The Future of Concrete

Gazing into the crystal ball to determine the future can be a risky way to prepare for what is to come. However, two organizations have partnered to discuss ways the concrete industry can remain viable and create a road map for future success.

Earlier this summer, spearheaded by the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and facilitated by the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC), Concrete 2029 was launched as a strategic initiative to develop a vision and road map for the future of the concrete construction industry. According to Bev Garnant, Executive Director of the ASCC, the motivation for this endeavor is to secure the future of the concrete construction industry by getting in front of issues such as the misconstrued image of concrete, code struggles, loss of market share to other building materials, declining productivity, and a shortage of workers in concrete construction.

The initial workshop was held in May, prior to the SDC Technology Forum. The meetings were productive and at that time, those in attendance identified issues such as defining and improving in-place concrete quality, increasing workplace productivity, and improving industry promotion and perception.

Developing a vision and strategy is vital for the concrete industry to thrive in the future. Concrete 2029 will be holding a second workshop on September 7, in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a concrete contractor, this is a great opportunity for you to get involved in the industry of which you serve to make sure the future is bright.

For more information on how to participate, visit and get involved.

Plan to Attend CP&S in October

If you haven’t heard the news already, Concrete Contractor is putting together the first Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference (CP&S), a three-day conference dedicated to polished concrete. The conference will take place October 20-22 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As one of the fastest growing segments in the concrete industry, polished concrete continues to be more readily accepted as a premier architectural flooring option in construction.

If you’re a polished concrete contractor, you won’t want to miss the lineup of educational sessions we have planned. After the sessions are over, come over to the exhibit hall to visit with exhibitors who will be sharing the latest in technology and trends as it relates to polished concrete. For more information or to register to attend, visit

We look forward to seeing you in October!