May 2019 Print

Notes from the American Concrete Institute New England Chapter

Hello and Welcome!

My name is Jon Kuell and I am the Executive Director of the Northern New England Concrete Association (NNECA).  For the past sixteen years, I have been involved with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) primarily on the certification side.  NNECA has been the Local Sponsoring Group for ACI certifications in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island since 1987.   Throughout my time at NNECA, we have experienced explosive growth in our certification offerings, to the point that people assumed we represented ACI in the region.  And while we’ve done our best to be a resource for the New England concrete industry, ACI requires a separate and distinct organization to represent their interests in a geographical region.   The time has come to bring back an ACI chapter for New England.

Last fall I reached out to many of you to see if you would be in support of an ACI Chapter for New England.  I was surprised with both the swiftness and volume of response. I sent out the organizing petition at 7:00 am and by 11:00 am I had the required twenty-five endorsements from ACI members, and they continued to come in for the next two weeks.  A lot has happened since then, and I’m so pleased to introduce you to the new ACI New England Chapter.

In March, I travelled to Quebec City for the ACI Convention and for the ACI Chapter Roundtable.  I was accompanied by our President-elect Dr. R. Brett Holland of Simpson  Gumpertz & Heger and together we spent the day with chapter leaders from around the globe.  It was a great experience, and we learned a lot about what makes a chapter successful.  The number one thing that sets active and vibrant chapters apart is YOU!  Membership engagement is critical to our success in this new venture, and while I must temper my excitement for this new endeavor (like you, I have a full-time job to take care of) I am encouraged by the level of support and the flow of ideas to bring meaningful programming to you. 

I am now pleased to formally invite all of you to join our new organization, ACI New England Chapter.  You can learn more about us at our newly-launched website,  I also encourage you to join us for our inaugural meeting on June 27th in Worcester, where we’ll be introducing ourselves to each other, catching up with some old friends, formerly electing our board, voting on our bylaws, establishing committee’s and committee members, and listening to what you want to see out of your local ACI Chapter.  

I hope to meet you soon!

 Jon Kuell

Executive Director, ACI New England Chapter

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Check out our new Website!

In an effort to help us launch this new chapter, ACI generously engaged the services of StarChapter to build our website,  StarChapter’s association management software will help us make our website the hub of member engagement and communication.  Check it out, we’d love to know what you think!  While you’re there, be sure to check out our membership options, I invite you to become a founding member of ACI New England!

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Inaugural Meeting of ACI New England

Please join us on June 27th, 2019 in Worcester, MA for our inaugural meeting.  Come and learn about the new organization and what we have planned.  Those that have joined by then can also cast their vote to formally adopt our bylaws and elect our board members.  We hope to see you there!  For more information regarding this event, please contact Jon Kuell at [email protected] or at (888)875-3232.

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Now accepting nominations for our Board and Committees

Once someone has joined ACI New England, they are eligible for a board seat or committee chair.  If you are interested in one of these positions, or would like to nominate someone, please contact Jon Kuell at [email protected], or at (888) 875-3232.

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ACI New England Sponsors Vermont Project for Excellence in Concrete Construction Award

ACI New England is sponsoring a project for ACI’s Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards.  The project as submitted by Figg Bridge Engineers is titled “Brattleboro – Concrete Bridge to Nature”.  The submittal highlights the Interstate 91 bridge over the West River and West River Trail.  The project has already won awards from Northern New England Concrete Association as well as the Slag Cement Association, among others.  Judging has begun and the winners will be recognized at the next ACI Convention on October 21, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. To learn more about this project, you can go here.

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ACI 318 Coming to Boston in September

ACI will be bringing an ACI 318 seminar to the Boston market on September 17th, 2019.  Stay tuned for more specifics.

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