October 2017 President’s Blog

October 2017 President’s Blog

CRMCA and CSSGA Board Members at the 2016 Annual Conference’s Welcome Reception

Although it is hard for me to believe we are approaching the end of October, the snowcapped mountains are a sure sign that Winter is Coming. Over the last month, CRMCA has been active with the Build With Strength campaign, the Adherence Program, and the 2017 Annual Conference. Read on for more details on all of these initiatives.

CRMCA continues to make progress on the Build With Strength campaign in conjunction with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). As you are aware, this campaign is focused on education and promotion of concrete as the construction material of choice for low to midrise buildings from 4 to 7 stories in height. Thanks to the leadership of Oliver Brooks, Martin Marietta, and each committee chairperson, we are beginning to make a difference. I encourage you all to read the Colorado Construction & Design’s recently featured article “Innovations in Concrete” which highlights the ready mixed industry in our state.

As many of you know, the purpose of the Concrete Testing Adherence Program is to better the concrete industry by reducing false positives/negatives from the testing results and provide a more consistent and uniform understanding and comfort of the test procedures and its results. The first step to this is data collection through Concrete Testing Adherence Program assessments. In 2017, the assessment questionnaire was updated to better define scenarios occurring in the field and a total of 690 assessments have been completed through September 2017. The program shows 77% of observed procedures have met ASTM requirements this year. We aim to improve this value by sharing information with companies who perform testing and in the future through the development of training programs.

The joint CRMCA/CSSGA Annual Conference is scheduled to take place from November 16-17 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. This year’s event will feature breakout sessions by CRMCA/CSSGA members, a keynote lunch speech by Jackson Kelly’s Laura Beverage on the potential effects the Trump Administration will have on OSHA and MSHA after the past eight years of regulatory overload, and an entertaining Presidents’ Dinner featuring Stacy Pederson. Be sure to register by November 5 to avoid late registration fees.

Have a safe and fun Halloween weekend!

Rich Umbel

CRMCA Board President

President | Oldcastle SW Group, Inc.

Co-authored by Annelise Shepherd, CRMCA Communications & Administrative Manager