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About Cor-Tuf UHPC

Cor-Tuf UHPC was founded in 2016. We are the only licensed producer of Cor-Tuf Ultra-High Performance Concrete in the United States and the world. Cor-Tuf UHPC was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (patent US 8016938 B2) in response to the need for a tougher, yet lighter material for protecting personnel and weapons facilities.

The company was founded by Douglas Darling, an entrepreneur with ventures that have spanned several industries, ranging from land development to insulation installation. Darling always had an interest in concrete as a construction material, with a desire to find a way to make it stronger and more durable. When Darling discovered the Cor-Tuf product developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he immediately applied for a license to manufacture and sell the product.

Strict Quality Control

At Cor-Tuf UHPC, we follow strict quality control measures to ensure our UHPC product meets standards of excellence. We are committed to helping contractors, engineers, architects, and other professionals understand the many benefits Cor-Tuf UHPC brings to projects, as well as the new and innovative uses Cor-Tuf makes possible for concrete.

Meet Our Leadership Team
Rich Burgess
President

Rich Burgess comes to Cor-Tuf with more than 40 years of construction experience, serving as the President of AllSite Contracting since 2004. Burgess also worked in the environmental space for 10 years, with experience in the installation and maintenance of onsite wastewater and stormwater management systems.

Mike Norberg
Director of Operations

With more than 31 years of experience in professional heavy construction site management, Mike Norberg is a solid addition to the Cor-Tuf team. As Director of Operations at Cor-Tuf, Norberg is involved in material development, as well as project production and assessment. He has experience with heavy civil project estimation consultation, management, and the development of real-time solutions for the logistical complexities of the heavy site construction industry. Prior to joining Cor-Tuf, Norberg worked as a General Foreman at AllSite Contracting, focusing on residential home construction and framing and project management.

Douglas Darling
Founder and Chairman

Doug has a long career in land and development projects and a strong background in construction methods. His work in as a developer led him to a fascination with the properties and potential of UHPC concrete, which then propelled him to form COR-TUF UHPC, six years ago. He is now chairman of the company and works closely with the management team and partners.

Brian Boland
Board Member

Brian Boland has been actively working in the commercial mortgage banking business in Washington, DC, having underwritten and closed nearly $1 billion of commercial real estate loans since 2001. He was previously employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Real Estate Valuation Division. Boland earned his Bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and achieved the S.R.A designation with the Appraisal Institute. He currently lives in Clifton, Virginia, is a member of the Izaak Walton League, and has been active in volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, in addition to coaching youth basketball and soccer.

John Forster
Board Member

John Forster has served as the CEO and owner of AllSite Contracting since 2007, and the President and owner of NV Waterproofing since 2004. Both companies provide services to home builders, home owners, and some general contractors and have given Forster experience in a wide array of construction services, including demolition, concrete and paving, site utilities installation and repair, septic systems, trucking, street flushing, and waterproofing solutions. Prior to these experiences, Forster worked in finance and business development for several companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Oracle and PeopleSoft. He has a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three daughters, and he is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization).

Peter Buitelaar
Technical Consultant

Peter Buitelaar brings more than 33 years of experience in the Ultra-High Performance Concrete market to the Cor-Tuf team. He has worked as a consultant on many UHPC projects and structures and has experience with UHPC applications in wear protection, industrial floors, concrete repair, offshore and civil engineering. Buitelaar’s career is marked by several achievements, including awards for prefabricated bridge projects, working with Niek Kaptijn (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) to invent the Hybrid Reinforced High Performance Concrete Overlay to strengthen orthotropic steel bridge decks and concrete bridges, and initiating the revocation by the European Patent Office of the granted patent on the Hybrid Reinforced High Performance Concrete Overlay. He is mentioned in more than 1,000 international journals, articles and proceedings. As a Technical Consultant, Buitelaar will be contributing his vast and deep knowledge around UHPC to Cor-Tuf testing, projects, and development.

Miles Zeman
Head of R&D and New Product Development

With over 32 years of experience in the concrete industry and a PhD in Geological Faculty Material Science, Miles Zeman has end-to-end experience in product development, technical services, and quality management for portland cement, ready mix concrete, aggregates, fly ash, and concrete admixtures. He also has technical experience in concrete mix design, rheology, statistics, testing, specifications and codes, software, and self-consolidating concrete (SCC). Zeman spent seven years as a Special Project Engineer at Dura Stress, Inc, where he established SCC and implemented new technology. Prior to that, he worked as a Quality Control Manager at Accord Industries and in Ready Mix Operations at CEMEX. As Head of R&D, Zeman’s responsibilities include research, development, strategy, intellectual property, standards, marketing and implementation.