Structural News

Thornton Tomasetti opens office in Miami

Thornton Tomasetti opened a new office in Miami, its second in South Florida. The Miami office will be led locally by Vice President Brad Malmsten, P.E., who heads Thornton Tomasetti’s Structural Engineering practice in Florida, and Vice President Matthew Olender, P.E., who also heads the Fort Lauderdale office.

Gould Evans announces completion of DeBruce Center at the University of Kansas

Architecture and planning firm Gould Evans, together with the University of Kansas, announced the completion of the DeBruce Center, located on the University's campus in Lawrence, Kan. The 32,000-square-foot building is a multi-dimensional experience of the university's rich basketball history, and a permanent home for the historical two-page document on which, in 1891, James Naismith outlined "The Original 13 Rules of Basket Ball."

AISI publishes report on strength of arc spot welds

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), in partnership with the Steel Deck Institute, has completed a project to evaluate provisions for determining the strength of arc spot welds included in AISI S100-12, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members, 2012 Edition.

Obama Administration announces public- and private-sector efforts to increase community resilience through building codes and standards

On May 10, 2016, the White House hosted a Conference on Resilient Building Codes to highlight the critical role of building codes in furthering community resilience and the importance of incorporating resilience and the future impacts of climate change in the codes and standards development process. As part of the event, the Administration highlighted federal and private-sector efforts aimed at advancing the principles of resilience in building codes and standards, and building design.

Resilience Building Coalition releases progress report, introduces resilience principles

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and 38 other leaders of America’s design and construction industry released a report May 10 on progress made on the resilience front since the Resilience Building Coalition announced the Building Industry Statement on Resilience two years ago. The Resilience Building Coalition also released a set of guiding principles to help the building industry adopt resilient design and policies.

CEO of American Bridge Company announces retirement, successor named

The Board of Directors for American Bridge Holding Company announced that President and CEO Michael D. Flowers, P.E., has decided to retire when his current term of office expires at the end of the year. The Board of Directors has appointed Paul M. Boechler as the new President and CEO, who will take over June 1, 2016.

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