CONCRETE PRESERVATION INSTITUTE

BASF - CPI Alcatraz program Founding Sponsor


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Upcoming Session Dates:

      

​Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

(military veterans, college students, & other young adults)


     Fall 2016:             August 29 - November 18

     Spring 2017:         January 23 - April 14

     Summer 2017:      May 30 - August 18 


WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

(Active Duty military during last 180 days of service)


     Fall 2016:             September 19 - December 9

     Spring 2017:         January 30 - April 21

     Summer 2017:      June 12 - September 1    


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fee & stipend information, & participant requirements


Our Commitment to Service

Military Veterans

We honor their service by providing safe, meaningful experiences leading to strong career opportunities for active duty service members seeking job training while they continue their military service, and to veterans while they transition to civilian life.

We are committed to being a long-term, trusted partner to the US National Park Service. We do our part to help fulfill their mission with an educational focus on preservation and continuous stewardship of NPS landmark structures. We bring needed expertise, people power, and resources to extend limited federal resources.

Our Commitment to National Parks

Education, Preservation, & Continuous Stewardship

Recent Highlights


Summer 2016
CPI has partnered with Pacific Historic Parks to win a $250,000 American Express grant award for preservation in National Parks. The award will fund the initial preservation of a Pearl Harbor Battleship Row historic mooring quay as part of the new CPI Field School at Pearl Harbor that serves active duty military service members seeking job training. Read More


Spring 2016
CPI was approved at the first overseas Career Skills Program for the US Army. Active duty service members from any service branch may participate.


Fall 2015

Henry Freimuth, US Navy veteran and 2015 CPI Alumni, was featured in the RMC Research & Education Foundation 2015 Year-end Update. Henry is a great example of a military veteran who discovered his direction for a concrete industry career as a result of his CPI experience. Read more

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Summer 2015

CPI was awarded a $100,000 National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project Grantthat was matched by funds generously donated by our founding sponsor, BASF, and the Concrete Industry Management patrons.



​​​We are committed to a culture of safety every day in our work and personal lives.

Field School participants and everyone involved with CPI will experience this culture and be asked to join us with their own personal and professional safety commitment.

Our Commitment to People

Personal & Job Site Safety

View us in Action

Our Programs

Field School Alumni

We preserve national landmark structures through our Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor Field Schools that focus on education and hands-on training for military service members seeking meaningful military-to-civilian transition experiences and placement in well-matched civilian careers across the United States.

When space allows, we accept military dependents and other young adults interested in the experience and working hand-in-hand with veterans.  We have a strong record of alumni placement in management, skilled trades and craft, and additional industry internship positions as well as university degree programs. We follow students and interns to assist with eventual full-time job placement. We enhance the Field School experience by involving participants in applied research, local youth mentoring, our industry professional development training programs, and developing a lifelong commitment to jobsite safety.



Our Commitment to the Environment

Why Concrete?

Our Commitment to Local Communities

Youth Mentoring

Our Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Industry Professional Development

Our Commitment to Advancement

Applied Research & Technological Innovation

Our Priority

The Preservation Field School

We believe that preservation is the ultimate act of sustainability. While concrete is inherently one of the world's most durable materials (and the most consumed material on earth next to water), the world faces an unprecedented critical need to address the tremendous stock of concrete structures and infrastructure effected by the forces of time, use, neglect, and the environment. The concrete repair industry throughout the world has grown tremendously in recent years. In addition to historic landmark and other older structures, innovative modern construction systems and materials, such as precast/post-tensioned concrete systems for bridges and buildings and highly engineered concrete materials, continually present new assessment, maintenance, and repair challenges. The American Concrete Institute developed the Concrete Repair Code in recognition of these challenges and the importance of raising the standard for quality repair. Founders of CPI are co-authors of the companion Concrete Surface Repair Technician Certification offered by the International Concrete Repair Institute. CPI advances environmental responsibility through helping make structures more durable and last longer while creating opportunities for worthy young adults to find their passion and direction for future careers.

We engage locally through youth mentoring on projects that benefit National Parks and society​​.

Professionals in industry gain new knowledge and professional development in sustaining concrete and historic preservation while offering their leadership and mentoring for Field School participants.

​​​​​​We partner with industry and agencies for field validation and applied research that advances the craft and science of construction, repair, and preservation.

​Please contact us if you would like to share or report on the CPI story

or have our Founding Director give a presentation for a conference, meeting, or event

Recruiters from any industry or profession and universities are invited to interview our Field School participants for management careers, skilled trade and craft jobs, additional industry internships, and university degree programs

Veteran Participants interviewed by Concrete Construction Magazine

Field School Dates & Deadlines

News, Highlights & Schedule

Sustaining Landmarks, Building Futures

Past Articles & Newsletters



"Working at Alcatraz" Concrete Construction Magazine, January 2015


CPI News January 2015


CPI News December 2014


"Preserving Concrete on 'The Rock'" American Society of Civil Engineers
by Kevin Wilcox, June 3, 2014


"Hidden History Found Beneath Alcatraz" BBC News: Science & Environment, by Rebecca Morelle, February 26, 2014


We offer three 12-week sessions each year at Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor; we plan to expand to other landmark sites in the near future. Session dates and deadlines are listed below. No prior experience required.

Get Involved

We partner with the US National Park Service (NPS) for our Field School programs. We do not require prior experience and accept participants interested in any field - the CPI leadership, teamwork, and management skill development are applicable to any future career. Taught and mentored by industry and NPS experts, each field school team works together to complete a significant landmark preservation project from initial evaluation through design, construction, and historically appropriate treatments. Participants learn and perform basic construction and project management, become proficient in hands-on concrete repair and preservation, and are held accountable for individual leadership responsibilities.



Our Field School alumni share continuing bonds with their CPI teammates while continuing college and engaging in successful careers; ​CPI assists with job placement and advise on college applications

We invite partnerships with agencies, organizations, and companies to achieve common goals

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