Contractors Day

Contractors' Day

Contractors' Day is held at every ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition and is focused on topics and activities of interest to contractors, including a technical session, luncheon presentation by an industry expert, and an evening networking event.

The next Contractors' Day will be Tuesday, March 26, 2019, during The Concrete Convention and Exposition in Québec City, Québec, Canada.

Contractors' Day Events

Contractors’ Day Lunch
Speaker: Daniel Genest
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
$64 U.S. per person

Join other ACI attendees and contractors for the Contractors’ Day Lunch. Enjoy a special presentation by Daniel Genest. The New Champlain Bridge Corridor Project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America and includes a new bridge for L’Île-des-Soeurs, as well as the reconstruction and widening of the federally managed section of Highway 15. The project is being carried out as a public-private partnership (P3) between the Government of Canada and Signature on the Saint Lawrence. Work is expected to last four and a half years. For additional information on the Contractors' Day Lunch, the speaker, and the topic, please visit

Contractors’ Day Sessions
The Québec & Eastern Ontario Chapter - ACI has planned two sessions for Contractors’ Day. One will be “Nordic Bridges”. This session is divided in three sections covering different aspects of the modern concrete technology applied to the construction and repair of engineering structures. The second session will be “Modern Shotcrete Technology”. This session will inspire innovations in underground development and infrastructure repairs through shotcrete by an overview of the latest technologies available to the industry. 

Concrete Mixer
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

To learn more about Contractors’ Day and other events taking place during The Concrete Convention and Exposition, click here.

Previous Contractors' Day Sessions


Project Overview

Build, Implode, Repeat!—A History of Construction, Demolition, and Redevelopment in Las Vegas

This session will provide an overview of growth patterns and development of the Las Vegas Valley. The timeline will start at prehistoric times and then briefly cover early settlement, the Hoover Dam years, World War II, Old Vegas, and the Atomic Era. Particular attention will be given to discussing the more recent explosive growth and redevelopment of the area with an emphasis on construction and demolition of unique major facilities. We will explore how Las Vegas has positioned itself as a leader in the redevelopment arena. Join us for an insightful and lively review of how this piece of the west was won!

Lighting the NEON in Las Vegas

The NEON project is a design-build project to improve mobility and safety for the public traveling within the I-15 and the US 95 corridors in the Las Vegas, NV, area. At approximately $550 million, the NEON project is also the Nevada Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) largest contract to date. The major elements of the NEON project are generally categorized into: a) the HOV system; b) the Charleston Interchange reconstruction; c) the I-15 Freeway reconstruction; d) the US 95 reconstruction; e) Grand Central Industrial Connector; f) local street connections; and g) ancillary improvements.



Project Overview

From the Ashes: The Engineering and Construction Challenges of the Provo City Center Temple

On December 17, 2010, a fire destroyed the pioneer-era Provo Tabernacle, leaving only a portion of the exterior walls remaining. On October 1, 2011, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that the tabernacle would be restored and converted into a temple. Thus began the very technically challenging effort to create the Provo City Center Temple. This presentation will discuss the history of the structure, the fire, cleanup efforts, shoring, ground water management, waterproofing, wall strengthening and restoration, as well as the beauty that was created inside and outside. This presentation will be given through the eyes of the Church project manager, the structural engineer, and the contractor. 

Concrete Construction

A presentation addressing common specified requirements for as-cast, architectural, smooth-rubbed, and grout-cleaned rubbed finishes, as well as as-cast surface defects and anomalies, including honeycomb, air voids or bugholes, sand streaking, and offsets. The presentation will also address construction, forming, mixture design, transportation, and engineering challenges faced in extreme conditions. 



Project Overview

Mega Projects-Challenging the Southern California Concrete Industry

Presentation of recently constructed or under-construction “Mega Projects” in the southern California area including high-rise, stadium, and infrastructure projects. Discussion will include technical review of concrete mixes, evaluating demands for mass concrete, thermal control plans, design of mixtures for CIP/precast for the concrete structures, challenges related to materials properties to meet structural demands based on seismic requirements, MOE (modulus of elasticity), and ensuring the construction operations are efficient to meet the tight schedule and dollar requirements.

3-D Scanning Technology, The Future is Now

A presentation about the use of digital technology for concrete applications. Presentation will cover multiple uses of scanning in concrete construction and highlight the capabilities of the digital technology, equipment and programs including coordination with 3-D imaging, BIM and modeling, MEP coordination, documentation of existing conditions, record keeping and “as-built” verifications.



Project Overview

Performance Concrete: Control Your Own Destiny

Presenters representing the delivery chain of concrete construction, from Engineer to Owner, will discuss Performance Concrete from their own unique perspective. Following four short presentations reflecting the perspectives of the Engineer, Supplier, Contractor, and Owner, the presenters will participate in a 30-minute panel discussion to further explore Performance Concrete, and to address questions or concerns from the audience.

Four presentations of recently constructed or soon-to-be-constructed projects using reinforced concrete construction. Most of the highlighted projects are in the immediate Detroit area and cover road, bridge, sporting, and multi-story building projects.



Project Overview

Take The High Road-Developing Character of Impeccable Integrity

For millennia the world’s greatest master builders have successfully designed and built extraordinary works to serve mankind and improve the quality of life, risking their reputations and their very lives in the process. Suddenly, after unprecedented advancements in knowledge and productivity, these professionals must demonstrate a regular study of ethics to comply with the law. In this session, the speakers will explore common ethical standards and philosophies, and illustrate the revolutionary approach that strong character frames appropriate responses, transcending the usual know and play by the rules methods.



Project Overview

Avoiding Problems Through Sound Prevention Methods

This session features four speakers who will focus on various proactive methods, techniques, and technologies that will help identify and prevent problems with occurring with your projects. Attendees will have a better understanding of what can be done to prevent potential known issues and ways to prepare for unforeseen problems that seem to come out of left field. As Ben Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This session will be beneficial for contractors, architects, and engineers.



Project Overview


Contractors must overcome constructability challenges on every job. If these challenges are not addressed, the risk of construction errors, delays, and cost overruns increases. Constructability has many aspects, but for contractors, it essentially refers to the extend to which the design of the structure facilitates the ease of construction. As projects become more complex and expensive and the window of construction shrinks, constructability becomes more critical to ensure a successful project. In this all-day session, you will hear about constructability topics that can affect your day-to-day operations, schedules, and profits. Session topics include the following: recommended approaches to constructability, sustainable design requirements, optimizing mixture designs, dealing with cold weather concreting, construction tolerances, and reinforcement congestion.  

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