InTrans / Nov 12, 2021

CP Tech Center hosts successful Iowa Better Concrete Conference

Attendees at the 2021 Iowa Better Concrete Conference

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center’s (CP Tech Center’s) Iowa Better Concrete Conference returned to an in-person format after the event went virtual in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. The opportunity to once again meet face-to-face was a welcome one.

“I got more done here in one day than in a normal week, because everyone is here,” said Greg Mulder of the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association/Iowa Concrete Paving Association.

More than 170 participants joined the conference held in mid-November. That was more than attended in 2019, the last time the event was held in person, and on par with each of the four webinars that combined to make up the virtual event in 2020.

The conference, held in conjunction with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting and Banquet, also included a luncheon to present the Iowa Excellence in Concrete Awards. This year’s event highlighted the I-74 Bridge and Des Moines Courthouse projects, as well as a presentation on precast concrete for turbines.

Organizing events both locally and beyond to share the coolest projects, cutting-edge research, and valuable new technologies is part of the CP Tech Center mandate.