Structural News

GRL Engineers opens Seattle office

Seattle — GRL Engineers opened a branch office in Seattle. “We are opening this office to better serve the needs of our growing client base in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Canada,” said Pat Hannigan, President of GRL.

Three Thornton Tomasetti projects honored with 2014 AIA TAP BIM Awards

New York — Thornton Tomasetti announced that three of its projects, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center in Anaheim, Calif.; Pegula Ice Rink at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa.; and the Northwestern Medicine Outpatient Care Pavilion in Chicago, Ill., each received a 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Technology in Architecture (TAP) Building Information Modeling (BIM) award.

CRSI announces new board members

Schaumburg, Ill. — The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) announced the appointment of Scott Stevens as the Chairman of Board along with four new officers to guide the Institute through its next two years of operations.

Sheerline Structural Engineering opens office in San Francisco

San Francisco — Sheerline Structural Engineering, a full-service structural engineering firm, located at 665 Third St, Suite 513, San Francisco, opened its doors for business April 1, 2014. The principal of the firm, Michael Hicks, has been in the structural engineering field for over 30 years.

CEOs commit to promote resilient planning and building materials

Washington, D.C. — Leaders of America’s design and construction industry, which generates more than $1 trillion in GDP, have agreed for the first time to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

Urban Timber: From seed to city exhibition opens in Boston

Boston — “Urban Timber: From seed to city” exhibition, opening at BSA Space on June 26, will celebrate wood as a natural and sensible building material for cities while highlighting its adaptability, versatility, and extraordinary technical qualities. The exhibition will explore how the use of wood in mid-rise buildings can combat climate change and will highlight its potential as the need for high performance, low environmental impact structures continues to increase in our urban cores.

U.S. DOT announces $325 million loan for Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $325 million to help pay for the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, Calif. A critical connector for the Port of Long Beach commerce and trade, the bridge is highly congested and in dire structural condition.

IBHS urges adoption of stronger codes on Moore, Okla. tornado anniversary

Tampa, Fla. – On May 20, 2013, a deadly EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., making it the third most violent storm in less than 15 years to pummel the small city, which was struck by an EF5 tornado in 1999, and an EF4 in 2003. Since May 20, 2013, this community has taken significant steps to rebuild stronger, safer, and smarter than ever before.

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