ASTM International's Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory held an open house on Jan. 27 to celebrate the new headquarters building that CCRL shares with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official (AASHTO) Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) in Frederick, Md.
"We're excited to begin a new era in Frederick for the AMRL and CCRL," said Steven Lenker, director, AMRL and CCRL. "The new building will allow us to be much more efficient and better able to serve our customers. Now all our operations are housed under one roof, where in our old location we were spread out in six different buildings. We are grateful for ASTM's and AASHTO's support and look forward to doing even more to continually meet our customers' needs."
Speaking at the open house were Lenker; James Thomas, president, ASTM International; John Horsley, executive director, AASHTO; the Honorable Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District of Maryland; and C. Paul Smith, Frederick County Commissioner.
The 34,413 square-foot building, which had been an empty warehouse that was redesigned specifically for CCRL/AMRL, now provides modern office space, new laboratories and a modern proficiency sample production facility. The laboratories had previously been located at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.
CCRL was created by ASTM International Committee C01 on Cement in 1929 and is currently sponsored by C01 and Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. CCRL's mission is to improve the quality of construction materials testing. According to Lenker, CCRL accomplishes this mission by providing programs and services that individual laboratories can use to differentiate themselves from less qualified competitors. In addition, specifiers can use CCRL programs to focus on laboratories that can best provide the testing capabilities they need to support construction projects.
CCRL runs the Laboratory Inspection Program and the Proficiency Sample Program. These programs were originally created to improve cement testing quality, though the programs now cover many other materials, including concrete, concrete aggregates, blended cements, masonry mortar, steel reinforcing bars, concrete masonry units and pozzolans. Nearly 2,000 laboratories around the world are serviced by CCRL's programs.