Structural News

Landsea to invest $1 billion in U.S. housing market

Los Angeles — Nanjing, China-based Landsea Group Co. Ltd. announced it will enter the U.S. housing market by investing more than $1 billion during the next several years, beginning with residential developments in three of the country's largest housing markets — New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Realigned I-495 Bridge is open in both directions

Wilmington, Del. — The northbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington were reopened to traffic following the successful realignment of the I-495 Bridge spanning the Christina River, Delaware Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt announced. The southbound lanes were reopened July 31. Traffic is now fully restored to the bridge in both directions.

Building industry groups agree to streamline green building tool coordination and development

Washington, D.C. — The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) signed a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program. The unprecedented cooperation aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes and/or provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED.

Ohio expands Local Bridge Partnership Program

Columbus, Ohio — A state plan providing $120 million to local governments to make bridges safer for the motoring public just got a boost. The state’s Local Bridge Partnership Program is adding 10 additional bridges to a program that is already fixing or replacing 220 bridges in local communities throughout Ohio.

Vidaris, Inc. honored with CTBUH's 2014 Best Tall Building Americas Finalist Award

New York — Vidaris, Inc., which provides consulting and monitoring services for high-performance buildings and specialty structures, is part of the project team for the United Nations Secretariat Building, which was recently awarded "Finalist" as Best Tall Building Americas by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This year, only one winner and two finalists were chosen.

CTLGroup forms strategic alliance with Cibor Geoconsultants

Skokie, Ill. — Cibor Geoconsultants joined CTLGroup in a strategic alliance to jointly pursue and execute complex engineering and materials science projects throughout the U.S. and globally. A particular focus will be serving private and public clients in the infrastructure, energy, and oil and gas sectors. The CTLGroup/Cibor alliance will address problems for clients in forensic geotechnical engineering, cement-based materials, structural assessment and structural health monitoring.

Ohio River Bridges lawsuit dismissed

Louisville, Ky. — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to halt construction of the $2.3 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel said an organization opposed to the project failed to raise a single factual issue to support its allegations that the project’s state partners — the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) — violated federal environmental and civil rights laws in carrying out the project.

Standard approved for intumescent coatings to protect structural steel in fire

W. Conshohocken, Pa. — Intumescent coatings produce an insulating char when activated by heat or flame. Such coatings are designed to safeguard the structural integrity of steel under fire conditions and to maintain safe temperatures for a specified period of time. A new ASTM standard will cover the specification, application and inspection of intumescent fire-resistant materials to structural steel.

Built by Women NYC seeks nominations

​New York — The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women in New York City.

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