Structural News

Pensmore Foundation's Energy Research Lab up and running

Hampden-Sydney, Va. — The Energy Research Laboratory (ERL), under construction at Hampden-Sydney College (HSC) in south central Virginia, has reached a new milestone. The freestanding building is now enclosed, and initial research is underway.

GreenCE launches LEED v4 specification services for building product manufacturers

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. — GreenCE, Inc. said it launched the industry's first comprehensive LEED v4 specification program for building product manufacturers. Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its new LEED v4 rating systems. The new LEED certification program utilizes Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) to design healthier and more efficient buildings.

FEMP offers updated training on guiding principles for high-performance and sustainable buildings

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) presents an updated series of training courses focused on the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings. Since 2006, federal agencies have worked to implement the five guiding principles and meet key compliance deadlines for December 15, 2015. This five-course online training provides a comprehensive overview of the individual guiding principles and offers up-to-date best practices for measuring and reporting onsite-level progress.

WSDOT awards $70 million to fix 32 bridges

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Across Washington, bridges help connect the state’s communities. Thanks in part to a recent evaluation process, 32 of those bridges are in line to receive more than $70 million in federal highway funds.

Thornton Tomasetti provides sustainability consulting for largest LEED Volume certification outside North America

Stockholm — The largest LEED Volume certification outside North America has been awarded to Vasakronan, Sweden’s largest property owner, with the help of Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering consulting firm. The Thornton Tomasetti sustainability team managed the LEED Existing Building Operations + Maintenance (EB:OM) process for Vasakronan, acting as a liaison with the Green Building Certification Institute, facilitating the initial sustainable design charrette, developing the EB:OM prototype, and hosting a series of workshops and reviews.

Tekla announces 2014 Global BIM Award winners

Atlanta — Tekla, a Trimble company and global provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to the architectural, engineering and construction markets, announced the winners of its 2014 Tekla Global BIM Awards. The winners were chosen by a jury of international BIM experts and public vote.

Researchers develop software to quickly produce 3D building models

Enschede, Netherlands — Researchers at the University of Twente have developed software which enables users to quickly produce 3D models of buildings for relatively little money. The software can automatically generate 95 percent of the detailed 3D building models, thus reducing production costs and lead time.

Tipping Mar grows into Tipping Structural Engineers

Berkeley, Calif. — Tipping Mar, a Berkeley, Calif., structural engineering firm, announced an expanded leadership and a new name, Tipping Structural Engineers. Current principals Steven B. Tipping, S.E., who founded Steve Tipping and Associates in 1983, and Leo Panian, S.E., have been joined by newly appointed principals Mike Korolyk, S.E., and Marc Steyer, S.E. Principal David Mar has left the firm to pursue other opportunities.

American Tobacco Trail Bridge receives ACEC Award

Durham, N.C. — The new American Tobacco Trail Pedestrian Bridge in Durham, N.C., received a Grand Award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC/NC) as part of the organization’s 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards program.

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