For more than 50 years, Concrete Construction has been your No. 1 source for all things concrete related—delivering everything in written word from industry experts to useful tips on how to improve your skills and onsite practices. This year’s World of Concrete brings it all to life, giving you the opportunity to see everything first hand, attain skills through practice, and learn from experts at educational events. Find out more about the specific events geared toward concrete contractors!

How-To Zone

New to WOC, Concrete Construction’s How-To Zone is where editorial pages will come to life! Set up specifically for concrete contractors, you’ll have the opportunity to see products and techniques in practice. Events, demonstrations, and educational sessions will take place in a 1600-square-foot portable facility, located near the Concrete Surfaces & Decorative Pavilion. Among the activities that will occur are Concrete Construction Live!, Contractor Clinics, and the Awards Ceremony.

Concrete Construction Live!

Located in the Silver Lot in front of South Hall, these three-hour-long educational events offer an intimate view of live-action activities including demonstrations, techniques, procedures, and audio-visual presentations. If you haven’t already done so, register today:

Advances in Decorative Concrete Stenciling
How to Efficiently Lay Out and Form Steps and Risers
Testing Concrete Slabs Properly
Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m.–11 a.m.

Contractor Clinics

Located in the Concrete Surfaces & Decorative Pavilion, Contractor Clinics are educational presentations designed to bring concrete contractors face-to-face with suppliers, manufacturers, and service providers through live, interactive demonstrations. Exhibitors will demonstrate how their product can increase productivity, improve quality, and expand your business.

Each 30-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period. Some clinics include:

ACI Adhesive Anchor Installer
Arizona Polymer Floor Inc.
Butterfield Color
Lythic Solution Inc.
Nudura Corp.
Portland Cement Association
Prime Resins Inc.
Seal/No Seal Group
W. R. Meadows

Awards Ceremony

Hanley Wood’s Commercial Construction Group magazines are the official sponsors of the WOC. Part of their mission is to highlight projects and people in the industry.

Held in the Concrete Surfaces & Decorative Pavilion, winners of these programs will be recognized on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m.–5 p.m.:

Pervious Concrete Live!

Do you know the proper way to place pervious concrete pavements? At Pervious Concrete Live!, you’ll have a chance to learn from experienced installers and materials experts about this unique material. Stop by for hourly demonstrations during show hours in the Gold Lot in front of North Hall, and learn about topics including screeds, quality-control testing, construction details, and pavement maintenance.

2012 CIM Annual Auction

Help support the industry by bidding on a variety of prizes at the CIM Annual Auction. Proceeds fund the highly acclaimed Concrete Industry Management (CIM) programs at Arizona State University, California State University at Chico, Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Texas State University. This is the seventh year the CIM National Steering Committee—with the World of Concrete Show Management, Hanley Wood Publications, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, and patron groups of each program university—has sponsored the event.

Last year, $398,000 was raised for the business-intensive program that awards students a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in concrete industry management. Over the years, a total of more than $2 million has been raised. Show your support this year and walk away with some great items!

The auction will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 with bid registration at 11 a.m., the silent auction at 11 a.m.–1 p.m., and the live auction at 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

Lunch & Learn

This year at WOC, Concrete Construction presents two special luncheons—giving you the opportunity to network and learn, all while enjoying lunch! Both luncheons will be held in the South Hall, Level 2 on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 12 p.m.–2 p.m.

Quality in Concrete Slabs Luncheon & Forum

How do you define a great floor and how are a great floor’s attributes measured? This two-hour forum provides you the opportunity to participate in helping to define quality in slabs and floors beyond flatness and levelness.

Topics will include flatness, levelness, surface durability, joint durability, moisture content, aesthetics, owner satisfaction, and what we can do to achieve a good slab and control the project.

The speakers are: Terry Fricks, The Fricks Co.; Pat Harrison, Structural Services Inc.; and David Fudala, ALLFLAT Consulting—and you!

Women in Concrete Luncheon & Forum

The sixth annual Women in Concrete Luncheon & Forum will answer the question, “How can we create job growth for women in the concrete construction industry?”

Speakers include: Kimberly Kaylor, president of Constructive Communication Inc., who is a member of the Roundtable on Women in Blue Collar Transportation Careers; and Heather Brown, director of the Concrete Industry Management Program at Middle Tennessee State University.

Join the conversation and discuss opportunities for women in all stages of their concrete industry careers and how they can poise themselves for success.

Most Innovative Products (MIP) 2012

The 10th annual MIP contest, sponsored by Concrete Construction, Concrete Construction Products, Concrete Surfaces, Masonry Construction, and The Concrete Producer magazines, presents the industry’s most ingenious products and lets you decide who wins!

Details for each entry can be viewed at, or in the Grand Concourse outside the Central Hall. See the full list and vote for your favorite!

Hoover Dam Bypass Editorial Tour

Join the editors of Concrete Construction and The Concrete producer on this exclusive guided tour of the Hoover Dam and the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Come explore a concrete industry icon and learn about the Dam’s history. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the completed bridge, hear from experts, and take a WOC-exclusive Powerplant Tour of the Dam’s inner workings. Also, you’ll receive a commemorative item, boxed lunch, and transportation to and from the site. If you haven’t already booked your reservation, act now before the event is sold out!