November 2011 ACI CNY Newsletter |

President's Message
by Christopher N. Latreille, P.E.

Thank you to all who attended the facility tour at Nucor Steel in Auburn. The magnitude and scale of the steel-making process can only be fully realized when red hot number six bar is flying past at 30 miles an hour. It reminded me of something out of Star Wars. I would also like to thank the staff at Nucor for providing an excellent and very informative tour.

The Design and Installation Awards Program will be in full swing in the next few weeks. I will make a few announcements regarding entry and submission requirements during our next dinner event on November 16th. Instructions and entry forms will be provided shortly after via email. You can also visit for information about the awards program. Photos and descriptions of winners from previous years are also available. These are a great resource if you are looking for submission ideas, so please feel free to browse them. We look forward to your project entries.

As noted, our next event will occur on November 16th at the DoubleTree Hotel in East Syracuse. Nick Carparelli will present Thermal Performance of Masonry Wall Systems. Nick has presented for our group many times over the years, and we are happy to have him back. This program provides one credit/hour. Please also note that we do not have an event planned for December since we know the holiday season is a busy time for everyone. However, we will pick things back up in January!


Certification Exams

ACI Field Testing Technician Grade 1

ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector

November 16 & 17, 2011

*See the registration form (PDF) for more information.

Registration is due by Friday, November 4, 2011.

If you have questions, please contact Niel Zuern at 315-701-0522 or


Reminder to Renew!

If you have not already done so, please renew your ACI CNY membership for 2011-2012. If you choose to be a sponsor of ACI CNY for an additional $100 per year, your company or organization will be featured on the website and in each newsletter.

$90 Individual
$190 Individual and Sponsor
$165 Corporate (up to 15 members)
$265 Corporate and Sponsor (up to 15 members)

*To renew online, please go to Login to the site with your email and password (see the login box at upper left). If you do not have this information, click forgot password. The system will send you an email to set/change your password and login. Once you are logged in, click on view profile in the login box. You will see a button to renew your membership. You can either pay online with a credit card, or you can choose to send in cash or a check.

*Or click here to download and print the membership application form (PDF). 

If you have any questions about renewing your membership, please email Amanda R. Latreille at


Special Thanks to ACI CNY Sponsors!

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ACI CNY Board Members

Click here to see Board contact information.

President: Christopher N. Latreille, P.E.
Vice President: Greg Novitzki, P.E.
Treasurer: Niel Zuern 
Secretary: Valerie Goettel


Sam Conley
Donald Gresko, P.E.
Tom Hitchings
Gary Markinson
Dan Owens
Rick Roach
Richard Rohrer
Kenneth Tiss


Please Join Us!

Thermal Performance of Masonry Wall Systems (with Dinner)

Presented by Nicholas Carparelli

1 HSW Credit or 1 Hour of In-service Training for Code Enforcement Officials

DoubleTree Hotel in East Syracuse
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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

$35 Member
$45 Non-Member
$15 Student

*Click here to register and pay online - it's quick and easy!

*Or email your name and contact information to Amanda R. Latreille at You can pay with cash or a check at the event.

Registration is due by Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Cancellations after 5:00 PM on Monday, November 14, 2011, cannot be honored.

Program description:

This presentation is based on the new Thermal Catalog of Concrete Masonry Assemblies, prepared by the National Concrete Masonry Association under a grant from the NCMA Education and Research Foundation. The contributions of concrete masonry’s thermal mass to energy efficient structures will be highlighted. The presentation will also introduce several strategies for insulating both single and multi-wythe construction. In addition, attendees will receive an overview of various methods of compliance for masonry assemblies with respect to the 2010 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code. 

As a result, participants will:  

1. Have a greater understanding of the ways single wythe masonry assemblies can meet current Energy Conservation Construction Codes

2. Have a better sense of how concrete masonry’s thermal mass contributes to energy efficiency

3. Have increased awareness of various strategies for insulating a variety of concrete masonry assemblies

4. Have a better understanding of the methods used and the tools available to determine compliance with Energy Conservation Construction Codes
This program is registered with AIACES; attendees will earn 1 HSW credit. This program is also accredited by the NYS Department of State for 1 hour of in-service training for code enforcement officials.

The NCMA Thermal Catalog is available in hard copy, or as a complimentary PDF at

Technical article:

Excerpt from the NCMA Thermal Catalog of Concrete Masonry Assemblies (PDF)


Nicholas F. Carparelli is the Executive Director of the NYS Concrete Masonry Association and a LEED Green Associate. Since his appointment to this position in 2003, Nick has been responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of programs intended to assist design professionals with the use of concrete masonry in various construction applications throughout New York State. Nick is a life-long resident of the Mohawk Valley, and has been married to his wife Carol for 35 years.


Save the Dates!
Upcoming ACI CNY Events

September 21st Dinner: Investigating Disasters

October 19th Dinner: Nucor Field Trip

November 16th Dinner: Thermal Performance of Masonry Wall Systems

January 18th Lunch: U.S. Green Building Code

February 15th Dinner: Alternate Building Envelopes: Concrete Solutions for Low Rise Structures

April 4th Dinner: Awards Banquet



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