Structural News

Composites industry makes mark in Washington

During the American Composites Manufacturers Association's (ACMA) annual Infrastructure Day, ACMA members took to Capitol Hill to inform Members of Congress and federal agency leadership about the value of composite materials in American infrastructure.

Cardno team wins women in design award

Cardno has been recognized by the Built by Women District of Columbia (BxW DC) for excellence in the structural design of Tysons Tower, Va., as one of the most outstanding commercial buildings in the Washington, D.C., region.

Built By Women celebrates women’s contributions to D.C. design and construction

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), a national education and research 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, has begun the second version of Built By Women (BxW), its competition for structures and environments led by women working in architecture, landscape, engineering, and construction. With more than 110 nominations, the jury selected 37 sites.

Caltrans advances plans to remove Old Bay Bridge

Caltrans engineers asked a Bay Bridge budgetary oversight panel to approve the final three-year demolition plan that includes more implosions like the November controlled blasts that brought down Pier E3, the largest underwater pier from the old Bay Bridge.

Institute announces 2016 executive team, new board members

The 2016 National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors is now in place. The executive team includes Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP as chair; Joseph Donovan as vice chair; Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB as secretary; and Wally E. Bailey as treasurer. New members to the Board include Paul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, and Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, FASCE.

ICC recommendations included in federal guide for use of private-sector standards

The Office of Management and Budget published its revised version of OMB A-119, a document that has guided federal agencies' use of private-sector standards since the early 1980s. The International Code Council actively participated in the revision process, filing comments with fellow standards development organizations (SDOs) through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and recommending that new criteria be added to avoid conflicts by preferring the use of standards already widely adopted at the state or local level.

Modjeski and Masters designs new Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge

Bridge design and engineering firm Modjeski and Masters announced that it has restarted design work for a new cable-stayed bridge across the Monongahela River. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) initiated the project as part of the Mon-Fayette Expressway expansion.

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