Prior to the Minnesota Concrete Council, there was not a good local, single-source of unbiased information on how we can do a better job of designing and building with cast-in -place concrete. MCC was created to bring proven methods and new ideas together, and educate its members on how to improve the quality and use of concrete in our structures, and to educate the decision-makers on the benefits of quality concrete construction.
One of the keys to MCC's success is its diverse membership. Because suppliers, contractors, designers and owners, participate at monthly meetings and on its board of directors, and address current issues as topic speakers and participants on MCC research projects, we are able to bring together the best of talent and materials, in a highly fragmented industry, and work on a common goal of improving the quality of concrete for the end user.
Initial meetings regarding the concept of a CIP group occurred in the fall of 1988. The construction industry was quite robust and other organizations (Steel Institute and the Pre-Cast Association) were actively promoting their delivery systems as being the best in terms durability, speed, economics and schedule. Many felt the advantages of CIP outnumbered and outweighed those other systems and the group was formed in early 1989. The founders also had a multifold vision as to the shape and needs of the industry and setup the organization to meet those future needs. Several areas were ear-marked for development:
- Continuing education for professionals was coming and MCC could be the organization that could readily provide training and education for these new requirements. Similar training requirements now apply to construction superintendents.
- Technical advances in the concrete industry were occurring and a forum was needed to present the results and educate the stakeholders of the industry.
- An organization was needed to design and undertake future research projects related to CIP.
- Environmental impacts on the construction industry were eminent and the organization could address the purposeful reuse of waste-stream materials.
- Conservation of energy was coming to the fore and green thinking has now overtaken the industry in conjunction with Item 4 above.
MCC's first educational meeting consisted of about 20 people. The MCC educational meeting we had yesterday was attended by 90 people, including architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, ready-mix producers, testing labs, attorneys and some interior designers!
MCC has been a major force in training, improving and evolving the technical practices and the competence of the CIP industry. All and all, the organization has been quite successful and has tremendous potential for even more success in the future. New technology occurs quickly, and the organization provides the forum for presentation, review and evaluation of the pros and cons of these new developments.
MCC's Past Presidents - November 2010.