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Precast: The High Performance Concrete — Engineering & Architectural Seminar - November 8, 2011 - NY


Its not to late to register for the Precast: The High Performance Concrete Seminar being held at the New York City Seminar & Conference Center in New York, NY on November 8.

Morning Session for Engineers — Cutting Edge Precast for Engineers
Featured Presentations:

  • Parking Structures and Sustainable Design Considerations
  • Total System Building
  • Blast Considerations for Precast Walls

Afternoon Session for Architects — Precast: The High Performance Concrete
Featured Presentations:

  • High Performance Sandwich Wall Panels
  • Sustainable Precast Concrete Construction
  • Introduction to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC)

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Featured Projects

Sibley Bridge Replacement (UPDATE)
Canaan, ME


The Sibley Pond Replacement Bridge in Canaan, ME is well underway and is anticipated to be completed in the Fall of 2012. This bridge is the first to use the Northeast Extreme “D” Beam (NEXT D Beam) which was selected by the design-build team of Lane Construction and Parsons Brinkerhoff. The NEXT D Beam was selected because it provides faster construction, lower cost and a 100-year life span expectancy. J.P. Carrara and Sons, Inc., Middlebury, VT is handling the manufacturing and delivery of the Northeast Extreme Beams (NEXT Beams).

To date in accordance to the schedule, construction should be nearing the half way mark to completion.

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Wickford Junction Parking Garage (UPDATE)
Kingston, RI


The precast concrete erection of the Wickford Junction parking garage is nearing completion and projected to open Winter of 2012. This project was designed to capture the charm of the local 1880’s millwork building style which is common to the area. From the clock tower design and the incorporation of the red thin brick in the panels you can see how much detail was applied by the team. This beautiful parking facility will also serve as train station and includes access to the T.F. Green Airport.

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Accelerated Bridge Construction

Precast Deck Panels Speeds Design-Build Repairs on Route 42
Green County, NY

Route 42

After Tropical Storm Lee and Hurrican Irene hit New York, six miles of Route 42 in Greene County and two bridges were washed out by severe flooding. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has been working diligently to repair transportation structures as quickly as possible with a tentative finish date of February 2012.

NYDOT chose the design-build team of Halmar International, LLC and McLaren Engineering Group for having the best-value proposal out of the five proposals received. The work includes replacement of two bridges, 150 ft and 100 ft long, respectively. "The team will repair the three miles between the steel-deck-girder and concrete bridges", says Chris Larsen, Halmar principal.

The team will use precast concrete deck panels which will provide better quality since the bridge decks will be built indoors in a controlled environment,” Larsen says. Fort Miller Group, Co. Inc. will manufacture the precast concrete deck panels used for the bridges.

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U.S. 6 Bridge over Keg Creek


The Iowa DOT is replacing the US 6 Bridge over Keg Creek using prefabricated elements that are all produced at the job site! The Prefabricated Elements include abutting deck/beam elements, straddle caps, columns, parapets, and approach slabs. The project will use ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) for the deck closure joints and will be the first structure in the U.S. that uses UHPC in the transverse continuity joints. The project will utilize a self-compacting backfill concept for rapid abutment construction - and will be constructed in its entirety using conventional on-site construction equipment. Combining the use of PBES with innovative materials, methods of construction, and contracting will limit traffic disruptions to only 14 days. Visit the project website for additional project information including pictures, web cam, and animation video.

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FREE PCI Webinar

Sustainability Through Durability, Adaptability and Deconstructibility

Presenter: Rita Seraderian PCI Northeast
November 17


The longer a building remains in service, the smaller its environmental impact is per year of service. By incorporating strategies for durability, adaptability and deconstructablilty in the design phase of a project, the embodied impact can be reduced. Adaptability is the ability of a structure to accommodate various future changes with minimum cost and schedule impact.

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, this presentation will discuss how precast can easily adapt to future changes. We will discuss connection technologies and strategies for adaptability, as well as outline the requirements for high-performance building design with precast concrete.

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Accelerated Bridge Construction

Accelerated Bridge

NEW Accelerated Bridge Construction using the NEXT Beam: PCINE Bridge Technical committee has developed a new bridge shape called the Northeast Extreme Tee Beam or NEXT Beam. The goal of this new section is to provide a fast construction option for variable width bridges with spans up to 90 feet. The presentation will focus on the committee's work in developing the beam and a detailed example on how to use the new section in an accelerated bridge project. The PCINE Accelerated Bridge Guidelines along with other precast options will also be discussed.

PCINE provides several PCI publications for the office library and presentations conducted at noon-time include a complimentary lunch.

Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: PDH 1.0

Overview of Precast/Prestressed Concrete:

  • Full Depth Precast Panels for Deck Replacements
  • Precast Substructures
  • Case Study of Two Projects including details

Manuals For Your Library:

  • PCI Rapid Bridge Binder
  • PCI Design Handbook
  • Several Misc. Publications

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PCI & Sika Announces 2012 Big Beam Contest/Begins August 15

Big Beam

PCI has announced competition guidelines for the 2011-12 Big Beam Contest. Each student team must work with a PCI Producer Member to build a precast-prestressed concrete beam which is 18 ft. long and tested as a 16 foot span. The beams will be tested and prizes awarded for best performance in the stated areas. Students must discuss both the structural design and the concrete mix design for the beam. Note: The loading pattern is changed for 2011-12.

The contest begins August 15, 2011 and ends June 15, 2012. All beams must be fabricated and tested within this time frame. Results are due by June 15, 2012 at PCI Headquarters.

Thanks to Sika for sponsoring the PCI Big Beam Contest.

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Ascent Magazine

Subscribe to PCI's Ascent magazine (it's free!) or if you prefer read it online line.

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PCI eLearning

Parking PCI is proud to offer the first education management system dedicated to the precast concrete and precast structures industries, the PCI elearning Center. All courses offered through this system satisfy the continuing education requirements of engineers in all 50 states! As an AIA provider, PCI is able to offer architects approved Learning Units to satisfy their continuing education requirements. Be sure to bookmark us and visit often as we populate this interface with more and more free, easy-to-access, always-available coursework.

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