In this day of spiraling construction costs, any idea, advice, or information on how to save labor and material costs is welcome. Irving M. Footlik is especially worth listening to. This Skokie, Illinois, consulting engineer specializing in material handling, plant layout and industrial packaging, has ably demonstrated that his construction efficiencies can cut some costs back to where they were three years ago. Some of the questions are as follows. What savings might be made- in time, labor, and machinery- by improving present delivery methods of ready mixed concrete? It is not a problem of delivery to the job, but rather the scheduling and handling of the concrete once it has arrived. I suggest that ready mix companies consider leasing elevating conveyors to building contractors. In this way they could speed up handling of concrete on the site and save having the trucks get into remote spots that are not only difficult but dangerous. Have you been able to speed up any of your projects by improving forming methods, through scheduling earlier stripping of forms, or by any other innovations? We have been able to use material handling equipment to speed up moving forms on sprawling jobsites. A lift truck can be used for this, or a half-ton flatbed truck, which can be driven by one of the laborers. Using 2 by 8 foot forms, rather than 4 by 8's, specifically helps where men must otherwise move forms long distances on their backs. Have you been able to effect construction economies merely by using more concrete in a building, perhaps replacing other materials? In all our buildings currently under construction, we are forming the wall as part of the footings. In this way we get the protection of concrete above grade as well as below ground. We also make use of the full 8 foot high forms, even though only 2 and one-half feet may be in the ground.