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Patrick Murphy addresses the crowd at a ceremony celebrating the 100th insulating concrete form (ICF) home built in Lubbock, Texas.

In June, he stepped down from American PolySteel when it merged with ARXX Corp., a provider of green building envelopes including ICFs and APEX recycled block.

“I'm grateful I've been able to spread the message that ICFs provide the most elegant solution for a sustainable building envelope that the construction industry has to offer,” he says. “I hope others in our industry will add their voice, as we all commit to helping build a better world.”

More Influencers

The editors of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine have chosen their own influencers of 2008:

Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang

Jeanne Gang started Studio Gang in Chicago in 1998. Today the group of 35 architects and design staff is building a reputation for designing very creative and unusual building façades at reasonable prices. This isn't easy because curtain walls are usually one of the most expensive elements in a building's construction. Gang's creative ideas are fresh and intriguing, and she is changing the way the rest of us view concrete as a material.

Rick Smith, Structural Services

Rick Smith is vice president of operations and a senior consultant with Structural Services Inc., Richardson, Texas. Smith embarked on a study about how variables in floor construction affected gloss readings. Today, several retailers and speculative developers specify gloss numbers to reduce subjectivity in what constitutes an acceptable finished product. Smith's passion is learning and sharing knowledge. He credits his achievements to his employers who were committed to continuing education, his clients who listen and embrace new ideas, and all of the industry experts who have shared and contributed to his knowledge.

Kevin MacDonald, Cemstone Products

There are few people in the country who know more about designing concrete mixes than Kevin MacDonald, as evidenced by the I-35W Bridge reconstruction in Minneapolis (see page 40.) MacDonald's company, Cemstone Products, Mendota Heights, Minn, received its contract only two weeks before the first ready-mix delivery—little time to develop the several complicated mixes needed. The high-profile project demonstrated that performance mixes can be a part of a fast-tracked effort and provide durability.

David Alexander and Dale Hendrix, McHugh Construction