Structural News

CFSEI announces 2014 Design Excellence Award winner

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) named DSi Engineering, LLC as the winner of its Design Excellence Award, which was presented recently during the 2014 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The award recognizes small and large projects that exemplify excellence in the structural design of new or renovated structures utilizing cold-formed steel products.

AISI updates Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) published the 2013 edition of the “Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide.” The guide, which updates CF03-1, “Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide” (published in 2003), assists practicing structural engineers and architects in the design of brick veneer anchored to a backing of cold-formed steel framing.

Kodet Architectural Group wins AIA Minneapolis 2014 Merit Award for MnDOT Maple Grove Maintenance and Truck Station

Minneapolis — Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.’s design of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Maple Grove Maintenance and Truck Station has earned a 2014 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Minneapolis chapter (AIA Minneapolis). Kodet Architectural Group is a Minneapolis-based full-service architectural firm. Structural engineer for the project was Mattson MacDonald Young, Inc. of Minneapolis.

AISI publishes 2014 Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute has published the 2013 edition of the “Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide.” The guide, which updates CF03-1, “Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide” (published in 2003), assists practicing structural engineers and architects in the design of brick veneer anchored to a backing of cold-formed steel framing. It is available for purchase at AISI’s online Steel Store at http://bit.ly/1lLjHsl.

New South Carolina bridges on the way due to new funding measure

Columbia, S.C. — The first contract to build South Carolina bridges using ACT 98 funding has been awarded and construction will begin in coming weeks, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). The SCDOT Commission on Thursday, June 19, 2014, approved the contract for the first four of approximately 90 bridges that will be replaced across South Carolina using Act 98 funding.

IBHS launches new program to create hurricane-resistant homes

Tampa, Fla. — The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is launching a new program called FORTIFIED Home – Hurricane designed to help homeowners build safer, stronger new homes, and retrofit existing homes to make them more resistant to hurricanes.

Atkins-designed ARFF station at Southwest Florida International Airport earns LEED Gold Certification

Fort Myers, Fla. — Designed by Atkins and completed in June 2013, the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station at Southwest Florida International Airport has recently earned LEED Gold Certification for sustainable design and construction from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Building Certification Institute. The $15.7 million, 31,000-square-foot facility is the first public/government building in Lee County, Florida to receive a LEED Gold rating.

NCI Building Systems brings 60 jobs to Colonial Heights, Va.

The metal building manufacturer recently hosted a grand opening event in Colonial Heights, Virginia, for the public unveiling of their seventh company plant. The facility manufactures Metl-Span products and will eventually create up to 60 jobs for the community.

USGBC reports growth in demand for green homes

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) now estimates that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and continues to grow steadily, according to the organization’s LEED in Motion: Residential report.

Atkins-engineered Dunnellon Trail Bridge opens in west-central Florida

Tampa, Fla. — On May 16, 2014, an Atkins-engineered, 280-foot-long bicycle/pedestrian bridge over the scenic Withlacoochee River was officially opened to the public during a special dedication ceremony held in Dunnellon, Fla. The $2 million bridge — under construction since October 2012 — was dedicated along with the Dunnellon Trail, a new paved trail designed to help connect two major Florida multi-use trails. Atkins designed and engineered the new bridge under a contract with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

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