Robert Risser, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, is the co-champion of this initiative with Mark Perniconi of the Charles Pankow Foundation.
The high-strength reinforcement initiative is geared toward simpler and more efficient reinforced concrete construction by easing reinforcing bar congestion with the use of high-strength steel.
Incorporation of high-strength steel into the ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete requires extensive code changes and the research to support such changes. The Charles Pankow Foundation, contracted with the Applied Technology Council (ATC) to produce a roadmap, ATC-115 that outlines:
• Use and applications of high-strength reinforcement;
• Development of code change proposals; and
• Adoption of high-strength steel in the code development process.