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CH2M HILL designs world’s first data center certified by new LEED standards

Denver — A data center designed by CH2M HILL/IDC Architects for Grainger in Lake Forest, Ill., has been certified as the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of its type. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL. The data center’s advanced cooling system uses outside air to cool the facility, and is designed to consume up to 50 percent less energy for cooling than conventional data centers.

ACI releases reorganized ACI 318-14

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) officially released the completely reorganized ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. The 2015 International Building Code will reference 318-14. Now published and available for use, the reorganized 318-14 is organized from an engineer’s perspective. By focusing on member design, ACI 318 requirements flow more intuitively and have fewer cross-references.

2014 Tekla North American BIM Award winners announced

Tekla, a Trimble company and global provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to the architectural and construction markets, announced the winners of its 2014 North American BIM Awards. The model competition is held annually and recognizes companies for exemplary use of BIM and Tekla Structures across three categories: best use of BIM, steel, and concrete.

AWC announces self-directed study program

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) is now offering a complimentary self-directed learning program on designing with wood. Courses are related to the use of traditional and engineered wood products for residential and commercial applications.

Central Florida leaders celebrate reconstructed, reinvented Orlando Citrus Bowl

Orlando, Fla. — An official ribbon cutting was held marking a new beginning for the historic Orlando Citrus Bowl, three days before the reconstructed stadium’s first football bowl game, the Florida Blue Florida Classic. In less than 10 months, the stadium has undergone a $165 million, 85 percent reconstruction, featuring a new design by HNTB Corporation that includes three new state-of-the-art video boards, new lower and mid-level seating, a renovated upper level, and a modern new team facilities building.

ICC 2015-2017 Code Development Cycle begins

Washington, D.C. — The International Code Council’s (ICC) 2015/2016/2017 Code Development Cycle begins with the Group A International Codes. Used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the International Codes, or I-Codes, are developed using a governmental consensus process. It is an open, inclusive process that allows input and participation from all individuals and groups. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated codes.

Arup celebrates grand opening of JetBlue’s Terminal 5 Expansion at JFK

New York — Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, announced the opening of the JetBlue Terminal 5 International Arrivals Hall Expansion at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. A ribbon-cutting celebration was held on Nov. 6 with members of the design and construction team, including JetBlue, Arup, design-architect Gensler, Turner Construction Company, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Rhode Island waterfront to become more resilient to severe weather

Tampa — The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), in conjunction with the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and other stakeholders, is developing and implementing a program to make the Rhode Island waterfront – both commercial and residential buildings – more resilient to coastal storms and flooding.

ACI to host formwork Twitter chat

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) will host a Twitter Chat to answer users’ questions about formwork issues including selecting, designing, and specifying formwork systems for concrete structures, the new Formwork for Concrete Manual, and two other ACI Committee Documents on Formwork, ACI 347.3R-13 “Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces,” and ACI 347R-14 “Guide to Formwork for Concrete.”

CFSEI to host webinar on new design guide

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar to introduce participants to D112-13, AISI’s “Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide,” on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EST. The new publication updates CF03-1, “Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide,” which was published in 2003. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education units.

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