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ICC-ES Evaluation Reports for post-installed adhesive anchors updated to meet new AC308 criteria

Brea, Calif. — Post-installed adhesive anchors manufacturers who hold new or revised ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) evaluation reports published on or after Jan. 15, 2015, are in compliance with the new requirements in AC308 Acceptance Criteria for Post-installed Adhesive Anchors in Concrete Elements. The changes and new test requirements are based on the 2012 International Building Code and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) standard ACI 355.4-11. AC308 was used with ACI 355.4-11 to ensure all changes and test requirements are met.

Michael Baker International awarded Scudder Falls Bridge replacement design contract

Hamilton, N.J. – Replacement of the existing 55-year-old, functionally obsolete Scudder Falls Bridge, a vital job commuter connection between Pennsylvania and New Jersey which carries I-95 over the Delaware River, came one step closer to breaking ground as the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) awarded Michael Baker International, as prime consultant, a $22.49 million replacement bridge design contract.

Built by Women New York City exhibition opens

New York — The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) announced the Built by Women New York City exhibition at the Center for Architecture. The exhibition opened earlier this month in honor of Women’s History Month with the support of the AIANY Women in Architecture committee, and will remain open until April 11, 2015. Admission is free to the public.

Twelve projects earn U.S. steel industry's top building award (with video)

Chicago — Twelve structural steel building projects earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). The winning projects and their respective team members were recognized during the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville. Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 awards honor excellence in steel-frame building design. The award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the U.S.

WSP integrates Halsall’s U.S. office into national buildings practice

New York — International engineering and environmental consulting firm WSP has integrated the Washington, D.C., office of Halsall, the Toronto-based building enclosure specialist group from Parsons Brinkerhoff, into WSP’s Buildings practice in the United States. WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2014 included Halsall.

AISC launches 'Steel Selfie' Instagram contest

Chicago — The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) launched a “Steel Selfie” Instagram contest for industry professionals and college students to share their creative steel selfies and win prizes each month. The contest coincides with the introduction of AISC's new Instagram account (@aisc) at NASCC: The Steel Conference, March 25-27 in Nashville.

New York begins replacement of flood-prone bridges

Albany, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that work is starting on a $10.5 million project to replace four bridges on the Adirondack Northway — Interstate 87 — in Clinton County. The bridges are among the first under contract as part of New York State’s Scour Critical/Flood Prone Bridge Program. The Governor has requested $518 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen 105 bridges through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

GRL Engineers opens Houston office

Houston — GRL Engineers, Inc. announced the March 16 opening of its 10th Branch Office, in the Houston metropolitan area. “We will be opening this office to better serve the needs of our growing client base in Texas”, said Pat Hannigan, President of GRL.

Burns & McDonnell to build $12 million Nuclear Safety Class Building

Kansas City, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell has won its first major contract in the sensitive nuclear construction industry, a special use building that will house two redundant power supply systems for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, described the new contract as a “game-changing win” for the firm.

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