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Rhode Island waterfront to become more resilient to severe weather

Tampa — The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), in conjunction with the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and other stakeholders, is developing and implementing a program to make the Rhode Island waterfront – both commercial and residential buildings – more resilient to coastal storms and flooding.

ACI to host formwork Twitter chat

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) will host a Twitter Chat to answer users’ questions about formwork issues including selecting, designing, and specifying formwork systems for concrete structures, the new Formwork for Concrete Manual, and two other ACI Committee Documents on Formwork, ACI 347.3R-13 “Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces,” and ACI 347R-14 “Guide to Formwork for Concrete.”

CFSEI to host webinar on new design guide

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar to introduce participants to D112-13, AISI’s “Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide,” on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EST. The new publication updates CF03-1, “Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide,” which was published in 2003. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education units.

Tilt-Up Concrete Association announces winners of 24th Annual Achievement Awards

Mt. Vernon, Iowa — The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) announced the recipients of the 24th Annual Tilt-Up Achievement Awards. The Achievement Awards program was established by TCA to honor projects that represent an increasing diversity of building types constructed with site-cast tilt-up concrete as well as those that advance industry technology, apply innovative form and provide unique solutions to building programs.

Pioneering Keast & Hood structural engineer, historic preservationist retires after 58 years

Philadelphia — Carl A. Baumert, Jr., P.E., structural engineer and historic preservationist, who worked with Keast & Hood for nearly 60 years, will formally retire in a celebration Nov. 14, 2014, at the Union League of Philadelphia. Baumert worked on some of the region’s most recognizable structures, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art main and Perelman Buildings, City Hall, University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, and the Union League of Philadelphia.

Roebling legacy continues to inspire with Build-A-Bridge Campaign

Roebling, N.J. — For the last five years, the Roebling Museum has been a destination point for people of all ages to learn about American industry, engineering, and the people who built some of the most inspiring works the world has seen. Now, in an effort to ensure the Roebling legacy endures, the Roebling Museum will launch the Build-A-Bridge Campaign.

VIATechnik creates intelligent 3D model for reconstruction of Cedars-Sinai Steven Spielberg Building

Chicago — VIATechnik, a Chicago-based engineering firm, has partnered with Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and LCS Constructors, Inc. on a reconstruction project of the Steven Spielberg Building. Construction is nearing completion on this cryogenic lab and storage facility. The space has been transformed to include 80 liquid nitrogen freezers with chilled beams, as well as cutting edge research and laboratories.

ANSI approves 2015 NDS and SDPWS standards

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) 2015 “National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction” and “Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic” (SDPWS) standards have been approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Both standards are referenced for compliance with the International Code Council’s upcoming 2015 “International Building Code” (IBC).

AWC statement on USGBC extending LEED 2009

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement regarding the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announcement that LEED 2009 will remain an available option for projects until Oct. 31, 2016. LEED 2009 was previously expected to be phased out in 2015.

Oldcastle Precast provides prestressed girders for bridge replacement

Perris, Calif. — As part of the City of Norwalk’s Firestone Boulevard Bridge Over San Gabriel River Replacement Project that connects Norwalk and Downey, Oldcastle Precast’s Perris-California facility manufactured the prestressed concrete girders to construct the new 239 foot Firestone Boulevard Bridge.

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