ACI CNY Newsletter - September 2015

In This Issue:

  • President's Message by Gary Markinson
  • "The Cold Hard Facts of Good Concrete in the Northeast" presented by  Dr. Ken Hover - Register by 9/3!
  • Reminder: Membership Dues
  • ACI CNY Sponsors

President's Message - Welcome Back!

I would like to welcome you all back to the 2015-2016 season of the American Concrete Institute of Central New York. I don’t know about you, but summer flew by like the speed of light. It seemed like we were just getting started and now we are thinking about winter concrete already!

Speaking of winter concrete, we are very excited about the kick off of our season, with Dr. Ken Hover from Cornell University. I am sure most of you are familiar with Dr. Hover and his legendary presentations both here at our chapter and around the world. His topic is one near and dear to my heart – Making, Placing and Finishing Good Durable Concrete and all the various steps it takes to make it happen.        

My goal as President this year is to get back to the “Meat and Potatoes” of concrete. To promote doing all the basic steps associated with concrete correctly, from the manufacture of the concrete, to the aggregate selection, to the transporting, to the placing to the finishing and curing.......all of which, and much more have to be done correctly to get a perfect finished product. So often we become side tracked with all the new chemicals and specialty products that we forget just how important it is to get the basics of concrete RIGHT. So be ready for a season of good old fashion concrete and concrete masonry discussion topics.

After our kick-off meeting with Dr. Hover, we are attempting to put together a trip in October to the Lehigh Cement plant in Glens Falls, NY, to see just how our most precious and important ingredient – Cement is made. More details to follow. After that we have an excellent Concrete Masonry topic as well as a round table discussion with industry experts, to be held at SUNY ESF. We are hoping for a lot of student participation at that event, so a large membership turnout would be great. Also, we will have a presentation on anchoring to concrete by our Chapter Vice President John Pillar of Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis.        

And of course, last but not least – our world famous Design and Installation Awards Banquet in April. I hope you are starting to think about submitting your best concrete and concrete masonry projects now, as time flies when you’re having fun!!!

Please join us this year and stay tuned to our website for further updates on our upcoming events. Tell your friends and colleagues, if they haven’t been to an ACI meeting lately, they don’t know what they are missing!!!

Wednesday, 9/9
"The Cold Hard Facts of Good Concrete in the Northeast"
Presented by Dr. Ken Hover

DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY

Please join us!

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner

$35 Member
$45 Non-member
$15 Student


Click here to register/pay online. Or send an email to Amanda Latreille at with the number/names of people attending from your company or organization. You will need to bring cash or check to the event for payment. 

Registration due by Thursday, 9/3/15.

Program description:

The Cold Hard Facts of Good Concrete in the Northeast

If you can make scaling- and pop-out resistant outdoor concrete here, you can do it anywhere. The combination of our natural environment and the availability of deicing salt sorts the excellent from the good in a couple of years, and the good from the average in a couple of months. But excellent outdoor concrete requires that everybody on the team brings their A-Game, from selection of aggregates all the way to finishing and initial and final curing. It gets even tougher when project schedules force concrete placement into late fall, so that the immature concrete does not even have a fighting chance by the time the first snowflake is followed in about a minute by the first grain of deicing salt. But while the construction team is fighting nature, owners and specifiers need to realize that “pop-outs happen” in the best of concrete, and that salt can be harder on concrete than nature is.

Presented by:        

Ken Hover is Past-President of the American Concrete Institute and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Cornell.  He served as a Captain in the 15th Combat Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army, and was Project Engineer and Project Manager for Dugan and Meyers Construction Co. in Cincinnati, working on buildings, interstate bridges, and water treatment plants. Joining THP Ltd in Cincinnati, he became partner and manager engaged in structural design, specifications writing, and contract administration. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from University of Cincinnati, and the Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Cornell University.

Ken teaches reinforced and prestressed concrete design, concrete materials, and construction management. His research focuses on freeze-thaw durability, mixture proportions and ingredients, behavior and testing of fresh concrete, and the impact of construction operations and construction environment on concrete quality.

Ken is a P.E. in Ohio and New York, and holds the Outstanding Educator Award from ACPA, and from ACI he has earned the Kelly, Philleo, Anderson, and Structural Research Awards.  He received the ASCE Materials Division Best Basic Research Paper Award.  He holds Cornell University’s highest teaching award, and in January 2006 was named one of the “Ten Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry.”  

Reminder: Membership Dues

Reminder emails will be sent out in September asking members to renew their membership. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Latreille at 

ACI CNY Sponsors

Special thanks to our 2014-2015 sponsors:

Atlantic Testing

WBE Certified Company 

CME Associates, Inc.

FRC Orzel

Hueber Breuer


Jefferson Concrete Corp.



Klepper, Hahn &


Precast Concrete Association
of New York

Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis
Engineering & Surveying, P.C.


Whitacre Engineering


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