Structural News

ARTBA analysis: Over 61,000 U.S. bridges need structural repair

Washington, D.C. — An analysis of the recently released 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database finds good news and bad news when it comes to the most heavily traveled U.S. bridges. The good news is that there are over 2,000 fewer structurally deficient structures than there were in 2013. The bad news is that it means more than 61,000 structurally deficient bridges are still in need of significant repair.

Three Thornton Tomasetti projects win AISC IDEAS2 Awards

New York — Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announced that three of its projects — Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in California; Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building in Lakeland; and Pomona College Studio Art Hall in Claremont, Calif. — have each received an American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) 2015 IDEAS2 Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design.

ICC-ES Evaluation Reports for post-installed adhesive anchors updated to meet new AC308 criteria

Brea, Calif. — Post-installed adhesive anchors manufacturers who hold new or revised ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) evaluation reports published on or after Jan. 15, 2015, are in compliance with the new requirements in AC308 Acceptance Criteria for Post-installed Adhesive Anchors in Concrete Elements. The changes and new test requirements are based on the 2012 International Building Code and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) standard ACI 355.4-11. AC308 was used with ACI 355.4-11 to ensure all changes and test requirements are met.

Michael Baker International awarded Scudder Falls Bridge replacement design contract

Hamilton, N.J. – Replacement of the existing 55-year-old, functionally obsolete Scudder Falls Bridge, a vital job commuter connection between Pennsylvania and New Jersey which carries I-95 over the Delaware River, came one step closer to breaking ground as the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) awarded Michael Baker International, as prime consultant, a $22.49 million replacement bridge design contract.

Built by Women New York City exhibition opens

New York — The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) announced the Built by Women New York City exhibition at the Center for Architecture. The exhibition opened earlier this month in honor of Women’s History Month with the support of the AIANY Women in Architecture committee, and will remain open until April 11, 2015. Admission is free to the public.

Twelve projects earn U.S. steel industry's top building award (with video)

Chicago — Twelve structural steel building projects earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). The winning projects and their respective team members were recognized during the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville. Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 awards honor excellence in steel-frame building design. The award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the U.S.

WSP integrates Halsall’s U.S. office into national buildings practice

New York — International engineering and environmental consulting firm WSP has integrated the Washington, D.C., office of Halsall, the Toronto-based building enclosure specialist group from Parsons Brinkerhoff, into WSP’s Buildings practice in the United States. WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2014 included Halsall.

AISC launches 'Steel Selfie' Instagram contest

Chicago — The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) launched a “Steel Selfie” Instagram contest for industry professionals and college students to share their creative steel selfies and win prizes each month. The contest coincides with the introduction of AISC's new Instagram account (@aisc) at NASCC: The Steel Conference, March 25-27 in Nashville.

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