Portland cement company gets a star

California Portland Cement Co. (CPC) recently was awarded the 2007 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award from the EPA in recognition for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. This is the third year in a row that CPC has been honored with a Energy Star award. For more information on CPC, visit www.calport-land.com or to learn about Energy Star, go to www.energystar.gov.

CFA meets in Vermont

The Concrete Foundations Association (CFA)—an international association dedicated to improving the quality and acceptance of cast-in-place concrete foundations—will gather August 9–11 for its annual convention at Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, Vt. At this year's event, the association will help the contractors focus on the elements of the industry that offer the most improvement of services and quality.

A premier education and networking opportunity, the annual convention will discuss the latest trends, achievements, and successes, as well as building lasting business relationships.

The three-day event includes seminars and roundtable discussions. Seminar topics will cover succession planning, crisis communication, foundation education modules, concrete homes, standing firm amidst hurricanes, pan forming, revisiting robotics, and GPS as a management tool.

New this year is the CFA Product Rodeo featuring hands-on product opportunities for operating the broad range of concrete pumps, robotic layout equipment, and footing forming systems.

Visit www.cfawalls.org to register or to get more information.

ACI honors excellence

The Virginia Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently announced the winners of the 2006 Awards of Excellence presented at the 2007 Annual Virginia Concrete Conference for the Virginia Transportation Industry. The award committee honored winners based on aesthetics, innovation, and uniqueness of the project in three categories: commercial, infrastructure, and residential. Winners included:

  • Commercial Award of Excellence: Richmond International Airport Terminal Expansion, Richmond, Va.; Hunt Construction Group Inc., contractor; Titan Virginia Ready-Mix, concrete supplier; and Gresham Smith and Partners, architect.
  • Infrastructure Award of Excellence and Commonwealth Award: Lord Delaware Bridge, West Point, Va.; McLean Contracting and Bryant Contracting Inc., contractors; Parson Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc., structural engineering; Rappahnnock Concrete, Americast, and Hanson Pipe and Precast, concrete and pre-stress suppliers.
  • Residential Award of Excellence: The Sanchez Residence, Richmond, Va.; R.J. Biringer, contractor; S.B. Cox Ready-Mix, concrete supplier; and William Spell & Associates, architect.

To be eligible, a major portion of the project must have been constructed of concrete, located within the state of Virginia, and completed within the calendar year. For more information on these awards or future awards, visit www.concrete.org and click Chapters.

Leadership academy for women

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) have partnered to host the NAWIC Leadership Academy event for women in the construction industry October 28–31, 2007 on Lake Hartwell at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Designed to enhance management and people skills and reinforce the technical skills needed to run a profitable operation, “This academy will provide women with the opportunity to elevate their careers and their management and leadership roles within their company and the construction industry,” says Don Whyte, NCCER president.

Cost is $1295, and includes tuition, books, and room and board. The event will include topics such as leadership and management styles, negotiating techniques, time management, and conflict resolution. The three-day session also will feature group projects, team building exercises, case studies, and lasting networking opportunities. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and wallet card from NCCER's National Registry.

For more information or to register, go to www.nccer.org, click Academies, and then NAWIC Leadership.

— Compiled by Kate Hamilton. Send your news and events to khamilton@hanleywood.com.