Briefs November 2011

USC Technologies, Inc.
of San Jose, Calif., a research and development offshoot of Houston-based U.S. Concrete Inc., has joined efforts with researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Arizona State University (ASU) to develop alternative supplemental cementitious materials. Under the course of this collaborative research effort, the research teams will focus on identifying and developing alternative supplemental materials that can be used to replace cement in concrete.

“Cement production is responsible for 5 percent of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions,” says Ryan Henkensiefken, technical services manager at USC Technologies. “For every ton of cement clinker manufactured, about one ton of CO2 is released into the atmosphere. To combat these environmental effects, an academic-industrial partnership like the one that we’re forging with UCLA and ASU is essential to reduce the use of cement, and thus the GHG footprint of concrete.”

Since 2006, U.S. Concrete and its operating companies reduced over 1.5 million tons of CO2 emission—equivalent to that of 13 million cars annually—through the use of its environmentally friendly concrete mixes, such as EF Technology.

San Marcos-based Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc. has named Gary Gunter as vice president and general manager of its Highway & Bridge Division, reported Fred Heldenfels IV, president and CEO. Gunter was the co-founder and president of Lone Star Overnight, which began operations in 1991 and successfully competed with Federal Express and other overnight delivery services in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Gunter’s former firm employed more than 500 and transported 12,000-plus packages per night while maintaining the highest on-time reliability in the overnight industry. In 2008, Gunter sold his interest in Lone Star Overnight and has consulted with several businesses prior to joining Heldenfels Enterprises in September 2010.

Separately, Blaine Withers, formerly Vice President of Operations has been named Vice President and General Manager of the Marine & Industrial Division, overseeing the Heldenfels’ plant in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Corey L. Haeder, chief engineer, Cretex Concrete Products West Inc., Rapid City, S.D., was awarded the Merlin G. “IB” Spangler Award from ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe for outstanding technical contributions. A member of ASTM International since 2003, Haeder also serves on Committees C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and C27 on Precast Concrete Products.

Haeder joined Cretex in 1997 as an office engineer and assumed his current role in 2003. He specializes in buried precast concrete drainage structures and bridges, and was involved in a project that received the Montana Contractors’ Association Concrete Excellence Award for Technical Merit in 2010. He is also a registered licensed professional engineer in 15 states.

Outside ASTM International, Haeder is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Concrete Pipe Association, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, and the South Dakota Engineering Society.


The Green Building Certification Institute announced that three of its LEED Professional Credentials have earned accreditation under the American National Standards Institute’s Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. The LEED AP Building Design + Construction, LEED AP Interior Design + Construction, and LEED AP Neighborhood Development credentials join LEED AP Operations + Maintenance, LEED AP Homes, and LEED Green Associate in this category. The latter LEED credentials earned ANSI accreditation in March 2011.

“More than 170,000 professionals have proven their commitment to green building through LEED accreditation,” said Beth Holst, vice president of credentialing at GBCI. “ANSI accreditation validates the integrity of our processes under an international standard. It reinforces the superior standard of LEED Credentials and the professionals who hold them.”

GBCI stands among a group of 34 personnel certification bodies in a range of industry sectors that have achieved ANSI accreditation since the program's inception in 2003. The program is based on the American National Standard and International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity Assessment - General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons.

“ANSI commends GBCI for demonstrating their commitment to the continual improvement of their credentialing programs,” said Dr. Roy Swift, ANSI senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs. “This achievement marks the culmination of a multi-month effort to demonstrate compliance to a rigorous internationally recognized accreditation process. Accreditation by ANSI creates a valuable distinction for GBCI's credentialing programs that extends through the service network—from certification body, to certification holder, to employer, to the public they serve.”

New dates have been announced for the next ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE expositions. The events will be held March 4–8, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The convention center approached ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE inquiring about the possibility of shifting the originally contracted for dates, which is a common practice in the exhibition industry, explained Megan Tanel, AEM vice president exhibitions and events. The Las Vegas Convention Center is working closely with show management to mitigate any potential inconvenience and to help ensure a positive show run for all participants, Tanel noted.

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Ward R. Malisch, technical director, American Society of Concrete Contractors, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASCC in mid-September at the organization’s Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. The award is ASCC’s highest honor, acknowledging recipients for their body of work within the industry and their service to ASCC.

Malisch has answered the ASCC technical telephone hotline for 25 years. His work on ASCC’s behalf also includes 62 troubleshooting newsletters, 36 position statements, numerous technical bulletins and articles, multiple presentations, representation on industry committees, research projects, and co-authoring Tolerances for Cast-in-Place Concrete Buildings.

Outside ASCC, Malisch taught engineering at several universities and worked in quality control for Daniel Construction Company (now Fluor Corp.). He was the editor of Concrete Construction for 14 years, served as director of construction information services for the Portland Cement Association, and was a senior managing director of the American Concrete Institute.

“There is no way to adequately thank Ward for what he’s done for ASCC,” said executive director Bev Garnant. “The time, experience, knowledge of concrete, humor, patience and understanding he has shared has defined much of what ASCC is today, and has made it a stronger and more credible body.”

Concrete contractors with exemplary safety records were recognized by the ASCC earlier this fall at its 2011 annual conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. W. Burr Bennett Awards for Safety Excellence were given to specialty contractor T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, and general contractor, S.B. Ballard Construction Company, Virginia Beach, Va.

These awards are presented in partnership with CNA, Chicago, to contractors that place the highest priority on safety. Entries are judged on three years of safety performance indicators, values and trends; a self-assessment checklist of company safety practices; and detailed descriptions of safety plans and culture.

Additional awards based on the incident rate for 2010 were presented to general and specialty contractors in four categories. General contractors receiving the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award for the lowest incident rate were S.B. Ballard Construction Co., Virginia Beach (over 250,000 work hours); California Engineering Contractors, Pleasanton, Calif. (100,000 – 250,000 work hours); and Cooper River Contracting, Charleston, S.C. (under 100,000 work hours).

Specialty contractors receiving the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award were Precision Concrete Construction, Alpharetta, Ga. (over 250,000 work hours); L. Keeley Construction, Sauget, Ill. (100,000 – 250,000 work hours); and Garland Concrete, Dallas (under 100,000 work hours).

Fourty-three contractors received awards for zero lost time due to accidents and 31 contractors were recognized for having lowered their incident rate from the previous year. Fifty-six contractors received certificates for achieving an incident rate below the national average.

The Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association announced the appointment of The Kammer Group as its new management firm effective Oct. 1, 2011. The Kammer Group is a lobbying and trade association management firm located in Madison. Peter Kammer founded the firm in January 2011 and previously was the vice president of Essie Kammer Group from 2003-2011.

The new executive director of the WRMCA is Cherish Schwenn, who brings more than 12 years of trade association experiencem including the last five years as the WRMCA promotion director. Kim Novak, who has been with the WRMCA for three years, is the association manager. The new WRMCA office location is 44 East Mifflin Street, Suite 305, Madison, Wisc. 53703, 608/250-6304, [email protected].

CTLGroup announced the appointment of Richard T. Kaczkowski, S.E., P.E., as manager of the firm’s Structural Engineering & Mechanics Group. Kaczkowski works with the firm’s engineers, scientists, architects and technical specialists to address complex construction issues for clients in numerous markets. He has played a significant role in the growth of the firm’s Litigation & Insurance and Buildings & Facilities Practice Groups since November 2010 by leveraging his extensive network of clients throughout Chicago and the Midwest.

Kaczkowski has over 26 years of professional experience encompassing construction problem investigation, forensic engineering, field and laboratory testing, building repair design, structural analysis, code compliance evaluation, project management, construction product development and manufacturing quality control. He has also specialized in building exterior envelope systems, failure investigations and steel/timber/concrete design.

“As CTLGroup continues to grow and broaden its capabilities, the Structural Engineering & Mechanics Group requires someone with Rich’s proven track record and expertise,” said Jeffrey L. Garrett, Ph.D., S.E., president & CEO of CTLGroup. “He has extensive experience in a wide range of disciplines and is equipped to provide adept leadership to his team, ensure comprehensive service to the firm’s clients, and help execute the firm’s overall growth strategy.”

The early-October International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition attracted nearly 16,600 registered attendees, making it the second largest in show history. More than 800 exhibitors took more than 1.1 million net square feet for product displays and extensive hands-on equipment demonstrations in job-like conditions. “We’re very pleased and gratified by industry support of the show with these strong numbers during a still-recovering economy. Despite some uncertain market conditions, our industry is looking ahead to be ready for future business,” stated Show Director Melissa Magestro.

Returning to ICUEE were the H2O-XPO of the National Rural Water Association and the iP Safety Conference and Expo. The Association of Equipment Management Professionals sponsored a new Fleet Management Exhibit Pavilion and also developed a show education track for fleet management professionals. A Sustainable Energy Pavilion highlighted green technology. The importance of jobsite safety was underscored in the iP Safety Arena at ICUEE and a new Safety Zone from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.

The Portland Cement Association, Southeast Region, has hired Bryan Strevel as the pavement applications director in Tennessee. With 14 years’ experience in the concrete industry, Strevel will partner with the Concrete Paving Association of Tennessee promoting integrated paving solutions involving cement-based solutions (full-depth reclamation, soil cement stabilization) and concrete-based solutions (conventional concrete, roller-compacted concrete, and pervious concrete) in east Tennessee. Prior to joining PCA-SE, Strevel most recently worked for the SEFA Group.

Separately, PCA-SE hired Stan Bland as the pavement applications director in the Carolinas and Virginia. Bland has 40-years’ experience in highway construction and maintenance for the South Carolina DOT. For 14 years, he served as an advocate for full-depth reclamation and other recycling techniques. He also served as district engineer administrator for 10 years. In that position, Bland maintained constant interaction with state senators, representatives, and highway commissioners as well as county and city officials. Most recently, Bland was the State Pavement Reclamation Engineer.


Command Alkon Inc.
in Birmingham, Ala., has named Phil Ramsey chief executive officer. A 20-year veteran of the integrated technology solutions provider for construction and bulk materials operators, he held management positions across the company leading up to a 2009 appointment as president. Ramsey holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. More recently, he completed the General Management Program at Harvard University’s School of Business. Ken Robinson will continue as Command Alkon executive chairman for Command Alkon.

Command Alkon has continued international business development with the acquisition of KP Consulting, a São Paulo-based provider of dispatch and quality control solutions. With more than 10 years’ market presence and a staff of 25, it will maintain the KP Consulting brand, support existing product lines, and operate as a new division of Birmingham, Ala.-based Command Alkon.

"This business combination will provide global industry solutions and local, cost-effective service to our customers in the region,” says Command Alkon CEO Phil Ramsey. Customers will benefit from the companies' combined resources, he adds, and have access to the best technological solutions for the worldwide construction materials industry.

"The union with Command Alkon will anticipate our presence in the international market and also offer products that our customers have requested, such as aggregate, asphalt, and cement plant automation. Our products and professionals will keep on developing our products, now using all the knowledge provided by Command Alkon," says KP Director Kleber Rodrigues, Jr.

The KP Division joins Command Alkon’s growing stable of overseas operations, including offices in Australia, Colombia, India, France, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.