Concrete Products

APR 2018

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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40 • April 2018 NEW CHAPTERS A plan draft was presented to the PCI board in Denver and a final version could be for- mally adopted during directors' early-summer meeting. In addition to aligning staff com- mitments and resource allocation with the field organizations, the document prioritizes national standards, market growth, work- force development and government affairs activities. Standards. After a two-month comment period that concluded earlier this year, PCI is set to release its first national standard, Specification for Fire Resistance of Precast/ Prestressed Concrete. PCI MNL 124-18, the first document the Institute prepared as an American National Standards Institute-ac- credited Standards Developer, updates 2011 design procedures and addresses two precast/ prestressed concrete engineering approaches: "calculated" fire resistance, encompassing prescriptive provisions with tables for select- ing concrete mass or protection of steel; and, "rational design," a true fire resistance cal- culation procedure referenced in PCI manuals and the charter International Building Code (2000). PCI opened Specification for Fire Resis- tance of Precast/Prestressed Concrete to member, non-member and public comment and review per ANSI requirements. The PCI Fire Resistance and Standards Committees- and Technical Activities Council-approved MNL 124-18 will be eligible for reference in the 2021 International Building Code. Committees and staff have commenced the multi-year process for a second PCI national standard, covering glass fiber reinforced con- crete, and will proceed with similar endeavors where ANSI-modeled documents can advance precast/prestressed concrete. Technical Activities Council members have identified 12 additional PCI standards to be produced over the next five years. Workforce development. Helping attract, train, and retain employees has been identified as a key value proposition for PCI members. The first program for plant employee training was rolled out at fall 2017 committee meetings and further detailed in Denver, where PCI Convention educational offerings included "Attracting and Training Tomorrow's Workforce" and "Manufactur- ing Engagement: A Plan for Retaining Good Talent." Convention attendees could also participate in workforce and leadership development plus plant operations sessions presented by the National Precast Concrete Association, with whom PCI has success- fully teamed for The Precast Show, staged annually on late-winter windows and pacing attendance of 4,500. "Recruiting and retaining workers is one of our members' biggest concerns. We are creating training materials to develop their staff and production teams, whereas past PCI educational efforts were geared primar- ily to architects, engineers, agencies and owners," says Mason Lampton. "Workforce development support is a new value in a PCI membership; a really tangible benefit." Government affairs. A group of officers, directors and member representatives will participate next month in PCI's first official Washington, D.C. fly in, joining the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, NPCA and other allied groups for 1.5 days of Capitol Hill meetings. "We are educating our members on how to participate in federal government matters and encouraging them to tell their represen- tatives the story behind precast/prestressed plants, products and markets," Lampton observes. "We need members weighing in on issues of industry benefit and concern." To the latter, he adds, PCI is among a group of downstream users formally opposing tariffs CHAIRMAN'S REPORT BY DON MARSH PRECAST/PRESTRESSED CONCRETE INSTITUTE At-A-Gl A nce Founded in 1954, PCI is the leading developer of standards and methods for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures and systems. PCI membership spans producers, pre- cast concrete system erectors, architects, consultants, contractors, developers, educators, engineers, materials suppli- ers, service providers, and students. The Institute maintains a staff of technical and marketing professionals to foster greater understanding and use of precast/ prestressed concrete. It also operates the world's leading certification program for plants, precast concrete system erectors, and individuals in the precast concrete business, and more recently attained American National Standards Institute-ac- credited Standards Developer status. PCI publishes an array of technical manuals, documents, plus the technical and design periodicals, PCI Journal, Ascent and Aspire. Additionally, it conducts research & development projects and conferences, along with building and transportation Design Awards programs. The Institute headquarters is at 200 W. Adams St., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60606; 312/786-0300;; 2018 CHAIRMAN Mason Lampton President Standard Concrete Products, Inc. Columbus, Georgia Built primarily with components from Gate Precast's Kissimmee, Fla., plant, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami took the Best Government and Public Building category in the PCI 2018 Design Awards and the competition's top honor, the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award. IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN Dan Juntunen President/CEO Wells Concrete Albany, Minnesota CHAIRMAN-ELECT Keith Wallis Jr., FPCI General Manager Prestressed Casting Co. Springfield, Missouri

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