Arizona Chapter
American Concrete Institute

Welcome!   The Arizona Chapter of the American Concrete Institute is a

statewide organization that supports the Arizona concrete industry and works to promote the

overall interests of the American Concrete Institute, an international organization based in

Farmington Hills, Michigan.  Learn more about AZ ACI by clicking here.

A Message from the new ACI President: 

My Story with ACI

It is a true honor to become the 94th President of ACI. Words can't describe this exceptional milestone in my career. Sharing my background with you, and how ACI has been the core driver for my success, might best explain how humbled I am.

I graduated as a civil engineer from AUB—the American University of Beirut, Lebanon—in June 1985. The only job I could find was in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was a laboratory engineer position with Ready Mix Beton, a fast-growing ready mixed concrete company in the Arabian Gulf.

I learned the hard way that being a civil engineer does not necessarily mean someone understands concrete. This was particularly true in the Gulf region, with its perfect recipe for concrete corrosion: very high humidity, exceptionally high temperatures, and plenty of airborne salts because of the adjacency to the sea. Much more than academic knowledge or the technical resources available locally at that time was needed to overcome the challenges of producing durable and workable concrete in the Gulf.

My first employer, Khaled Ghandour, to whom I owe a lot of my professional advancement, sent me to the 1987 World of Concrete in Houston, TX. It was at the ACI booth, while looking at the dozens of codes, guides, and publications, that I truly started drinking from the fire hose of concrete knowledge.

Back then, other than ACI, no authority in the world had addressed hot weather concrete. In ACI 305, Guide to Hot Weather Concreting, I found the appropriate correction for so many misperceptions in the local industry.

The pumpability chart in ACI 304.2, Placing Concrete by Pumping Methods, was my key reference for designing concrete mixtures, and ACI 308, Guide to External Curing of Concrete, was my post-placing gift for every contractor.

ACI helped my employer and me in educating the market in Abu Dhabi. A few years later, Ready Mix Beton grew to become a multinational company, and ACI had an indirect equity in its technical success. In 1995, I asked the ACI Certification Department how I could certify my field and lab technicians. At that time, there was no local sponsoring group for ACI in the Middle East. John Nehasil, ACI's current Managing Director of Certification, sent me all the required documentation to start the first sponsoring group in the region, as it was impractical to send technicians to the United States.

The moment I received John's letter, I decided it was time I started my own business. I went back to Lebanon in 1996 to establish Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), a consulting firm with laboratories for testing concrete and other construction materials. To expedite the certification initiative, John introduced me to Wally Rooke, ACI examiner and at that time Secretary of the Manitoba Chapter – ACI. Wally helped me in developing the training materials and assisted ACI in metricating the certification exams. We started promoting ACI Certification in every country of the Middle East, and we held the first ACI Certification session in Lebanon in December 1996. We then expanded to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, and Qatar. By 1998, with the help of Wally who traveled with me to deliver the programs, and the support of ACI staff, ACI Certification (and ACTS) became popular in most countries of the region. Wally also assisted me in establishing the Lebanon Chapter – ACI.

Today, ACTS has become a multinational company, enjoying a unique reputation for integrity and knowledge. Needless to say, ACI has so much equity in this success.

ACI Past President Jim Wight once said during a board meeting that people become emotional when they receive an ACI award—not just because of the recognition bestowed on them, but because the award was a strong reminder of how ACI helped them become who they are. This could not be more true for me.

For that, and for the bigger mission of advancing concrete construction that ACI represents, I am full of enthusiasm to serve you in the best possible ways during my Presidential term. I am also very aware of various expectations about having a President from outside the Americas for the first time in ACI's history. I look forward to joining with the ACI staff, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Direction in living up to your greatest expectations.

Khaled W. Awad


                            August 4th, 2017 is our Annual Bowling Tournament! 
 Prizes - Fun - Food - Networking!! 
 Via Linda Lanes in Scottsdale at 11:30-2:30.
      Prizes for the Team Uniform!      Image result for Bowling Team Awards    Registration Coming Soon!

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AZ ACI 2018 Exposing the BEST in Concrete Awards GalaWHEN:  June 8th, 2018 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino 

Start thinking about ARIZONA projects that show OFF CONCRETE!  Projects must be completed between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017.  This event will be an evening or stay-cation to remember!  New venue!  New Projects!  What does YOUR company have to show off?  Call for Entry will be online starting in June!  Submittals have never been so easy!  Driving around this beautiful state of ours, we have MANY Projects waiting to be WINNERS!!!! 

Rooms are being held in a block for our group under AZ ACI with an inclusive rate of $180 for the night!  This includes tax and all resort fees!  Plan to come out and make a Staycation of the Weekend!!  


All of our Events this year will be fundraisers for this AWESOME Charity based right here in Arizona.  We hope to gather our industry peers in assisting to provide labor and materials to build ADA Ramps for those who have served us!  Click on the Picture above to learn more about this association!  Please contact Beth at if you wish to become a donating partner!

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ACI Certification programs are ADA compliant.

Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the ACI Certification Department for further information on how to proceed. All requested for special accommodations under ADA are handled on a case-by-case basis and must be made allowing enough time for evaluation and appropriate action by ACI.  To contact he contact the ACI Certification Department regarding ADA issues, call 248-848-3790.  This must be done prior to attending any certification program offered by our Chapter


Upcoming Events

14 Jul 2017 2:00 PM • Western Technologies - 3737 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ
15 Jul 2017 7:00 AM • Western Technologies - 3737 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ
04 Aug 2017 11:00 AM • Brunswick Via Linda Lanes 9027 E. Via Linda Scottsdale, AZ 85258
25 Aug 2017 11:00 AM • Cemex Lab 3640 S. 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

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