Structural News

PennDOT selects Michael Baker International to improve I-90 Corridor in Erie County

Michael Baker International is playing a critical role in improvements to a seven-mile stretch of I-90 in Erie County, Pa., part of the longest interstate highway in the nation. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) selected the firm to develop preliminary engineering, environmental, geotechnical and final design plans for the project.

Institute submits outcome-based pathway for inclusion in 2018 IECC

Building on a multi-year, industry-wide effort to include an outcome-based pathway for energy compliance into the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the National Institute of Building Sciences has introduced a similar proposal to be considered for inclusion in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) (CE37-16).

Simpson Strong-Tie donation supports WSU engineering research

Simpson Strong-Tie is establishing an annual $100,000 donation for the next eight years to support Washington State University construction and engineering research in the new PACCAR Environmental Technology Building on the WSU Pullman campus. The donation establishes the Simpson Strong-Tie Research and Testing Laboratory and an excellence fund that will support research in areas such as concrete durability, repair, and retrofit; tall timber buildings; deck safety; post-frame buildings; and seismic retrofit.

HDR-redesigned transit hub reshapes downtown Boston

At a projected construction cost of $87 million, Boston’s transit centerpiece emerged from its transformative dormancy on March 21, when the first subway users in exactly two years crossed the threshold into Government Center Station. As the project’s prime consultant, HDR worked hand-in-hand with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, overseeing all aspects of the renovation, including planning, design and construction.

AISI publishes 2016 Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) published AISI D110-16 - Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide, 2016 Edition, to assist practicing structural engineers in designing cold-formed steel framing systems. The guide provides a general review of basic structural principles and five comprehensive design examples that cover wind-bearing and axial load-bearing stud walls and joists.

BSSC webinar to focus on nonlinear response-history analysis

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host a free webinar on Thursday, April 28, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET, highlighting content in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program’s (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions and ASCE/SEI 7-16, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter announces first stage of Bailey Power Plant redevelopment

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter announced the sale of portions of Bailey Power Plant to Wexford Science+Technology, a BioMed Realty company. Wexford will redevelop approximately two-thirds of the Bailey Power Plant property, including the main building and most of the surrounding grounds that include the iconic chimney stacks. The redevelopment project comes nearly 20 years after Bailey Power Plant ceased operations.

PCI research wins Charles Pankow Award for Innovation

A research project that the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) spearheaded and sponsored has been honored with the prestigious American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. The winning project, Seismic Design Methodology for Precast Concrete Diaphragms, represents groundbreaking research conducted by engineers and precast concrete industry experts throughout the United States.

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