Structural News

RIDOT to replace I-95 bridge within an 11-day period

Providence, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is set to replace the Barton Corner Bridge, which carries I-95 over Route 2 on the Warwick/West Warwick town line, beginning later this month. The operation uses accelerated bridge construction techniques to complete the work in an 11-day period. The new bridges (north and southbound) are scheduled to be in place by Labor Day.

ASU selects Hunt-Sundt JV for Sun Devil Stadium renovation

Tempe, Ariz. — Arizona State University selected Hunt-Sundt, a joint venture of Hunt Construction Group and Sundt Construction, Inc., as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) to renovate Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium. The $162-million project includes complete reconstruction of the lower stadium bowl, new concessions, restrooms and amenities, along with new luxury suites on the east and west sides of the stadium.

Construction crews shift focus to the northbound span of I-495 Bridge

Wilmington, Del. — Now that the southbound span of the I-495 Bridge is open to traffic, construction crews have shifted their focus to the northbound span. In the past week they were able to finish underpinning the piers needing new support closest to the Christina River (pier 14) and Christiana Avenue (pier 11). These piers are now firmly encased in a new footer on top of underground support columns.

Caltrans: Bay Bridge is safe

Sacramento, Calif. — In continuing response to reports released Aug. 4, 2014, by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, investigating design and construction of the east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (http://stran.senate.ca.gov/informationalhearings), Caltrans issued the following statement: “Here’s what statewide elected officials, Bay Area transportation officials, world-class engineers, geotechnical and welding experts, and quality assurance and quality control expert panel members have been saying about the safety of the new Bay Bridge:”

Caltrans responds to State Senate Bay Bridge report

Sacramento, Calif. — Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty responded to a Senate report on Bay Bridge construction by pointing out many misleading or inaccurate sections of the report, but also agreeing with the report that no one — even the strongest critics discussed in the report — disputes the safety of the Bay Bridge.

Bureau Veritas partners with GBCI

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — The Green Building Certification Institute, the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building program, and Bureau Veritas signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the LEED program. As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas will perform certification review for LEED projects internationally on behalf of GBCI.

ASCE and DFI recognize Thermal Integrity Profiling

Cleveland — The American Society of Civil Engineers announced on July 24 the Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP) as the 2015 winner of the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. This award celebrates collaboration in innovative design, materials, or construction-related research and development transferred into practice in a sustainable manner. The award also rewards innovative approaches that help achieve at least one of the National Construction Technology Goals.

NCI Building Systems hosts seminar for engineer development and building design

Houston — NCI Building Systems will host a day-long educational conference in Houston to unveil the latest research and findings on engineering best practices. Leading researchers and experts in a range of construction disciplines will present on numerous relevant topics, including counsel on effective design for steel and concrete structures, applicable code updates, and an exploration of the teachings of author and engineer, Professor Hardy Cross.

MCEER earthquake engineer: ‘U.S. not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area’

Buffalo, N.Y. — On July 29, Andrew Whittaker, Ph.D., S.E., director of MCEER at the University at Buffalo, will tell Congress that the United States is not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area. He will do so during testimony before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology at a hearing to review the National Earthquake Hazards reduction Program (NEHRP).

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