Structural News

ICC-ES engineer to offer expertise on SEAOSC panel

Whittier, Calif. — ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Senior Staff Engineer Howard Silverman, P.E., will be among the expert speakers at the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) June 26 webinar on the 2013 California Building Code (CBC) rules for Concrete Anchorage Emphasizing Post-Installed Adhesively Bonded Anchors. The 2013 CBC and 2012 International Building Code (IBC) both include requirements to ACI 355.4.

DelDOT updates I-495 Bridge status

Wilmington, Del. — The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) updated the status of the bridge closure on I-495. Work to tie the existing sets of support piers together to further stabilize the bridge continue. Materials needed to construct the new underground support columns are also arriving at the site. The first drilling equipment is scheduled to be on site and in operation tomorrow.

TCA announces annual convention program

Mt. Vernon, Iowa — The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) – a nonprofit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of tilt-up as the preferred building system – announced a complete roster of events for its annual convention, which will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in San José, Calif. For designers and engineers, Dayton Superior will provide an education track featuring presentations that address issues surrounding multistory tilt-up in high seismic areas, implications of the new building codes and more.

ICC releases 2015 International Codes

Washington, D.C. — Jurisdictions and other code users can begin to prepare for adoption and use of the newest building safety codes. The 2015 International Codes (I-Codes) were developed by International Code Council Members and other safety advocates at public hearings using the governmental consensus process.

Green Parking Council launches program to certify parking garages that meet new industry guidelines for sustainability

Dallas — Responding to the growing desire for more livable communities and rising concern about our planet, the Green Parking Council (GPC), an affiliate of the International Parking Institute (IPI), launched the Green Garage Certification program. The program is the parking industry equivalent of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and recognizes and inspires high standards in sustainable parking facility design, technology, operations, and management.

Design-build team named for $555 million Kosciuszko Bridge replacement

Albany, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a design-build team has been selected to replace the eastbound Kosciuszko Bridge carrying the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (Interstate 278) over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. The team includes construction companies Skanska, which will be managing partner; Ecco III of Yonkers; Kiewit of Nebraska; and HNTB of Kansas as the lead design firm. The $555 million project is the largest single contract the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has ever undertaken.

SEAOSC honors Jeff Ellis with ‘Engineer of the Year’ award

Pleasanton, Calif. — Jeff Ellis, director of Codes & Standards for Simpson Strong-Tie, was named Engineer of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), the engineering profession and the community.

DelDOT updates I-495 Bridge status

Dover, Del. — Following 60 hours of continuous monitoring of the I-495 bridge that was closed Monday due to a shift in four support piers, DelDOT announced that no additional, significant movement of the structure had been detected. The department's goal is to open the road as quickly and safely as possible. To do so, the department has developed and has begun following a multi-step plan.

Better building through design

Cambridge, U.K. — The construction industry, which uses half of the 1.5 billion tonnes of steel produced each year, could drastically reduce its carbon footprint by optimizing the design of new buildings to use less material, according to research from the University of Cambridge. Smart design could slash the sector’s carbon emissions by around 50 percent, without any impact on safety. If buildings are also maintained for their full design life and not replaced early, the sector's emissions could in total be cut by around 80 percent — the target set in the UK's 2008 Climate Change Act.

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