Besides being a PCI Fellow and recipient of its Medal of Honor, ACI president and honorary member and instrumental in starting the ACI certification program, general manager of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, and founder of Consulting Engineers Group, Norman Scott made other significant contributions to the industry in the areas of trust and responsibility. “I think that trust—having the confidence in the people that you are dealing with as customers, competitors, and colleagues—is so important,” he said. And he practiced what he preached, significantly advancing the collaboration of PCI with PCA and ACI, and internationally with CPCI and FIP.
Armand “Gus” Gustaferro
It takes an alphabet of acronyms to describe Gustaferro's contributions to our industry. At PCA he headed the fire research laboratory. For PCI he was the chairman of the Technical Activities Committee and authored the manual, Design for Fire Resistance of Precast Prestressed Concrete. For CRSI he prepared Reinforced Concrete Fire Resistance. For NPCA he wrote the NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants. For ACI he taught troubleshooting seminars and wrote the first Concrete Craftsman Series booklet, Slabs on Grade. And for the WOC, at its inception, he told the founders, “If you're going to run a trade show, you have to conduct seminars,” and he subsequently addressed more than 30,000 attendees over 29 years as World of Concrete's most popular speaker.
Once called Chicago's great poet of urban architecture, Bertrand Goldberg stretched the limits of what could be done with concrete. Critics labeled him utopian; admirers praised him as an inventor concerned with both the technology of building and its impact on man. But the buildings themselves speak of Goldberg's achievements more eloquently than any critic or admirer. Chicago's Marina City and River City are the prime examples. Born in Chicago in 1913, Goldberg studied at the Bauhaus under Mies van der Rohe but broke from the utilitarian Bauhaus dogma when he designed Marina City in 1959. “I came to the shape of buildings first,” said Goldberg. “My interest was in developing a more efficient and lower cost structure. I came to the realization that in these days building a box would not yield the repetition that we were seeking. When I got to the shapes that would yield me the uniformity of dimension and engineering, then those shapes were more readily produced in concrete.”
George F. Leyh
No discussion of the concrete industry in the United States can be complete without the American Concrete Institute. ACI maintains near-total rule over the technical information on concrete and has for its entire 100-year history. Over the past 50 years, no single person has dominated ACI more than its executive director from 1975 to 1998, George Leyh. Having worked for him for nearly 10 of those years, I saw his tireless and even ferocious efforts to maintain the public's and the industry's trust in the Institute and in the information developed by its members. This effort to maintain trust included bringing together the many disparate factions of the industry. He founded what has come to be called CAMRA, the Concrete and Masonry Related Associations, to foster industry-wide projects and collaboration.