February 2020, Volume 36, Issue 2 Print

President's Memo

Happy New Year/ New Decade ACI-IL! I find myself thinking back to 10 years ago and what I was doing, both personally and professionally. It’s amazing how far things have come and how quickly time seems to fly by – to me 2010 was just the other day and I was helping as a proctor with my first Grade I class. A few other things that happened in 2010: Phil Mickelson wins his third green jacket at the Masters, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, and our very own Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961 off of Patrick Kane’s OT goal edging the Flyers for a 4-3 victory.

At our January dinner meeting we welcomed Steve Jones from IDOT District One, he gave us an update on the 2020 construction season and beyond. As one of our more popular dinner topics, the IDOT update was well received with a Capital program larger than we have seen in over a decade!

Also in January, we helped put on a Concrete-101 Seminar jointly with ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). The event took place at Ozinga’s main Chicago plant in Chinatown. Guests were able to listen to material presented by Ozinga’s technical staff and got to see a virtual drone tour of the plant and office areas. The event was well received, and the group stayed around to ask a ton of questions of the expert panel. As a member of the concrete community, I was thrilled to see so many engineers taking an active interest in learning more about concrete and how it can be used more in their projects. We look forward to planning more of these seminars or events for our members and other members of the construction community.

The ACI Spring Convention is rapidly approaching and we as a Chapter have been very busy planning for this historic event, which takes place at the Hilton Hotel & Convention Center in Rosemont from March 29th thru April 2nd, 2020. If you haven’t done so already, I would highly recommend getting your hotel reservation booked and registration for the event completed before rooms run out and prices go up. We are still looking for volunteers to help during the convention, Scott Kelly is the Volunteer Chairperson – please reach out to Scott to sign up today!

Looking forward to seeing you all at our February 26th, 2020 dinner meeting at Erie Cafe. We look forward to hearing from Sean Guzik from Chicago Department of Transportation, as he plans to give us an update on current CDOT practices and the concrete construction outlook for 2020. Please join us for our Board Meeting, which takes place at 3:30pm before out dinner meeting each month.

Here is to a great year and an even greater decade!!

Warm Wishes,

Peter J. Schroeder

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Calendar of Events

Monthly Dinner Meetings
February 26 at Erie Cafe, Chicago - CDOT Update
March 18 at Gibsons Oakbrook - Understanding Concrete Shrinkage
April 15 at Gibsons Oakbrook - Tollway Update

FRC Bowling Ball Competition
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - Elmhurst

2020 Spring Convention
March 29 - April 2
Rosemont, IL

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February 2020 Dinner Meeting

Topic: CDOT Update 2019-2020
Speaker: Sean Guzik – Chicago Department of Transportation

We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Erie Café in Chicago for our monthly dinner meeting with Speaker Sean Guzik from CDOT.

Sean Guzik is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and a graduate of Webb Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management. He has 16 years of experience ranging from roadway and railroad bridge inspections, underwater diving, wastewater treatment plant construction, and roadway/bridge construction inspection. Sean has worked for the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the past 5 years, previously as a Construction Manager, and currently as the Quality Assurance Manager & Chief Materials Engineer.

Meal choices are Beef, Fish, or Vegetarian.

Don’t forget to login if you are a member to receive member pricing. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Carol at suppor[email protected] and she will help you.

Please rsvp by Monday, February 24.

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January 2020 Meeting Recap

The January meeting provided insight into the 2020 and future plans of IDOT. Unfortunately, George Houston was unable to present. However, Stephen Jones admirably filled in for George. The biggest news from IDOT is the excitement to design and execute new projects thanks to the recently passed capital bill. New projects may be slow to arrive in 2020 as the department shifts back to design of plans. The major project for District 1 will be continued work on the Jane Bryne Interchange which is slated to be completed in 2022. Many in attendance were pleased to hear IDOT will begin planning to repair the I-80 bridge in Joliet this year. Thanks again to Steve Jones for the presentation.

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A Call To Arms!

We need your services!

The ACI-National Convention is coming to Chicago on March 29th through April 2nd, 2020 – and we need your help!! The ACI-IL Board will be looking for volunteers to help in several key areas of the convention, including manning our ACI-IL Chapter booth, helping to get people to the Tuesday night Mixer event (Bub-City Rosemont), helping with other local tours and special events.

We are looking for at least 30 volunteers per day. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Scott Kelly at [email protected]

Thank you for your help!!

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Bowling Ball Competition

FRC Bowling Ball Competition – ACI ILLINOIS


The objective of this competition is to demonstrate the benefits of fiber use in concrete, to facilitate interaction between industry professionals and student members, and to enable students to earn some money towards competing at the ACI National Convention in Rosemont, IL in Spring 2020. Each team will design and fabricate a fiber-reinforced bowling ball. These are a simplified version of the National Competition Bowling Ball Rules, to be held in the Spring 2020 in Rosemont, IL.


The competition will take place at the ACI IL facility in Elmhurst, IL on 8 February 2020 beginning at 9am. Lunch will be provided. The results of the competition will be evaluated with the winning teams awarded at the ACI IL dinner meeting on 26 February 2020 at Erie Cafe. Teams and advisors are invited and welcome to attend – registration for the dinner meeting is on the ACI IL webpage.

Competition and Prizes

The Local Competition has a two prize categories: Student Team and Industry Team. Fiber-reinforced bowling balls will be tested for size and density, the ability to be used successfully as bowling balls, and post-crack load capacity (toughness). The winning Student team will be awarded a prize of $750 to help offset their costs in representing the IL Chapter at the National Competition in Rosemont, IL at the end of March. The winning Industry team will be awarded “The ACI IL Student Competition Non-Student Traveling Trophy” – a beautiful crown, cast in concrete and weighing approximately 20 lbs. The prizes will be awarded at the ACI IL dinner meeting on 26 February 2020.

For more information, please visit our website: www.aciillinois.com and click on the calendar of events.

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Submit Your Vision of Excellence

ACI-IL is calling for concrete construction projects that exemplify their vision of concrete innovation in the 2020 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards program.

Now more than ever, concrete design and construction projects must integrate creative techniques and technologies to keep up with ever-evolving economic, environmental, and aesthetic demands. The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards provides a platform to recognize concrete projects at the forefront of innovation and technology, and showcases these projects to inspire excellence in concrete design and construction around the world.

Projects must be within the state of Illinois and can be submitted in six different categories by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Contact Joni L. Jones at [email protected] for the application and/or any questions.

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Upcoming Certification Sessions

Certification sessions are usually held at the ACI-IL Certification Facility: 650 W. Grand Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126 - Suite 106

ACI-IL Certification programs include the following offerings:
Grade 1 Field Technician
Aggregate Lab Technician 1
Strength Lab Technician 1
Concrete Construction Special Inspector
Adhesive Anchor Installer
Adhesive Anchor Installer Inspector

Check the schedule below for a session or sessions of interest. Review the class listings below and register. Sessions are filling up quickly, so don’t delay!

February 20–21, 2020     Grade 1 Field Technician               Elmhurst, IL
February 25-26, 2020      Strength Testing Technician
Millennia - Downers Grove, IL

MARCH 2020
March 10-11, 2020           Grade 1 Field Technician               Elmhurst, IL
March 16 - 17, 2020          Aggregate Testing Technician
Millennia - Downers Grove, IL
March 24-25, 2020           Grade 1 Field Technician               Elmhurst, IL

APRIL 2020
April 22-23, 2020               Grade 1 Field Technician               Elmhurst, IL

MAY 2020
May 19-20, 2020               Grade 1 Field Technician               Elmhurst, IL

See the ACI-IL website for course descriptions, registration forms and frequently asked questions at www.aciillinois.com.

If you need help registering just call (773)775-7558 and leave a message for our registrar Ms. Nicole Galati who will assist you with registration assistance, hotel recommendations and payment methods.

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ACI-IL Online Membership Directory (members only)

ACI-IL Members: Did you know you have access to the ACI-IL Membership Directory when you login online?

Here’s how:

Go to www.aciillinois.com

Login (upper right corner)

Enter your e-mail address we have on file for you

Enter your password (if you’ve never logged in before, click on “forgot username/password” and an e-mail will be sent.)

Once logged in, on the left side is the “Member Area”

Click on Member Directory

You can view other members by Alphabetical Listing or by Company Names (Member Groups)

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Certification Sponsors

Thank you to our Certification Sponsors!

Certification GOLD Sponsors:

Certification SILVER Sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring?
Contact Pete Stamatopoulos at 630-804-9577.

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