The Concrete Industry Foundation

An educational fund that fosters excellence in design and construction through a scholarship and grant program for study in the concrete built environment.

2019 “Salute the Finest” Awards and Scholarship Dinner
May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019 Photo Gallery (Flickr)

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Message from the President

ParnesWhat a great honor and privilege for me to have spent my entire engineering career working with giants in our industry. Many of New York’s world renowned structures are attributed to the leaders who reside and practice in the New York Metropolitan area. It is an honor to serve an organization that is solely dedicated to providing scholarships, intern training sponsorships, union training/apprentice programs, and research in our concrete built environment.

Our honorees are first-class representatives of these attributes. We salute and honor Jay Badame, president and CEO of AECOM Tishman, our Humanitarian Fellow Medal winner, for his dedication to the construction industry, community and charitable activities. And Reginald Hough, worldwide renowned architectural concrete consultant, our James Anderson Distinguished Service Award recipient for his dedication
to architectural concrete and education. And Vincent DeSimone, founder and late chairman of DeSimone Consulting Engineers, for his dedication to innovative monumental engineering and construction projects around the world.

We are proud to be providing scholarships to 11 engineering, architecture and construction students who are attending colleges and universities in the New York Metropolitan area. This year, we welcome Hofstra University and Quinnipiac University to our growing family of schools that the CIF supports. Since 1993, we have awarded 157 scholarships, for a total of $314,000. We continue to support Interns who are still active in firms such as Engineered Devices Corporation, Future Tech Consultants, Inc., and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. Since inception, we have provided 14 grants for the Union Training/Apprentice Program.

This past year, our sponsorship of the research program on Slender Reinforced Concrete
Columns— which we believe has immense application to tall concrete building construction in New York City—has been completed, and we are now moving on to support research on Fire Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Structures with High Strength Rebar. We are also proud to provide a $3,000 contribution to the Urban Assembly, which runs private public schools for underprivileged students—where more than 80% of their graduates enroll in college.

Our funding continues to be primarily supported by the generosity of our underwriters,
memorial tributes, benefactors, patrons, contributors, event attendees, and sponsor firms. We are excited to announce we are approaching $800,000 in inviolate funds, which allows us to fund more scholarships and our other programs in the future. We appreciate your support and hope you will continue to contribute to the Concrete Industry Foundation Fund. You can do so with the “Invest in Education for the Concrete-Built Environment” form.

Contact the CIF Office for additional information:
Jamie Claire Hogan
Administrative Coordinator