Structural News

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.

Kansas City, Mo., Service Center building receives DBIA award

South Haven, Minn. — Legacy Building Solutions, a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings – in collaboration with the Midwest office of general contracting firm McTech – received a Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Project/Team Award for the new South Satellite Service Center building in Kansas City, Mo.

Parsons Brinckerhoff designing Cleveland pedestrian bridge concept

Cleveland — Parsons Brinckerhoff, in conjunction with architect Miguel Rosales, has been awarded a contract by Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for the conceptual design of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge on the lakefront in Cleveland. Intended to connect Cleveland’s downtown and the lakefront, the bridge will create an iconic structure and symbolize the renewed vibrancy of the lakefront district.

Woolpert helps redevelop Ohio GM plant

Dayton, Ohio — Woolpert, a national A&E firm headquartered in Dayton, announced an agreement with Fuyao Glass America Inc., China’s largest auto glass manufacturer, for redevelopment of the former General Motors (GM) Moraine assembly plant. Woolpert will provide architectural, engineering, construction support and design consulting services for the renovation of the plant, which GM closed in 2008.

Work underway to repair Napa quake damage to state highways

Napa and Solano Counties, Calif. — Caltrans and its contractors have begun work on six emergency contracts to repair damage caused by an August 24 earthquake in Napa and Solano Counties. Caltrans engineers and inspectors also continue to work with local agencies to assess and inspect damage affecting local bridges and structures.

NCI Building Systems’ Dustin Cole receives Robert Cornforth Award for commitment to structural engineering

Houston — Dustin Cole, vice president of engineering/drafting and technical standards for NCI Building Systems, was recognized by the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) with the Robert Cornforth award for exceptional dedication and exemplary service to the engineering field. Cole is the sole recipient of the award in 2014, and was nominated from a field of approximately 10,000 NCSEA members. The Robert Cornforth award was established in 2001, and the honor has only been conferred nine times over the past 13 years.

Analysis of cement’s molecular structure leads to a new formula

Cambridge, Mass. — Concrete is the world’s most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. Now a new study suggests a way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half — and the result would be a stronger, more durable material.

Tentative price agreement reached for Sarah Mildred Long Bridge

Augusta, Maine – The Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Transportation have reached a tentative price agreement with Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield, Maine, for replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery. The $158.5 million construction cost agreement is a major milestone in the project which is scheduled to begin in late 2014.

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