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Thornton Tomasetti's Metropolitan Tower Project receives 2014 ULI Vision Award

Chicago — Thornton Tomasetti was recognized by the Urban Land Institute with a 2014 Vision Award in the historic redevelopment category for its work on Metropolitan Tower at 310 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Thornton Tomasetti served as the structural engineer, while Pappageorge/Haymes Partners was the architect on the $70 million project.

Giant hinged span coming to world’s longest floating bridge

Medina, Wash. — What will be the world’s longest floating bridge is getting a new feature. Contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin installing a massive, hinged transition span on Friday, June 27, and will have it fully in place the following day. Five girders make up the span, each of which is 190 feet long and weighs 45 tons. Once assembled, the transition span will serve as the threshold between the moveable, floating bridge and the highway’s stationary, elevated segment near Lake Washington’s eastern shore.

OMA's De Rotterdam awarded Best Tall Building in Europe

Rotterdam — OMA’s recently completed tower, De Rotterdam, has been awarded Best Tall Building in Europe by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). In addition, De Rotterdam has been nominated by CTBUH for Best Tall Building Worldwide.

CFSEI announces 2014 Design Excellence Award winner

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) named DSi Engineering, LLC as the winner of its Design Excellence Award, which was presented recently during the 2014 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The award recognizes small and large projects that exemplify excellence in the structural design of new or renovated structures utilizing cold-formed steel products.

AISI updates Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) published the 2013 edition of the “Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide.” The guide, which updates CF03-1, “Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide” (published in 2003), assists practicing structural engineers and architects in the design of brick veneer anchored to a backing of cold-formed steel framing.

Kodet Architectural Group wins AIA Minneapolis 2014 Merit Award for MnDOT Maple Grove Maintenance and Truck Station

Minneapolis — Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.’s design of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Maple Grove Maintenance and Truck Station has earned a 2014 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Minneapolis chapter (AIA Minneapolis). Kodet Architectural Group is a Minneapolis-based full-service architectural firm. Structural engineer for the project was Mattson MacDonald Young, Inc. of Minneapolis.

AISI publishes 2014 Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute has published the 2013 edition of the “Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide.” The guide, which updates CF03-1, “Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide” (published in 2003), assists practicing structural engineers and architects in the design of brick veneer anchored to a backing of cold-formed steel framing. It is available for purchase at AISI’s online Steel Store at http://bit.ly/1lLjHsl.

New South Carolina bridges on the way due to new funding measure

Columbia, S.C. — The first contract to build South Carolina bridges using ACT 98 funding has been awarded and construction will begin in coming weeks, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). The SCDOT Commission on Thursday, June 19, 2014, approved the contract for the first four of approximately 90 bridges that will be replaced across South Carolina using Act 98 funding.

IBHS launches new program to create hurricane-resistant homes

Tampa, Fla. — The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is launching a new program called FORTIFIED Home – Hurricane designed to help homeowners build safer, stronger new homes, and retrofit existing homes to make them more resistant to hurricanes.

Atkins-designed ARFF station at Southwest Florida International Airport earns LEED Gold Certification

Fort Myers, Fla. — Designed by Atkins and completed in June 2013, the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station at Southwest Florida International Airport has recently earned LEED Gold Certification for sustainable design and construction from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Building Certification Institute. The $15.7 million, 31,000-square-foot facility is the first public/government building in Lee County, Florida to receive a LEED Gold rating.

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