Structural News

AWC testifies in opposition to Maryland’s anti-wood legislation

American Wood Council (AWC) Northeast Regional Manager Matt Hunter, BCO, testified in opposition of Maryland House bill HB 1472, “Fire Safety Construction Act of 2016.” HB 1472 would prohibit a multifamily dwelling from being constructed using wood-frame construction in municipal jurisdictions exceeding a specified population density.

NSBA organizes volunteer team to travel to rural Panama to construct footbridge

The National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) is collaborating with Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a non-profit organization that builds footbridges in isolated communities across the world, to travel to the hamlet of Lura, in Churuquita Grande, Coclé, Panama from April 9 to 22. The team will build a 51 meter (about 168 feet) suspension bridge across the Lura River to replace the existing bridge.

Miyamoto International opens Reno office

Global earthquake structural engineering firm Miyamoto International opened an office in Reno to bring its seismic expertise to a region it views as a great growth market where seismic hazard is one of the highest in West.

Building Sciences Career Center launched

The National Institute of Building Sciences and its Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education Program rolled out a new Building Sciences Career Center on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide to help inspire high school students to become interested in a career in the building industry.

UNO's Baxter Arena wins top honors at the ACEC Nebraska awards

University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Baxter Arena took home the 2016 Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at the Nebraska Engineering Excellence Awards Feb. 24. The new arena, designed by HDR and Lempka Edson Architects, earned the highest honor as the best engineering project among all of the engineering projects submitted this year in Nebraska.

St. Croix River Crossing opening delayed to late 2017

The Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation announced that the St. Croix River Crossing project will be open to traffic by the fall of 2017. In September, MnDOT and WisDOT and the contractor for the project, Lunda/Ames Joint Venture, announced that the original completion date in 2016 was not attainable.

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