• 09/10/2020 11:22 AM | Dianne Ochoa (Administrator)


    The ACI Southern California Chapter Concrete Awards includes six potential awards to recognize outstanding achievements in various categories of concrete construction. 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:

    Special Award
    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.

    Deadline for Entries: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020

  • 08/24/2020 3:38 PM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    Dear ACI Members,
    I am sure that we all had thought in March that the effects of the Covid pandemic would have been about over by August, and that restrictions on group gatherings would have been loosened by now.  Our thoughts go out to those who have themselves, or their loved ones, contracted the disease. We trust that you are all on the road to a full recovery and that everyone is being responsible when it comes slowing the spread of the disease.

    The industry was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our Life Member, Rod Elderton, who had given over forty years of very active service and support to the So Cal Chapter. His tenure as twice President of the Chapter, Certification Chair, and Parliamentarian speak of his passion and deep involvement. His service was recently recognized at the National level with the ACI Certification Award and 2020 ACI Fellow. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones.

    One of the measures that the Chapter took was to extend all memberships for twelve months free of charge, so membership fees will not need to be paid this year.

    While the Chapter had to put the Certifications Program on hold, we have been able to restart classes in the last month, but with precautions added. We would like to thank the Certifications Chair, Josh Cavender, the Certifications committee, our Examiners,  Nathan Forrest and our administration personnel, Diane and Freddy for the many hours that they have spent in developing the Covid protocols, scheduling and rescheduling sessions so that participants could obtain certification. We would also like to say a big thank you to the companies that allow ACI to use their facilities for the purpose of the sessions. Without all your help this vital part of the industry could not be undertaken. Thank you.

    ACI National has supported the concept of three Regional Resource Centers across the US and one of those will be located in the greater LA area. It will be in San Bernardino, near the interchange of the I-10 and SR 215. This Center will provide hands-on training and educational offerings to the Pacific Southwest including offering certifications for some of the less common ACI Certifications.

    This year under the Chair of Nathan Forrest, the Chapter is updating our By Laws. This is needful to reflect new community requirements and to clarify some operational procedures. The new By Laws need to go through a review process by members and will be ready for the approval process by the end of this year. We thank Nathan and his committee for their work on the new By Laws.

    For anyone interested in knowing more about the updates of ACI 318-19, which is the backbone of new structural concrete construction, ACI National offers an online on-demand learning course. ACI 318-19 has many major changes from the previous edition with an additional 100 pages. CEU/PDH credits are available.

    We look forward to keeping you all updated regularly and look forward to when we can resume more Chapter activities. We are planning webinars and virtual project tours for the fall and will be emailing out announcements for those events when they are finalized.

    Keep safe.

    Chris Garcia

    Programs Chair

  • 07/29/2020 3:21 PM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    Longtime ACI member Rod Elderton, who held almost every position in the ACI Southern California Chapter and received many honors and awards throughout the years, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last week. He was 74 years of age and had devoted more than 40 years to the industry and ACI. Rod was a BS in civil engineering, having graduated from California State University in 1976.

    Rod is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served in the Construction Battalion (SeaBees).

    After his military service, Rod worked for Livingston-Graham, a ready-mix producer in Chatsworth as their plant manager. It was at that time that he joined the ACI So Cal Chapter.

    Rod’s passion and energy within the chapter never waned. He was twice elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms and in addition to that he served a year as Vice-President twice (1991 and 2005) and then President twice (1992 and 2006). Rod was also a Supplemental Examiner for the Chapter’s Certification programs since its inception in the mid 1980’s. He was most recently Chair of the Certification Committee, the Chapter designate for ACI Nationals Sponsoring Group and the Chapter’s Board Parliamentarian, stepping down in early 2020. Rod was also recognized with the honor of being made a Life Member of the Chapter.

    Rod was nationally recognized for his contributions to ACI and ACI Southern California receiving the ACI Certification Award in 2017 as well as being elected to be an ACI Fellow in 2020.

    Rod Elderton is survived by his wife Patty, son Lee, and daughter-in-law Megan. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to them.

    A memorial service will take place when it is safe to do so.

    Rod was a proud Navy Vet. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your local American Legion Chapter.

    The Board and members of the Chapter express our sadness and condolences to his loved ones at this time.

  • 07/18/2020 7:09 PM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    We are all having to deal with the great changes that COVID-19 has made to all aspects of our lives. As has been said by many others we are all in this TOGETHER.

    As the community restrictions begin to be eased in various ways and in different counties and cities The American Concrete Institute Southern California Chapter is starting to plan to recommence our Certifications programs. We had cancelled some March and all April, May and June sessions. We will recommence sessions in July, beginning with Field Grade 1. Sessions will be offered firstly to those who had been registered in the sessions that were cancelled. When much of the backlog has been addressed, we will be opening up registrations again. Some of the less populated sessions, e.g. Flatwork Finisher will be able to be posted earlier.

    There will be changes to how the sessions will be conducted. The Chapter is observing CDC guidelines for the sessions as well as requirements in-place by the State of California. Precautions will include registrants completing a questionnaire about possible expose or symptoms, the taking of temperatures of attendees prior to entry to facilities. Wearing of masks and social distancing will also apply. The Chapter has commissioned a professional services company to sanitize facilities just prior to sessions and after sessions for the safety of our examiners, the session attendees and the staff of the facility owners. During sessions there will also be personnel present who will sanitize chairs, benches etc. on an as needs basis.

    We are looking forward to the recommencement of our certification sessions and, also soon being able to conduct our other programs.

    In the meantime, we ask everyone to be diligent about their own, their families’, their coworkers and the community’s well-being and stay safe and well.

    Please note our new email address for any questions.  Please note any emails sent to our old address ( will not be seen and correspondence needs to be sent to our new address. 

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