Structural News

Older, smaller buildings key to neighborhood vitality

Washington, D.C. — A new research report, Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation demonstrates how neighborhoods that protect and find new uses for older, smaller buildings are more economically sustainable, culturally vibrant, and opportunity-rich than those with only larger, newer buildings.

U.S. cement consumption growth continues in 2014

Skokie, Ill. — Although recent economic indicators point to a tempering of the U.S. economy, PCA is maintaining its forecast for steady growth in construction and cement consumption during the next five years. A recent PCA forecast indicates a 7.9 percent increase in cement consumption for 2014, almost double from the 4.5 increase in 2013. The industry expects to see double-digit growth in 2015 and 2016 with 10 percent growth both years.

Historic Checkered House Bridge rehab wins ACEC award

Tallahassee, Fla. — Finley Engineering Group, CHA, and Harrison and Burrowes Bridge Constructors received the 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) award for its complex bridge design and construction engineering work on the Checkered House Bridge Design-Build project located in Richmond, Vt.

APA releases 2014 Market Outlook

Tacoma, Wash. — Despite adverse weather conditions across much of the country that hampered the forward momentum of the U.S. economy in early 2014, APA – The Engineered Wood Association predicts that gradual, stable growth lies ahead in wood product sectors. Although attitudes among businesses and consumers remain cautious, recent data suggest growth will get back on track in the second quarter of 2014. APA reviewed factors impacting the market and provided an updated forecast in the recently released 2014 Market Outlook.

AISI and CFSEI cosponsor 2014 International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) are joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of North Texas as cosponsors in the fourth International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design. The competition is open to all full-time students at either the undergraduate or graduate levels who are interested in cold-formed steel design, creative in problem solving, and eager to learn new technologies.

Flux raises $8 million in Series A financing to meet demand for sustainable buildings

SAN FRANCISCO – Flux, a provider of collaborative design software for the building construction industry, announced that it has raised $8 million in Series A financing. DFJ led this investment round with participation from Borealis Ventures. Flux's mission is to spread design knowledge and improve the accessibility of design tools in order to help meet the world's demand for durable, sustainable buildings.

Stantec signs letter of intent to acquire SHW Group

Edmonton, AB, Canada — North American design firm Stantec has signed a letter of intent to acquire SHW Group. SHW’s education planning, design, and engineering capabilities will reinforce Stantec’s existing education expertise in their pursuit of top-tier positioning in this sector.

IBHS video featured in new Designing for Disaster exhibit at National Building Museum

TAMPA — Video and photographs from testing conducted at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) unique Research Center are part of the National Building Museum’s newest exhibit, Designing for Disaster, which opened to the public on May 11. Designing for Disaster is a multimedia exhibition that focuses on new approaches in design and engineering to protect life and property against a range of natural hazards. The exhibition is organized by the destructive forces associated with each of the elements: earth, air, fire, and water.

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