ACI's Spring 2010 Convention to Highlight Xtreme Concrete

Convention to feature Pervious Concrete Student Competition, forum on Fly Ash, technical tour of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and sessions on repair.

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - The American Concrete Institute's (ACI) Spring 2010 Convention will take place March 21-25, 2010 in Chicago, Ill., USA, at the Sheraton Chicago.

Engineers, architects, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives from all over the world will assemble at the ACI Spring 2010 Convention to provide input on concrete industry codes, specifications and guides throughout the 300+ committee meetings and 35+ technical sessions offered. In addition, attendees will participate in technical tours, forums discussing pertinent industry topics, student competitions, networking events, and events celebrating career and industry achievements.

A forum on the reclassification of fly ash as a hazardous material will prepare attendees to make an assessment on whether the reclassification of fly ash as a hazardous waste is a step forward or backward. The forum, coordinated by ACI Committee 123, will outline what implications the reclassification of fly ash will have on advances the concrete industry has made towards a sustainable concrete construction.

The convention will host special events celebrating the career achievements of ACI Past President Anthony E. Fiorato and the retirement of ACI Executive Vice President, William R. Tolley. Other networking events, including the Women in ACI Reception sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Student and Young Professional Networking Reception, and a Blues themed Concrete Mixer, will be held throughout the convention.

Several technical tours are scheduled to coincide with the convention's Xtreme Concrete theme and emphasize Chicago's extreme architecture and concrete projects. Most notably, a tour of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will walk attendees through the ongoing $228 million upgrade of the MWRD facilities, $90 million of which is cast-in-place concrete structures.

Convention attendees who register by Feb. 22, 2010 will receive reduced registration rates. In addition, the Sheraton Chicago is offering convention attendees a special rate for rooms. Room rates are based on availability.

For more information on the ACI Spring 2010 Convention, please call 248-848-3795 or visit

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