February 2013 Newsletter

In this Issue
President's Message

2/27/13 "Designing Concrete Mixes for Sustainability & Efficiency" by Tom Ballish
Other Updates

Register for the Awards Banquet on 4/3 for a Chance to Win!

Click here to register online. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for a one-night stay and breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel. We hope you join us!

2013-2014 ACI CNY Ballot Due 3/22

Click here to download this year's ballot (Word).


Special thanks to our sponsors:

Atlantic Testing Laboratories


CME Associates, Inc.

C & S Companies

Essroc - Italcementi Group

Jefferson Concrete Corp.

Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt

Precast Concrete Association of New York

Propex Concrete Systems

Ryan Biggs Associates

SJB Services, Inc.

Whitacre Engineering Corp.



President's Message

Thank you to all who attended our January event, which featured a presentation on Concrete Parking Lot Design by Doug O’Neill. Concrete is clearly an efficient, long-lasting, and durable material for parking lots when properly designed using ACI 330. This was a great kick-off for 2013!

The deadline for Design and Installation Awards was 2/1. Thank you to all who submitted entries this year. Nick Carparelli and Greg Novitzki are now busy coordinating judges and guiding the selection process for the top three masonry and concrete projects. Part of what makes ACI CNY's program unique is the site visit component. More than anything else, these visits give our judges a first-hand look at the quality of the installation. This is a substantial time commitment so we thank Nick, Greg, and our judges for their efforts.

As the Annual Banquet approaches now less than 2 months away, I reflect on my three years as president of the chapter. This experience has been truly rewarding. I am struck most by the dedication of our Board, members, and neighboring chapters. There are many volunteer hours that go into setting up dinner presentations, organizing the project awards program, opening doors of businesses and providing tours to our group, just to name a few things. 

While I am grateful to have held this position, it is now time for me to step down as president. With that in mind, please take a minute to review this year’s ballot. You will see the Board’s proposed make up for next year. We also welcome any members interested in joining our Board so please feel free to write yourself in!

Our next event features Tom Ballish who will present his topic on efficient and sustainable concrete mixes. This program provides one professional development hour for engineers.  Please join us on 2/27 at the DoubleTree in East Syracuse. I hope to see you all there!

Christopher N. Latreille, P.E.
ACI CNY Chapter President


2/27/13 "Designing Concrete Mixes for Sustainability & Efficiency" presented by Tom Ballish

DoubleTree Hotel
East Syracuse, NY

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner

$35 Member
$45 Non-member
$15 Student

***Worth 1 PDH***


Click here to register/pay online. Or send an email to Amanda Latreille with the number/names of people attending from your company or organization. You will need to bring cash or check to the event for payment.

Registration due by Thursday, 2/21/13.

Program description:

Thesis: Concrete is the most consumed material by mass for most construction projects. Therefore, ecological efficiencies obtained or neglected have meaningful impact for the overall project.

Specifiers, suppliers and contractors select options such as cement content, plastic mix properties, water:cement ratio, f’c, design life, thermal mass, aesthetics, curing, aggregate selection and aggregate blend. These are among the factors that influence the environmental footprint of our most used construction material. Understanding concrete mix basics is a prerequisite that informs choices for sustainable construction.

Concrete mix options should be an important part of the design process whenever concrete is used and especially in consideration of sustainability gains sought by individual clients and by society at large. The presentation will explore and discuss the details.

Presented by:

Tom Ballish, Area Sales Leader, BASF Admixtures

Tom grew up in Northern Ohio and graduated from Findlay College (now The University of Findlay) in Western Ohio in 1977.

Tom joined Master Builders in its Cleveland Ohio Headquarters as a lab technician in 1982. Since 1987, Tom has held field positions in New Jersey, Ohio and Upstate New York where he has been assigned since 1991.

Tom has received training in basic cement chemistry and concrete physical testing. He has had advanced training in self-consolidating concrete technology, concrete rheology, decorative concrete, concrete mix optimization, concrete block manufacturing, fibers for concrete and concrete sustainability solutions. Accordingly in turn, Tom has trained concrete producers and contractors in the use of leading edge concrete technologies. In cooperation with concrete producer partners, Master Builders introduced new technologies to the construction industry at large including preeminent global partners operating in Upstate New York.

Tom is past President of the American Concrete Institute Western New York Chapter. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Concrete Promotion Council and has served on the Board of the New York Construction Materials Association where he has been active in committee work since 1991.

Tom has been approved by BASF, American Institute of Architects and The US Green Building Council as a qualified and authorized presenter.

Master Builders, Inc. was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1909 and became the international leader in concrete construction chemicals by mid-century. Master Builders’ leadership position in the industry made it a target of several acquisitions over the years. In this century, the legal company name was changed to Degussa Admixtures and more recently, in 2006, the company was purchased by the world’s largest chemical company, BASF. The respected Master Builders brand is proudly sustained today under the stewardship of BASF, “The Chemical Company."



Save the Dates!
2012-2013 Wednesday

"Maximizing Advantages & Minimizing Disadvantages of Coal Fly Ash in Concrete" presented by Ken Hover

Self-Consolidating Concrete Demonstration/ Presentation at Whitacre Engineering

Masonry Plant Tour at Barnes & Cone

"Concrete Pavements: An Even Better Investment Today" presented by Douglas O'Neill

"Designing Concrete Mixes for Sustainability & Efficiency" presented by Tom Ballish (registration open)

Design & Installation Awards Banquet (registration open)


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