Structural News

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.

ICC and ASTM International partner to support sustainable building codes in the Gulf Region

Washington, D.C. — The International Code Council and ASTM International are partnering to support the use of codes and standards in sustainable construction in the Middle East. The work is part of The Standards and Codes for Sustainable Construction project and is funded in part through the Market Development Cooperator Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The goal is to enhance the Gulf region’s efforts in areas such as energy efficiency, water conservation, materials management, building safety, and overall economic growth.

Stan Musial Bridge receives awards from two state ACEC chapters

St. Louis — HNTB Corporation received this year’s top awards for excellence, the Grand Conceptor in Missouri and the Eminent Conceptor in Illinois, respectively, from the two state’s chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies for the same project: the new Interstate 70 Mississippi River Bridge and Corridor.

Ware Malcomb wins LABJ Commercial Real Estate Award

Los Angeles — Ware Malcomb, an international design firm, was honored for its work with a 2015 Commercial Real Estate Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal for the third consecutive year. The firm’s architectural design for the redevelopment of the 91-acre Mission 71 Business Park project located in Pomona, Calif. earned a Silver Award for Best Industrial Project.

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