About the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

CPCI (manufacturing) members number 46, with 57 plants throughout Canada with over 350,000sq. m of plant space available for producing the precast concrete you require for your project. The inherent benefits of precast prestressed concrete make it the best choice for many projects. Structural strength provides long clear spans. Fast production, delivery and erection saves time and money. The creative dimensions of shape, texture, colour and pattern produce attractive buildings. Durability means unsurpassed low maintenance and life-time cost effectiveness.

CPCI Members have the facilities, the people, the products and the desire to make a meaningful contribution to the planning and completion of your next project.

 

SIZE, CAPABILITY, DEPENDABILITY
From a simple I-beam to the most intricate sculpture or architectural style imaginable.

Structural elements provide unsurpassed simplicity and strength.

Prestressed girders and beams allow for long span bridges and recreational facilities with fast construction and longer life than other systems.

Architectural panels and elements can be fabricated in a shape., texture, colour and profile to provide a building facade to meet the needs of the most demanding designer.

Hollow Core floors provide design flexibility in buildings with long spans, shallow sections and a smooth soffit. Specialty Products include concrete poles, railway ties, balcony slabs, stairs and landings and utility boxes.

 

CERTIFICATION
CPCI Members supply architectural and structural precast concrete elements fabricated and certified in accordance with CSA Standard A23.4 "Precast Concrete Materials and Construction".

A certified precast concrete plant demonstrates that it has the facilities, the personnel and the procedures necessary to produce safe, quality products.

Plants are audited by independent Professional Engineers. See http://www.precastcertification.ca/.

 

GROWTH AND EXPORT
Since the development of precast concrete plants in the 1940's and the introduction of precast prestressed concrete in the 1950's, sales have grown dramatically. The many advantages of precast prestressed concrete have lead to its widespread use in the Canadian construction marketplace.

This acceptance and sales growth are propelled by satisfaction and performance. Clients continue to use precast prestressed concrete on new projects and the well earned reputation for outstanding quality and cost effectiveness continually attracts new clients.

The Canadian industry is well developed and highly regarded internationally. As a result, many firms are expanding sales by serving international markets.

CPCI Member Companies have sold precast concrete to the United States (including Alaska), Great Britain and Bermuda. Sales of architectural precast concrete have included veneer faced panels and insulated rain screen panels. Structural precast sales have included hollow core, bridge girders, piles, double tees, and framing systems.

 

WHO IS CPCI?
The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is the prime source of technical information about precast prestressed concrete in Canada. The Institute is publisher of the "CPCI Design Manual", the "Prestressed Concrete Basics" textbook and the "CONCISE Beam" computer software.

What is the scope of CPCI's activities?
To stimulate and advance the common interests and general welfare of the:

  • Structural precast prestressed concrete industry
  • Architectural precast concrete industry
  • Post-tensioned concrete industry

 

PURPOSES
The purposes of this corporation are to stimulate and advance the common interests and general welfare of the structural precast/prestressed concrete industry, the architectural precast concrete industry, and the specialty precast concrete industry;

  • To develop, fund and implement a comprehensive, ongoing marketing program to increase the demand for and use of architectural, specialty and structural precast prestressed concrete produced in Canada;
  • To collect and disseminate knowledge, statistics, ideas and information relating to design, manufacture and use of precast concrete and prestressed concrete;
  • To advance precast concrete and prestressed concrete acceptance and use, through investigations and research relative to new applications of precast concrete and prestressed concrete and engineering processes for improvement of the design, manufacture, and use of precast concrete and prestressed concrete;
  • To establish industry-wide standards of design and production of precast concrete and prestressed concrete, to improve quality and design of product;
  • To perform all lawful and desirable activities within Canada and elsewhere, to promote the efficient, constructive, and beneficial operation of the structural, architectural and specialty precast concrete industry.

 

MISSION
CPCI’s mission is to be the body of knowledge for precast and prestressed concrete in Canada and to educate, advocate and raise awareness with key decision makers on the outstanding attributes of precast concrete products and systems.

 

NATIONAL COMMITTEES
Technical Committee

The CPCI Technical Committee mission is to lead the development of technical best practice documents and design manuals for the precast prestressed concrete industry in Canada, to positively influence industry related national and provincial standards and specifications, and to build on the technical body of knowledge through a commitment to a long-term and forward-thinking research and development program.   

Research Subcommittee

The mission of the subcommittee is to provide clear recommendations to the CPCI Technical Committee on research and development in support of the CPCI strategic plan and the CPCI policy on research and development.  Its research initiatives are divided into three main areas: Innovation, Influencing Changes to Codes and Standards and Validation or Enhancement of Existing Systems.

Marketing Committee

To inspire and raise awareness on the many positive attributes of precast concrete products, systems and services.

Sustainability, Productivity and Safety Committee

The Sustainability, Productivity and Safety committee mission is to achieve a sustainable and competitive industry through leadership and excellence in environmental, productivity and safety initiatives.

Student Education Committee

The CPCI Student Education Committee mission is to create long-lasting relationships with students, teachers and professors at college, university and trade schools, to introduce them to the industry and its body of knowledge, and to encourage a life-time of learning and engagement with the precast industry that will extend through their professional careers. 

 

CHAPTERS
For the purposes of provincial, area, or local representation and activities, the Institute shall be divided geographically into six Chapters: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba/Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic. Such Chapters shall function relatively independently in their respective areas, but for coordination and cohesion, shall relate to the Institute re constitutional, policy, or all-industry matters.

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers
The Institute is represented by the following executive officers: a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer, one of whom may be a Professional or Associate member, otherwise all shall be Active members.

The Officers are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Institute and serve for a term of one year in their respective offices. Their terms of office shall start on the January 1 following such Annual Meeting and continue until their successors are elected and their terms of office started. The three Officers shall automatically be Members of the Board of Directors.

Directors
The Board of Directors consists of sixteen voting Members: the three Officers, the immediate Past Chair, six Active Members (plant producers), one Professional Member, one Associate Member, and four at-large Members (any voting category).

At all times a majority of the Directors shall be Active Members, with preferably a minimum of one from each of the six Chapters. These Directors are called Active Member Regional Chapter Directors.

The immediate past Chair may be elected to the Board of Directors by the members of the institute or may be appointed by the Board of Directors as authorized by the Institute’s Articles of Continuance

The remaining non-Officer Directors shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Institute and serve for a term of 2 years. Their terms of office shall start on the January 1 following such Annual Meeting and continue until their successors are elected and their terms of office started.

At-large directors are members from any voting member category. Members at- large represent the general membership on issues of interest or concern, particularly those that arise outside of the standing committee structure.

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