Structural News

Researcher developing a self-centering beam to better withstand earthquakes

Blacksburg, Va. — For the last two years, Matt Eatherton, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, has used a National Science Foundation grant to develop a structural building component called a self-centering beam (SCB). This self-centering beam would serve several purposes: protect lives, limit or eliminate structural repair costs, and reduce business downtime due to earthquakes.

Arup celebrates opening of five arts and culture facilities

New York – Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, celebrated the opening of The Elstein Center for Music and Art in Zichron, Israel; Musikkens Hus Nordjylland North Jutland House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark; The Virginia Tech Center for the Arts in Blacksburg, Va.; The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario; and the Francine and Sterling Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, Mass.

Construction underway at SDSU South Campus Plaza

San Diego — Construction is underway on the South Campus Plaza, a mixed-use student housing and retail project located on the campus of San Diego State University (SDSU). Sundt Construction, Inc., a full-service general contractor, was selected as the design-build contractor for the $143 million project, which includes two residential buildings above all ground-floor retail, and an adjacent parking structure.

Louis Berger sweeps ACEC Metro Washington Engineering Excellence Grand Awards

Morristown, N.J. — Louis Berger took top honors in both the design and non-design categories from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington (ACEC/MW) at its annual Engineering Excellence Awards dinner. The industry organization honored the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool reconstruction as the top design project and the Washington Monument earthquake repair project, which Louis Berger managed jointly with Hill International, as the top non-design project.

CFSEI to host webinar on changes to AISI S100 and Cold-Formed Steel Framing Standards

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Back to Basics: A Look at Changes to the North American Cold-Formed Steel Specification and Cold-Formed Steel Framing Standards” on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This is the fifth webinar in CFSEI’s “Back to Basics” series and is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 PDHs.

More cranes in skyline mean more U.S. construction in 2015

Phoenix — Rider Levett Bucknall, an international property and construction consultant and industry leader in construction cost research, launched its inaugural edition of the North American RLB Crane Index. The new report measures construction activity in major cities across North America and predicts the health of the U.S. construction industry.

UC Davis student housing project earns LEED Platinum

Sacramento, Calif. — The University of California, Davis Tercero Student Housing Phase 3 facility recently earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design features. Sundt Construction, Inc. was the design-build contractor for the dormitory complex, which was completed in fall 2014.

Unlocking building performance and the future of sustainable buildings

Northbrook, Ill. — UL, a global safety science leader, recently conducted a study to learn where value and return on investment lie in the area of sustainable buildings. The study and its result is available in a free white paper titled “The Dawn of the Building Performance Era,” written by UL Chief Economist Erin Grossi.

AISI joins Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) joined the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium (CFSRC) as a founding member. The CFSRC is a group of principal investigators from several universities who are sharing their experimental and computational facilities to undertake specific projects that span all aspects of cold-formed steel structural research. AISI joins Geometrica in its founding member capacity.

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