September/October 2020, Volume 36, Issue 7 Print

President's Memo

As the pandemic continues and daily life is still impacted, I want to provide an update on where ACI-IL is right now and our plans for the coming months. I’d like to start off by thanking everyone that took the time to fill out our member event survey. Your contribution is appreciated! The results indicate to us that outdoor events and a virtual lunch-time chapter meeting are attractive options right now. There were additional suggestions for member engagement and interaction that we are also working to incorporate.

We have our golf outing coming up on October 5th. It is at a new course this year, Seven Bridges Golf Club, and is shaping up to be a great event. The course has recently hosted many successful outings with special precautions in place for the pandemic. There is still time to register! Hole sponsorships are also available. Beyond the golf outing, we are planning our first virtual chapter meeting for early/mid November. The date and topic will be confirmed shortly, so please watch your email and check the website for more details.

Finally, since the annual dinner and awards event was postponed, we’d like to acknowledge and congratulate the winners for the 2020 ACI-IL Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. Materials Design Laboratory at Argonne National Laboratory was selected for the mid-rise buildings category and Renelle on the River for the high-rise buildings category. As the ACI-IL winners, both projects are nominated for the international 2020 ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Gala that will take place as a virtual event on October 26, 2020. Congratulations to both project teams!

There’s still a lot of work to be done to finish out this construction season. Please continue to stay safe and I hope to see you at the golf outing on October 5th!

Dan Gancarz
ACI-IL President 2020-2021

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Calendar of Events

Monthly Dinner Meetings
Virtual meeting early/mid November. More information to come.

Annual Golf Outing
Monday, October 5
Seven Bridges Golf Club - Woodridge

Board Meetings
We hope you'll take the time to join us for our board meetings as they go virtual for now:
Thursday, October 15 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, November 19 - 3:30 pm
If you are interested in attending, please e-mail [email protected] for more information.


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Golf Outing Update

Register today for our annual golf outing to be held on Monday, October 5th at a NEW location:

Seven Bridges Golf Club
1 Mulligan Dr.
Woodridge, IL

12:00 p.m. lunch
1:00 p.m. shotgun start
Dinner and Awards following

$140 per person
$560 foursome
$40 dinner only
$175 hole sponsor

Please register by clicking here.

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ACI Excellence In Concrete Construction Awards

Congratulations to team members of 2 projects that were selected for ACI Illinois’ 2020 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. Every year ACI Illinois hosts a formal event at a Chicago venue to honor and celebrate award winners. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were not able to host the dinner. Our chapter members look forward to when it will be safe to host gatherings and congratulate those that participated in these amazing projects in person. Both projects are nominated for the international 2020 ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Gala that will take place as a virtual event on October 26, 2020.

The first winner was in the High-Rise Category – Renelle on the River.  This18-story high rise was constructed above an existing 4-story garage. Concrete allowed for a thinner floor structure with respect to steel, and eliminated the need for fireproofing due to its inherit fire resistant properties. By varying the concrete density, the stiffness and weight of the structure was optimized for the maximum performance.

Owner – Belgravia Group;
Architectural Firm – bKL Architecture
Engineering Firm – Uzun + Case Engineers LLC
General & Concrete Contractor – James McHugh Construction Co.
Concrete Supplier – VCNA Prairie, LLC.

The second winner was in the Mid-Rise Category – Materials Design Laboratory (MDL) at Argonne National Laboratory. This four-story building is designed to support scientific theory / simulation and materials discovery, characterization, and the application of new energy-related materials and processes. MDL’s cast-in-place concrete structural elements are designed to maintain the vibration and thermal stability required for the operation of extremely sensitive instrumentation.

Owner – Argonne National Laboratory
Architectural & Engineering Firm – Flad Architects
General Contractor – Clark Construction Group
Concrete Contractor – Pepper Construction
Concrete Supplier – Ozinga

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Meet New Board Member

My name is Joe Carlson. I have worked in the industry for 7 years. Throughout my time in concrete, I have worked for a materials testing lab, a contractor, and a concrete producer. I have worked for Prairie Material for the past 5 years. Currently, I am the Quality Control Field Supervisor for the Northern IL suburban region. I manage a team of 6 people covering 10 ready mix plants that produce about 1.2M cubic yards annually. I am very excited to be a part of this outstanding ACI chapter and look forward to meeting everyone once we are able to all get together again!

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Making Offices & Construction Sites Safer from the SARS-CoV-19 Virus

Click here for an article by Joe Nasvik, Making Office and Construction Sites Safer from the SARS-CoV-19 Virus.

We appreciate Joe submitting this to the ACI Illinois Chapter and our members.

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Upcoming Certification Sessions

Classes have started up again. Due to the COVID restrictions, class sizes have been reduced and we are taking careful sanitary measures.

We are opening more classes as people show interest. If you are interested in attending a class, please e-mail your information along with what class to: [email protected] and we will notify you once a class becomes available.


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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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