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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.

ACI celebrates 100 years of John Joseph Earley and the Earley Studio

Farmington Hills, Mich. — Sessions at the ACI Fall 2014 Convention October 26-30, 2014, in Washington D.C., will highlight the legacy and distinctive work of architectural concrete and ACI pioneer John J. Earley. A guided bus tour and a walking tour will supplement sessions by providing a look at some of Earley’s unique concrete projects in the DC area.

DelDOT updates I-495 Bridge status

Wilmington, Del. — After 36 hours of monitoring through tilt sensors on the bridge's support columns, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reported that there has been no significant movement of the I-495 Bridge columns (less than .02 degrees). The bridge is currently stable, but DelDOT said it still does not know what is going on below the surface; therefore, subsurface investigations are underway.

Canada is No. 1 country for LEED outside U.S.

Washington, D.C. — Canada stands as the largest international market for LEED green buildings and boasts more square meters of LEED-certified space than any other nation outside the United States, according to a new report released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

DelDOT updates I-495 Bridge status

Wilmington, Del. — The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) closed I-495 in both directions over the Christina River on Monday evening, June 2. Bridge 1-813, built in 1974, is 4,800 feet long with 38 spans. The bridge was last inspected in October 2012, and showed no deficiencies. Monday's inspection showed four of the 37 pairs of vertical support columns are tilted as much as four percent out of vertical alignment.

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