NPCA professional staff members Marti Harrell, Vice President of Technical Services and Professional development, Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, Director of Technical Education and Outreach, and Rich Krolewski, Director of Certification and Regulator Services, traveled to Honolulu, from June 5-8 to conduct several outreach related meetings and events.
On June 5, NPCA partnered with Cement and Concrete Products Industry (CCPI) of Hawaii and Jenson Precast to conduct a six-hour long specifier training course. Goguen and Krolewski presented to nearly 100 engineers, specifiers and inspectors – an audience with representatives from all eight Hawaiian Islands. During the course, attendees were provided training on the fundamentals of quality precast concrete production, common inspection criteria and the benefits of NPCA’s Quality Assurance Program.
Harrell, Goguen and Krolewski met with representatives from the City/County of Hawaii on June 6 to discuss a variety of topics related to specification development and NPCA Plant Certification in Hawaii. Major takeaways from this meeting include Hawaii specific opportunities for precast manufacturers and insight on promoting precast amongst Hawaii specifiers.
Goguen and Harrell conducted academic outreach as they met with faculty from the University of Hawaii Engineering Department and had meetings with two University of Hawaii Community College faculty. During these meetings, faculty were provided resources to assist in incorporating precast concrete into their curriculum as well as opportunities for NPCA producer members in Hawaii to host plant tours for students.
NPCA professional staff returned safely despite the ongoing eruptions from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano and rivers of flowing lava. The trip was a substantial success for NPCA’s outreach efforts.