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AWC announces self-directed study program

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) is now offering a complimentary self-directed learning program on designing with wood. Courses are related to the use of traditional and engineered wood products for residential and commercial applications.

Central Florida leaders celebrate reconstructed, reinvented Orlando Citrus Bowl

Orlando, Fla. — An official ribbon cutting was held marking a new beginning for the historic Orlando Citrus Bowl, three days before the reconstructed stadium’s first football bowl game, the Florida Blue Florida Classic. In less than 10 months, the stadium has undergone a $165 million, 85 percent reconstruction, featuring a new design by HNTB Corporation that includes three new state-of-the-art video boards, new lower and mid-level seating, a renovated upper level, and a modern new team facilities building.

ICC 2015-2017 Code Development Cycle begins

Washington, D.C. — The International Code Council’s (ICC) 2015/2016/2017 Code Development Cycle begins with the Group A International Codes. Used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the International Codes, or I-Codes, are developed using a governmental consensus process. It is an open, inclusive process that allows input and participation from all individuals and groups. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated codes.

Arup celebrates grand opening of JetBlue’s Terminal 5 Expansion at JFK

New York — Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, announced the opening of the JetBlue Terminal 5 International Arrivals Hall Expansion at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. A ribbon-cutting celebration was held on Nov. 6 with members of the design and construction team, including JetBlue, Arup, design-architect Gensler, Turner Construction Company, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Rhode Island waterfront to become more resilient to severe weather

Tampa — The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), in conjunction with the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and other stakeholders, is developing and implementing a program to make the Rhode Island waterfront – both commercial and residential buildings – more resilient to coastal storms and flooding.

ACI to host formwork Twitter chat

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) will host a Twitter Chat to answer users’ questions about formwork issues including selecting, designing, and specifying formwork systems for concrete structures, the new Formwork for Concrete Manual, and two other ACI Committee Documents on Formwork, ACI 347.3R-13 “Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces,” and ACI 347R-14 “Guide to Formwork for Concrete.”

CFSEI to host webinar on new design guide

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar to introduce participants to D112-13, AISI’s “Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide,” on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EST. The new publication updates CF03-1, “Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide,” which was published in 2003. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education units.

Tilt-Up Concrete Association announces winners of 24th Annual Achievement Awards

Mt. Vernon, Iowa — The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) announced the recipients of the 24th Annual Tilt-Up Achievement Awards. The Achievement Awards program was established by TCA to honor projects that represent an increasing diversity of building types constructed with site-cast tilt-up concrete as well as those that advance industry technology, apply innovative form and provide unique solutions to building programs.

Pioneering Keast & Hood structural engineer, historic preservationist retires after 58 years

Philadelphia — Carl A. Baumert, Jr., P.E., structural engineer and historic preservationist, who worked with Keast & Hood for nearly 60 years, will formally retire in a celebration Nov. 14, 2014, at the Union League of Philadelphia. Baumert worked on some of the region’s most recognizable structures, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art main and Perelman Buildings, City Hall, University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, and the Union League of Philadelphia.

Roebling legacy continues to inspire with Build-A-Bridge Campaign

Roebling, N.J. — For the last five years, the Roebling Museum has been a destination point for people of all ages to learn about American industry, engineering, and the people who built some of the most inspiring works the world has seen. Now, in an effort to ensure the Roebling legacy endures, the Roebling Museum will launch the Build-A-Bridge Campaign.

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