History

1904 to present

Founded in 1904, ACI is a technical and educational society dedicated to improving the design, construction, maintenance and repair of concrete structures. The ACI international site is at:
www.aci-int.org.

1963

The New Jersey Chapter was founded in1963, the 9th chapter approved by ACI. William LaLonde, Jr. was the Organizing Committee Chairman and remained a member until his death in 1995. Ellis Vieser, a founding father, served with distinction as the first President from 1963 to 1965. The Chapter Annual Report for 1963 showed a total membership of 79 and a treasury of $638.

Today’s NJACI

A total of 29 presidents have followed Ellis and the Chapter is now an active, fiscally sound organization of approximately 500 members that strive to further education in concrete technology and promote the use of concrete throughout the State of New Jersey. The membership is composed of contractors, engineers/architects, educators, precast concrete manufacturers, ready mixed concrete suppliers, cement manufacturers, aggregate producers, concrete admixture suppliers, students and material suppliers and manufacturers of concrete related products. There are twelve Fellows and one ACI-International Honorary Member. The chapter has a roster of active members serve as committee chairmen. An executive branch composed of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Past-President and a Board of Directors governs the Chapter. A salaried Executive Director administers daily planning and activities.

The Chapter holds at least four dinner meetings each year featuring topics of interest presented by experts in the concrete industry. Other activities include ACI-International sponsored seminars, field trips, NJACI sponsored seminars and the following certification courses – Concrete Field Testing Technician, Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician-Grade I and Grade II, Concrete Strength Testing Technician, and Concrete Flatwork Finisher/Technician.

The New Jersey Chapter has developed and implemented a Concrete Construction Technology Course. The course is designed to provide the engineer, inspector, concrete contractor and concrete producer with the necessary concrete technology knowledge that appropriate and rational decisions can be made in the field when addressing the batching, handling, placement, finishing and curing of Portland Cement Concrete. In addition, it provides, upon successful completion of the course and exam, certification by the New Jersey Chapter that the candidate understands the basics in concrete technology and meets the certification requirements of the NJ Department of Transportation and the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

The College of Engineering, Rutgers University serves as the home of the Chapter Library. Over 200 publications are in the care of the Chapter “Librarian”, Dr. P. Balaguru. A college scholarship program, initiated in 2001, awards $6,000.00 to children of NJACI members. A yearly college student competition challenges students from New Jersey Colleges and Universities to incorporate concrete technology into real world practice. Monetary rewards are distributed to the College ASCE chapters for the top performing teams, but bragging rights appear to be the driving force to succeed.

Each May the Chapter co-sponsors with the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association the Annual NJ Concrete Awards Dinner, attended by more than 700 people, which honors outstanding concrete construction projects in the State of New Jersey. At this award, the Grand Award winning team is presented with a concrete statuette – the Rocky. A video presentation addressing the Grand and Merit Award winning projects highlights this affair, launched in 1964. Attendance includes elected officials and the Chief Engineers and Executive Directors of State Authorities.

On the lighter side, there is an annual golf outing each June that offers members and their guests a wonderful day of golf and socializing.

The Chapter is proud that it has earned excellent or outstanding status since the program was initiated by ACI-International in 1988. It is equally proud that it will co-host, with the Concrete Industry Board, Inc. of New York, the 2005 Spring ACI Convention.