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  • 12/16/2020 7:11 AM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    Dear Members

    We hope that you and your families, and loved ones, are taking all the necessary precautions to stay healthy. We have all been affected by this COVID pandemic, to a greater or lesser extent. Our hearts go out to those whose families have suffered with the virus, or worse still, have lost a loved on. The numbers are reported to be on the rise, and we hope that the vaccines that are going out will be able to stem the tide.

    We have been able to conduct a couple of planned events virtually. This included some joint presentations of technical interest to the industry.

    Also, the Chapter held our annual Concrete Awards night online, including the Charles Pankow Award. Winning projects were The Webster by Shaw and Sons, LA Stadium and Entertainment District (SoFi) by Morley Construction, Ivy Station by Largo Concrete, Linea Project by Largo Concrete, The Green House by Beeson Masonry / Pacific Pervious, Metropolis 2B by Pankow Penta Builders and the winner of the Pankow Award was the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures - Geffen Theater by Morley Construction. We congratulate everyone who was involved in these projects and the other projects that were also nominated for the awards. We would like to thank Heather Todak for organizing the Award event, and also Janeen Oliver, who was host for the presentations. We invite you to go to our website and view these great exhibits of concrete construction. Winners of this year’s So Cal Chapter Awards are submitted to the ACI Excellence in Concrete Awards for 2021.

    At the International ACI Excellence in Concrete Awards, held as part of the ACI Fall Convention, the 5900 Wilshire Project by Trademark was voted the overall People’s Choice Award winner. Our congratulations to Trademark.

    In addition to the programs that have been undertaken, albeit limited, we are pleased that our Certification sessions have recommenced and continue. Much of the backlog has been cleared and sessions for 2021 are now posted on our website. Again, we thank Josh Cavender, the Certification Committee and the examiners for working through this difficult year and the additional measures that they have all had to take to keep everyone healthy.

    Elections for the Board are now underway, and voting is online at our website. Please make sure to vote in this election ( Voting will close January 1, 2021. We thank the candidates who have stood and greatly appreciate the Nominations Committee for their work in this process.

    Our Annual Meeting will be held on the evening of Tuesday January 26th, 2021. The new Board members will be introduced, proposed new By Laws tabled with a vote on them to follow within 30 days, and also the presentation of the Sam Hobbs Award, which is given to an individual who has contributed significantly to both the Chapter and the Industry. Make sure to keep checking your inbox to find out who the Sam Hobbs awardee will be this year! The night will also be a virtual event, and we look forward to a big turnout.

    When the year began none of us could have imagined the extraordinary year that was to come, and the challenges to be faced, as a community and as an industry. It goes a long way to show the resilience of all who work in the concrete sector of the overall construction industry. Thank you to everyone for the part that you have played.

    On behalf of the Board and Committees of the Southern California Chapter of ACI, we want to wish everyone the very best for a safe, happy and joyful Holiday Season and for a healthy and successful New Year.


    Paul Heis,

    ACI SoCal 2020 President

  • 12/01/2020 8:00 AM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    Members Click Here to Vote

    Click here to view Board of Director nominee bios.

    2021 Board of Directors:
    Past President: Paul Heis - Master Builders
    President: Chris Garcia - Pankow
    Vice President: Don Kahn - Largo

    Directors (to serve a 3-year term):
    Austin Eminhizer - Gary Bale Ready-Mix
    Brandon Agles - Associated Ready-Mix
    Charlie Zahari - Salt River Materials
    Heather Todak, P.E. - WJE
    Ramon Aguilar – Coreslab

    2021 Nominations Committee Slate:
    Ann Harrer, P.E. - WJE
    Chris Forster - Largo
    Ed Luce - Cemex
    Howard Garcia - Boral
    Josh Cavender - Cemex
    Josh Hamilton - Vulcan
    Ken Sears - Polaris Materials/US Concrete
    Melineh Zomorrodian, S.E. - Structural Focus
    Vito Thornton - Ekedal Concrete
    Will Haigh - Bonanza Ready Mix

    The Nominations Committee thanks all the slated nominees for their dedication to the Chapter as well as the continuing Board members.

    Board Members continuing their terms are:

    • Brian Platt - G3 Quality
    • Jacob Brennan - Sika
    • Margaux Burkholder, S.E. - Walter P. Moore
    • Nathan Forrest, P.E. - CNCA
  • 10/23/2020 1:40 PM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    It goes without saying, but what a year 2020 has been! Even if we have not been directly affected health wise in our families or workplace, Covid-19 has certainly wearied us. No home is immune, so we need to stay vigilant to slow the spread and do what we can to end this pandemic.

    We have all been shocked by the extent and widespread occurrence of the wildfires here in California and although Southern California has not seen similar acreages burned as Nor Cal, the devastation is just the same to those affected. Our thoughts are with those victims too.

    In addition, in October we have said goodbye and celebrated the life of two active ACI members: Charles Terry Dooley and Reid Briley. Terry Dooley was a long-time member, past-president, and recipient of the Sam Hobbs Award. Reid has been involved with the Certifications Committee and was a proctor for multiple certification programs. Reid leaves behind a wife and young family. Please refer to the In Memoriams posted on our website.

    The ACI SoCal board is busy planning events (such as the annual project awards program), certification programs, and many more. Please see the updates below for more information.

    Programs Update

    Looking at the concrete industry, there have been various circumstances including the severe weather impacts that have resulted in a shortage in both cement and fly ash.  Unfortunately, the supply chain allocations to ready-mix producers and concrete product manufacturers are limiting construction activities. Our chapter is organizing a virtual event on this subject and other trending topics.  Keep an eye open for the announcement in your email inboxes. 

    Certification Committee Update

    We are pleased that our Certification sessions have restarted, and the backlog of registrations has been reduced. We will have most registrants in sessions before the end of the year. If you are registered and have not heard from us,  please contact the office at  Our 2021 schedule is now on the website and registration is available at this link: We would like to thank Josh Cavender, the Certifications Committee and the Examiners for all the hard work over the past few months in providing this important service.  

    The ACI Resource Center has now opened in San Bernardino, and is being managed by Rusty Ownings, former quality control manager for Kansas based Geiger Ready Mix. The Chapter is pleased to welcome the Resource Center and expects it will strengthen ACI’s presence in the Pacific South West. It will offer certifications that the Chapter has been unable to facilitate, such as the Adhesive Anchor Installation Inspector.

    ACI SoCal Chapter Concrete Awards

    We received eighteen entries for the newly re-named ACI SoCal Chapter Concrete Awards including the prestigious Pankow Award. We put out a call to entries to design firms, contractors, material suppliers and any others involved with recently completed concrete projects. The awardees will be recognized at a virtual event on Thursday, November 19th at 5:30pm. We have offered each company involved with these notable projects a unique opportunity to showcase their outstanding work. The free registration can be completed with this link ( and there will be raffle prizes as well!  We look forward to celebrating the strength of our local industry on this evening.

    ACI National Fall Convention

    The ACI National Fall convention has shifted to a virtual format and will run from October 25th to 29th. Registration costs are significantly reduced, and we encourage anyone who was not thinking about attending to reconsider as you can do it from the comfort of your own home or office and not have to travel.

    We trust that everyone continues to work and stay safe.

    Chris Garcia

    Vice- President and Programs Chair

  • 10/23/2020 1:09 PM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    ACI Southern California grieves for the passing of a friend and colleague, Reid E. Briley. During many weeknights and Saturdays, Reid worked to certify industry professionals by acting as proctor and guide for several ACI certification programs. If you had a question about a test method or procedure, he was the one to turn to. Reid had an eye for detail, he did not take things at face value, but instead took the time to think them through and make them his own.

    Reid was a committed father and husband; he leaves behind his wife Kristen and 4 children with one on the way.  We send our deepest condolences to the Briley family; our organization and the construction industry will not be the same without him.

    A GoFundMe page has been established to help support his family during this difficult period:

  • 10/22/2020 1:07 PM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    Charles Terry Dooley
    June 24, 1930 – September 27, 2020

    Please join ACI SoCal in the celebration of the life of Charles “Terry” Dooley who led a full life of service to family, career, and community. Terry’s continued leadership and support of the Southern California construction industry made him a pillar of our community.

    Terry was born in Hammond, Indiana. After receiving a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s University in Minnesota in 1951, also the year he married the love of his life, Kathleen Hughes Dooley, the Dooley’s relocated to Champaign, Illinois. In Champaign, Terry completed his BS in Civil Engineering in 1954 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After graduation the Dooley family relocated to the west coast where Terry took a position with Bethlehem Steel. He received his ME degree from UCLA in 1969, in the Executive Engineering Program. In 1981, Terry started with Morley Builders in Santa Monica where he worked for 21 years. During his tenure at Morley Builders, Terry lead the construction of multiple high-profile projects in Southern California including Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

    Terry was committed to giving back and contributing to the professional community, including his involvement with ACI, ACI SoCal, SEAOSC, and other organizations. Terry was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the co-winner of its 1991 Awards for Innovation in Civil Engineering for Rockwell Building 80. He was an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute and received its Corbetta Award for “contributions to the advancement of construction techniques in seismic repair and retrofit.” He was also an Honorary Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California. Terry participated in many industry organizations and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and chaired its Construction Industries Committee. Terry served on the Board of Directors for ACI SoCal between 1984 and 1988 and served as president in 1988. Terry received the Sam Hobbs Service Award in 1991.

    After retiring from Morley Builders in 2002, Terry founded the ACE Mentor Program in Southern California, where his leadership and passion for helping students led to the creation of 27 inner-city high school teams each paired with a half-dozen mentors from the southland’s top firms in architecture, construction and engineering.

    His dedication and care for family, upstanding character, work ethic, and enthusiasm for live music performances and ice cream will be missed. Terry leaves behind his wife of 69 years, Kathy, six children, twelve grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to ACE Mentor, MEND or St. Andrew’s Abbey.

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

    Should you like to attend Terry’s funeral on Friday October 23, 2020 at 10:30am Pacific Time, it will be viewable on Facebook at the following address:

    Note, in-person attendance at the funeral has been restricted to immediate family.

    Please visit for Terry’s full obituary.

  • 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.

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