Structural News

Retrofitting old buildings to make them earthquake safe

Atlanta — Non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings built prior to the 1950s in California and prior to the 1980s in the central and Southeastern United States were typically not designed with proper details to perform adequately during earthquakes. Through a grant provided by the National Science Foundation, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology — along with partners at Virginia Tech, Rice University, Howard University and the University of California, Los Angeles — are testing retrofits that potentially can make these buildings safer and more secure.

AWC releases 2012 WFCM Workbook

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) released a new workbook titled Design of Wood Frame Buildings for High Wind, Snow, and Seismic Loads (2012 WFCM Workbook) providing a design example and typical checklist for a wood-frame structure in accordance with the 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.

Thornton Tomasetti recognized as a LEED Proven Provider

New York — Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has been recognized as a LEED Proven Provider for the Building Design and Construction rating system family by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Proven Provider certification program was created to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects.

One-third of the world’s urban population could lack access to affordable housing by 2025

London — According to a new McKinsey Global Institute report, if current trends in urbanization and income growth persist, the urban population in need of affordable housing could grow from 330 million households to 440 million by 2025. At least 1.6 billion people or one-third of the urban population could be living in substandard housing or be so financially stretched by housing costs that they forego other essentials such as health care.

Bridging the gap: Bridges and the people they connect

Athens, Ohio — It can be hard to imagine a world without bridges. Fortunately, the ancient Romans stepped up to the plate. Ohio University’s Online Masters in Civil Engineering program took a look at the five major bridge designs in the world’s history, and examined the people and cultures they connect.

New ACI committees announced

Farmington Hills, Mich. — At the 2014 ACI Technical Activities Committee Summer Meeting, in Waimea, Hawaii, two new ACI technical committees were formed — Committee 240, Natural Pozzolans, and Committee 241, Nanotechnology of Concrete.

PTI announces 2015-2016 leadership and board of directors

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) elected and announced the 2015-2016 officers and additions to the board of directors during the Oct. 3, 2014, board of directors meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 PTI Committee Days, Oct. 3-5, in Cancun, Mexico.

Green Building Initiative celebrates a decade of growth and influence

Portland, Ore. — The Green Building Initiative (GBI) celebrates 10 years of promoting green building during October 2014. GBI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for commercial construction.

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