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4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner (provided by the DoubleTree)
Registration due by Thursday, 9/3/15.
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.
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.”