ASCC CEO Forum
The American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, will hold its CEO Forum June 23-25, 2005, at The American Club, Kohler, Wis. The ASCC CEO Forum, founded and cosponsored by Concrete Construction magazine, is a three-day event for CEOs, presidents, and other top managers of concrete contracting firms. Through speakers, round-table discussions, and networking, contractors of various sizes and areas of specialization explore business topics of immediate and long-range interest to their companies.
John C. Maxwell, known as “America's expert on leadership,” will present the keynote address. Additional Forum speakers include William Casey, president, Access Investment Advisors; David Hoyt, director of business development, Maximum Impact; Chris Krueger, president, Zerah Services; Bruce Suprenant, president, Concrete Engineering Specialists, LLC; and Ward Malisch, senior managing director, American Concrete Institute.
The ASCC produces this annual event in conjunction with its partners, the American Concrete Institute and Hanley Wood, LLC. For more information visit www.ascconline.org or call 866-788-2722.
New ACI book and commentary
The highly anticipated 2005 Edition of Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-05) and Commentary (ACI 318R-05) is now available from the American Concrete Institute. It contains the latest code requirements for concrete building design and construction alongside the corresponding commentary, and includes several improvements and changes from the 2002 edition. It is available for $153.50 Jr: (ACI members $93.00). ACI 318 is a must-have standard for all concrete design, construction, inspection, repair, and research professionals. The 2005 edition has improved readability by unifying notations and terminology throughout the code. In addition, there are several specific technical changes, and various existing provisions were clarified. A full description of all topics covered in the publication can be found at www.concrete.org.
ACI 318-05 is deemed to satisfy the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 19338, Performance Assessment Requirements for Design Standards on Structural Concrete. ACI 318-05 was prepared by ACI's technical committee 318, and will also be included in ACI's upcoming 2005 Manual of Concrete Practice.
Construction Technology Laboratories becomes CTLGroup
Construction Technology Laboratories, Skokie, Ill., marks the next phase of its evolution with a new name, CTLGroup, which better reflects the breadth and variety of services it provides to clients. The new corporate identity was introduced last month at World of Concrete 2005 in Las Vegas.
The consulting and testing firm began more than 75 years ago as the research and development arm of the Portland Cement Association, and has operated as an independent corporation since 1987. The firm has developed into a world-class resource for materials technology and civil and structural engineering. Its staff of technical experts includes structural, civil, chemical, and mechanical engineers; geologists; chemists; and material scientists.
CTLGroup president and CEO Anthony Fiorato said, “We believe our new brand more accurately communicates the range of services, technologies, and capabilities that clients seek. ... Our new tagline, ‘Building Knowledge. Delivering results.' embodies both a commitment and a promise.”
ABC urges congressional approval
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised U.S. Representative Charles Norwood (R-Ga.) for introducing four bills that will improve workplace safety and reduce regulatory burdens on the small businesses that make up the majority of America's construction industry.
The four bills introduced by Norwood were:
(H.R. 739) The Occupational Safety and Health Small Business Day in Court Act: This provides the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) with flexibility to use its discretion to extend the 15-day deadline for employers to file responses to OSHA citations to resolve cases on merit rather than legal technicalities.
(H.R. 740) The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Efficiency Act: This increases the size of the OSHRC from three to five members to increase the speed and efficiency with which workplace safety and health cases are reviewed and resolved.
(H.R. 741) The Occupational Safety and Health Independent Review of OSHA Citations Act: This restores checks and balances by ensuring that the OSHRC, and not OSHA itself, interprets the law and provides an independent review of OSHA citations.
(H.R. 742) The Occupational Safety and Health Small Employer Access to Justice Act: This requires that OSHA more fully assess the merits of a case before bringing unnecessary enforcement actions against small businesses.
Said ABC, “We thank Rep. Norwood for introducing these important OSHA reforms and call on both the House and Senate to quickly pass this legislation to provide needed relief to small businesses nationwide.”
Record turnaround of nonresidential construction
The value of construction put in place soared in December to an 11th consecutive record $1.03 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, as reported by the Census Bureau. The preliminary full-year total for 2004 was $998 billion, a 9% increase from 2003.
“These numbers mark a real turnaround for nonresidential construction and show good acceleration at year end,” commented Kenneth D. Simonson, chief economist for Associated General Contractors of America. “After falling for three years, private nonresidential construction wound up 4% higher than in the previous year, with December's total a solid 6% higher than in December 2003. Public construction was 3% higher for the full year and 9% ahead in December.”
Simonson noted that part of the gain was due to steep price increases for many construction materials. “In 2005, I expect prices to rise less dramatically, and for more construction categories to keep expanding in inflation-adjusted terms. However, it is essential that Congress approve an adequate level of highway spending on a long-term basis, or this important sector will slip badly by 2006.
“It's especially encouraging to see how many separate categories wound up in the plus column for the year,” Simonson added. “The lodging sector, which has strengthened all year, jumped 19% from 2003 to 2004. Health care construction was almost 10% higher. Categories that I'd rank as pleasant surprises included office and commercial construction, which both rose 6%, and manufacturing, which ended the year 2% higher after lagging nearly every month. And both major public categories, education and highways and streets, finished 4% ahead of 2003.”
... and the Site Commander goes to...
Mark Latham, a Durango, Colo., toolnut picked up the keys to the 2004 Site Commander after being selected as the grand prize winner from more than 52,000 entries. Hilti vice president Michael Schoeb presented the $94,000 truck and tools to Latham at the World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas in January.
Rene Pearson of Vernal, Utah won the first prize, a commercial duty ARE truck cap.
The 2005 Site Commander Sweepstakes and national tour will roll out in April with three Ford and Hilti sponsored trucks touring simultaneously.