Farmington Hills, Mich. (June 28, 2016) Spearheaded by the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and facilitated by the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC), Concrete 2029 was recently launched as a strategic initiative to develop a vision and roadmap for the future of the concrete construction industry. “The motivation for this endeavor is to secure the future of the concrete construction industry by getting in front of issues such as the misconstrued image of concrete, code struggles, loss of market share to other building materials, declining productivity, and a shortage of workers in concrete construction,” opined Bev Garnant, Executive Director, ASCC.
The initial workshop, held prior to SDC Technology Forum #39, took place on May 10, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, USA. The meetings focused on issues such as defining and improving in-place concrete quality, increasing workplace productivity, and improving industry promotion and perception. Presentations included:
- The Misconstrued Image of Concrete;
- Consequences of Poor Design;
- The Owner’s Mindset;
- What Must Happen to Improve Productivity; and
- Attracting and Training the Right People.
Participants acknowledge that a clear vision and excellent strategy are vital for the concrete construction industry to thrive in the future. With this in mind, SDC announces Concrete 2029’s second workshop, which will further define and prioritize the goals to populate a roadmap for the concrete construction industry. “The industry has pulled together to identify the trends that are affecting it,” stated Doug Sordyl, Managing Director of the SDC. “Continued vigilance and unified industry action can turn our challenges into an immense opportunity.”
Concrete 2029’s second workshop will be held on September 7, 2016, in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, preceding SDC’s Technology Forum #40. Registration information for Concrete 2029, as well as the May workshop speaker presentations and agenda, are available at www.ConcreteSDC.org.
The ACI Foundation was established in 1989 to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration and is a wholly owned and operated non-profit subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute. Three councils make up the ACI Foundation: the Strategic Development Council, committed to accelerating technology acceptance within the concrete industry; the Concrete Research Council, which funds and assists in the research of new concrete technologies; and the Scholarship Council, which facilitates student fellowships and scholarships.
ASCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of concrete contractors and those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contractors and contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers, and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, engineers, and educators. ASCC has approximately 550 member companies in the United States and 12 foreign countries. For more information, go to www.ascconline.org.
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