The American Concrete Institute's Spring 2009 Convention is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas, at the Marriott Rivercenter, March 15-19, 2009. This spring's convention, with the theme "Infrastructure—Concrete Practice & Placement" will highlight opportunities to attend more than 300 committee meetings and over 30 technical and education sessions, view exhibits, participate in a LEED Technical Review Workshop, go on a CMC Steel Texas plant tour, network with concrete professionals from all over the world, and of course, see the sights of San Antonio.

The ACI Student FRP (fiber-reinforced polymer) Composites Competition will be held on Sun., March 15 from 12 p.m - 5 p.m. During this competition, students from around the globe will be challenged to design, construct, and test a concrete structure reinforced with FRP bars and/or grids to achieve the optimal load-to-weight ratio. On Monday, March 16, a Student Lunch will be held to present the competition results and award the top three teams that most closely meet the criteria of the competition. Following the awards, featured speaker Richard Szecsy, vice president of new product development and risk management for Lattimore Materials Co., will give a presentation on "Application of New Concrete Versus Traditional Concrete Design."

In conjunction with the convention, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be presenting a LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations Technical Review Workshop. The workshop will take place Saturday, March 14, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Convention attendees who are seeking to increase their understanding of the LEED for New Construction Rating System and green building strategies, benefits, and resources, should consider attending this workshop. Additionally, this workshop will also help prepare anyone who is interested in becoming a LEED AP for the LEED Professional Accreditation Exam.

In an effort to fight adolescent illiteracy, ACI will be conducting a book drive during the convention. Donated books will go to the San Antonio Youth Literacy Council, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy skill to at-risk youth. ACI is asking that each attendee bring a new or gently used children's book, grades K-12, to the convention. Book donations can be made in the exhibit area at the Marriott Rivercenter from March 14-18, during open exhibit hours.

Attendees who register by Feb. 15, 2009, will receive a special discounted registration fee.

Register for the ACI Spring 2009 Convention today.