About Us

    Mission Statement


    The mission of the International Concrete Repair Institute is to be a leading resource for education and information to improve the quality of repair, restoration and protection of concrete and other structures in accordance with consensus criteria.


    ICRI, the only association in the concrete industry devoted solely to repair and restoration, publishes a bi-monthly magazine and technical guidelines for concrete repair. ICRI also co-sponsors the World of Concrete, the only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. 


    ICRI's international network of local chapters provide regional networking opportunities as well as educational events. Worldwide membership of ICRI includes architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, distributors, facility owners/managers and other professionals with a common goal: prolonging the useful life of concrete through quality repair, restoration and protection.

    Chapter History


    The Chicago Chapter was created in 1992, under the leadership of Ron Bartlestein as the Tri-States Chapter of the International Association of Concrete Repair Specialists (IACRS), later renamed the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI). This organization was formed by like-minded professionals frustrated by the lack of standards and guidelines for concrete repair. The statement of purpose for the organization was and remains the following: 

    "To improve the quality of concrete restoration, repair and protection, through education of, and communication among, the members and those who use their services.”

    Finding a great deal of support within the construction community, the organization grew and other chapters were formed across the country, as well as in areas nearby.  This led to the Tri-States Chapter becoming more focused on Chicagoland, and eventually the chapter was renamed the Chicago Chapter of ICRI. The core membership of the chapter is based in the Chicago Metro area but also includes many members from Wisconsin, Indiana and other areas around the United States. Following the mission and philosophy of the organization’s founders, the Chicago Chapter has been a leading contributor in achieving the goals and objectives set forth by its membership. That mission of education, communication and partnership, continues to create opportunities for all members to participate in furthering the growth of the industry. 

    Over the years, many of our chapter members have participated in the development of guidelines and protocols that make ICRI a prominent provider of construction standards. Today, ICRI boasts 34 chapters spanning four countries and two continents. The Chicago Chapter has grown to include over 100 members and is supported by local, national and international members. Our membership continues to be a balanced mixture of the design and specification community, general and specialized contractors, product manufacturers and material distributors. All work together to create an environment where the sharing of ideas and experiences helps to ensure that our mission continues on to the next generation of members.