Comparing Innovative Concrete Material Options for a Residential Home

It’s no secret that the unparalleled COVID-19 pandemic has had some unpredictable impacts on industries worldwide. For the first time since 2010, the cost of construction has fallen. However, material costs are rising.  In June alone, raw material costs rose by 2.2%. The price of lumber jumped 16.5% in July and is up 19% overall. […]

Why Wait to Form Walls on Cold-Weather Footings?

by JAMES R. BATY II  As most contractors realize, it is quite normal for walls to still be formed on footings the next day (or two) during the colder months of December to March. While concrete does gain strength at a slower rate during this time of the year, the footing concrete placed with just […]

Getting Paid

Among the many advancements this Association has made for its members over the last decade, the growing affinity programs, those services and contract opportunities that bring you significant discounts or performance advantages, are among our greatest source of pride.  One such program is that from C2C Resources, a global commercial collections agency.  Established at the […]

Chapin Concrete Anchors the Return of Certified Foundation Companies to South Carolina

Some of the concrete foundations constructed in the state of South Carolina will once again be produced by the state’s only CFA-certified foundation company, Chapin Concrete Contractors Inc., a company based out of Chapin, South Carolina. “Certified Residential Foundation Company” is a program rating that offers third-party quality assurance for professional concrete foundation companies. This […]

OSHA Webinar Launches 7th Annual National Stand-Down To Prevent Falls on Sept. 14, 2020

U.S. Department of LaborOccupational Safety and Health AdministrationOffice of CommunicationsWashington, For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 11, 2020Contact: Office of CommunicationsPhone: 202-693-1999 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that it will host a webinar on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, to kick-off the 7th annual National Stand-Down to Prevent […]

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Again this year, the Concrete Foundations Association is participating as a promotion and awareness partner with OSHA to bring contractors resources to improve their communication and practices for keeping workers safe. The 7th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction next week (September 14-18, 2020), Doug Kalinowski, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs has provided a wealth […]


As COVID-19 (coronavirus) brings countless businesses to a grinding halt, the construction industry remains resilient — even in the face of tremendous challenge. Unlike many industries where “working from home” and “drive-thru service” are feasible countermeasures, construction firms have jobsites to run. Chris Hopper, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska, told the Cincinnati […]

AOE Announces CIM Fellowship Through the ACIF in Honor of Wendy Ward

Monday, July 13, 2020, Detroit, MI Launched in conjunction with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation, AOE has announced the establishment of The Advancing Organizational Excellence Fellowship. The AOE Fellowship honors Wendy O. Ward, a member of the AOE team for more than 10 years. She passed away at the early age of 32 from breast […]


FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (July 7, 2020) – Due to local, state, and federal regulations, and to protect the health and safety of attendees, the American Concrete Institute announces the transition of the ACI Concrete Convention from an in-person event in Raleigh, NC, USA, this October, to a 100% virtual event.  The ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will […]

U.S. Department of Labor Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan to Protect Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic. The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports.  During the coronavirus outbreak, OSHA Area […]

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