Smithfield-Liberty Helix Ramp Recognized by ICRI National by Jeff Konkle

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Local ICRI Members Atlantic Engineering Services, Pittsburgh Parking Authority, Carl Walker Construction and BASF were recognized by the ICRI for their work on the Smithfield-Liberty Garage. The project won an Award of Excellence in the Longevity Category and was a finalist for the 2018 Project of the Year!

Originally constructed in 1964, the helix ramp of the Smithfield-Liberty parking garage in downtown Pittsburgh, PA is six levels of post-tensioned concrete slab with a perimeter knee wall cantilevered from a conventionally reinforced concrete cylinder. In late 1996, an evaluation of the helix ramp was undertaken to establish the cause of the observed distress in the structure. The cause of the deterioration was a mixture of high chloride levels, failing old patches, and improper coverage at the knee walls. Repairs consisted of hydro-demolition and replacement of the top 2.5-3” to remove the chloride soaked concrete and supplemental post-tensioning cables with a high-quality, 6000 PSI shrinkage compensated concrete repair material.

The rehabilitation of the Smithfiled-Liberty Parking Garage was completed in 1997 and over 20 years later, the structure exhibits no additional deterioration. No structural repairs or rehabilitation have been required since the work was completed.

Meeting Recap: 9.11.18 by Jeff Konkle

Jeff Varga from Euclid Chemical describes petrographic investigation.

Jeff Varga from Euclid Chemical describes petrographic investigation.

On September 11th, Jeff Varga from Euclid Chemical hosted a seminar on Concrete Petrography. He described the investigative process and outlined the most common problems he sees in concrete that makes its way to the lab. We had a great turnout for the discussion including some new faces!

Announcing the ICRI Scholarship! by Jeff Konkle

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The Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) is happy to announce that we will be awarding at least one $1,000 scholarship to a student pursuing coursework related to the concrete repair field (e.g. engineering, construction, project management, or materials science).

If you or someone you know, might be interested in this scholarship, please have them review the criteria below, fill out an application and submit it to icri_pittsburgh@aespj.com

Download the full application here.


A. Qualifications:
1. Any family member of an ICRI Pittsburgh member/associate or student member of the
ICRI Pittsburgh Chapter.
2. Applicants must have completed 30 credit hours, and be a full time student in a college,
university or technical school.
3. Applicants must have a "B" average and submit official transcripts of grades to date.

B. Criteria (Scholarship Award is competitive):
1. Current grade point average
2. Career choice in the construction industry
3. Extra-curricular activities
4. Personal letter stating the applicant's qualifications for the scholarship.

C. Selection:
1. Applicant must complete the ICRI Scholarship Application Form
2. Applicants are required to submit personal letter stating their qualifications along with
educational and career goals
3. Finalists may be interviewed by the board of the ICRI Pittsburgh Chapter and a neutral
professional.

D. Award:
1. The $1,000 award will be made payable to the recipient and the university or college
they are attending.

E. Termination:
1. The ICRI Board will have the right to revise, change or cancel the award.

F. Deadline:
1. Submission for the Scholarship must be in by 12-1-18
2. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Chapter Board members on 01-10-19
3. Application and related questions are to be sent to the ICRI email address
(icri_pittsburgh@aespj.com).

Get Online Training with ICRI! by Jeff Konkle

Improve your knowledge of the ACI 562-16 Repair Code with ICRI’s new online training videos on the ACI 562-16 Repair Code and the ACI/ICRI Guide to the Repair Code. The presentations were recorded during a special technical session on the ACI 562-16 Repair Code and Guide at a recent ICRI Convention. There are five videos available free to ICRI Members and at a nominal fee for non-members.

Click here for more!

ICRI Board Elections by Jeff Konkle

ICRI - Pittsburgh is seeking nominations for the following positions on the board:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • 2 x Director positions

If you have a nomination, please contact one of the existing members of the leadership team.  

Monica Rourke Visitis ICRI Pittsburgh by Jeff Konkle

On Wednesday 11/7/17, ICRI Pittsburgh welcomed Monica Rourke for a talk regarding grout injection for water ingress.  A former President of the ICRI, Monica was able to impart key information for the audience of contractors, engineers and material suppliers.  Her knowledge, collected over her years of being a consultant and representative for Mapei, was on full display as she walked the crowd through injection techniques, material selection and successful projects.  

We are thrilled that Monica was able to join us!

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ICRI Pittsburgh Hosts Roundtable Discussion by Jeff Konkle

The Pittsburgh Chapter recently held a panel discussion titled “Blueprint for a Successful Project”. The meeting was a follow up from a previous panel discussion that discussed “lessons learned”. The panel included an owner, engineer, contractor, and material supplier (all of whom are ICRI members). Each member shared their thoughts and experiences regarding successful projects, and the moderator integrated questions and comments from the audience. The insights provided were appreciated by all.