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Jim Klinger, Concrete Construction Specialist The Voice Newsletter June 2024 Full disclosure: I received a call a few days ago from a former co-worker who is nearing retirement. Both of us started working concrete construction in the 1970's We spent some quality time on the phone looking back on our years in this tough business of ours. We talked as old men do. We first met on a large publ...

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Beat the Heat!

Posted on June 03, 2024 in: Safety, Newsletter

Joe Whiteman, Director of Safety Services The Voice Newsletter June 2024 As the summer months approach, ASCC members face the challenge of combating heat illness among their workers. With the sun beating down and temperatures soaring, it's crucial to prioritize the health and safety of workers on all our projects. Proper onboarding, acclimatization, and adherence to federal standards are e...

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Rich Cofoid, DCC Council Director The Voice Newsletter June 2024 We know many of you are familiar with our annual ASCC/DCC Community Project, where we give back to the community by transforming plain, dull areas into beautiful works of art for everyone to enjoy. Over the years, your generous contributions of time, talent, money, and materials have made these projects possible, and for that, we...

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Clark Branum, Decorative & Polished Concrete Specialist The Voice Newsletter June 2024 As we dive into the busy season, it is full steam ahead. At the of April, the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) held its Annual Committee Week in the vibrant city of St. Louis. Industry leaders convened to exchange insights, innovations, and best practices, enriching our collective pursuit ...

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Lean Construction

Posted on June 03, 2024 in: Technical, Newsletter

Dave MacNeel, Principal and Lean Coach, On Point Lean Consulting The Voice Newsletter June 2024 In lieu of Technical Director Mike Hernandez's article, this month we present an article from Dave MacNeel, Principal and Lean Coach, On Point Lean Consulting. His firm, On Point Lean Consulting, coaches general contractors and specialty trade contractors to apply Lean principles and tools in th...

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You Have to Read This Book

Posted on June 03, 2024 in: Newsletter

Ray Hefner, Executive Director The Voice Newsletter June 2024 I recently read “Getting Naked: A Business Fable" by Patrick Lencioni (Five Dysfunctions of a Team), and the good read was courtesy of the DPR Lending Library (Thank you Marc Ness!). Getting Naked explores the principles of vulnerability and transparency in client relationships. The book tells the story of Jack Bauer, an ...

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Greg Hyrniewicz, Vice President The Voice Newsletter June 2024 In the world of concrete construction, being at the helm of our business is akin to orchestrating a symphony of tradesmen, owners, GC’s, concrete pours, supply chains and a myriad of other competing factors (including the weather). Yet, perhaps a more fitting comparison is that of a dancer, deftly maneuvering through the comp...

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Bill Bramschreiber, Past President The Voice Newsletter June 2024 I spent a marvelous long weekend in early April in Phoenix, enjoying a long overdue NCAA Final Four appearance by my beloved Purdue University Men’s Basketball Team. Throughout their history Purdue has been very successful in men’s basketball in the regular season. They have won the most Big 10 Championships, includi...

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Jim Klinger, Concrete Construction Specialist The Voice Newsletter May 2024 Question: We are estimating a mid-rise, pump-place-finish only job (P-P-F) that bids roughly 2 months from now. The base building structure is framed in steel, featuring seismic frame columns founded on a network of pile caps and connecting grade beams. The slab on grade (SOG) has a footprint of 44,585 square feet (SF)...

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Jason T.K. Anglin, Safety Director at Christman Construction The Voice Newsletter May 2024 Injury management is one of the more critical elements that can help determine if a workplace accident will eventually be categorized as a first aid, OSHA recordable, restricted duty or a Time Loss Accident. An essential key to injury management is planning and knowing where your team will take an inj...

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