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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.

New bridge design improves earthquake resistance

Seattle — Researchers have developed a new design for the framework of columns and beams that support bridges (bents) to improve performance for better resistance to earthquakes, less damage and faster on-site construction. The faster construction is achieved by prefabricating the columns and beams offsite and shipping them to the site, where they are erected and connected quickly.

Formula calculates thickness of bombproof concrete

Munich, Germany — A new type of steel-reinforced concrete protects buildings better from bomb attacks. Researchers have developed a formula to quickly calculate the concrete’s required thickness. The material is being used in the One World Trade Center at Ground Zero.

Arthur Ashe Stadium the latest to tap Birdair

AMHERST, N.Y. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and ROSSETTI, the architect of record for the Arthur Ashe Stadium, tapped Birdair to supply a 210,000-square-foot, PTFE membrane, retractable roof, expected to be installed by 2016.

Robert Madsen wins 2014 CFSEI Distinguished Service Award

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) named Robert Madsen, P.E., Senior Project Engineer at Devco Engineering, Inc. in Corvallis, Ore., as the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award, which recognizes the significant contributions of an individual who has volunteered time, talent and resources to the cold-formed steel industry, was presented recently during the 2014 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

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