American Concrete Institute Spring convention to be held in March

The American Concrete Institute’s Spring 2010 Convention will take place March 21-25 in Chicago. The convention will feature more than 300 committee meetings and offer more than 35 technical sessions. In addition, attendees will participate in technical tours, forums discussing pertinent industry topics, student competitions, networking events and events celebrating career and industry achievements.

Several technical tours are scheduled to coincide with the convention’s Xtreme Concrete theme and emphasize Chicago’s extreme architecture and concrete projects. Most notably, a tour of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will walk attendees through the ongoing $228 million upgrade of the MWRD facilities, $90 million of which is cast-in-place concrete structures.

Several sustainability-focused events will also occur. ACI will unveil The Sustainable Concrete Guide – Strategies and Examples, the first in a series of guides on sustainable concrete published by the U.S. Green Concrete Council and available for purchase through ACI. This comprehensive resource on concrete and sustainability will provide design professionals with insight on specific strategies for the best use of concrete in high-performance, long-lasting green buildings.

The guide will feature case studies, technical data/references, and numerous practices prepared for immediate implementation. Additionally, a student competition on pervious concrete and a technical session titled Sustainable Design in Structural Concrete will be held.

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