Last month we published the announcement of the winners of the seventh annual ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards.
This unique award program has a soft spot in my heart. Many years ago, I was on the ACI marketing committee. We discussed how to ACI could interest architects, design professionals, and even owners on the innovations involved in concrete construction.
When I was asked to be a judge in this year’s award program, I quickly said yes. I was assigned the infrastructure category. While I’m not supposed to say for whom I voted, I agree that Darwin Bridge project in Montreal, Quebec, Canada was an outstanding project.
The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards judging criteria in this award requires more than looking at pretty pictures. Entrants are asked to provide important project details including mix designs, job site problems solved, and environmental impact. When I reviewed the project details in my category, I found a virtual textbook describing the most current construction innovations now in play.
In almost all cases, design professionals, contractors, and materials suppliers, came together to solve a unique problem These projects demonstrate that ACI members are leading the concrete construction industry to the adoption of the goal: construct good projects, delivered on time, and on budget. The winners verify the ACI’s current president Cary Kopczynski’s vision for concrete construction’s role in the future of Integrated Project Delivery.
Now it’s your opportunity to not only see some of the details on these outstanding projects, you can also vote for your favorite. ACI has opened the 2021 People’s Choice Award. Beginning October 18 and ending November 30, 2021, you can review and vote for your favorite concrete project entered in the Seventh Annual ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards.
Following the completion of the voting period on November 30, the American Concrete Institute will announce the winning project of the on ACI’s official social media pages.
But I encourage you to do more than vote. Encourage your list of architects, engineers, and specifiers to cast their vote as well. Perhaps they will be inspired to embrace concrete construction in their next projects. The projects reflect the best of what our industry has to offer and needs to be shared with everyone.