President's Message

Welcome Back!

I would like to welcome you all back to the 2015-2016 season of the American Concrete Institute of Central New York. I don’t know about you, but summer flew by like the speed of light. It seemed like we were just getting started and now we are thinking about winter concrete already!

Speaking of winter concrete, we are very excited about the kick off of our season, with Dr. Ken Hover from Cornell University. I am sure most of you are familiar with Dr. Hover and his legendary presentations both here at our chapter and around the world. His topic is one near and dear to my heart – Making, Placing and Finishing Good Durable Concrete and all the various steps it takes to make it happen.        

My goal as President this year is to get back to the “Meat and Potatoes” of concrete. To promote doing all the basic steps associated with concrete correctly, from the manufacture of the concrete, to the aggregate selection, to the transporting, to the placing to the finishing and curing.......all of which, and much more have to be done correctly to get a perfect finished product. So often we become side tracked with all the new chemicals and specialty products that we forget just how important it is to get the basics of concrete RIGHT. So be ready for a season of good old fashion concrete and concrete masonry discussion topics.

After our kick-off meeting with Dr. Hover, we are attempting to put together a trip in October to the Lehigh Cement plant in Glens Falls, NY, to see just how our most precious and important ingredient – Cement is made. More details to follow. After that we have an excellent Concrete Masonry topic as well as a round table discussion with industry experts, to be held at SUNY ESF. We are hoping for a lot of student participation at that event, so a large membership turnout would be great. Also, we will have a presentation on anchoring to concrete by our Chapter Vice President John Pillar of Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis.        

And of course, last but not least – our world famous Design and Installation Awards Banquet in April. I hope you are starting to think about submitting your best concrete and concrete masonry projects now, as time flies when you’re having fun!!!

Please join us this year and stay tuned to our website for further updates on our upcoming events. Tell your friends and colleagues, if they haven’t been to an ACI meeting lately, they don’t know what they are missing!!!

Yours Truly,

Gary Markinson
ACI CNY President

                                        
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