Structural News

USC Village tops off with placing of landmark spire

About 200 guests – including university officials and friends, local dignitaries and construction partners – joined the USC Village crews on Jan. 27 to watch the raising of the ceremonial final beam as well as the eye-catching spire that is one of the project’s signature elements.

Administration establishes Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard

Representatives from the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) visited the White House to attend The Earthquake Resilience Summit hosted by the Obama Administration. During the Summit, the Administration issued the February 2 Executive Order: Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard.

PGAL-designed Independence Plaza opens at Space Center Houston

Visitors to Space Center Houston can explore one of America’s greatest engineering marvels with the opening of Independence Plaza, a $14 million multi-exhibit complex designed by architecture and engineering firm PGAL. The attraction’s multi-level structure provides visitors with unprecedented access to a high-fidelity shuttle replica, Independence, mounted on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905.

New York City accepts high-strength steel designs using ASTM A1035 rebar

The New York City Buildings Department recently published Buildings Bulletin 2015-036, allowing for structural designs using high-strength Grade 100 concrete reinforcing steels in the city. Through the issuance of the bulletin, the city accepts designs employing the 100,000 psi yield strength of ASTM A1035/A1035M-15 rebar.

Terracon acquires Building Exterior Solutions

Terracon announced the expansion of its facilities services capabilities through the acquisition of Building Exterior Solutions LLC (BES) of Texas. BES provides investigation, evaluation, and construction solutions for exterior building systems.

NIBS receives ANSI pre-approval of four Better Buildings Workforce schemes

Over the past several years, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), through its Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC), has assisted the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop voluntary national guidelines, known as the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG), to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building energy-efficiency workforce credentials.

Global earthquake numbers on par for 2015

Globally there were 14,588 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater in 2015. This worldwide number is on par with prior year averages of about 40 earthquakes per day of magnitude 4.0, or about 14,500 annually. However, earthquakes caused 9,612 deaths worldwide in 2015, a significant increase compared to 664 deaths in 2014.

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