March 2021 ACI Houston Chapter Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    We are very excited to announce the ACI Houston Chapter has been named an ACI Excellent Chapter for 2020.

    This program was initiated to recognize chapters that have attained the highest level of achievement in chapter activities. Houston can take exceptional pride in having reached this level since only 7 ACI chapters are receiving this award for 2020.

    Pandemic. COVID. Teams. Zoom. Social Distancing. Herd Immunity. Lockdown. Symptomatic. Asymptomatic. WFH (Working from Home).  We became very familiar these new terms in 2020…and don’t forget the murder hornets! 2020 is definitely one for the books.

    So here we are, already into the 3rd month of 2021! It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we were impacted by COVID-19. I remember exactly where I was when things started shutting down. My family and I were at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo when they announced that it was shutting down. It seemed surreal at the time. As a Chapter, we had to cancel several events, while other events were postponed until we could make the “pivot” that everyone talks about. We went from meeting in person to almost everything being delivered in a virtual manner. As a Chapter, our goal was to continue moving forward and offering what we could in a manner that kept everyone safe. Our Past-President, Melissa, kept us moving and working with the Board, I believe we successfully delivered what we could.

    With the vaccines being rolled out and with the most recent announcement from Governor Abbott, we are looking forward to moving back towards a normalcy. As a Chapter, we will continue to be wise in observing and offering safe practices related to COVID-19. We will also follow all guidelines and practices required by the facilities that are hosting us. We have a few big events coming up rather quickly and we are hoping that you’ll be able to join us in-person. Our annual meeting and awards banquet is scheduled for  March 25th. The clay shoot and symposium are fast approaching – please be on the lookout for registration and sponsorship opportunities coming via email from Kim Icenhower.

    On a National level, the ACI Spring Convention is coming up at the end of this month. This will be the 3rd time it has been offered virtually. There are registration discounts being offered to those that are members at the local or National level. You can find information pertaining to that here: ACI Spring Convention. From the most recent conference call with National, they are anticipating that the fall convention in Atlanta, GA will be in-person.

    As your Chapter President, I thank you for the opportunity to serve the Chapter and I look forward to seeing you at our events throughout this year.

    Mark Dornak


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    Certification Corner

    While many local chapters' certification groups were forced to hit pause for much of 2020, the Houston Chapter was able to overcome the logistical obstacles that were presented.  We were able to host safe certifications programs and add new certification programs. With the pandemic, we had to postpone our May certifications and develop a plan that allowed us to host an event while being in accordance with local, state, and national guidelines. We reduced our class sizes, enhanced our cleaning practices, moved our workshop written reviews for Field Grade 1 offsite, purchased additional equipment, and added sessions to continue to serve the Houston area. This could not have been possible without the willingness of our examiners, the support of our board and membership, and the flexibility and understanding provided by the students at each session as we navigated our way through 2020.  

    A hugh thank you to Terracon for continuing to allow us to host our certification events at their facilities. Our certification would not have been possible without their support!

    NEW PROGRAMS! We added the ACI Adhesive Anchor Installation Inspector and Self Consolidating Concrete Technician to our normally scheduled certifications, with both being offered multiple times throughout the year. We are also looking to add the new Nondestructive Testing Specialist – Concrete Strength, as soon as we are able.

    As those of you having gone through a certification program in 2021 noticed, the ASTM standards are no longer included in the workbooks - this was due to licensing between ACI National and ASTM International. As such, we have contracted directly with ASTM to be able to provide a copy of the applicable standards to those participating in our certification programs.

    Lots of changes throughout 2020, however we will continue to serve the Houston area and provide certifications in a safe manner. We look forward to seeing y’all at future chapter events.

    Joe Hill
    Certification Committee Co-Chair

        • May 8, 2021
        • June 5, 2021
        • July 17, 2021
        • August 7, 2021
        • September 11, 2021
        • October 2, 2021
        • November 13, 2021
        • December 4, 2021

    For certifications that include a workshop, as outlined in the course description, the workshop is included in the cost of the test. A light breakfast and lunch are provided at the workshop. A light breakfast is provided with the first time slot for the exam weekend, but students are advised to bring either their lunch or a light snack if they anticipate being there through the lunch hour. Student handbooks are distributed at the workshop and will not be available on the day of the exams. Student handbooks are not mailed, but may be picked up at the local ACI office (with prior arrangements). Please contact [email protected] to make arrangements.

    Did you know?

    • Combined, we have 27 National ACI Committees represented by 6 Examiners/Supplemental Examiners!

    • Review sessions and workbooks are included in most of our programs.

    • Our passing rate for those who attend a review session is approximately 75%. The passing rate for those who don’t attend a review session is 25%.

    • Our longest serving member has been serving for over 20 years!


    Exam or Registration Questions - [email protected] 


    Face mask, long pants, safety-toed boots, and safety glasses!

    Failure to show up with the proper PPE will result in being dismissed from the class and/or test. Refund or transfer will not be permitted.

    If you are a supervisor or administrator enrolling an employee, it is your responsibility to ensure the above information is relayed to the Examinee.

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    From the Awards Committee

    Project Winner
    Category:  High-Rise Building (more than 15 stories)

    Hanover River Oaks
    TAS Concrete - Concrete Contractor
    Argos USA - Concrete Supplier
    Owner:  Hanover Company

    TAS Commercial Concrete Structural division teamed up with The Hanover Company to successfully complete Hanover River Oaks. This project is a 40 story residential high rise tower in the mid-town/River Oaks area on Kirby and Westheimer in Houston Texas. TAS scope consisted of providing labor and material for a complete turnkey formwork, rebar, post tension and place and finish package. Totaling 51,095 cubic yards of concrete, 4,552 tons of rebar installed in a 75 week duration.

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    Calendar of Events


    March 25, 2021
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    The ACI Houston Chapter invites you to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at Karbach Brewery.  Our annual meeting includes the introduction of our 2021 Officers and Board Members as well as our Member Awards program.  This year we will have our inaugral Project Awards Program.  Come out to enjoy dinner and craft beers, while networking with your colleagues and honoring those who dedicate their time to serving our organization. 


    April 08, 2021
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


    Speaker:  Julie Ann Hartell, PhD
    Assistant Professor/Construction Science, College of Architecture
    Texas A&M University


    Save the Date

    May 4, 2021
    11 a.m. Registration
    Greater Houston Gun Club

    $200 per Shooter
    $800 per team

    Includes 1 round of 72 clay course with ammunition provided, shooter gift, shooting contests, door prizes, awards for top shooting teams in Lewis Class, lunch, closing reception, golf cart.

    Shooters should bring
    Eye & ear protection, 12- or 20-gauge shotgun capable of firing two shots.

    Raffle Tickets—Must be present to Win
    1 Raffle Tickets - $20
    3 Raffle Tickets - $50

    Raffle Prizes include a Shotgun and other prizes.


    Save the Date

    JULy 16, 2021
    8 a.m. Registration

    ACI is proud to announce our second annual Concrete Symposium. The symposium will consist of multiple speakers presenting on a broad range of concrete related topics.  

    We will follow all appropriate restrictions in place at the time of the event.  This symposium may be offered as a webinar with details to follow.  Registration is now open.

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