Structural News

Steel Industry Teams Up for Material Transparency

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has compiled a comprehensive list of industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for steel building products.

STV earns recognition for Brooklyn housing development renovations

Construction management and architectural/engineering design firm STV received a Project Achievement Award in the Building Renovation ($20 to $60 million) category from the Construction Management Association of America’s Metro New York/New Jersey Chapter for its work on the Kingsborough Houses development in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Cornell tests earthquake-resilient pipeline

Cornell University researchers tested a new earthquake-resilient pipeline designed to better protect southern California’s water utility network from natural disasters. They ran multiple tests, including an earthquake simulation in which a 28-foot-long section of the pipe was outfitted with more than 120 monitoring instruments and buried within 80 tons of soil.

MIT research bolsters Build with Strength campaign in Seattle

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released a new study entitled “A Break-Even Hazard Mitigation Metric” that reaffirms the importance of utilizing durable materials in construction. The report confirms the validity of recent efforts by Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), to educate the design-build and construction communities in Seattle about the importance of using durable and resilient construction materials.

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