NPCA, PCI delineate plant certification requirements by product category

The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued Joint Concrete Products List (JCPL 11-19) to alleviate confusion regarding precast and prestressed concrete product certification programs, and enable specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or whether either is allowable. The document ensures accurate specification of certification programs and that all appropriately certified plants are able to bid a project.

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Twelve Joint Concrete Products List categories span nearly 150 component, element or structure types across NPCA and PCI membership. The document cites PCI plant certification for bridge girders and all other prestressed products, and NPCA plant certification for utility vaults and most drainage structures. Mechanically stabilized earth panels, on the other hand, are among 50 component, element or structure types designated for PCI and/or NPCA certification. PHOTOS: Concrete Products

NPCA and PCI have worked together on their certification programs—each widely accepted and based on independent, third-party audits—since 2013 as part of a wider effort to align key activities and member offerings, including annual trade shows, marketing, government affairs, technical and safety materials, plus education and training. Together, the groups represent nearly 1,500 precast and prestressed concrete producers, industry suppliers or service providers and erectors, along with architects, consultants, contractors, developers, educators, engineers and students.

“Our organizations are committed to the specification, production, and installation of quality precast and prestressed concrete products, and we value this opportunity to provide additional clarification to the industry,” said NPCA’s Ty Gable, just ahead of his year-end retirement as staff president.

“Members from both organizations have worked together to provide more clarity to owners and specifiers as well as to our membership and the industry to ensure that precast and prestressed concrete products remain at the highest possible quality. The ultimate goal is customer satisfaction,” adds PCI CEO Bob Risser, P.E.