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  • 27 Jul 2020 8:01 AM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    National Capital Chapter ACI

    COVID-19 Guidelines for Certification Exams

    If you are registered or plan to register for a certification exam, please review the following guidelines for the day of the exam:

    • If you are sick, showing signs of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, we would ask you to not attend the exam and you will be given a refund so long as 24hr advance notice is provided. Refunds will not be offered for other circumstances.
    • Non-contact temperature checks will be performed by the NCCACI Staff at Check-In. If temperature is at or above 100.4°F, the person will be asked to leave and no refund will be provided.
    • Each registrant will sit at their own table during the written exam.
    • Masks will be required to be worn the entire time during the review and exam.
    • Equipment will be sprayed down with soapy water periodically by staff.
    • 6' Social Distancing is to be maintained during the review and exam.
    • Hand sanitizer will be present at the Check-In table.
    • NCCACI Staff will sign you in at Check-In instead of sharing pens to sign in.
    • Please bring your own pencil and calculator and do not share them.
    • Wear appropriate attire for the practical exam (i.e. closed-toed shoes/boots, long pants, shirts with sleeves, safety glasses, gloves). The practical exam is performed with concrete, so wear typical work clothes / clothes that can get dirty.

    These guidelines will be in effect until the State of Emergency in DC, VA and MD is lifted.

  • 23 Jun 2020 5:01 PM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    Sika is hosting a FREE webinar on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm.

    Learn more about The History of Concrete including:

    • A special focus on the importance of quality workmanship and proven materials.
    • A look back at Roman concrete, ancient Chinese and Mayan concrete, as well as prehistoric concrete.
    • There are thousands of years of lessons learned

    Use the link here to register!


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  • 27 May 2020 8:18 PM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    Did you know that ACI offers rebates to veterans for earning an ACI Certification in any program?

    Honorably discharged U.S. military veterans attaining ACI certification in any program as the result of exams administered through any ACI Certification Sponsoring Group are eligible to apply for a $250.00 rebate from the ACI Foundation. These rebates will be distributed by the ACI Foundation as long as funding remains available.

    Who is eligible? Honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), attaining ACI Certification as the result of exams administered on or after June 1, 2018.

    Visit for more information on how to apply and thank you for your service!

  • 17 Apr 2020 9:50 AM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    One of our Corporate Members, Olson Engineering Inc., is hosting a Webinar on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 10:00 am. The topic will be:

    Seismic Site Classification

    The Webinar will be presented by Dr. Ryan E. North, Principal Geophysicist, and Travis Nielson, Project Geophysicist, at Olson Engineering. Together, they have more than thirty years of experience in near-surface geophysics applications, from military sites addressing landmine, IED, UXO, and tunnel detection, to civil works addressing levee and dam seepage issues and condition assessment.

    Ryan and Travis will discuss site classification as defined by the international building code, and will cover all of the methods available to determine site classifications, starting with checking the site classes at the local level on the USGS website. They will then cover the methods for measuring the average shear wave velocity in the top 100 ft or 30 m of the ground, which are denoted as Vs100 or Vs30. These methods include:

    • Passive Horizontal over Vertical Velocity Soundings (H/V)
    • Downhole Seismic Surveys
    • Crosshole Seismic Surveys
    • S-wave Seismic Refraction Surveys
    • Refraction Micro Tremor (ReMi)
    • Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW).

    Use the Link and Meeting ID below to join them on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 10:00 am.


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  • 14 Apr 2020 5:07 PM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent emergency actions have caused many disruptions, including rescheduling of ACI Certification education and exam sessions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. These actions may result in an individual’s ACI Certification expiring before a rescheduled session takes place. As a result, ACI has been asked to extend certifications so that individuals may remain in compliance with project requirements as they await recertification testing. For a number of reasons, ACI has determined that extending certifications is not the best solution.

    ACI believes the Engineer of Record and/or specifier is the proper individual to review a technician’s credentials and determine if a waiver is warranted/appropriate. This can then be documented in the project files along with an explanation referencing recertification difficulties due to COVID-19 disruptions.

    Please direct any questions or requests to

    Best Regards and Stay Safe,
    National Capital Chapter ACI

  • 24 Mar 2020 7:15 AM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Howard University ACI Members Travis Flowers, Grace Glenn, Darien Mercado, Binaya Paudel, Sigmund Skinner, Camille Wallace, and Alfred Wallfall for placing second in the 2019 ACI Concrete Construction Competition!

    The team’s proposal highlighted their conscious efforts to minimize the effects of construction and building on the local environment. The team took into consideration the climate associated with the project’s region and selected the materials that would be best suited for the scope of work. Their proposal included details on all materials, labor, supervision, hoisting, expediting, engineering, equipment, erection, shoring, scaffolds, tools, and all other items required to furnish and install all cast-in-place concrete work, formwork and flatwork, and all other related work.

    Please join us in congratulating these incredible students!

  • 06 Mar 2020 10:21 AM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    Thank you to all of the amazing women that interviewed with us for our WIC Week 2020 Spotlights across our social media platforms!

    We interviewed (from top left to right) Supriya Gupte, NCCACI Vice President, Yvonne Nelson, NCCACI Past President, Jennifer Rouchard Vogel, NCCACI Speaker, Marisol Tsui-Chang, NCCACI Member, and Keila Lombardozzi, NCCACI Executive Director. 

    The work you do for the area and the chapter is absolutely appreciated! 

    Check out our Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to read more about these strong women leaders in our area!

  • 25 Feb 2020 1:59 PM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    Olson Engineering is doing a 3-Day Seminar covering NDE and Geophysics on March 10, 11 and 12, 2020 in Rockville, MD and we wanted to extend the invite to our members! It will be a great learning experience for people in our industry! PDH's will be awarded each day and classes will start at 8:30am and end at 5:00pm. Lunch, coffee, drinks and snacks will be provided by Olson. Please see below flyer for the event and registration can be found here:

    If you have any questions, please reach out to or call 303-423-1212

  • 26 Oct 2019 12:07 PM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    Please join us in congratulating the MGM National Harbor team for winning Second Place in the Mid-Rise Buildings category at the 2019 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Gala during The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition, October 21, 2019, in Cincinnati, OH!! ACI recognized a total of 12 winners across the world!

    The National Capital Chapter nominates the winners of our Excellence in Concrete Awards to compete against concrete projects around the world at the ACI National level. It is a great honor to be among these outstanding leaders in our industry and even greater so to have a winning project!

    Project Details:  The MGM Resort at National Harbor is a 3.4 million ft² (315,900 m²) project that includes a 5000-space parking structure. A podium on top of the parking structure is angled and clad with white precast panels so that it looks like the monuments around the National Mall. The hotel is a 24-story, narrow structure that is meant to evoke images of the Washington Monument. The project required 2.9 million ft² (269,400 m²) of cast-in-place elevated deck supported by architecturally exposed columns and walls.

    Project Video:

    Project Team Members: Owner: MGM Resorts International; Architectural Firm: SmithGroup JJR; Engineering Firm: Cagley & Associates; General Contractor: Whiting-Turner; Concrete Contractor: DGS Construction; General Supplier: Schuster Concrete Ready Mix.

    Congratulations again the MGM team and best of luck to our nominees for our local NCCACI awards on November 12th!

  • 26 Oct 2019 11:30 AM | Keila Lombardozzi (Administrator)

    Please join us in congratulating the University of Maryland ACI Student Chapter in placing 12th out of 50+ schools around the globe in the FRP Composites competition! They also placed 6th against the US teams. This is an outstanding feat and the students worked very hard after hours in labs and brainstorming sessions to come up with an optimal mix design and construction for their beam.

    The FRP Composites Competition is where students design, construct, and test a concrete structure reinforced with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) to achieve the optimal load-to-cost ratio, predict the ultimate load, and predict the load that will result in a piston deflection of 3.5 mm (0.14 in.).

    Also, this was the first year that students from the Howard University ACI Student Chapter attended an ACI Convention, so congratulations in taking such a great leap forward into immersing yourselves into this wonderful concrete industry and taking the initiative to attend!

    Thank you to all of the mentors and NCCACI members for helping our student chapters grow, learn and be successful in our industry!

    For more information about becoming a FREE Student Member of ACI, please go to

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