Line up your fall trade shows

Later this month, the first of a number of concrete construction trade shows are scheduled to commence in the effort to help you stay competitive and knowledgeable in this ever-changing industry. Here are just a few of the critical shows relevant to the concrete contractor you won't want to miss.

  • Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) 2008 Summer Meeting, July 31–Aug. 2, 319-895-6940 or
  • American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Annual Conference 2008, Sept. 11–14, San Antonio, 866-788-2722 or
  • Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA) 2008 Annual Meeting & Expo, Sept. 29–Oct. 1, Portland, 888-864-4232 or
  • Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) Annual Convention, Oct. 1–4, Phoenix, 319-895-6911 or
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fall 2008 Convention, Nov. 2–6, St. Louis, 248-848-3795 or

PTI announces seminar schedule

The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) announced the dates for two seminars on post-tensioning. Analysis and Design of Post-Tensioned Building Structures is scheduled for Sept. 16 in Minneapolis and for Sept. 18 in Toronto. The full-day workshop will provide hands-on training on post-tensioned building analysis and design. Other topics include preliminary design and the factors that affect the selection of structural systems; detailed analysis and design, and the effective techniques for modeling slabs; and detailing and structural drawings—specifically the causes of restraint and ways of mitigating problems. A total of eight AIA Learning Units (LU).

Honored as this year's PTI Project of the Year, Award of Excellence, the New Guthrie Theater Center in Minneapolis integrated post-tensioned concrete into a uniquely designed building.
PTI Honored as this year's PTI Project of the Year, Award of Excellence, the New Guthrie Theater Center in Minneapolis integrated post-tensioned concrete into a uniquely designed building.

The second seminar, Fundamentals of Post-Tensioning: Design, Analysis, and Construction, held in Detroit on Sept. 15 and in New Orleans on Oct. 16, will focus on analysis, design, and construction fundamentals. Intended to provide a basic understanding of post-tensioning, it will cover post-tensioning technology, analysis and design, applications, and construction. Participants will earn four LUs.

In other association news, the PTI announced the 2008 winners of its annual awards program. Judges evaluate submissions on creativity, innovation, ingenuity, cost effectiveness, functionality, constructability, and aesthetics. The New Guthrie Theater Center in Minneapolis was bestowed the Project of the Year, Award of Excellence for its mixed-use building. Using a post-tensioned concrete framing system, the unusual design can accommodate heavy loads and large column-free areas.

In the Buildings category, the 1101 New York Ave., in Washington, D.C., project was acknowledged. The 12-story structure uses no perimeter columns on three sides of the building, which enabled designers to include a 20-foot cantilevered floor.

To learn more about these and the other winners, go to for more information.

Alliance between AIA and USGBC

This past May, leaders of The American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council agreed to develop a strategic alliance that shared goals and collaborated on activities. The alliance will focus on advocacy, education, and research between the two groups. An annual leadership meeting, regular staff meetings, and existing efforts are designed to help these organizations meet this goal. For more information, go to

PCA appoints Prentice

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recently named John M. Prentice as its vice president of industry liaison. In this newly created position, Prentice will be responsible for coordination the alignment of regional and national programs, as well as alignment of the Regional Promotion Groups into PCA. For more information, visit

TCA calls for tilt-up competition entries

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) recently announced the call for entries to the 2009 Tilt-Up Achievement Awards Competition. The TCA Awards Program recognizes outstanding site-cast tilt-up structures and advancements in technology, products, and methods used in the tilt-up industry.