Structural News

Levi’s Stadium named Project of the Year by ASCE Region 9

San Francisco — Levi’s Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers National Football League (NFL) team, has been named as Project of the Year by Region 9 of the American Society of Civil Engineers. engineering, environmental and construction services company, GHD, provided civil engineering services as part of a project team that also included HNTB, Turner/Devcon and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority.

CFSEI accepting entries for 2015 Design and Distinguished Service Awards

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) is now accepting entries through April 1, 2015, for the Design and Distinguished Service Awards. The 2015 awards program has been revamped to broaden its reach among the design and manufacturing communities. It includes a simplified project submission process and the distribution of more awards based on the discretion of the CFSEI Awards Committee.

Arup awarded engineering services contract for the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project

Montreal — Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, was selected to provide engineering consulting services and technical advice to Infrastructure Canada for construction of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project. Due to an accelerated schedule, the project will break ground this summer. The New Bridge for the St. Lawrence is expected to open in December 2018 and the rest of the corridor is expected to be in service by the end of 2020. Arup’s mandate will cover a period of approximately seven years, with three one-year option periods, for a total contract value of $20.4 million.

Buildings with ‘rocking’ technology would be more earthquake-resilient, finds CWRU civil engineering professor

Cleveland — Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones of California and elsewhere, a Case Western Reserve University researcher has found. Those buildings would also be more easily and cheaply repaired and put back into use more quickly, said Michael Pollino, an assistant civil engineering professor at Case School of Engineering.

CTLGroup acquires Williams Building Diagnostics

Skokie, Ill. — CTLGroup completed its acquisition of Williams Building Diagnostics (WBD), an architectural consulting firm with over 25 years of specialized expertise in building enclosure services. With operations in Bradenton, Fla., and Philadelphia, WBD’s capabilities include the evaluation of building performance issues and innovative moisture management solutions that enhance the durability of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings.

CCL completes post-tensioning work on 21-storey BLVD apartment block

Washington, D.C. — Specialist engineering solutions provider CCL has completed post-tensioning work on a 450-unit apartment block with an underground car park and bus garage near Washington. The BLVD apartment block along with the bus garage and car park, which has space for 3,500 vehicles, forms part of the redevelopment of Reston Station, which is on the line connecting central Washington and Dulles Airport, in Virginia.

Stronger construction standards can reduce tornado destruction

Oklahoma City — “The devastation and damage to homes and businesses caused by tornadoes can and should be reduced by better construction methods,” said Tim Reinhold, Ph.D., chief engineer and senior vice president of research, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Reinhold presented several new recommendations to reduce tornado damage through stronger construction practices during his presentation at the National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City. He went so far as to call on home buyers to demand safer homes in tornado-prone areas, especially manufactured homes.

JQ’s new projects track market growth in Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock, Texas — The Lubbock office of JQ is capitalizing on the city’s growth with new projects, according to principal Natalie Harvill, P.E., LEED AP. Says Harvill, “With a growth rate projected to be more than 40 percent over the next decade, our Lubbock office has been very active, proposing on new projects.”

Preventing explosive spalling of concrete in tunnel fires

When fire breaks out in a tunnel, the ensuing heat has little possibility of escaping. Temperatures rise rapidly to over 1,000 degrees Celsius. The heat that develops causes the concrete to spall explosively, weakening the structural integrity of the tunnel. This can be prevented by adding polypropylene fibers to the concrete. But what exactly happens inside the concrete? Engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have found a way to measure this.

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