Structural News

Pitt to host ‘Bamboo in the Urban Environment’ symposium

The University of Pittsburgh will soon be the epicenter of a global discussion in novel and groundbreaking analysis of bamboo as a safe and sustainable construction resource in urban areas. “Bamboo in the Urban Environment” will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in bamboo and sustainable design at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, May 4-6, 2016.

CFSEI and MASFA to host 2016 Expo

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) and Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance (MASFA) will host the 2016 CFSEI and MASFA Annual Expo on May 23-24, 2016 at the Historic Inns of Annapolis in Annapolis, Md. This joint event is designed for architects, builders/contractors and engineers.

AWC releases 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction

The American Wood Council (AWC) released a revised 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction, which contains design information for structural lumber, glued laminated timber, structural-use panels, cross-laminated timber, poles and piles, I-joists, and structural composite lumber.

AWC offers special program designed for the code community

The American Wood Council (AWC) developed and launched the Code Official Connections program. Participants receive instant access to building code-referenced AWC standards and resources, as well as technical support to assist in the evaluation of design, review of plans and inspection of wood buildings.

AWC applauds Florida governor’s signing of education omnibus bill

American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement following Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of the education omnibus bill, HB 7029, that allows Florida school districts to modify educational facility requirements in the state building code upon a 2/3 vote of the school board. These modifications could include allowing the use of wood for interior non-load bearing walls in public educational facilities, which is currently prohibited.

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