March 2020 Newsletter Print

    Member News

    The Board of Directors and Volunteers of our chapter are conducting ourselves in order with the CDC Guildlines for the Covid-19 issue. Know that we are here to support all our members during these uncertain times. Please feel free to contact us, our emails are listed in the Board of Directors List in this newsletter. We pray this unusual crisis passes quickly and you and your family remain safe and healthy.

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    A message from ACI International:

    The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent emergency actions have caused many disruptions, including rescheduling of ACI Certification education and exam sessions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.  These actions may result in an indiviudual's ACI Certification expiring before a rescheduled session takes place.  As a result, ACI has been asked to extend certifications so that individuals may remain in compliance with project requirements as they await recertification testing. For a number of reasons, ACI has determined that extending certifications is NOT the best solution. ACI believes the Engineer of Record and/or specifier is the proper individual to review a technician's credentials and determine if a waiver is warrented/appropriate.  This can then be documented in the project files along with an explanation referencing recertification difficulties due to COVID-19 distruptions.

    Please direct any questions or requests for explanation to me, I'll do my best to assist.

    John W. Nehasil
    Managing Director, Certification
    American Concrete Institute
    [email protected]

    Note the Kansas Chapter of ACI has Cancelled the April 6 Certification.
    Please be patient with us as we modify our schedules to accomodate the Covid-19 conditions. 

    We pride ourselves in supporting self improvement and increasing quality concrete construction! Pass on our certification schedule to anyone who is interested.

    The 2020 certification schedule is on our website.
    Click Here to go to our Kansas ACI Website - Certification Tab

    • Concrete Field Testing Technician Field Grade 1
    • Adhesive Anchor Installer
    • Aggregate Testing Technician Level 1
    • Concrete Strength Testing Technician
    • Concrete Flatwork Finisher/Technician

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    Student Activities

    KS ACI Scholarship - Deadline Extended to May 1, 2020

    The Kansas Chapter / American Concrete Institute is a nonprofit organization. The members are comprised of individuals that are associated with the concrete industry. This chapter offers a scholarship of $2,000 for students that are pursuing education in fields pertaining to the concrete industry.

    There will be only one scholarship awarded per school. The winner will be notified by email. The scholarship winner will be invited to attend our annual scholarship golf tournament, and dinner (date to be announced).

    Please contact our committee chair with any questions. 


    1. The applicant must maintain a 2.5 or above grade point average.

    2. The applicant must not have failed any classes.

    3. The applicant must be a full time student with a minimum class load of twelve (12) hours.

    4. An applicant who has already been awarded a scholarship from the Kansas Chapter/American Concrete Institute may not apply for a second scholarship.

    Both the application and resume must be received by the Scholarship Committee Chair no later than May 1, 2020.

    Apply HERE


    The Pittsburg State Univeristy
    Annual Construction Expo
    April 14 & 15, 2020 - CANCELED due to Covid-19 guidelines

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    Upcoming Event

    The KS ACI Golf Tournament & Scholarship Fundraiser is postponed until fall 2020. Updates will be published as soon as we are able to do so. We look forward to seeing you on the golf course having fun and promoting the scholarship fund!

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    Concrete Construction Awards

    The Kansas Chapter of ACI held their annual Concrete Construction Awards in Manhattan, Kansas.  The purpose of this program is to recognize and encourage excellence in architectural and structural concrete work within the state of Kansas.  A jury of professionals from the design, construction, and academic communities are gathered to judge the numerous entries received for architectural and engineering merit, creativity, innovative use of materials, ingenuity, sustainability, unique construction techniques and solutions, and resilience.  

    The judges selected one winning project form each of six categories:  

    • Low Rise Buildings (up to 3 stories):  
      Pittsburg Middle School

      Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250
      Corner Greer & Associates
      Needham DBS
      Crossland Construction Co
      Crossland Prefab

    • Mid to High Rise Buildings (more than 3 stories):  
      Tallgrass Creek Residential
      Erickson Living
      SM Wilson & Company
      Lantz-Boggio Architects
      Jirsa Hedrick Structural Engineers

      Bedrock Concrete, LLC
      Geiger Ready Mix

    • Flatwork: 
      Neighborhood Street Reconstruction,City of Overland Park
      Affinis Corp
      Miles Excavating 
      Geiger Ready Mix  

    • Infrastructure:
      Water District 1 Elevated Tank  
      Water District 1
      Caldwell Tanks
      Black & Veatch
      Garney Companies Inc.
      Penny’s Concrete Inc.
    • Decorative Concrete:
      Award McKeever's Market
      McKeever’s RJB
      Crane Construction
      J. Price Architecture
      PMA Engineering
      Schlagel and Associates
      Steller Concrete
      Penny’s Concrete Inc.

    • Repair and Restoration:
      Leavenworth County Fishing Lake Spillway
      Kansas Dept of Wildlife & Parks
      Crossland Heavy Contractors

      Alfred Benesch & Company
      Geiger Ready Mix

    The jury also agreed that one project that received each of the judges attention deserved recognition and they presented one project with the

    • Judges Award:
      KU Memorial Drive Reconstruction - Phase 4 University of Kansas
      SK Design Group
      Kissick Construction Co.
      Midwest Concrete Materials

    The awards event was attended by many participants of the winning teams and included many of our chapter members, numerous industry advocates, and special guests from ACI International staff.  Before the social hour and formal dinner, the chapter held their annual meeting to recognize members of the board and directors for their service, as well as announcing many exciting upcoming chapter events for 2020.  Past ACI President David Lange joined the awards event and shared his experiences and thoughts on the value of being a member of the ACI. The awards ceremony followed and the winning projects were announced. Each member of the winning team that includes the Owner, the Architect, the Engineer, the General Contractor, the Concrete Contractor, and the Ready Mix Concrete Supplier received a handcrafted concrete award with a sublimated photo of the winning project that was created by members of the chapters awards committee.  

    Congratulations to all of the winners and best of luck to all at the ACI Excellence in Concrete Awards at the fall convention in Raleigh, NC.

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    Please help us grow our membership! Our dues are extremely affordable, and we are a lot of fun! Our new website from StarChapter makes registering for events easy! By being a member of the Kansas Chapter of ACI you are eligible for enhanced global benefits from ACI International.

    Click Here for Membership Information & Dues
    Students join Free!

    Membership Benefits:

    • Joining some of the local area's brightest minds in concrete technical knowledge and practices
    • Help promote certification and quality concrete construction
    • Networking opportunities
    • Have the access and ability to join technical seminars and speaking engagements on a multitude of subjects
    • Free Digital Subscription to Concrete International magazine
    • Three ACI University course tokens for use on selected on-demand educational training
    • Listing in the ACI Member Directory
    • A printable ACI Membership certificate

    Pass on the links and website to others!

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