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American Concrete Institute presents awards

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On 8 November 2015, the American Concrete Institute presented six awards and delivered the next presentation of the Katharine and Bryant Mather Commemorative Lecture Series during The Concrete Convention and Exposition.

The Arthur J. Boase Award, presented by the ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council for outstanding activities and achievements in the field of reinforced concrete, was presented to Andrew W. Taylor, FACI, Associate at KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle, WA, for his active and dedicated contributions through research and committee work to the advancement of seismic performance of reinforced concrete structures and to the development of design guides through application of the results of structural concrete research.

The Robert E. Philleo Award, also presented by the ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council recognised Ramón L. Carrasquillo, FACI, Founder and President of Carrasquillo Associates, Austin, TX, for his contributions through education, research, and consulting to the advancement of concrete technology.

The Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award, established in 2010, was presented to Fred R. Goodwin, FACI, Fellow Scientist in the Product Development group of BASF Construction Chemicals, Beachwood, OH, for over 30 years of leadership in the construction chemicals industry, including cement manufacture, R&D and technical support of grouts, adhesives, coatings, shotcrete, stucco, flooring, and concrete repair materials; and for championing improvement in the concrete and concrete repair industry.

The Concrete Sustainability Award is presented to individuals or teams who have actively highlighted concrete’s role in sustainable construction. Julie K. Buffenbarger, FACI, Construction Specialist for Lafarge Holcim, received the award in recognition of her leadership in concrete sustainability, her guidance as Chair of ACI Committee 130, Sustainability, and her tireless efforts as Co-Chair of many ACI sustainability forums.

The Distinguished Achievement Award was established in 2004 by ACI’s Board of Direction to recognise nonmember individuals or associations who have made notable contributions to the advancement of the concrete industry through their support of concrete utilisation. Castle Rock Construction Company (CRCC) of Centennial, CO, received this award for providing leadership in the advancement of the concrete industry through innovation, information sharing, and concrete promotion.

The ACI Young Professional Essay Contest Award, sponsored by ACI Young Professional Activities Committee (S-806), recognised Shane M. Maxemow, Structural Engineer at Robert Silman, Washington, DC, for his essay titled, “Listen, Learn, and Pass it On.” This year’s essay topic was, “How can young professionals encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between all sectors of the concrete industry (that is, contractors, structural designers, materials experts, architects, and testing technicians)?”

Following the awards presentation Kenneth C. Hover, FACI, Professor of Civil and Environmental engineering (CEE) at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, delivered the next presentation for the ACI Commemorative Lecture Series.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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