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AWC applauds Florida governor’s signing of education omnibus bill

American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement following Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of the education omnibus bill, HB 7029, that allows Florida school districts to modify educational facility requirements in the state building code upon a 2/3 vote of the school board. These modifications could include allowing the use of wood for interior non-load bearing walls in public educational facilities, which is currently prohibited.

UA Engineering assisting NASA with test of spin-off technology

Engineers with NASA are using a lab at The University of Alabama to help develop a spin-off technology aimed at girding structures against earthquakes. NASA is testing what’s called a Disruptive Tuned Mass, or DTM, technology to demonstrate the new technology’s capabilities to mitigate a building’s response to earthquakes.

Mark Dvorak appointed COO of exp

As part of exp’s strategic plan to manage growth and continue to deliver more value to its clients, the engineering, consulting and project management firm announced that Mark Dvorak was named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of exp starting April 1, 2016.

GSA adopts SITES rating system for Capital Construction Program

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) adopted the SITES rating system for its capital construction program. Owned and managed by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), SITES for sustainable land development and management is used to align land development with innovative sustainable design.

ISE Names Robert Halvorson its 2016 Gold Medalist

Robert Halvorson, SE, PE, FASCE, FIStructE, founding principal of Halvorson and Partners, a WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Company, based in Chicago, has been named winner of The Institution of Structural Engineers’ (ISE’s) 2016 Gold Medal.

AEC TECH NEWS: Leica Geosystems launches 2016 Plan Contest

Leica Geosystems launched its 2016 Plan Contest. An annual highlight of the Geosystems Track at HxGN LIVE, the contest gives conference attendees the opportunity to showcase their best deliverables by submitting plans that demonstrate creativity and innovative problem solving with point clouds.

AISC names structural steel awards for building design

Ten structural steel building projects have earned national recognition in the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). The winning projects and their respective team members were recognized during the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Orlando, Fla.

NSBA announces 2016 Prize Bridge Award winners

Sixteen steel bridge projects have earned national recognition in the 2016 Prize Bridge Awards Competition. Conducted every other year by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), the Prize Bridge Awards honor significant and innovative steel bridges constructed in the U.S.

PennDOT accepting unsolicited P3 proposals until April 30

The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through April 30. During this period, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes.

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