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Project Design Assistance

Concrete Buildings Design Center

Free concrete project design and technical assistance is available through the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Design Center. The Design Center can assist you in choosing the right concrete solution for a wide variety of projects, from multi-family residential/mixed use to industrial and health care facilities.


NRMCA’s expert team of engineers and architects are available to help you select the most appropriate concrete system, including:


  • Concrete frame and post-tension flat plate systems
  • Voided slab systems
  • Insulating concrete forming (ICF) systems
  • Tilt-up concrete wall systems

Pavement Design Center

Free concrete project design and technical assistance for paving projects is available through the Pave Ahead’s Design Center. The Design Center can assist you in choosing the right concrete solution for a wide variety of paving projects, simply:


1. Choose your design.

You might be surprised at how innovative concrete paving can be. Your Paving Project Assistance team will walk you through the latest paving technologies step-by-step, including CAD jointing plans.


2. Select your concrete.

No two paving jobs are exactly alike. That’s why no two forms of concrete are exactly alike, either. We have a team of experts designed to help you choose the unique form of concrete that will work best.


3. Gather your team.

The best-laid plans can fall flat if your project isn’t executed properly. We’ll help you find contractors and installers who will get the job done right—the first time.


4. Meet the experts.

We’re a diverse group of design professional engineers, technicians, and LEED certified professionals who have one thing in common – we know a lot about concrete paving. So tell us what part of the country you’re in, what you’re looking for, and how we can help. Then get to know us – we’re a pretty friendly bunch. (And we work for free).

Cement/Concrete Economics

The cement industry is a bellwether for the U.S. economy – it is tied to construction, infrastructure, energy and many other sectors. The Portland Cement Association’s award winning team of economists provides guidance and analysis on the manufacturing and use of cement across industrial sectors through graphs, reports and thought leadership. PCA regularly updates market intelligence products to reflect the latest economic data and analysis. Our economists have been recognized for their accuracy as forecasters, including by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the construction industry trade press. Members of our economics team have testified before Congress on behalf of the industry. PCA forecasts are widely used in corporate planning, government policy development and by the news media.

Portland Limestone Cement (PLC/Type IL)

Portland Limestone Cement (aka PLC, Type IL Cement) is uniquely formulated to reduce the environmental footprint of Portland Cement. This cement is manufactured by intergrinding portland cement clinker with up to 15% limestone. Blended cements such as Type IL are used in all aspects of concrete construction in the same manner as portland cements. Blended cements can be used as the sole cementitious material in concrete or they can be used in combination with other supplementary cementitious materials added at the concrete plant. Laboratory tests indicate that the performance of concrete made with Type IL cement as a group is similar to that of Type I/II (MH) cement concrete.

Troubleshooting Concrete – NRMCA’s Concrete In Practice

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Concrete In Practice (CIP) is a series of one-page information sheets on important technical topics, written in a non-technical “What, Why and How?” format. Give them to contractors and they’ll know that you deliver quality and value and make them a part of your promotion and education program. These documents are copyrighted by NRMCA. Print copies can be obtained from NRMCA at www.nrmca.org.

Finishing Concrete – ASCC’s Position Statements, Problems, and Best Practices

The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Technical Committee regularly produces position statements that cover topics of major interest regarding building with concrete.


Many of the positions ASCC has taken relate to actual job site issues. ASCC’s Position Statements have received widespread distribution amongst those in the concrete industry via trade magazines, events and more.


The information contained in these position statements is neither exhaustive nor exclusive to all circumstances that may occur when building with concrete. The relevance and implementation can be affected by variables such as human resources guidelines, state and federal statutes, rule or regulations as well as environmental conditions.


The ASCC strongly recommends the concrete industry consider these recommendations including the applicability of them to any particular circumstance working or building with concrete. The ASCC reserves the right to rescind or modify these position statements at any given time.

ASCC’s Position Statements

ASCC’s Problems & Practice

ASCC’s Best Practices

Stucco – Florida Lath & Plaster Bureau, Stucco Manufacturers Association, IN-SPEX, and Seminole County Government

Stucco is an historically proven cladding with hundreds of years of success. Modern stucco is a basic blend of sand, cement and lime. Additives can be blended into a basic mix to impart desired characteristics. Design and installation per stucco manufacturers’ recommendations will produce a long-lasting and durable exterior cladding. However, the use of poor materials, improper additives and untrained installers can result in stucco failures.

FL&PB Technical Bulletin

FL&PB Details

FL&PB Continuing Education

SMA Technical Bulletins

SMA Guide Details

SMA Training

IN-SPEX Document Library

Seminole County Inspection Videos

Masonry – Masonry Association of Florida, Mason Contractors Association of America,  National Concrete Masonry Association, and Block Strong

Masonry requires virtually no maintenance, saves energy, reduces insurance costs, increases resale values, absorbs exterior noise, and provides better protection from fire, wind and hail.

MAF Knowledge Base

MAF Clay Masonry | Brick

MAF Concrete Masonry

MAF Crack Control

MAF Fire / Energy / Sound

MAF Mortar & Grout

MAF Reinforcing Steel & Metal Accessories

MAF Sustainability | LEED

MAF System Comparisons

MAF Miscellaneous

MAF Brick, Block & Beers

MCAA Cavity Walls

MCAA Single Wythe and Barrier Walls

BIA Masonry Tech Notes

NCMA Tech Notes

MCAA Technical Talks

MCAA Technical Resources

NCMA Technical Resources

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