The association recently sponsored the concrete furniture design contest for architecture and building science students at Auburn University. Eleven teams were given the task of designing and constructing concrete benches for the East Alabama Mental Health Center. The teams gained valuable experience in concrete forming, mix design, and placing and finishing of concrete. The students were asked to make use of light weight materials to insure each bench weighed less than 200 pounds. The majority of the teams incorporated staining or integral color. The top six teams will be awarded cash prizes by the ACIA.
The ACIA places a high priority on introducing concrete products to future designers. The association also sponsors a masonry design contest and a concrete masonry day.