Build with Strength to Host Industry Roundtable Promoting Use of Durable Concrete Products in Washington, D.C. Construction Market

Washington D.C. is the first stop in a coordinated industry campaign to educate the design/build community about the benefits of concrete construction.

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Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, has chosen Washington, D.C. to host the first of a series of roundtable discussions with the design / build community highlighting the strength and durability of concrete construction in the low to mid-rise sector, and in general.  

“Being not only the nation’s Capital, but a booming market for both residential and commercial construction makes Washington a logical place to begin engaging with the design/build community about the benefits of durable concrete construction,” says NRMCA President and CEO Robert Garbini. 

The panel will take place as part of the International Concrete Sustainability Conference and will feature experts from the design, construction and safety communities who will attest to the strength and durability and the cost savings associated with concrete.  There will be a clear parallel made between concrete construction and the dangerous trend of stick built low-to-mid-rise housing in the region, highlighting the health and safety concerns of inferior construction products like wood. 

Moderator: Lionel Lemay, SVP Sustainable Development, NRMCA


  • Eric Coleman, Development Coordinator, EYC Companies
  • Randy Kirchain, Principal Research Scientist, MIT
  • Jon Narva, Director of External Relations, National Association of State Fire Marshalls
  • Chris Drew, Director of Sustainability, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

What: “Build with Strength for a Sustainable Future: How Concrete’s Strength Equals Sustainable Projects”

Where:  Hyatt Regency Crystal City

2799 Jefferson David Highway - Arlington, Va. 22202

When: Tuesday May 17th -  Noon – 2pm