NPCA’s specifications and certification outreach program has experienced considerable success in converting federal, state and city specifications to require NPCA Plant Certification. NPCA professional staff member Rich Krolewski, director of certification and regulatory services, focuses his efforts on promoting NPCA Plant Certification to federal agencies, state departments of transportation, cities and counties while also updating specifications wherever possible to include precast. As a result, NPCA certified producer members have more opportunities.
Since January 2018, state DOTs in Wyoming, Texas, Washington and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, have adopted NPCA certification requirements. There has also been gaining momentum at the city level. Cities including Honolulu, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Cheyenne, New York City, Minneapolis and Kansas City have included NPCA Plant Certification requirements in their specifying documents. Most notably, Washington, D.C., worked precast concrete into specification requirements for non-prestressed bridge components and bridge decking, as well as prefabricated superstructure units such as bridges and ramps.
Successful specification developments are significant because they favor the use of precast concrete and incorporate quality control in the manufacturing process. NPCA encourages precast manufacturers to find out how specification development in each state impacts them by visiting precast.org/working-for-you.
Krolewski’s efforts to promote precast and certification rely heavily on the leads he receives from members, which gives him the information necessary to reach out to DOTs and government agencies. We encourage you to contact Rich with questions and challenges you may be facing with standard specifications, leads, etc. He can be reached via email, at [email protected].