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February, 2010 : Vol 2, Issue 2
Quinnipiac University’s new 450,000 sf Crescent Residence Hall makes use of a number of eco-friendly materials and resources, which include solar panels, a green roof garden and precast concrete. Oldcastle Precast Building Systems manufactured and installed 2,061 hollowcore slabs, as well as precast concrete beams and solid slabs for the new student living facility.
PCI Northeast is currently developing a user-friendly tool kit that will assist designers in the Design Develop phase of a project. Examples of tools are specifications in Word format, CAD details to minimize drawing time and sample projects. We welcome your input on items you feel would help you as designers.
Please email Rita Seraderian with suggestions for items that should be considered in the tool kit or call 888-700-5670.
Come See the First NEXT Beam
The Northeast Extreme Tee, or NEXT beam, has finally become a reality. The NEXT beam was developed by the PCI Northeast Bridge Technical Committee for use on accelerated bridge construction projects. The first bridge to use the new beam is a 510-foot, seven span prestressed concrete bridge in York, Maine.
The producer, Dailey Precast in Shaftsbury, VT, will be hosting a series of open houses on February 24, 25 and 26 from 9:00 - 12:00 noon. For those that would like to view the new beam, please email Dailey Precast and reserve a spot for the plant tour.
At its recent 2009 Annual Meeting, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures passed a resolution endorsing national technical institute certification programs as meeting the essential requirements for certification of personnel, production, and other quality processes related to fabricated structural bridge components.
PCI and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) have jointly prepared a “Quality Systems White Paper” describing in detail the essential requirements highlighted in the AASHTO resolution.
Q: Can I use radiant heat on Hollowcore slab systems?
A: Yes, the radiant heat ducts must be placed in a composite structural topping. The topping thickness will vary based upon the radiant heat suppliers requirements.
A good reference is PCI’s Manual for Hollowcore Slabs Design 2nd Edition. To learn more about specifying Hollowcore, sign-up for a free Lunch and Learn on High Performance Housing applications.
The fib Congress is the most prestigious international event of the concrete field, and PCI is proud to serve as this year’s host. The theme, “Think Globally, Build Locally,” is an essential tenet of sustainable design and construction, which represents the next stage in the evolution of design. We cordially invite you to join us in Washington, DC for this important, educational “can’t miss” event.
In this issue:
PCI is a Registered Provider of AIA learning units and Professional Development Hours.
Featured Presentation Sustainable Design using Precast Prestressed Concrete.
If you are interested in scheduling a lunch seminar, please contact us. A current list of programs can be found on our continuing education page.
Downloadable Design Aids:
Complete list at www.pcine.org/resources
Find a Producer:
Please contact a local producer if your firm needs help with budgets or design support, or if you are interested in a precast plant tour.
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