Structural News

New Florida building codes take effect June 30

Tallahassee, Fla. — The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission, housed within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) announced significant changes to the Florida Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida State Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.

Hill International receives $50 million CM/build contract from the CUNY

Marlton, N.J. and New York — Hill International received a contract from the City University Construction Fund (CUCF) on behalf of the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide on-call construction management/build services in connection with various university construction projects. The three-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of $50.0 million, which includes approximately $10.0 million of management services which will be provided by Hill and approximately $40.0 million of construction services which will be provided by subcontractors.

JQ tapped as structural engineer for Dallas pump station

Dallas — The Dallas office of JQ has been tapped to provide structural engineering services for the Walnut Hill Pump Station, an inline booster pumping facility located in Dallas that is owned and operated by Dallas Water Utilities, according to JQ principal Christopher N. Story, P.E.

AISC releases new Steel Profiles podcast

Chicago — "I wish I learned how to type. When I was in high school, everybody took woodshop," quips Lawrence Griffis, P.E., one of the world's leading experts on long-span structures. Griffis, senior principal and senior consultant at Walter P Moore & Associates, is featured in the latest episode of the American Institute of Steel Construction's (AISC) Steel Profiles podcast series.

CFSEI to host webinar on mid-rise construction and design

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Mid-Rise Cold-Formed Steel Construction and Design – A Case Study” on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

New IBHS report rates building codes in 18 coastal states

Austin, Texas — At the National Hurricane Conference, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) President and CEO Julie Rochman announced the release of the second edition of the Institute’s Rating the States report. The study assesses the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast in strengthening their residential building code systems since IBHS’ original 2012 report.

ARTBA analysis: Over 61,000 U.S. bridges need structural repair

Washington, D.C. — An analysis of the recently released 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database finds good news and bad news when it comes to the most heavily traveled U.S. bridges. The good news is that there are over 2,000 fewer structurally deficient structures than there were in 2013. The bad news is that it means more than 61,000 structurally deficient bridges are still in need of significant repair.

Three Thornton Tomasetti projects win AISC IDEAS2 Awards

New York — Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announced that three of its projects — Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in California; Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building in Lakeland; and Pomona College Studio Art Hall in Claremont, Calif. — have each received an American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) 2015 IDEAS2 Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design.

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