Expanding Our Reach

 
Wednesday -
May
24,
2017
 

An important part of the PCI Foundation studio experience is bringing students to the PCI Convention. Not only does this help to expand the student's experience interacting with professionals, it also helps give them a highly interactive platform to share their work. 

Wednesday -
May
24,
2017
 

The feedback that the PCI Foundation receives from students continues to be very positive.Students note that the contact with our industry and travel to the plants and PCI meetings continues to be very rewarding.  Some recent comments from PCI Foundation students include:

Thursday -
May
04,
2017
 

Matthew McDermott of the University of Minnesota Duluth is the first recipient of the Alan Mattock Graduate Scholarship. This award will aid him as he completes his Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship research,  “Shear Capacity of Hollow-Core Slabs with Concrete Filled Course.” The research will include a minimum of 12 shear tests conducted on six hollowcore specimens to categorize the shear capacity of the slab with variations in the type of core fill concrete, the time elapsed between hollowcore fabrication and core fill, and the core wall surface friction.

Wednesday -
May
03,
2017
 

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of educational programs sponsored by the PCI Foundation - and had its busiest year ever in terms of dollars granted and students and professors involved in our programs.

Friday -
April
28,
2017
 

Guest blog by Doug Noble and Karen Kensek

2017 PCI Foundation Studio in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California continued the tradition of examining precast concrete in the context of Joshua Tree National Park. 

Tuesday -
April
04,
2017
 

When the concept for the PCI Foundation was first envisioned, the Trustees hoped to solve a problem that plagued our industry. Few graduates from schools of architecture, engineering and construction management left school with more than a smattering of knowledge about the design and construction of precast concrete. For 10 years, we have built a program in partnership with 15 schools and even more local partners to help combat this issue. And at those schools, we have made great strides in educating students - not only in the studios where precast is taught, but we also have seen precast being added to the curriculum in other classes. 

Tuesday -
April
04,
2017
 

Thirty students and 12 professors attended the PCI Convention as part of their PCI Foundation education programs and studios. Most of the students were there to take part in the poster session that happened on the convention floor on Friday March 3.  Students had the opportunity to share projects that they completed during the program with conference attendees and other schools.

Tuesday -
April
04,
2017
 

The PCI Foundation “After Dark” fundraiser had record attendance during the PCI Convention in Cleveland. The goal of this event is to allow attendees to meet professors teaching precast programs in conjunction with the PCI Foundation in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  “Talking even a few minutes to some of the professors in our programs gives folks the opportunity to see what a difference we are making in the state of precast concrete education,” says Dean Gwin, chairman of the PCI Foundation.

Thursday -
March
09,
2017
 
Professors from around the US and Canada came together in a roundtable discussion during the PCI Convention to discuss what makes precast concrete programs successful. A few themes emerged between the professors who shared some of their experiences. 
 
Program Creep
Once the program at the school begins, it often extends into other parts of the curriculum. This may be because students will need an introduction to precast 

Thursday -
January
12,
2017
 

A total of 1585 people celebrated the PCI Foundation National BBQ competition during September 2016 and early October. In only it’s second year, the program raised $63,155.90 - beating the goal of raising $50,000 in one year. Plants who take part in the program register their party and then send in the results to the PCI Foundation. This year, the largest donation made on behalf of a barbecue was from the Gate Precast plant in Winchester, Kentucky. Steve Schweitzer, VP of Operations at the Plant, oversaw the event. "This was our second year participating in the PCI Foundation BBQ and everyone at Gate Precast in Winchester, KY has really enjoyed it. Not only do employees attend but so do family members, vendors, subcontractors and other local precasters so it is apparent this impacts on a more global stage than just our plant. Other than the delicious pig we roast, the employees enjoy what now is our annual bow shooting competition to give one of our hunters bragging rights for the year. We have embraced and enjoy this partnership in raising funds and awareness for the PCI Foundation and industry."