November 2018 Newsletter Print

    Check out our New Website!

    In an article published in the October 2018 of Concrete International, ACI announced their intention to provide a free chapter management system to help make their marketing and membership efforts more efficient and effective.  As one of the volunteer beta chapters, the Kansas Chapter - ACI has completed the conversion to the new StarChapter platform over the summer.

    We hope that our new StarChapter System will help us communicate with you, our member, and make it easier to keep up with what is going on! Emails were sent to our membership on November 12, 2018 to announce the launch. A few emails bounced.  To make sure you are getting our email, please make sure you have in your directory.  The new Association Management System includes:

    • New Website!
    • New Newsletter Format!
    • New Membership File Management including Renewals!
    • New Calendar of Events!
    • New Activity & Presentation Notification!

    At the top of this newsletter please look for these headers/tabs:

    • Home
    • About
    • Join
    • Events
    • Certification
    • Awards
    • Student

    Click through the fields and get familiar with them. Be sure to look at the Events - It has a Calendar of Events! Use it to Save-the-Dates of future KC ACI Events on your own calendar!

    Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope you like the new system!

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    Breakfast Presentation on Fiber Reinforced Concrete

    Innovative, high performing concrete with fibers!

    November 30, 2018
    7:45 am
    Argosy Casino
    777 Northwest Argosy Casino Parkway
    Riverside, MO 64150

    Featured Speaker: Joshua Lee, P.E., Bakaert Corporation

    In today’s market, the demand for cost effective, innovative, and long-term high performing concrete slabs is pushing structural engineers and contractors to provide a strong solution. Fiber reinforced concrete can be that strong solution by providing ductility, post crack strength, high fatigue and impact resistance, and optimized crack control. The focus will be on slabs-on-ground, but will include other structures that can utilize steel fibers as reinforcement. Various design approaches can be used by structural engineers in the industry to design concrete slabs-on-ground, slabs-on-piles and mat slabs. Performance testing of fiber reinforced concrete, to ensure the performance of a fiber reinforced concrete slab, as well as the practical aspects of fiber reinforced concrete, such as concrete placement, finishing of the slab, mix designs, saw cutting, etc, will be discussed. 

    Click Here to Register for the Event!

    NRMCA's Regional ConcreteWorks is coming to Kansas City!

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    7:30am - 2:30pm

    For hotel room reservations the room block has been extended until Wednesday, November 21st.

    Great Wolf Lodge, 10401 Cabela Dr Kansas City, KS 66111

    Cost: $95 per person

    Online RegistrationConference Registration and Hotel Information Flyer 

    Space is Limited to 55 Attendees. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as long as space is available.


    • State of the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry
    • Are We Doing Things Right—Are We Doing the Right Things?
    • The Mid-Terms are Over—Now What??
    • Build With Strength—Coalition Update
    • Pave Ahead—Resources to Help Stretch Local Infrastructure Dollars


    For more information please contact NRMCA's Nicole Maher | 240-485-1158

    Earn Continuing Education Credits with ACI University

    Need to earn more Continuing Education Units or Professional Development Hours before the end of the year? Now is the time to take advantage of ACI University's 200+ webinars and on-demand courses. ACI offers courses on a variety of topics such as repair, durability, aggregates, pavements, and much more.

    Also available is the ACI University All-Access Subscription where you can gain access to all ACI's live webinars and on-demand courses at an extremely discounted rate!

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    Concrete Construction Awards

    Call for Entries!
    Deadline for entry is December 14, 2018

    The Kansas Chapter - ACI is proud to announce the 43rd Annual Concrete Construction Awards Program.  The purpose of this competition is to recognize and encourage excellence in architectural and structural concrete as well as honor unique, innovative, and sustainable uses of concrete within the state of Kansas.  One project from all entries received will be submitted to the International ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards program.  This is your opportunity to share your project with our community and the world!


    For all the information on categories and submittals Click on AWARDS.

    Send your submittals to Rusty Owings, Awards Chairman at:

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    Student Activities

    School of Construction takes second in global competition

    A team of students from Pittsburg State University’s School of Construction won second place in a competition that pitted them against 50 universities and 1 high school from the U.S. and abroad.  The competition, put on by the American Concrete Institute, was part of the recent Concrete Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Pittsburg State University students Jonah Lies, Garrett Gross, and Gabriel Blair placed second in the ACI 2018 Pervious Concrete Cylinder Competition, Cementitious Efficiency losing only to a team from Peru.  Additionally, a high school team from St. Paul, Kansas, that was mentored by PSU students, accompanied them to the competition and came away with a sixth-place finish. The high school team was the first high school to compete at an ACI student event.  Advisor Seth O’Brien, an assistant professor in the School of Construction, said that the competition challenged teams to apply sustainability concepts and to use their knowledge of concrete-mixture design by producing pervious concrete that balanced permeability and splitting tensile strength. 

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    Member News

    Mike and Donna Murray

    Mike Murray, long time concrete enthusiast and promoter was honored recently at the CPG Holiday Party & Awards Banquet Nov. 6, 2018.

    Mike was awarded The Outstanding Contribution to the Concrete Industry Award. (Pictured with his wife Donna). He has given a lot of himself and his business over the years. His involvement with the American Concrete Institute, Kansas Chapter of ACI, the Concrete Promotional Group, Midwest Concrete Industry Board, etc. is off the charts! His dedication to self-improvement by encouraging others to become ACI Flatwork Finisher and ACI Field Grade 1 certified is admirable! In 2016 Mike was recognized by Concrete Construction Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry. Mike and his wife, Donna, started and continue to host Concrete Cares, a non-profit group, dedicated to supporting those fighting cancer by fundraising in and around the Concrete Community. Many of you have seen them at World of Concrete, ACI National Conventions, State Association Meetings, and many other well-known concrete activities around the U.S. securing donations for Concrete Cares.  Families with children fighting cancer are often the recipients of cash donations to pay for medical bills, medicines, and even funeral expenses. At the recent CPG Awards Ceremony, when Mike was honored with this award, two surprise checks were hand delivered to him by Steve Mauton from Show Me Ready Mix and Shane Bakkan from Bakkan Concrete Construction for Concrete Cares.

    Mike you ROCK! Thank you from the concrete industry to a lifetime of caring! We are proud of you!

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