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WSP integrates Halsall’s U.S. office into national buildings practice

New York — International engineering and environmental consulting firm WSP has integrated the Washington, D.C., office of Halsall, the Toronto-based building enclosure specialist group from Parsons Brinkerhoff, into WSP’s Buildings practice in the United States. WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2014 included Halsall.

AISC launches 'Steel Selfie' Instagram contest

Chicago — The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) launched a “Steel Selfie” Instagram contest for industry professionals and college students to share their creative steel selfies and win prizes each month. The contest coincides with the introduction of AISC's new Instagram account (@aisc) at NASCC: The Steel Conference, March 25-27 in Nashville.

New York begins replacement of flood-prone bridges

Albany, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that work is starting on a $10.5 million project to replace four bridges on the Adirondack Northway — Interstate 87 — in Clinton County. The bridges are among the first under contract as part of New York State’s Scour Critical/Flood Prone Bridge Program. The Governor has requested $518 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen 105 bridges through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

GRL Engineers opens Houston office

Houston — GRL Engineers, Inc. announced the March 16 opening of its 10th Branch Office, in the Houston metropolitan area. “We will be opening this office to better serve the needs of our growing client base in Texas”, said Pat Hannigan, President of GRL.

Burns & McDonnell to build $12 million Nuclear Safety Class Building

Kansas City, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell has won its first major contract in the sensitive nuclear construction industry, a special use building that will house two redundant power supply systems for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, described the new contract as a “game-changing win” for the firm.

Private equity firm acquires Vidaris and LPI

New York — Cortec Group, a New York private equity firm which invests in middle market specialty service, health care, consumer, and distribution businesses, announced that on March 16, 2015, a group led by its affiliate, Cortec Group Fund V, L.P., and management acquired IBA Holdings, LLC d/b/a Vidaris and LPI. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CFSEI Expo to be held May 18-19 in Orlando

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host its 2015 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting on May 18-19, 2015, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The Expo is designed for architects, builders/contractors and engineers, with an educational program geared toward both skilled cold-formed steel (CFS) framing professionals as well as newcomers.

ACI publishes Legal Issues in Concrete Construction, Second Edition

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The American Concrete Institute announced the availability of a new publication for concrete industry designers, suppliers, and contractors — Legal Issues in Concrete Construction, Second Edition, authored by Jeffrey W. Coleman, P.E., FACI, Attorney at Law. A licensed structural engineer with more than 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney, Coleman has collected legal cases specific to concrete construction and presents them in a useable format for contractors and design professionals.

New headquarters features tension fabric structures

South Haven, Minn. — Legacy Building Solutions, a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings, constructed and opened a new corporate office at its headquarters in South Haven, Minn. The framework of the new facility utilizes the same structural steel design featured on all Legacy buildings, complete with a polyethylene roof, fabric roof liner and insulation. Legacy’s distinctive architectural expertise is also on full display in the form of a large fabric awning positioned over a vestibule at the main entrance.

CFSEI publishes new Technical Note

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has published a new Technical Note titled “Design for Splicing of Cold-Formed Steel Wall Studs” (Tech Note W106-15), the latest in its continuing series of instructional documents on topics related to cold-formed steel framing for commercial and residential construction.

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