Concrete Products

JUN 2013

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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NEWS SCOPE PCI Foundation funds, supports education coast-to-coast Since 2007, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Foundation has sponsored 22 Precast Studios at colleges and universities across the country, providing upwards of 400 students in-depth education on precast concrete. The PCI Foundation has supported Precast Studio functions this year at University of Southern California and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); they are among six U.S. universities that have developed a dedicated precast design course into school of architecture or engineering curriculum, or as an integrated program for both disciplines. USC PRECAST STUDIO Clark Pacific's Irwindale plant hosted a tour for the students and faculty of the USC School of Architecture PCI Foundation Studio. The tour was set up by Doug Mooradian of PCI WEST, and led by Erin Pratt of Clark Pacific. Students spent more than two hours learning about double-tees, precast columns and floor systems, contract documents, shop drawings, Quality Control, welding and embeds, and the full process of pretensioning, casting, removing from forms, form-cleaning, and transportation. The focus of the spring 2013 studio was designing hypothetical visitor center buildings for Joshua Tree National Park, located in southeastern California. In addition to the Clark Pacific plant tour, students camped at Joshua Tree and were given tours by the National Park Service Rangers. The design projects were intended to help explore architectural design for the desert climate, with high diurnal temperature swings, low humidity, and difficult construction access. NJIT PRECAST STUDIO A group of students and faculty from NJIT's College of Architecture and Design recently experienced some "Beyond the Classroom" events as well. The Spring 2013 Design Studio focused on the application of high-performance precast concrete technologies to the design of prototypical "next-gen" construction solutions for communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in coastal New Jersey. The first event entailed a visit was to Architectural Polymers, Inc., in Palmerton, Pa., an innovator in precast concrete form MCINTYRE JOINS PCI FOUNDATION Students of the USC School of Architecture PCI Foundation Studio visit the Golden State precast/prestressed market leader's newest property. 18 | JUNE 2013 As the new executive director of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Foundation, Marty McIntyre will also provide program management, marketing, and development for the Foundation programs such as the Precast Studios taking place at architecture and engineering schools around the U.S. Previously, McIntyre was the executive director of the PCI Illinois & Wisconsin Chapter for 12 years. Since 2007, the PCI Foundation has sponsored 22 Precast Studios at six universities around the country. The programs have been very successful at integrating industry expertise with established programs and have provided in-depth education on precast concrete to more than 400 students. WWW.CONCRETEPRODUCTS.COM

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