Concrete was front and center at the 2012 American Institute of Architects State Convention at Perdido Beach, AL. The ACIA continued its role of sponsoring the past presidents reception. The association helped present 2 hours of continuing education on concrete masonry during Friday’s seminar. Finally, John Sorrell who serves on the executive committee of the AIA presented lifetime service awards to Bob Smith and Lee McClinton of Block USA. Between the pair, they have over 70 years of experience in the concrete masonry industry. Lee retired in June and Bob will retire in December. Both will be greatly missed by the concrete industry and the architectural community. Thank you for your lifetime of service.