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ESCSI Honors Contributors to Lightweight Aggregate Industry

ESCSI Honors Contributors to Lightweight Aggregate Industry

ESCSI Honors Contributors to Lightweight Aggregate Industry at its midyear meeting in Park City, Utah. The Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI)  honored two individuals based on their significant contributions to the lightweight aggregate industry.

Frank G. Erskine Award: Col. Fred Meyer

The Frank G. Erskine Award is presented to individuals, companies, associations or partnerships outside the industry that recognize the unique properties of expanded shale, clay and slate and have demonstrated their use through design, promotion or implementation.

Col. Fred Meyer (left) and Jeffrey Speck of Trinity Lightweight

Col. Fred Meyer (left) and Jeffrey Speck of Trinity Lightweight

Extensive research in the areas of lightweight and high strength concrete and a tireless commitment to making sure the correct design requirements for lightweight concrete are incorporated in the ACI 318 Code have earned Col. Fred Meyer, PE, PhD, FACI, a place on the distinguished list of Frank G. Erskine Award recipients.

Meyer serves as the deputy department head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy (West Point). At West Point, he teaches courses in basic mechanics, structural engineering, construction management and infrastructure. Meyer is an active member of the American Concrete Institute serving on numerous committees, is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has been an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Program Evaluator for 10 years.

“The research conducted by Fred is significant for our industry because it demonstrated that high strength lightweight concrete can be achieved and applied to precast, pre-stressed products such as bridge girders,” says Jeffrey Speck, PE, FACI of Trinity Lightweight. “The results of Fred’s research have been used to achieve longer spans and higher strength lightweight concrete girders that can be transported and handled with conventional equipment. Fred has also been instrumental in advancing updates to the lightweight concrete provisions of the ACI 318 Code. The lightweight aggregate and lightweight concrete industry is stronger today because of Fred’s dedication and achievements.”

Thomas A. Holm Award: Michael Robinson

This year’s recipient of the Thomas A. Holm Award, Michael Robinson, joins a discerning list of contributors to research, development and use of expanded shale, clay and slate aggregate.

Michael Robinson (left) and Paul Hoben, both of Carolina Stalite Co.

Michael Robinson (left) and Paul Hoben, both of Carolina Stalite Co.

A long-time associate of the concrete and lightweight aggregate industries, Robinson is currently the territory manager and senior technical consultant at Carolina Stalite Co. He actively participates and has served in leadership capacities in numerous industry-related groups including the Carolinas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the National Capital Chapter of ACI, ACI 213 Lightweight Aggregate and Concrete Committee and other ACI Technical Committees. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the 2013 recipient of ACI’s Cedric Willson Award. He is also an ESCSI representative to the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards and the Alliance for Concrete Codes and Standards.

“Michael has tirelessly devoted his career to codes and standards which are the foundation upon which the construction industry is built,” says Bill Wolfe, senior engineer at Norlite LLC. “His focus on ensuring that products manufactured with lightweight aggregate are accurately represented in the building codes has helped the industry grow in a very positive manner.”




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