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Architectural High Performance Insulated Precast Panels being used for Massachusetts School

Putnam School Construction has commenced on the new Putnam Technical Vocational High School building in Springfield, MA. The new building will replace the current 73 year old school and meet the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA CHPS) standards for “high performance, green schools”. The 315,000 sq. ft. building is on schedule to be open for the fall school year of 2012.

The school is using 230 - 37 ft. tall multi-story architectural insulated precast panels produced by Coreslab Structures, Thomaston, CT. These panels offer architectural design flexibility while adhering to the high standards of the MA CHPS program.

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First NEXT D beams used on the Sibley Pond Bridge Replacement
Canaan and Pittsfield, ME

sibley The new 2-lane bridge is 36 ft curb to curb, 790 ft long (i.e. 10 - 79 ft spans), and straddles the Town lines between Canaan and Pittsfield, Maine. The bridge is comprised of two 5-span continuous units using the new PCI Northeast Extreme Tee (NEXT) “D” beams, which are 36 inches deep. The NEXT D beams with their full depth top-slab, (unlike the NEXT F beams, which require a cast-in-place deck) were selected by the design-build team of Lane Construction and Parsons Brinkerhoff. The team selected the option for their economy, speed of construction and for its potential to meet a 100 year life expectancy with minimal maintenance as specified by MaineDOT’s RFP.

To date, the first of the 10 ft wide NEXT D beam units, as well as several of the pile bents have been completed and were cast on May 4, 2011 by J.P. Carrara and Sons, Inc., at their Middlebury, VT location.

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Update on Logan International Airport Parking Structure
Economy Lot, East Boston, MA

2,920 Parking Spaces, On Time, Within Budget

Logan Logan Airport Economy Parking Garage is up and running. “The garage was completed on time and on budget based on a very aggressive schedule at a difficult and challenging site,” according to Camille Bechara, P.E. with Parsons Brinckerhoff the projects architect and engineer.

Breaking ground in July of 2010 the garage was ready for partial use by November and totally opened in December 2010. Thanks to precast with its rapid construction time and ability to quickly adjust when the plan changed and an additional floor was added, the 6 month project resulted in 2,920 additional parking spaces with minimal traffic delays. Travelers can now enjoy the additional parking and the fact that construction is done and all roads are open.

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Parking Structures: Historical Development and Emerging Trends

Presenter: Tom Broch
June 2, 2011

Parking This webinar focuses on the history and development of the parking structure. Beginning with its origins as an urban amenity, primarily for the wealthy, this presentation traces the trajectory of the continuing evolution of the parking garage up to the present. The session will discuss the design goals of parking structures and investigate how those have evolved over time, as well as review current and emerging trends. Additionally, attendees will learn what can make a parking structure qualify as a “green building.”

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Parking Structures and Their Role in Sustainable Design

Presenters: Christopher E. Brennan, PE, Walker Parking Consultants and Rita Seraderian, PE; PCI Northeast
June 23, 2011

Parking The modern parking structure has become a community building type that is used every day. The role that it plays as the entry place to our cities, towns, campuses, and buildings presents opportunities to integrate even more seamlessly into the fabric of the overall built environment. The integration of parking into the evolving mixed-use urban setting and transportation systems requires the modern parking structure to address new expectations regarding sustainability; functional and operational issues; and safety and security. This is a complex challenge as automotive, engineering, and traffic issues relative to site locations must be integrated to create a holistic solution.

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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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PCI Architecture Student Design Competition

Entry Deadline: May 27

PCI has launched a student design competition for a hypothetical multi-unit precast housing. This competition is intended to encourage universities to provide regional community service to their own campuses and communities by offering the widest range of capabilities that precast/prestressed concrete can offer.

You can find out more from the link below, or contact Roger Becker at PCI ( for more information.

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