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7 Acre Rooftop Park Sits Atop Ruppert Plaza Precast Garage at Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium Parking Garages

The award winning Yankee Stadium Parking Garages are a reflection of teamwork at its finest. Yankee fans now have 3 new parking garages, 3,140 parking spaces and an outstanding rooftop park tops the largest of the garages. The 7 acre roof of the Ruppert Plaza Garage provides parking below and a urban oasis of grass, trees, soccer field, running track, handball courts and more are above. Teamwork between architects, engineers, landscape designers, contractors, and Capital Projects city of New York Parks and Recreation provided the solutions for both the fans and the community.
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(NEXT) Beam Bridge Construction begins on the 1st two projects

Next Beam

The Northeast Extreme Tee (NEXT) Beam is used on 2 bridges in Maine that are both under construction. The first is the seven span Route 103 bridge over the York River in York, ME. Construction completion is expected in November 2010. The second is the Elliot Overpass in Kittery, ME. on US Route 1 over Route 103 replacing a 1930‘s era steel bridge. Expected completion is June of 2011.

Route 103 Bridge over the York River — Maine
Elliot Overpass — Kittery, Maine


“Big Beam Contest”

Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont Wins 3rd Place in The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's (PCI's) “Big Beam Contest”

Big Beam

Norwich University Big Beam Team Faculty advisor: Prof. Edwin Schmecupeper & Prof. Adam Sevi Student team: Tim Bonce , Daniel Gosselin, Nicola Suren Zach Stanton, Kenn Gallagher, and Seth Knihtila are not shown. PCI producer: JP Carrara & Sons Inc., Middlebury, Vt., Award: $1500 and other prizes

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's (PCI) Student Education Judging Committee recently announced winners of the Engineering Student Design Award program, also known as the Big Beam Contest. Organized by PCI's Student Education Committee, and sponsored by Sika Corp., the Big Beam Contest entails fabrication and testing of precast, prestressed concrete beams by student teams under the guidance of local PCI producer members. Prizes are awarded for most efficient design, highest load capacity, and best report, among multiple categories. First place winners of the zone competitions move on to the national competition to be judged against one another to determine the national champion.
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PCI Design Award Winners Announced:

Strescon Wins Parking Structures Award, Halifax International Airport Parking Garage

This structure serves as a parking garage and rental car facility for Halifax International Airport. Precast concrete was chosen as the building material because of reducing cost, large clear spans, superb quality control, and speed of construction. Double-tees allowed the designers to achieve clear spans that provided openness, clear visibility, and intuitive vehicle movements within the garage.

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PCI Northeast will host a session at BuildBoston this year

The session is Friday November 19, 2010 from 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Ths session name is “Sustainability through Durability, Adaptability and Deconstructibility”. The longer a building remains in service the smaller the environmental impact is per year of service by incorporating strategies for durability, adaptability and deconstructablilty in the design phase of a project. All buildings eventually will be replaced therefore Design for Deconstruction (DfD) may be one of the most important green design strategies for achieving material sustainability. Precast Concrete is one of the few material systems that can meet this demand. Through a series of case examples we will discuss how precast can easily adapt to future changes. We will discuss connection technologies and strategies for adaptability and outline the requirements for high performance building design with precast concrete.


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Designing and Building Sustainable K-12 Schools (October 26 & 28)


The program requirements for school construction have changed over the past years, recently with an increased emphasis on sustainable design. Today's schools need to be durable, high-performance facilities with low maintenance costs. This webinar will present practical approaches to designing and building sustainable schools utilizing precast concrete. Some of the specifics covered include aesthetics, energy efficiency, site impact, schedule, LEED certification and ways in which designers can control cost and quality in precast projects.
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Designing Sustainable Military Structures (September 28 & 30) (1 HSW/SD Credit)

Current federal guidance, EPACT 2005 PL-109-58, EISA 2007 PL-110-140, Exec Order 13423, and Exec Order 13514, provide the energy efficiency and sustainable design standards for federal buildings. Military structures must be designed not only comply with this guidance, but also provide the necessary protection against threats that ordinary structures may not have. This webinar will discuss how precast concrete can both meet the current energy and sustainability guidance and assist in meeting your program requirements including impact and blast resistance. Other topics will include aesthetics, speed of construction and schedule, maintenance, durability and service life.
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Basic Prestressed Concrete Design Short Course held at University of Mass. Amherest, MA

October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 2010

University of Mass. and The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Northeast (PCINE) will offer a short course on Basic Prestressed Concrete Design. Course and registration information available on-line.
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Precast Concrete Structural Design Seminar

November 4, 2010 - New York, NY

Engineers, architects and other design professionals will gain a solid understanding of prestressed concrete design using a specific design example. The PCI Design Handbook, 7th edition, will be explored as a tool for designing precast and prestressed concrete structures. The seminar will guide participants through the design process using the new handbook as a reference.
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Oldcastle Seminar & Workshop

October 6th, 2010


Oldcastle (Glass, Precast, Material, Building Systems, Architectural Products Group, MMI, Pro-Spec) is hosting an educational and networking event at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA on October 6th, 2010.

You can attend just for an hour to network with the construction professionals or all day long to get AIA/CES/PDH/SD credits and learn new opportunities provided by Oldcastle. Breakfast and luncheon will be provided by Oldcastle.
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