Structural News

Institute announces 2016 executive team, new board members

The 2016 National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors is now in place. The executive team includes Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP as chair; Joseph Donovan as vice chair; Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB as secretary; and Wally E. Bailey as treasurer. New members to the Board include Paul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, and Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, FASCE.

ICC recommendations included in federal guide for use of private-sector standards

The Office of Management and Budget published its revised version of OMB A-119, a document that has guided federal agencies' use of private-sector standards since the early 1980s. The International Code Council actively participated in the revision process, filing comments with fellow standards development organizations (SDOs) through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and recommending that new criteria be added to avoid conflicts by preferring the use of standards already widely adopted at the state or local level.

Modjeski and Masters designs new Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge

Bridge design and engineering firm Modjeski and Masters announced that it has restarted design work for a new cable-stayed bridge across the Monongahela River. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) initiated the project as part of the Mon-Fayette Expressway expansion.

Thornton Tomasetti project to receive Built by Women DC Award

Thornton Tomasetti announced that one of its projects, the National Science Foundation Headquarters at 2461 Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria, Va., was selected to receive a Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) Built by Women District of Columbia (BxW DC) Award. Additionally, Peggy Van Eepoel, P.E., an associate principal in the firm’s Weidlinger Protective Design practice, will be recognized for her leadership on the project.

USC Village tops off with placing of landmark spire

About 200 guests – including university officials and friends, local dignitaries and construction partners – joined the USC Village crews on Jan. 27 to watch the raising of the ceremonial final beam as well as the eye-catching spire that is one of the project’s signature elements.

Administration establishes Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard

Representatives from the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) visited the White House to attend The Earthquake Resilience Summit hosted by the Obama Administration. During the Summit, the Administration issued the February 2 Executive Order: Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard.

PGAL-designed Independence Plaza opens at Space Center Houston

Visitors to Space Center Houston can explore one of America’s greatest engineering marvels with the opening of Independence Plaza, a $14 million multi-exhibit complex designed by architecture and engineering firm PGAL. The attraction’s multi-level structure provides visitors with unprecedented access to a high-fidelity shuttle replica, Independence, mounted on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905.

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