Structural News

VIATechnik creates intelligent 3D model for reconstruction of Cedars-Sinai Steven Spielberg Building

Chicago — VIATechnik, a Chicago-based engineering firm, has partnered with Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and LCS Constructors, Inc. on a reconstruction project of the Steven Spielberg Building. Construction is nearing completion on this cryogenic lab and storage facility. The space has been transformed to include 80 liquid nitrogen freezers with chilled beams, as well as cutting edge research and laboratories.

ANSI approves 2015 NDS and SDPWS standards

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) 2015 “National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction” and “Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic” (SDPWS) standards have been approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Both standards are referenced for compliance with the International Code Council’s upcoming 2015 “International Building Code” (IBC).

AWC statement on USGBC extending LEED 2009

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement regarding the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announcement that LEED 2009 will remain an available option for projects until Oct. 31, 2016. LEED 2009 was previously expected to be phased out in 2015.

Oldcastle Precast provides prestressed girders for bridge replacement

Perris, Calif. — As part of the City of Norwalk’s Firestone Boulevard Bridge Over San Gabriel River Replacement Project that connects Norwalk and Downey, Oldcastle Precast’s Perris-California facility manufactured the prestressed concrete girders to construct the new 239 foot Firestone Boulevard Bridge.

WisDOT implements ABC techniques

Madison, Wis. — A bridge currently being built on Interstate 39 over Siggelkow Rd. near Madison is the first on the I-39 corridor to utilize Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques. WisDOT has begun implementing ABC methods for bridge construction in Wisconsin, in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts initiative.

ACI releases reorganized ACI 318-14

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) officially released the completely reorganized ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. The 2015 International Building Code will reference 318-14.

SMDI appoints Mark A. Thimons to head Steel Recycling Institute

Washington, D.C. — The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), announces that Mark A. Thimons will succeed Gregory Crawford as Vice President of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI). Crawford announced his upcoming retirement earlier this year. Thimons joined SMDI in November 2010 as director of construction sustainability and has over 25 years of experience in steel construction products and steel product sustainability.

Team selected to replace 558 Pennsylvania bridges

Harrisburg, Pa. — PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced that Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners was selected for the department’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) to replace 558 bridges across the state. The team, which included 11 Pennsylvania-based subcontractors in its proposal, must begin construction in summer 2015 and complete the replacements within 36 months. The commonwealth retains ownership of the bridges, but the team is responsible for maintaining each bridge for 25 years after its replacement.

11th Street Bridge Park selects OMA + OLIN design

Washington, D.C. — After a seven-month nationwide competition, the 11th Street Bridge Park competition jury unanimously selected OMA + OLIN as the design team for Washington D.C.’s first elevated park over the Anacostia River. The design team was asked to transform an aged-out freeway bridge into a one of a kind new civic space over the Anacostia River.

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