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Veterans Memorial Bridge (UPDATE)
Portland, ME


ON SCHEDULE WITH PRECAST. Unistress Corporation began its delivery of the 361 custom-built precast concrete segments for the Veterans Memorial Bridge at the end of April without any setbacks. According to a spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation, “the slow-moving transport trailers are expected to have a minimal impact on the weekday I-295 traffic.”

On May 9th erection of the first precast segment on Pier 6E (Portland side) was completed, and all is still on schedule as of June 1st with daily deliveries of precast concrete segments. Significant progress on the Veterans Memorial Bridge has been made with 42 of the 361 total segments erected. These 42 segments make up the full cantilever at Pier 6W and half of the cantilever at Pier 6E.

Segment delivery and installation will continue through the summer and fall of 2011. According to the general contractor Reed & Reed, the plan is to have all 361 segments installed across the river by November 2011.

Construction completion of the $63 million bridge connecting Portland’s West End to South Portland is expected by the summer of 2012. The old Veterans Memorial Bridge remains open to traffic during the construction period.

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Wickford Junction Parking Garage
Kingstown, RI


Wickford Junction Station and Parking Garage will soon be open and providing travelers with convenient transportation and parking. The station provides 1,000 parking spaces for commuters and another 100 for the adjacent mixed-used retail and soon a direct rail to the T.F. Green Airport.

Precast concrete has mastered old world charm with the necessity of a new infrastructure. The clock tower design and the red thin brick panels are reminiscent of 1880’s millwork buildings used for the design the garage and train station. The design of the building camouflages the fact that it is a parking garage and nestles comfortably with the surrounding area. It includes consideration for the growing area and two more levels of parking can be added in the future. Past, present and future are woven together in the design of Wickford Junction Station and Parking Garage.

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Accelerated Bridge Program On Fast Track Along I-93, Medford, MA


This summer, MassDOT is replacing fourteen deteriorated bridge superstructures along I-93 in Medford, MA. During weekends, I-93 will be reduced to four lanes (two in each direction) in Medford. All of the bridge replacements will be complete by the end of August.

MassDOT is using innovative construction methods and materials to minimize impacts and congestion. The project uses a prefabricated modular superstructure system which will eliminate years of work.

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High Performance Precast Student Housing Applications


The high-performance concrete housing project requires an understanding of the performance of both the structural support system, and the precast concrete floor system, as well as the interaction of both. This ”Lunch & Learn” presentation helps the specifier understand precast building systems using hollowcore plank. Topics being presented include: Fabrication and installation procedures, proper detailing requirements, building envelope considerations, fire resistance, blast resistance, acoustical benefits and sustainability considerations.

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

Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: AIA 1.0 HSW LU | PDH: 1.0

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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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How to Meet Today's Design Requirements for Military Structures

Presenter: Brian Griffis, Gate Precast and Marshall Bassett, Gate Precast
July 14, 2011

Helmet Today's military structures have some additional requirements that must be met, such as ATFP and some form of sustainable design requirements - currently LEED Gold. This course provides a more in-depth look at how precast concrete can be used to address four key areas of design and construction of military structures, including sustainability, blast resistance, OMC and architectural requirements. Case studies will be used to highlight the concepts that are discussed.

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Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Showcase/Workshop Held In MA

July 16-17, 2011

MassDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are sponsoring a showcase on the fourteen bridges that will be reconstructed along I-93, many of them containing precast concrete bridge components, and on how a state can use Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). The Showcase/Workshop will be held July 16-17, 2011 in Massachusetts.

For more information check out MassDOT’s website (called the Fast14 project) devoted to the I-93 project:

International Concrete Sustainability Conference
Boston, August 11

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PCI is an organizational partner for the 2011 International Concrete Sustainability Conference in Boston. Additionally, PCI Director of Quality Programs Dean Frank will present at the event.

The International Concrete Sustainability Conference provides learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction. This year’s conference is being held in conjunction with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub 2011 Industry Day on August 11.

For information on the event or to register, visit

Please use the following code when registering: CSC11PPCI.

PCI has issued errata for the 7th Edition of the PCI Design Handbook

You can download it here.

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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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