Concrete Products

JUN 2019

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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26 • June 2019 BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS win "pitch competitions," to be judged by university leadership and members of Vulcan Materials' Diversity & Inclusion Council; b) oppor- tunities for students to improve innovation and infrastructure that businesses, higher education and government can support; c) com- pany internships potentially leading to full-time employment; and, d) enhanced facility spaces that turn traditional college work spaces into tech-friendly study halls. "Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been leadership laboratories in America for more than 150 years and their value as part of the fabric of American life has never been more important," says Vulcan Chairman Tom Hill. "Our Company is committed to cre- ating new opportunities for rising young leaders, further building on our long-term diversity and inclusion and workforce development initiatives. This is vitally important to us, as is our commitment to superior safety and environmental performance and supplying essential infrastructure materials used throughout the economy." Vulcan announced the initiative at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting earlier this spring in Houston. Company officials began discussing the grant with Conference President and Columbia (S.C.) Mayor Stephen Benjamin and peers in 2018. Mayor Benjamin has focused on innovation, inclusion and infrastructure as hallmark issues for his Conference term. ORGANIZATIONS The American Concrete Institute Foundation's Concrete Research Council (CRC) has announced grants for six projects this year, including two with environmental themes: "Embodied Carbon in Con- struction Calculator Tool," led by Kathrina Simonen of the University of Washington-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum and Phil Northcott of C-Change Labs; and, "Effective Characterizations of Recycled Concrete Aggregate for Concrete Applications," led by Jiong Hu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Tara Cavalline, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Joining them on the CRC 2019 project roster are "An Innovative Approach to Concrete Confinement Reinforcement," led by Ashley Thrall and Yahya Kurama, University of Notre Dame; "Deconstruction Monitoring of a Cast-in-Place Segmental Concrete Box Girder Bridge," led by Matthew Yarnold and John Mander, Texas A&M University; "Structural Response and Buckling Behavior of Slender Ultra High Per - formance Columns," led by Mohamed Moustafa, University of Nevada, Reno; and, "Optimization of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Using Data Mining," led by Emilio Garcia-Taengua, University of Leeds. CRC pegs research projects that further the knowledge and sus- tainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures in coordination with ACI Committees where possible. It recommended these six projects for funding, based on impact to industry, ACI Committee engagement, and collaboration with other funders and organizations. The Construction Industry Round Table, a national business trade association com- prised of approximately 125 chief executives from leading design and construction com- panies, has elected Paul Franzen, president of Barnard Construction, as 2019 chairman. A founding Construction Industry Safety Initiative member, Franzen joined the Boz- eman, Mont., heavy/civil contractor in 1990 and was promoted to president in 2000. He oversees management and development activ- ities, from negotiating new contracts and implementing long-range plans, to routinely visiting project sites, participating in partnering meetings and constructability reviews. Paul Franzen

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