ACI Achieves Goal of $1M for Foundation

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021

The American Concrete Institute has announced that it had reached its $1 million fundraising goal for the ACI Foundation.

Jeffrey W. Coleman, President of ACI, announced the challenge to raise $1 million in October 2020. To date, over $1.32 million has been contributed.

“Due to the generosity of ACI members and chapters, we have not only reached the goal, we have exceeded it,” stated Coleman. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to all who contributed, and notably our major donors, who I thank for making contributions: a donation in honor of ACI Past President Robert Mast, the ACI Carolinas Chapter, Surendra P. Shah and his students and supporters, Master Builders Solutions, the estate of William Maloney, the ACI Greater Miami Valley Chapter, the ACI Ontario Chapter, Georgia ACI Chapter, New Jersey ACI Chapter, and AOE. I also thank the ACI Board of Direction and ACI for continued support of the Foundation. A special thank you goes to ACI Past President Dan Baker who moved us over the million-dollar line."

“I am excited and encouraged to see such growth in the ACI Foundation as our longstanding supporters and new donors came together this past year,” said Ann M. Masek, Executive Director, ACI Foundation. “Our programs can provide more progress and benefits to students, research, and technology. The advocacy of ACI President Coleman throughout his term and the support of our community demonstrate how together we can make a difference.”

The ACI Foundation aims to promote progress, innovation and collaboration in the concrete industry through strategic investments in research, scholarships, and ideas.

For instance, last year, the Foundation’s Concrete Research Council selected eight research projects to receive grants.

Those eight projects included:

  • Calibration of Simplified Creep and Shrinkage Models Developed Using Solidification Theory: principal investigator Brock Hedegaard, University of Minnesota Duluth; co-principal investigator Mija Hubler, University of Colorado, Boulder. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 209 Creep & Shrinkage;
  • Validation of Service Life Prediction for a 28-Year-Old Parking Garage Constructed of Low Permeability Concrete: principal investigator Amanda Bordelon, Utah Valley University; co-principal investigator W. Spencer Guthrie, Brigham Young University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 234 Silica Fume in Concrete; 365 Service Life Prediction;
  • Determination of the Curing Efficiency of Externally and Internally Cured Concrete Using Neutron Radiography: principal investigator Mehdi Khanzadeh Moradllo, Temple University; co-principal investigator W. Jason Weiss, Oregon State University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 213 Lightweight Aggregate & Concrete; 308 Curing Concrete;
  • Full-Scale Testing of a New Double-Beam Coupling Beam with a Simplistic Reinforcing Layout: principal investigator Shih-Ho Chao, University of Texas at Arlington. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318H Seismic Provisions;
  • Assessing ACI 318 Using Data from the 2015 and 2019 E-Defense 10-Story, Full-Scale Building Tests: principal investigator John Wallace, University of California, Los Angeles. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318H Seismic Provisions; 369 Seismic Repair/Retrofit;
  • Behavior and Design of Concrete Structures under Natural Fires: principal investigator Thomas Gernay, The Johns Hopkins University; co-principal investigator Patrick Bamonte, Politecnico di Milano. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 216 Fire Resistance and Fire Protection;
  • Reliability Evaluation of ACI 318 Strength Reduction Factor for One-Way Shear: principal investigator Robert Barnes, Auburn University; co-principal investigator Andrzej Nowak, Auburn University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318E Section and Member Strength; and
  • Durability of Anchorage Pour-backs: Evaluating the Link between Surface Preparation and Bond: principal investigator Natassia Brenkus, The Ohio State University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 301-I Specifications for Post-Tensioned Concrete.

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