Structural News

Pasadena Heritage celebrates 101-year-old Colorado Street Bridge

Los Angeles — The bridge engineering firm of Waddell & Harrington – a forerunner to HNTB Corporation, which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary – designed the Colorado Street Bridge dedicated in 1913. This 101-year old landmark is being celebrated by Pasadena Heritage on July 12, 2014 with its signature Colorado Street Bridge party which draws local officials, business leaders, sponsor partners and thousands of residents for a festive evening on the bridge.

Repairs to I-495 bridge advance to next critical phase

Wilmington, Del. — The work to construct new underground foundations for the damaged portion of the I-495 bridge is nearing completion and construction of the jacking towers that will be used to temporarily repair the I-495 bridge has begun. Building the jacking towers at this point in the project means the work is now advancing ahead of schedule, and if all continues to go smoothly, could allow I-495 southbound to open several weeks prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend.

USGBC launches real-time international market briefs

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of an expanded online data visualization resource that will allow any user to access aggregated LEED green building project information in the more than 150 countries with LEED projects under way.

AWC statement on bill promoting product neutral efficiency codes

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding introduction of the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R. 5027) in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (TN) and Kurt Schrader (OR). Among other things, the bill directs the Department of Energy to act only as a technical advisor in the development of energy codes and would prohibit the agency from advocating for any particular energy code, provision or energy savings target.

WoodWorks now accepting nominations for 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – WoodWorks, an educational initiative providing free project assistance and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, is now accepting nominations for its 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in wood design, engineering and construction, as well as innovative buildings that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness and sustainability. The deadline for nominations is Sep. 30, 2014.

Eco Building Products enters into letter of intent for joint venture with Steelhead Structures

VISTA, Calif. – Eco Building Products, Inc., the manufacturer of Eco Red Shield treated wood products that protect against fire and mold, announced it has entered into a letter of intent to establish a joint venture with Steelhead Structures, based in Calgary, Alberta. Under the terms of the Letter of Intent (LOI), the Company and Steelhead will create a joint venture named Eco Red Shield Canada, Ltd (ERSC), which will be established as part of the Company's emerging affiliate program.

Earthquake researchers get online primer for simulation method

West Lafayette, Ind. — Researchers from around the world now have access to expert instruction for an emerging simulation method to study seismic effects on structures and to design buildings that better withstand strong earthquakes. The National Science Foundation's George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) is providing a primer on its NEEShub.

Study shows design standards for dams are effective for earthquakes

Livermore, Calif. — There has long been a concern among civil engineers that dams could fail days or weeks after an earthquake, even if no immediate evidence of a problem surfaced. Their concern has focused on possible cracks at the interface between the concrete section of a dam and the soil embankments at the dam's sides, and on how the soil filters nestled amidst the embankments would fare.

Tifft Pier Rehab named APWA West NY Project of the Year

Buffalo, N.Y. — The Tifft Street Pier rehabilitation project in Buffalo, N.Y., was named the 2013 Project of the Year in the structures/facilities category by the Western New York Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Tifft Street Pier, which provides enhanced access to formerly underutilized waterfront properties and recreation areas, was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

Horner & Shifrin selected for Poplar Bluff schools renovation

St. Louis, Mo. — Horner & Shifrin (H&S) was chosen to provide structural engineering services and civil and surveying design on several projects for the Poplar Bluff R1 School District in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Working alongside Ittner Architects and Dille & Traxel Architects, H&S will design a new, cutting-edge high school campus, while retrofitting the previous campus for use as a 4-6 grade center.

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