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Download: CPCQA Combined Precast Concrete Manufacturer Guide Specification

Why Specify CPCQA Plant Certification

On January 1, 2018, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association (CCPPA) merged their existing certification programs, the CPCI Certification Program for Structural, Architectural and Specialty Products and Production Processes (CPCI Certification) and the Plant Prequalification Program for Precast Concrete Drainage Products (PPP), creating a more independently administered third-party audited certification program, the Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification. The CPCQA Certification Program is a self-governed, independently operated certification program, separate from the CPCI and CCPPA. It offers the highest level of certification available in North America; it combines the strengths and brands of the two existing programs into the strongest and the most comprehensive program in North America that offers the widest range of precast products certified, continuous quality assurance improvement through excellence in auditing, and a Quality Assurance Council with membership from precasters and MOTs across Canada.

How to Specify CPCQA Certification

Specifying precast concrete products from a CPCQA-certified plant ensures that the manufacturers are prequalified for the project, have an ongoing quality management system in place, and proven capability to deliver high-quality products for the type of project being considered.

Precast Concrete Manufacturer Qualifications

The initial specification development process should consider the types or precast concrete products required for the project and choose from the following recommended specification language.

For Architectural Precast Concrete Products:

Precast Concrete Manufacturer Qualifications

  1. Precast concrete manufacturers to be certified to Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program in [Architectural Precast Concrete Products, A1,] [Subcategory AT] prior to the time of bid.
  2. Precast concrete manufacturers to be certified to Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program in [Architectural Precast Concrete Products, A1,] [Subcategory AT] prior to the time of bid.
  3. Only precast concrete elements fabricated under the CPCQA plant certification program to be acceptable, and plant certification is to be maintained for the duration of fabrication, [erection,] and until warranty expires.

For a complete architectural precast concrete guide specification follow this link: http://www.cpci.ca/en/resources/specifications/

For the CSA A23.4 Group A architectural precast product group descriptions follow this link: https://www.precastcertification.ca/en/certified_plants/product_groups/

Also reference CAN/CSA-A23.4-16, Clause 4.1.

 

For Structural Precast Concrete Products:

Precast Concrete Manufacturer Qualifications

  1. Precast concrete manufacturers to be certified to Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program in [Precast and Prestressed Bridge Products, B,] [Subcategory] [B1] [BA1] [B2] [BA2] [B3] [BA3] [B4] [BA4] [Commercial Precast and Prestressed Concrete Products (Structural), C,] [Subcategory] [C1] [CA1] [C2] [CA2] [C3] [CA3] [C4] [CA4] [Precast Concrete Drainage Products, D,] [Subcategory] [D1] [Standard Products, S] prior to the time of bid.
  2. Precast concrete fabrication to meet the requirements of CAN/CSA-A23.4-16, including Annexes A and B, together with PCI MNL-116 and 117 and CPCQA certification requirements.
  3. Only precast concrete elements fabricated under the CPCQA plant certification program to be acceptable, and plant certification is to be maintained for the duration of fabrication, [erection,] and until warranty expires.

For a complete structural precast concrete guide specification follow this link: http://www.cpci.ca/en/resources/specifications/

For the CSA A23.4 Group B and C structural and product group descriptions follow this link: https://www.precastcertification.ca/en/certified_plants/product_groups/

Also reference CAN/CSA-A23.4-16, Clause 4.1.

 

For Precast Concrete Hollowcore Roof and Floor Slabs:

Precast Concrete Manufacturer Qualifications

  1. Precast concrete manufacturers to be certified to Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program in Commercial Precast and Prestressed Concrete Products (Structural) Category C2 prior to the time of bid.
  2. Precast concrete fabrication to meet the requirements of CAN/CSA-A23.4-16, including Annexes A and B, together with PCI MNL-116 and 117 and CPCQA certification requirements.
  3. Only precast concrete elements fabricated under the CPCQA plant certification program to be acceptable, and plant certification is to be maintained for the duration of fabrication, [erection,] and until warranty expires.

For a complete structural precast concrete guide specification follow this link: http://www.cpci.ca/en/resources/specifications/

For the CSA A23.4 Group B and C structural and product group descriptions follow this link: https://www.precastcertification.ca/en/certified_plants/product_groups/

Also reference CAN/CSA-A23.4-16, Clause 4.1.

 

For Concrete Pipe, Manhole Sections, and Precast Concrete Drainage Products:

Precast Concrete Manufacturer Qualifications

  1. Precast concrete drainage products to be supplied from a manufacturer that is prequalified by the Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program prior to the time of bid.
  2. Circular and elliptical concrete pipe and fittings to meet the requirements of [CSA A257 Series] [OPSS 1820] [AWWA C302] [ASTM] [C14] [C76] [C507] [C1417] [ASCE/CI 27].
  3. Circular concrete manhole and catchbasin components to meet the requirements of [CSA A257 Series] [OPSS 1351] [ASTM C478].
  4. Precast concrete box units with span less than or equal to 3m to meet the requirements of [OPSS 1821] [ASTM C1433].
  5. All precast concrete drainage products covered in this Section to be marked in accordance with the relevant manufacturing standard in a position readily visible for inspection. The CPCQA certification logo as shown below is also to be marked on every precast concrete component. Only precast concrete elements fabricated under the CPCQA plant certification program to be acceptable, and plant certification is to be maintained for the duration of fabrication, [installation,] and until warranty expires

What important benefits do owners, architects engineers and contractors receive?

  • Easy identification of plants committed to fulfill the highest level of certification available in North America.
  • Assurance that bidders have demonstrated their ability to manufacture quality products and have an ongoing quality system in place.
  • Certified manufacturers with a confirmed capability to produce superior products and systems.
  • The job will be done right the first time - saving time, money and headaches.
  • Quality products help speed erection and reduce construction time.
  • Deal with established producers who have earned a reputation for superior, reliable workmanship.
  • No additional cost to you - CPCQA Certified manufacturers pay all certification fees.
  • Increased assurance to owners and designers that CPCQA Certified manufacturers will furnish products ideally suited for each project

References

  • CAN/CSA-A23.4 - Precast Concrete - Materials and Construction
  • PCI MNL-116 - Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Structural Precast Concrete Products
  • PCI MNL-117 - Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Architectural Precast Concrete Products
  • CSA A257 Series - Concrete Pipe and Manhole Sections
  • OPSS 1820 - Material Specification for Circular and Elliptical Concrete Pipe
  • AWWA C302 - Reinforced Concrete Pressure Pipe, Noncylinder Type
  • ASTM C14 - Standard Specification for Nonreinforced Concrete Sewer, Storm Drain, and Culvert Pipe
  • ASTM C76 - Standard Specification for Reinforced Concrete Culvert, Storm Drain, and Sewer Pipe
  • ASTM C507 - Standard Specification for Reinforced Concrete Elliptical Culvert, Storm Drain, and Sewer Pipe
  • ASTM C1417 - Standard Specification for Manufacture of Reinforced Concrete Sewer, Storm Drain, and Culvert Pipe for Direct Design
  • ASCE/CI 27 - Standard Practice for Direct Design of Precast Concrete Pipe for Jacking in Trenchless Construction
  • OPSS 1351 - Material Specification for Precast Reinforced Concrete Components for Maintenance Holes, Catch Basins, Ditch Inlets, and Valve Covers
  • ASTM C478 - Standard Specification for Circular Precast Reinforced Concrete Manhole Sections
  • OPSS1821 - Material Specification for Precast Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts and Box Sewers
  • ASTM C1433 - Standard Specification for Precast Reinforced Concrete Monolithic Box Sections for Culverts, Storm Drains, and Sewers
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