Spring is approaching and our crazy winter will soon be behind us. Let’s hope our spring weather will be normal, whatever that is. With spring comes renewal. I believe our industry is undergoing a renewal of sorts. Owners, Designers, Contractors and Suppliers are leaner and more efficient than they were during the boom years. We will face new challenges but these will result in new innovation.
The continual innovation in concrete design and construction has always amazed me. I heard many times that concrete is a simple but complicated building material. This may sound like an oxymoron but there is truth in this statement. Concrete can be used by a homeowner that wants a sound floor for his new shed and can also be used in the construction of an architectural marvel. On the surface, concrete properties are simple and predictable but as we dig deeper we see an amazing complexity. The predictability of concrete makes a simple building material that is easy to use. The complexity makes concrete a versatile building material. Together these characteristics make a product that is never boring and promotes innovation.
The recent Dan R. Brown Awards Banquet had many examples of innovation. I would like to thank Steven Maloof, Derek Brown, Elizabeth Harwood and other volunteers for the many hours they devoted to make this banquet a success. Our awards program will be an example for the American Concrete Institute’s Inaugural 2015 International Project Awards program. I hope you will join us at our luncheon on March 28 2014. Our speaker will be Peter Finsen and he will discuss developments at the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, their current high performance precast campaign, and a few illustrative case studies.
Georgia Chapter ACI, President