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Construction is turbulent; contractors are always fighting with the materials or the design or their competitors, trying to keep their heads above water while the sharks circle below. “We work very, very hard,” says Dan Baker. But sometimes working hard isn’t enough; we have to look at what is dragging us under and preventing concrete from being the nation’s premier building material.

Concrete Construction, with assistance from the Strategic Development Council, invited a group of industry visionaries to come together this past summer to look at the big picture.