Structural News

New analysis finds more than 63,000 U.S. bridges need structural repair

Washington, D.C. — Data from a new government report show that if all the structurally deficient bridges in the United States were placed end-to-end, it would take 25 hours driving 60 miles per hour to cross them. That’s like driving the 1,500 miles between Boston and Miami. And it’s a problem that’s close to home.

ARTIC project receives AIA award for use of BIM

Anaheim, Calif. — The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is a recipient of a 2014 AIA TAP BIM Award. Since 2005, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) community has spearheaded an effort to highlight outstanding case studies in the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and processes on construction projects. The ARTIC project was the winner of an AIA TAP Citation in the category of “Stellar Architecture Using BIM.”

USGBC launches real-time green building data resource for U.S. states

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs — highlighting LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state — provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state.

ARCADIS-designed 'Skip Spann Connector' bridges gap between beauty and function

Kennesaw, Ga. — Construction recently began on the Skip Spann Connector that will bridge Frey Road and Busbee Drive at Interstate 75, according to ARCADIS, one of two firms designing the connector. When complete, the two-year project is expected to reduce daily traffic congestion by nearly 20 percent, improve local access from Kennesaw State University across I-75 to the Town Center economic-activity center, and provide a safer commute for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

CFSEI to host webinar on composite floor systems using cold-formed steel

Washington. D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Composite Floor Systems Using Cold-Formed Steel” on Thursday, April 24, 2014 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.

NAVFAC in-house design team achieves LEED Silver certification on project

Jacksonville, Fla. — Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast received notification March 19 a project designed in-house for Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Fla. has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

SSSBA to host free webinar on short-span steel bridge design

Washington, D.C. — In cooperation with the American Galvanizers Association (AGA), the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA) will host a free one-hour webinar on the design of short span steel bridges (under 140 feet) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar is titled Economical Design Tools and Cost Analysis of Short Span Steel Bridges and will be conducted by Michael G. Barker, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil engineering at the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and a technical consultant at the SSSBA Bridge Technology Center.

Thornton Tomasetti project wins AISC IDEAS2 Merit Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design

New York — Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, was recognized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) with a 2014 IDEAS2 Merit Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design for the Brookfield Place Entry Pavilion in Lower Manhattan. Completed in the fall of 2013, the glass-and-steel pavilion features a pair of 53-foot-tall funnel-shaped, sculptural steel columns that support the structure. The entry pavilion was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and is connected to the existing Winter Garden atrium.

CDOT to install bridge monitoring equipment

Manitou Springs, Colo. -- As part of its effort to continually enhance safety on the state highway system, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is installing a pilot system to monitor the structural behavior of its bridges.

Panelized component building system by VIP uses solar energy to enhance sustainability

LAS VEGAS – "Green technology" and "sustainability" are today's watchwords in construction. As building with the minimal amount of environmental impact is becoming a priority, Veteran Infrastructure Products (VIP), is offering a panelized composite building system that provides an energy-efficient, cost-effective solution for a wide variety of temporary and permanent housing needs.

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