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Seminar offers solution to stormwater runoff.

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National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Portland Cement Association have teamed with Land Development Today magazine to offer seminar titled Pervious Concrete - A Stormwater Solution. One-day program provides instruction on how to implement pervious concrete pavements to minimize stormwater runoff from building sites and other paved areas. Attendees will learn details of pervious concrete pavement systems, engineering properties, and construction techniques.

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Pervious Concrete Seminars Offer a Solution to Stormwater Runoff

Silver Spring, MD - April 4, 2007 - The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Portland Cement Association have teamed with Land Development Today magazine to offer the seminar Pervious Concrete - A Stormwater Solution in six cities this summer. The one-day seminars are scheduled for:

o July 10 - Detroit
o July 12 - Lexington, KY
o July 24 - Washington, DC
o July 26 - Pittsburgh
o August 7 - Minneapolis
o August 9 - Milwaukee

This program provides detailed instruction on how to implement pervious concrete pavements as a solution to reducing stormwater runoff from building sites and other paved areas. Attendees will learn the details of pervious concrete pavement systems, engineering properties and construction techniques. This course will help civil engineers, architects, landscape architects and public works officials develop details and write project specifications for pervious concrete pavement systems. Contractors, product suppliers and land developers will also benefit from this seminar.

Pervious concrete is a performance-engineered concrete with a 15-30% void system that allows rainwater to percolate through it. When pervious concrete is used for parking areas, streets, plazas and walkways, it minimizes stormwater runoff to surrounding streams and lakes, allowing for natural filtration to recharge local groundwater supplies.

Although pervious concrete has been used in some areas for decades, recent interest in green building and recognition of pervious pavements by the U.S. EPA as a best practice for stormwater management has heightened interest in its use throughout North America. Its use supports national initiatives such as Cool Communities and Low Impact Development and provides a potential for credit in the LEED® rating system for sustainable building construction. Pervious concrete reduces the need for expensive stormwater drainage and wet pond retention systems, thereby allowing for more economical and beneficial land use.

Two of the following qualified instructors will present the program:

o Bruce K. Ferguson. Franklin Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia

o Heather J. Brown, assistant professor, Concrete Industry Management, Middle Tennessee State University

o Lionel Lemay, vice president of technical resources, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

o David Ey, concrete engineer, education and product development, Portland Cement Association

Architects and engineers will earn six Professional Development Hours upon completing this program. This seminar is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. The registration fee is $245 ($295 within two weeks of the seminar date). Registration can be completed online at or by contacting Futurus Communications toll-free at 1-888-388-8787.

The seminars are being offered in cooperation with Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota, Great Lakes Cement Promotion Association, Kentucky Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Maryland Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Michigan Concrete Association, North Central Cement Council, Northeast Cement Shippers Association, Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association, Southeast Cement Association, Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association and Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Land Development Today is a monthly publication, available in both print and digital format, designed to serve individuals and organizations involved in the professional fields that comprise the land development industry.

NRMCA, based in Silver Spring, MD, represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs.

PCA, based in Skokie, IL, represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education and public affairs programs.

Contact Info: Lionel Lemay
Phone: 847-918-7101

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