The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has presented its Distinguished Achievement Award to the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA).  The award was presented at the ACI Spring 2014 Convention in Reno, Nevada, March 23.

The award is given to ACI nonmembers who have made notable contributions to the advancement of the concrete industry.

The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) is a trade association for ready-mixed concrete, aggregate, and industrial mineral producers in California. There are over 70 producer members of CalCIMA operating 750 mines and plants in California.

A key theme of CalCIMA is “distance matters;” the idea that local supplies of construction materials are needed to reduce haul distances and, thus, reduce impacts to the roads and environment. CalCIMA provides legislative and regulatory representation for the industry in California. In the past three years, CalCIMA has sponsored nine bills that have been signed into law. These include bills to protect resources, enhance recycling of reclaimed concrete materials, and allow for automated weigh stations at concrete batch plants.

CalCIMA is active in a number of regulatory efforts to improve or protect ready-mixed concrete operations. These include working with the State Water Board to address issues with both concrete process water and storm water, developing a manual of best practices for process water at batch plants; working with air districts to make portable equipment available for recycling at batch plants; working with the California Highway Patrol on vehicle requirements and inspection; and working with agencies that oversee workplace and safety laws.

CalCIMA’s Technical Committee directs association activities on matters regarding concrete specifications. Current activities include working with Caltrans and the Division of Measurement Standards to develop a specification for returned concrete, the California Building Standards Commission on recycled materials in the California Green Building Code, and the California Department of Health to implement Water Standard 61. Members of the Technical Committee have seats on the Caltrans’ Concrete Task Group, the Concrete Materials Subtask Group, and the Cast-in-Place Concrete Subtask Group. In addition, the committee plans training and educational topics for the membership.

For more information on the Distinguished Achievement Award, please visit www.concrete.org