Structural News

New South Carolina bridges on the way due to new funding measure

Columbia, S.C. — The first contract to build South Carolina bridges using ACT 98 funding has been awarded and construction will begin in coming weeks, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). The SCDOT Commission on Thursday, June 19, 2014, approved the contract for the first four of approximately 90 bridges that will be replaced across South Carolina using Act 98 funding.

IBHS launches new program to create hurricane-resistant homes

Tampa, Fla. — The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is launching a new program called FORTIFIED Home – Hurricane designed to help homeowners build safer, stronger new homes, and retrofit existing homes to make them more resistant to hurricanes.

Atkins-designed ARFF station at Southwest Florida International Airport earns LEED Gold Certification

Fort Myers, Fla. — Designed by Atkins and completed in June 2013, the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station at Southwest Florida International Airport has recently earned LEED Gold Certification for sustainable design and construction from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Building Certification Institute. The $15.7 million, 31,000-square-foot facility is the first public/government building in Lee County, Florida to receive a LEED Gold rating.

NCI Building Systems brings 60 jobs to Colonial Heights, Va.

The metal building manufacturer recently hosted a grand opening event in Colonial Heights, Virginia, for the public unveiling of their seventh company plant. The facility manufactures Metl-Span products and will eventually create up to 60 jobs for the community.

USGBC reports growth in demand for green homes

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) now estimates that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and continues to grow steadily, according to the organization’s LEED in Motion: Residential report.

Atkins-engineered Dunnellon Trail Bridge opens in west-central Florida

Tampa, Fla. — On May 16, 2014, an Atkins-engineered, 280-foot-long bicycle/pedestrian bridge over the scenic Withlacoochee River was officially opened to the public during a special dedication ceremony held in Dunnellon, Fla. The $2 million bridge — under construction since October 2012 — was dedicated along with the Dunnellon Trail, a new paved trail designed to help connect two major Florida multi-use trails. Atkins designed and engineered the new bridge under a contract with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

Dewberry to design replacement for century-old Fair Lawn Avenue Bridge

Fairfax, Va. — Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, was recently awarded the multimillion-dollar replacement of the Fair Lawn (Fifth) Avenue Bridge over the Passaic River in the City of Paterson and Borough of Fair Lawn, N.J. A link between Passaic and Bergen Counties, this community-oriented project will replace the 107-year-old, structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge that carries over 9,500 vehicles per day with a wider two-lane, two-way bridge constructed at approximately the same location.

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.

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