods for de- signing, fabricating, and constructing pre- cast concrete structures. The institute also operates the world's leading certification program for producers and individuals in the precast concrete structures industry. PCI publishes a broad array of periodi- cals, technical manuals, reports, and other informational documents, including an award-winning technical journal. It also conducts educational seminars, tech- nical conferences, conventions, exhibi- tions, and awards programs. Institute members include companies comprising the precast concrete struc- tures industry, as well as architects, con- sultants, contractors, developers, educators, engineers, materials suppliers, service providers, and students. PCI has 11 regional affiliates across the U.S. and maintains relationships with allied organ- izations, both national and worldwide. James G. Toscas, P.E., is PCI president. The institute moved in February 2010 to its new address at 200 W. Adams St., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60606; tel.: 312/786- 0300; fax: 312/621-1114; e-mail:; website: tool and guidance documents at its 2011 Salt Lake City convention. "It's a purely vol- untary effort, but our Quality Assurance Council, Sustainability Council, and our Pant Certification Committee worked collabora- tively to come up with a list of things that plants could be doing to make a plant be of maximum benefit to the overall construction team in terms of being able to prove its in- fluence on sustainability," Force explains. "To be able to show that we have recircula- tion systems for our washdowns, for exam- ple, shows that we are making efforts that are more knowledge based, not only for the benefit of the environment but also for what we can bring to the construction team. "That is being rolled out this year at a number of plants, and it's going to evolve until it becomes part of our certification process, I believe. Tindall is one of the companies that volunteered to be a part of the pilot; one of our plants is doing it as sort of a pilot for the company, seeing how this works out and seeing how we do with it. We're collecting the data, doing the recordkeeping and trying to be good stewards of the environment. We would anticipate that very shortly we'll roll this out to all the Tindall plants. Force adds that PCI recently instigated a life-cycle assessment project that will proj- ect, cradle-to-grave, the environmental and energy performance of a typical precast structure over its lifetime. "Initiated by PCI's Sustainability and R&D Councils, this com- parison on comparable precast, cast-in-place and steel structures looks at a range of en- ergy and environmental impacts—not lim- ited to just greenhouse gas emissions," Force WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM

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