In direct response to expressed industry need for building code requirements that address the unique aspects of precast concrete design, the American Concrete Institute and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute announce a new, expanded partnership to increase efficiency for design of structural precast concrete structures.
Why the partnership matters
While the two organizations and their members have worked collaboratively for decades, this partnership formalizes efforts and expands the American Concrete Institute’s Committee 319, Precast Structural Concrete Code, into a joint committee cosponsored by both ACI and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. ACI-PCI Committee 319 will develop and maintain structural concrete code requirements both unique to the design of precast concrete and complementary to ACI 318, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.”
“By combining volunteer and staff efforts, ACI and PCI are well-positioned to produce new and user-friendly structural precast concrete building code requirements that complement existing code requirements, meet the needs of the industry, and ensure public safety and welfare,” stated Ronald G. Burg, PE, Executive Vice President, American Concrete Institute.
“Establishing this joint committee meets the needs of both PCI and ACI members by incorporating specific precast concrete design knowledge and expertise from both organizations,” stated Bob Risser, PE. Risser is the President and CEO, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. “Creating this new document will allow the codification of information that is already used by engineers and architects in everyday practice, as well as providing one comprehensive document for the design of structural precast concrete.”
To talk face-to-face with industry leaders about the expanded partnership, attend The PCI Convention. This is taking place March 3-7, 2020, in Fort Worth, Tex. You can also attend the ACI Concrete Convention, March 29-April 2, 2020, in Rosemont/Chicago, Ill. Additional information is available on pci.org/convention and concrete.org.
The American Concrete Institute is a leading global authority for the development, dissemination, and also adoption of its consensus-based standards. It also serves as a technical resource and offers educational, training and certification programs. The association began in 1904. Additionally, it has its headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA. It also has a regional office in Dubai, UAE. Additionally, the ACI has a resource center in Southern California. www.concrete.org
Founded in 1954, The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is the technical institute for the precast concrete structures industry. PCI develops, maintains, and disseminates the body of knowledge for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures. The institute also provides technical resources and certification for companies and individuals. Additionally, it offers continuing education, as well as conducts research and development projects, conventions, conferences, awards programs and much more.
PCI members include precast concrete manufacturers. It also includes companies that provide products and services to the industry, precast concrete erectors, and individual members. These members are architects, consultants, contractors, developers, educators, engineers, materials suppliers, service providers, and students.