This year’s World of Concrete convention has come to an end, sparking ideas and generating excitement at LJB. Our team had the opportunity to visit with clients and partners, meet new potential partners, and learn what to expect in the year to come.
Several things resonated with me from this year’s event:
- Increased attendance – with a 5% increase to more than 55,000 visitors, this year’s event shows signs of life in the construction industry
- Optimistic forecast – Ed Sullivan, chief economist with the PCA, shared a positive construction forecast for 2013 and beyond at the TCA Annual Meeting. In 2006, Ed correctly foretold the coming recession, so I am expecting him to be right once again when he talks about vigorous construction activity as early as Q3 2013.
- Strategic partnership to promote tilt-up – TCA and CRSI are joining forces this year to raise awareness of tilt-up construction throughout the United States. With concrete construction accounting for less than 20% of the two- to four-story non-residential construction market, CRSI is focusing on the tilt-up industry as a way to increase share in this specific market. Each percent of market share gained will mean an additional 2.3 million square feet of concrete buildings. There are significant opportunities through this partnership and we will continue to share information on this as it becomes available.
- Decorative concrete – judging from everyone I talked with during the show, there was a lot of excitement and buzz about the advances in decorative concrete, including polished concrete. I think the time has come for the tilt-up industry to leverage this technology and resulting finish for architectural treatments. LJB is already evaluating ways that tilt-up can be constructed with the exterior panel face cast up so polished finishes can be applied before erection.
- Kudos to our partners – several of our design-build partners were honored at this year’s event for their contributions to the concrete construction industry. We are proud to have partnered with them on many projects over the years.
It was another great year for World of Concrete, and we are looking forward to watching how these opportunities and initiatives flourish this year.
What stood out to you at this year’s event?