Keynote speakers chosen for tilt-up convention

David D. Shepherd, director of sustainable development for the Portland Cement Association, has been selected as the keynote speaker for the first annual convention hosted by the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA).

Shepherd's presentation, titled “Concrete Thinking for Sustainability,” will highlight how sustainable development affects the construction materials decisions made by architects and specifiers. The presentation will detail the basics of sustainability, what is driving the movement, how concrete supports sustainability efforts, and what attendees can do to ensure that their company explores the market opportunities.

Also on the program is Michael F. Sugrue, a principal in LJB Inc.'s commercial and institutional business. Sugrue will offer his expertise in a presentation entitled “Tilt-Up for LEEDS.” Sugrue's seminar will cover the aspects of tilt-up construction that allow it to be a more sustainable system than other forms of construction. In addition, he will review key benefits and methods for selling these benefits to prospective owners and developers.

To be held Oct. 12–15 in Atlanta, the TCA Convention's theme, “Tilt-Up 4 Today: Energy, Environment, Economy, Efficiency,” was selected to highlight the diverse and growing attributes of the site-cast tilt-up method. Ed Sauter, TCA Executive Director, said Shepherd and Sugrue bring tremendous expertise and experience to the program. Concrete Construction is the official media sponsor of the event.

Women in Concrete Network

Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer magazines are planning a networking lunch followed by an afternoon forum to help develop a Women in Concrete Network at the World of Concrete 2006 next January. Women in the industry will have an opportunity to network and learn more about women's perspective on the industry.

If you are interested in serving on an advisory board to help us determine what would benefit women the most, contact Kari Moosmann, managing editor of educational products, at 630-705-2620, or email her at

Construction Worksite Spanish-English Books Available

If you are looking to improve communication with your Spanish-speaking workers, two new publications from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the National Association of Women in Construction, can make your job easier.

The pocket-size Spanish-English dictionary, Construction Spanish, featuring over 1400 words and terms used on construction jobsites is now available for $13.

The Spanish-English Construction Communication book, which sells for $28, contains thousands of words broken into lists of safety terms, related slang, and common sentences related to each phase of construction.

Discounts are available for bulk orders. For more information or to order copies, contact ARTBA's Christy Woodall at 888-821-9653 or e-mail at The publications can also be purchased online at

Controlling moisture in concrete floors

Concrete Floors and Moisture, a new 164-page book from PCA, explores how to prevent unwanted moisture in concrete floors—a problem causing millions of dollars in damage to buildings annually in the United States. Problems from excessive moisture include deterioration and debonding of floor coverings, trip-and-fall hazards, microbial growth leading to reduced indoor air quality, staining, and deterioration of building finishes.

Understanding moisture in concrete leads to design of floors and flooring systems that provide excellent service for many years. Concrete Floors and Moisture discusses sources of moisture, drying of concrete, methods of measuring moisture, construction practices, specifications, and responsibilities for successful floor projects.

For more information or to order, visit the PCA Bookstore at or call 800-868-6733 or 847-972-9040. Cost is $40.

Celebrate 30 years with the CFA

The Concrete Foundations Association will celebrate its 30th anniversary at its Annual Summer Meeting in San Francisco, July 6–9, 2005. Educational seminars will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on Thursday, July 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The opening reception and tradeshow will be held on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. The Basement from Hell and Bob Sawyer Awards will be presented at the Awards Banquet Luncheon following the seminars on Friday. For more information about the Annual Summer Meeting or the CFA, contact the national headquarters at 866-CFA-WALL (232-9255) or got to

NRMCA unveils new logo

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has unveiled a new logo as part of its 75th anniversary celebration. The green color of the logo and the modernized mixer drum image were selected to reinforce to the industry and public that ready-mixed concrete is environmentally friendly and supports sustainable growth. The new logo also invites ready-mix producers, the industry at large, and the public to take a fresh look at the world's most versatile, durable, and cost-effective building material.

The unveiling of the new logo launches a new public image and media relations campaign for NRMCA on behalf of the ready mixed concrete industry.

MAPEI Americas president honored by Boys' Towns of Italy

The Florida Chapter of the Boys' Towns of Italy, the oldest American charity in service abroad, has named Nick Di Tempora, president of MAPEI Americas, as their “2005 Man of the Year.” Di Tempera's personal interest in the welfare of children prompted the honor. Di Tempora commented, “I was born in Campobasso, Italy, in 1939, and I faced many of the same difficulties as the children who became the first inhabitants of the Boys' Towns of Italy. Happily for me, my parents immigrated to Canada in 1951, and I was able to take advantage of the great opportunities offered to me in the Americas. Today, I am fortunate to be able to assist this worthy charity, and I am deeply honored by their wonderful tribute to me.”

The Boys' Towns of Italy began in 1945, when Monsignor John Patrick Caroll-Abbing, an Irish priest in the Vatican Diplomatic Services, began a mission to help homeless, hungry children. He developed youth communities where young people are challenged and helped in the process. The charity is strongly supported by the Boys' Towns of Italy, Inc., an American organization headquartered in New York. For more information on Boys' Towns of Italy visit

MAPEI is a single-source supplier of flooring installation systems for residential and commercial projects. For more information visit