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2023 Board of Directors:
Past President: Don Kahn - Largo Concrete
President: Nathan Forrest - California Nevada Cement Association
Vice President: Jacob Brennan - Sika
Directors (to serve a 3-year term):
Andrew Metropolis - Turner Construction
Bob Stephens - Largo Concrete
2022 Nominations Committee Slate:
Amir Bonakdar - Euclid Chemical
Ken Sears - Polaris Materials
Janeen Oliver - Catalina Pacific
Ann Harrer - Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc
Amir Bonakdar - Fyfe FRP
Kirk Van Matre - Van Matre Lumber
The Nominations Committee thanks all the slated nominees for their dedication to the Chapter as well as the continuing Board members.
Aleta attends Ventura College where she will earn two Associate of Science degrees (Spring of 2023); one in Construction Technology-Building Inspection and the other in Architectural Design. While attending Ventura College Aleta has remained on the Dean’s List. Aleta was born and raised in Los Angeles County. She has consistently contributed to her communities. She was a founding board member of the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council. She currently works as the manager for the Mildas Drive Road Association in the Santa Monica Mountains, where she resides. While working for the family business Aleta was exposed to architectural and product design, manufacturing and steel construction for projects such as the Biosphere II in Oracle, AZ and Freemont Street LV, NV. Aleta finds the design and installation of concrete a compelling process with many technical intricacies this is why the concrete industry is a great fit for her innate interests and passions. With decades of work experience, and technical talent Aleta enjoys contributing to the global team who creates our built environments.
Hello everybody! My name is Colette Burd, and I am a third year Construction Management major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Being born and raised in San Diego, I love spending my time outside of school hitting the beach, hiking, and traveling. In addition, my hobbies include playing soccer, chess, and doing art. At school, I am proud to be on the Women in Construction board managing our Public Relations and planning events, and on the ASC Pre-Construction team competing in Chicago and Reno. I have one older brother and a twin brother who shaped me into the person I am today. I am very grateful for this scholarship opportunity; it will make a huge impact for me to be able to pay for all of the costs of attending college!
My name is Jake Pizzifred, I'm a 4th year Construction Management student from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I am 21 years old, and I am originally from Riverside, California. I grew up in construction with my family's business constructing residential and commercial swimming pools for Bogner Pools. I'm graduating this upcoming spring and wish to pursue a career in commercial construction.
Khan Muhammad is a 5th year undergraduate IPAL student of architecture at Woodbury University. A proud Southern California resident, Khan has served as 2018-2020 Student Board Member of SoCal NOMA, President of the Student Leadership Council at WSoA, and the Co-Director of Operations of the National SMASH Alumni Board. He is dedicated to building environments that cultivate people to become change agents who can manifest a better and sustainable future.
As the summer draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to update you on some of the exciting things the chapter has been doing as well as some of the upcoming events.
Recently we accepted applications for scholarships for the upcoming Fall 2022 semester. 12 students from various schools submitted applications. The Chapter will be awarding 3 scholarships for $3,000 each. The scholarships are based on academic performance, work history, community contributions and an essay. The winners will be announced in mid-September. In addition, the Student Activities Committee will be working with construction programs at both Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly Pomona to establish ACI student chapters on those campuses.
A couple of upcoming seminars and webinars include the following. First, on Thursday, September 15th, the ACI SoCal Chapter will host an introductory webinar with Drew Burns, Executive Director of NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence in Carbon Neutral Concrete. The session will go through the formation of NEU, its mission, and the path to carbon-neutral concrete. Then on October 11th, the California Nevada Cement Association is hosting an economic outlook forum at the Four Points Sheraton in Sacramento. Ed Sullivan, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Market Intelligence for the Portland Cement Association will present PCA's most current thinking on the near-term economy, construction markets and their impact on cement consumption. This will be followed by a presentation on how the national outlook will translate to California and the surrounding region’s construction sector and cement performance. Moody’s Analytics will also share their outlook for the macroeconomy which will include region-specific data. Following the September webinar, we’ll be back to our regular in-person dinner meetings. For more information on these and other events please visit the ACI SoCal website.
Nationally, this year’s ACI Fall 2022 Convention will be held in Dallas, Texas. The Chapter has elected to participate as a sponsor for this year’s convention. Some of our ACI SoCal members serve on various committees and they will be attending the convention. If you have an interest in learning more about the convention activities, please reach out.
Finally, this year’s Pankow Awards celebration will be held November 2nd. Following up on the success of last year’s event, the dinner and awards presentation will be held at Banc of California stadium. There are seven different categories including 3 structure categories, decorative, infrastructure, flatwork, and repair/restoration. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 9th. Please sign up early and join us for an exciting evening at an awesome venue.
In closing, there are many exciting things coming with the Chapter. I invite you to join us for one, or all, of these upcoming events and look forward to seeing you soon.
ACI Chapter President
The ACI Southern California Chapter Concrete Awards includes eight potential awards to recognize outstanding achievements in various categories of concrete construction. In addition to the seven award categories for 2022, one distinguished project may receive the Charles J. Pankow, Jr. Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative use of concrete in construction. This award was established by the Southern California Chapter in 1984 in honor of Charles J. Pankow, Jr. who served as the International President of ACI in 1980-1981 and was active in the Southern California Chapter since its founding. The award is made annually, if, in the judgment of the Awards Committee(s), a qualified project and contractor are nominated.
The citation on the original award presented to Charles Pankow on March 22, 1984 reads:
Charles J. Pankow, Jr.
For Distinguished Service to the Concrete Industry as National ACI President, Director and TAC Member. One of the Founders of the Southern California Chapter, Innovative Engineer, and Builder Leader in Concrete Construction
Charles J. Pankow, Jr. Award: One project of outstanding merit will be selected to receive the distinguished Charles J. Pankow Award
All projects must:
· Be completed between October 2021 and September 2022. For buildings, project completion date is defined as the date on the certificate of occupancy.
· Utilized concrete as an architectural finish, structural element, or artwork
· Have informed and received consent from all members of the project team
All entries must include:
· Completed online entry form
· 500-word (or fewer) concrete description
· 300-word (or fewer) project description
· Minimum of 7, maximum of 15 photographs featuring the concrete, construction, and finished project. Time lapse videos are also accepted in addition to the photographs.
· Indicate to whom award plaques should be given (company or individual person) and verify accurate spelling of names for award plaques
The ACISCC Concrete Awards Committee will judge the project submissions based on the following criteria:
Presentation of awards will occur at the Annual Concrete Awards event hosted by ACI Southern California Chapter. We are excited to announce that this year’s event will be held on Wednesday November 2, 2022 at the Banc of California Stadium.
Information gathered for the purpose of this awards program may be published in various media outlets (print, Internet, Social Media) for the purpose of highlighting concrete’s use in design and construction.
Deadline for Entries: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2022
Sponsorship opportunities are available for our 2022 Event! For questions regarding the sponsorship or general questions about the ACISCC Concrete Awards program, please contact Heather Todak, by phone at (626)-696-4664 or by email at email@example.com
The Southern California Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has approved a cash award of $3,000 to be granted to up to three local University students pursuing a degree in Civil or Structural Engineering, Construction Management, or Architecture. The candidates must be U.S. citizens in their junior, senior, or graduate years, which have displayed enthusiastic promise in their engineering studies. Please submit the application package for each individual:
ACI Southern California Chapter,
We’d like to acknowledge Kenneth Sears II, who was recently honored as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute at the Spring 2022 ACI Convention in Orlando, Florida. Ken has been an active member of our chapter for over 15 years, including serving as our chapter’s vice president and president in years past. This distinction as an ACI Fellow is a tremendous honor; a Fellow is an individual who has made “outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products, and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction, or management.”
This distinction was highlighted in the March 2022 edition of Concrete International, with the following recognition:
“Ken is the Manager of Sales and Technical Innovation for Orca Aggregates, a Vulcan Materials Company, in Southern California. Prior to his current position, he served in technical and management roles with increasing responsibility in ready mixed concrete for 25 years, and supplementary cementitious materials for 8 years. Sears has held positions within his local ACI Chapter as President and Vice President, served on the Board of Directors, chaired the technical committee, and has assisted with student competitions during ACI Conventions. He previously chaired the local “Greenbook” Public Works Construction Concrete Ad-Hoc Committee for over 10 years. He has been a member of the ACI Southern California Chapter Certification Committee for over 15 years and has been assisting with the Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I certification classes as a Supplemental Examiner since 1989. He currently chairs the Concrete Flatwork Associate, Finisher, and Advanced Finisher Certification committee, as well as performs the Examiner duties for this program. In 2013, he received the highest honor the ACI Southern California Chapter can bestow upon a member, the Sam Hobbs Award, which recognizes outstanding service to both the Chapter and the concrete industry.”
Please join us in congratulating Ken Sears for this outstanding achievement!
On behalf of the new chapter board, I wanted to take a few moments to update the recent news on chapter activities. With the arrival of spring, it appears that the pandemic of the last two years may finally be subsiding, and we can get back to the “new normal”. Those few years have been challenging but the SoCal ACI chapter has managed to function despite those difficulties. Our thanks to all who have been a part of keeping ACI moving forward. We hope you and your families are safe and healthy.
In February the Annual Meeting and Sam Hobbs service award celebration was held. The event was well attended by over 75 people and included dinner, installation of new chapter officers and presentation of the Annul Sam Hobbs Award. This year Steve Toland was honored as the 2022 recipient. Steve is a past president of the SoCal ACI chapter and has served in various chapter roles throughout his career. Congratulations to Steve on an honor well-deserved.
The Annual ACI Spring 2022 Convention was recently held in Orlando, Florida. A few Southern California members attended the convention including roundtable discussions, committee meetings, “hot topic” discussions on current industry trends & ideas as well as social activities with other industry people throughout the country. At this year’s convention, our very own Ken Sears was recognized by ACI as a Fellow and was acknowledged at the Annual ACI Spring 2022 Convention. Congratulations to Ken for recognition of his continuous service to the chapter and the industry.
The chapter recently purchased a new 7’ x 14’ trailer for the certification teams to assist in mobile certifications. The new trailer will also be available for use at remote sites, for special classes or chapter-sponsored events. As well, it will help keep equipment and material properly secured and be another tool to provide a higher quality of service to our chapter members.
As we look forward to spring there are many exciting activities coming up including a student mixer to be held in downtown Los Angeles, a joint meeting with SEAOSC with a presentation of the new Intuit Dome (the new home of the Los Angeles Clippers) and the Annual SoCal ACI Golf Tournament on May 5th at Los Serranos in Chino Hills. Please feel free to contact me, or any of the board members, for additional information or if you would like to be included in these events.
In closing, we look forward to 2022. There are many things to be excited about and plenty of opportunities to get involved, socialize or to be a part of ACI. Please feel free to reach out to myself or any chapter officers or committee members and get involved. Hoping to see all of you soon.
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2022 Board of Directors:
Past President: Chris Garcia - Pankow Builders
President: Don Kahn - Largo Concrete
Vice President: Nathan Forrest - California Nevada Cement Association
Jesse Cook - DPR Construction
Jonathan Layne - Solomon Colors
Sydney Wilson – CalPortland Cement
Kirk Van Matre
I hope you and your families had a safe and special holiday season and I wish you a happy new year! As we find ourselves experiencing another surge of covid cases, I am grateful for the in-person events we held last year. The 24th annual Southern California Concrete awards were held at at SoFi Stadium on November 6th, with 169 attendees. I would like to thank Heather Todak and Co-Pilots staff who helped organize the event as well as the sponsors who donated generously to make the event possible. A list of all Concrete Award winners as well as photos of the event are available on our website.
We also held a mixer in September and were honored to have ACI President Cary Kopczynski in attendance along with 43 attendees from the concrete industry. Thank you to Paul Heis for organizing the mixer and to the ACI Resource Center in San Bernardino for hosting this event. See here for photos.
I look forward to the upcoming Annual Meeting and Sam Hobbs service award celebration which will be held on February 24th at 5:30p at the Fullerton Marriott. There will be dinner as well as a presentation by the 2021 Sam Hobbs recipient, Josh Cavender. More information on the event and registration is forthcoming; the chapter leadership will monitor the status of the pandemic and follow local safety protocols accordingly. We look forward to recognizing Josh and the 2022 recipient for receiving this well-deserved award!
Looking toward the spring, the student activities committee is planning a student mixer to be held in downtown Los Angeles. We will be extending invitations to local college students for an opportunity to gather, network and learn more about our organization. Please feel free to contact me if you have any student or organizational contacts that you would like to be included in the event.
Please be on the lookout for chapter officer election ballots, which will be sent to all members via email on February 1st ; ballots will be accepted through the Annual Meeting. On February 24th,we will welcome a new slate of officers and I will be passing the presidential gavel onto our next chapter president.
The ACI So Cal Chapter is saddened by the news and regrets to having to inform our members of the passing of Ed “Griff” Sparks, former Technical Manager for CalPortland Concrete. Griff was very active in the industry and with ACI So Cal. He was President of the Chapter in 1996 and the Sam Hobbs Award recipient in 1999.
Griff Sparks was a leader in the development of high performance concrete and he was responsible for the mix designs of many of Los Angeles’s iconic buildings including Our Lady of The Angels Cathedral with a 500 year design life. Please join us in remembering Griff Sparks.
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