Jeffrey W. Coleman, President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced a challenge to raise $1 million as part of the ACI Foundation’s annual appeal. The challenge applies to the remainder of his term as president through March 2021. Coleman announced the challenge during the recent ACI Virtual Concrete Convention.
“Making a contribution is part of making an impact,” stated Coleman. “Do
it to support the scholarship recipients; do it to support research so that
concrete remains on the cutting edge of technology; and do it to support
initiatives like the Strategic Development Council -- to help the industry
adopt new technologies on a more rapid basis. There is nothing more important
than to think strategically.”
The ACI Foundation promotes progress, innovation, and collaboration in
the concrete industry through strategic investments in research, scholarships,
The ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council (CRC) selected eight
research projects to receive grants this year. These include: “Behavior and
Design of Concrete Structures under Natural Fires,” “Reliability Evaluation of
ACI 318 Strength Reduction Factor for One-Way Shear,” and “Full-Scale Testing
of a New Double-Beam Coupling Beam (DBCB) with a Simplistic Reinforcing Layout,”
The ACI Foundation strongly supports students joining the field of
concrete – future designers, engineers, educators, construction managers, and
contractors – and has provided financial support, and mentorship and internship
opportunities in the concrete industry to 175 students in the last decade. The
foundation awarded scholarships and fellowships to 20 students in 2020.
The ACI Foundation expects that with the potential increase in
contributions raised through this challenge, it will be able to fund even more
deserving students, needed research, and promote industry impacting activities.
Learn more about the
challenge in this video. Donations can be
made at ACIFoundation.org.