The American Concrete Institute (ACI) and American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) have released the fourth edition of the best-selling Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction. The new guide provides up-to-date knowledge of quality concrete construction practices. Written by and for contractors, and referenced by many licensing authorities, this guide details proven practices to produce quality concrete construction.

Contents include:

  • planning for quality
  • concrete mixtures
  • specifications
  • foundations
  • formwork
  • reinforcement and embedments in structures
  • joints and reinforcement for slabs-on-ground
  • preparing for concreting
  • concrete placing and finishing
  • common field problems
  • safety
  • legal issues

“The new guide is the ultimate concrete construction resource,” saysMichael L. Tholen, Managing Director of Engineering and Professional Development, American Concrete Institute. “The extensive coverage of construction topics makes this an invaluable document for concrete contractors, ready mix producers, testing technicians, specifiers, engineers, and other concrete industry professionals.”

Also included in the fourth edition are 43 Position Statements from ASCC, details on ACI Certification programs, and an appendix introducing several legal issues of interest to concrete contractors. A summary, review questions, and additional recommended reading list accompany each of the 12 chapters.

“The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction has been a staple for ASCC members since the first edition was published in 1992,” says Bev Garnant, Executive Director, American Society of Concrete Contractors. “It’s an excellent overview of the basic components of building with concrete; invaluable to contractors, but also a great reference for anyone involved in this industry.”

Published jointly by ACI and ASCC, the guide is intended for all levels of experience. The guide is available in both printed and digital format) for $89.00; ACI and ASCC members will receive a member discount. A Spanish version is expected to follow. To learn more about the new Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, contact ACI at or 248-848-3800, or ASCC at or 866-788-2722.

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