Structural News

Two commercial and five institutional projects honored with Awards of Excellence

Chicago — Two commercial and five institutional projects were named winners in the 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards competition. Twenty-four awards were presented to projects from throughout North America at the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings, as well as special awards for industry advancement, sustainable design, and all-precast concrete.

U.S. and U.K. building owners expect to increase involvement with BIM

New York — While building owners may not always directly use building information modeling (BIM), they are increasingly recognizing its value on their projects. McGraw Hill Construction released its new SmartMarket Report, The Business Value of BIM for Owners, which demonstrates that owners expect to grow their involvement with BIM rapidly.

AWC statement on DOE Green Standard Certification final rule

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule that establishes criteria for the use of green building certifications systems used by federal agencies.

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition opens for entries

Washington, D.C. — The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC) congratulated the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the formal launch of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The Competition invites U.S. developers, institutions, organizations and design teams willing to undertake an alternative solution approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million.

Six bridge/transportation projects honored with Awards of Excellence

Chicago — Six bridge/transportation projects were named winners in the 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards competition. Twenty-four awards were presented to projects from throughout North America at the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings, as well as special awards for industry advancement, sustainable design, and all-precast concrete.

Gannett Fleming completes Denver commuter rail maintenance facility

Harrisburg, Pa. — With 36 miles of new commuter rail lines in the works, Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) FasTracks’ Eagle P3 Project is poised to transform the region’s public transit system. To support this important initiative, Gannett Fleming played a significant role in the completion of a new commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF).

RIDOT to use rapid bridge replacement for on-ramp

East Providence, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is building on its recent successful installation of the Barton Corner Bridge on I-95 in Warwick by replacing a highway on-ramp in East Providence using accelerated techniques. Construction on the Warren Avenue Bridge, which carries Veterans Memorial Parkway to I-195 West, begins on October 17, 2014.

CFSEI webinar to review brace design provisions and torsion considerations

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Back to Basics: A Review of AISI S100, S211 Brace Design Provisions and Torsion Considerations” on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 PDHs.

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