ACI CNY Newsletter - October 2013

Sign up for the Concrete Plant Tour on 10/16!

In This Issue:

  • President's Message by Greg Novitzki, P.E., LEED A.P.
  • Concrete Plant Tour at Saunders on Wednesday, 10/16 - Register by 10/10!
  • ACI CNY Event Calendar for 2013-2014
  • Membership Renewal Reminder
  • ACI CNY Sponsors

President's Message

What a great presentation from Dr. Hover for our first meeting of the season. He did an outstanding job discussing the difficulties encountered by designers trying to specify what they want, and contractors trying to interpret their intent. Who knew that the human mind has more trouble with grey than any other color?

A similar image to that above was used to demonstrate the difficulty we have. The bar in the middle does not change! It’s our mind adjusting for its surroundings (if you don’t believe me, cover up all but the center bar).  

I have a sense that this presentation will be cited and discussed for years to come.

In just a few short days, we will be touring the ready mix concrete facility in Nedrow. Registration is open, so I encourage you to sign up now. We don’t want to run out of delicious Limp Lizard BBQ! This event is “rain or shine” as we will be under a pavilion for dinner.

The tour will cover the physical plant (from stockpiles to discharge), the QC lab, and the central dispatch office. This tour will give participants a better understanding of some of the difficulties encountered by r/m producers in manufacturing a batch of concrete that stays workable as long as you want it to; hardens to the degree that you want it to and when you want it to; and “simply getting a truck there on time.”

I strongly encourage engineers and contractors to attend this tour.        

Greg Novitzki, P.E., LEED A.P.

Wednesday, 10/16
Concrete Plant Tour
Saunders Concrete, Nedrow, NY
Catering by Limp Lizard

Please join us!

2:30 PM Registration
3:00 PM Tour
4:00 PM Dinner

$35 Member
$45 Non-member
$15 Student


Click here to register/pay online. Or send an email to Amanda Latreille at 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, 10/10.

Program directions/instructions:

ACI CNY would like to invite you to our 10/16 meeting to be held at the Pavilion at Saunders Concrete. We will begin the plant tour at the Pavilion at 5151 South Onondaga Road, which is also Route 80 in Nedrow. The Pavilion is across from the now closed Dorwin Springs Building Supply. Please pull into the Pavilion area to park. Should we need more parking we will make the Dorwin Springs area available.

Please arrive by 2:30 PM to register. The cost is the same as a typical meeting. The tour will begin at 3:00 PM. It is expected that you will bring your own PPE (hard hat and safety glasses). There will be a bus to shuttle attendees from the Pavilion to the plant and back. Please do not walk across the road and up to the plant as it is a safety hazard. We anticipate being in full operation during the tour, so safety is a must.

We will tour the Saunders Concrete central mix plant, and if time allows the Central Dispatch facility at the main office and possibly the laboratory. You will be bused back to the Pavilion at the conclusion of the tour.

Dinner will be served at the Pavilion starting at 4:00 PM, catered by Limp Lizard.

If you have any concerns or questions about the tour, please contact Gary Markinson at 315-374-9048.

ACI CNY Event Calendar for 2013-2014

Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

9/18/13 - "Architectural Concrete" by Ken Hover (1 PDH)

10/16/13 - Concrete Plant Tour at Saunders (click here to register)

11/20/13 - "Hot Weather Concreting" by Spencer Thew (1 PDH)

1/22/14 - "A Historical Perspective on Structural Design" by Thomas Boothby (1 PDH)

2/26/14 - "Masonry Concrete Testing and Inspection Requirements" by Christopher Latreille (1 PDH)

4/2/14 - Annual Design & Installation Awards Banquet

Membership Renewal Reminder

Renewals were due 10/1. If you have questions about renewing your ACI CNY membership, please visit our Membership page or email Amanda Latreille at Thank you!

ACI CNY Sponsors

Special thanks to our 2012-2013 ACI CNY 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.

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