Concrete Parking Lot Design Seminars Offer Economical, Environmental Solutions

September 28, 2010

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) will offer the seminar Design of Concrete Parking Lots in four cities in 2008. This new seminar is scheduled for:

  • Seattle – November 13
  • Los Angeles – November 20
  • Denver – December 9
  • San Antonio – December 11

Concrete has traditionally been perceived as the higher-priced but longer-lasting material for parking lots. However, with the recent rise in asphalt prices concrete has now become competitive in both initial costs and life-cycle costs. Now property owners can enjoy the benefits of concrete, including long service life and low maintenance along with environmental benefits such as cooler surfaces and reduced lighting requirements.

This course provides detailed instruction on how to design and build concrete parking lots. It provides details of pavement design, including traffic loads and pavement stresses. Concrete properties and thickness design are presented in detail. Recommendations for subgrade support and pavement jointing are provided. Concrete materials are presented, including discussions on strength, workability and durability. Recommended specifications are provided. Construction techniques, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair are discussed. Parking area geometry and layout are presented, including parking requirements, entrances and exits, and truck parking. Additional detail will be provided on cost estimating, cost-benefit analysis and life cycle cost. In addition to details of conventional concrete parking lots, this seminar will provide introductions on innovative products such as whitetopping and pervious concrete.

This course is intended for civil engineers, geotechnical engineers, landscape architects and public works officials involved in the design and layout of concrete parking areas. Concrete contractors and concrete producers will also benefit from this seminar.

Attendees earn six Professional Development Hours upon completion of this program. This seminar is registered with the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education Systems.

This program is being offered in association with the California Nevada Cement Association, Cement Council of Texas, Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Northwest Cement Producers Group, Puget Sound Concrete Specification Council, Rocky Mountain Cement Council, Southern California Concrete Producers, Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association, and Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association.

NRMCA, based in Silver Spring, MD, represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs.