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The Cross Street Bridge
Middlebury, VT


The Cross Street Bridge Project in the town of Middlebury, Vt., was both a co-winner in the bridges with main span more than 150 feet category and a winner of the Harry H. Edwards Award for Industry Advancement in the 2011 PCI Design Awards. This two-lane, three-span bridge boasts a 240-foot center span, the longest simple span precast, post-tensioned spliced concrete girder bridge in the U.S. The main span is anchored by a pair of 120-foot-long adjacent box beam spans. The center span includes five modified New England Bulb Tee Girder lines, each consisting of three individual segments, 64 feet, 108 feet, and 64 feet respectively. The precaster was required to produce a 10,000 PSI self-consolidating concrete mix to meet the design demands on the large girders. Girder segments were erected using a single Manitowoc crane with 160 feet of boom capable of hoisting the 93 ton segments into place. The approach spans each feature 10 adjacent box beams cast using 8,000 PSI self-consolidating concrete. Use of a design-build project delivery system, first such use on a major transportation project within the state, greatly accelerated completion. Engineers is Vanasse Hangen Brustin Inc., North Ferrisburgh, Vt. Precaster is J.P. Carrara & Sons Inc., Middlebury, Vt.

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Changing Parking Lots To Parks Without Losing Spaces


Stimulating economic growth sometimes takes a discerning eye to see potential. In this case the Wonderland Station in Revere, MA has that potential. The city of Revere and developer Eurovest recognize the potential of this ocean view community and the existing convenience of buses and trains. The Wonderland Station is the center of 8.8 acre Waterfront Square development uniting it with outlying areas and bringing with it access to homes, business, entertainment, parks and beaches.

Blakeslee Prestress, Inc. of Branford CT has already cast the 1,100 precast concrete elements and the erection process has begun. This process is expected to proceed quickly and is scheduled to be completed by September 2011. Once the garage is ready the existing parking lots can be repurposed and commuters will not suffer from lack of available parking during the redevelopment of the ocean-side community.

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Precast Concrete: Helping You Build Sustainably on Campus

Presenters: Joseph Lord, Executive Director, Florida Prestressed Concrete Association
August 25

Cap Many universities are choosing to build with precast concrete. Precast is a popular choice for a wide variety of structures on campus, from stadiums and parking structures to dorms and classroom buildings. In addition to its aesthetic versatility, ability to meet challenging timelines, and assistance in staying on budget, precast can also help meet sustainable goals. This presentation will discuss sustainable design for higher education with a focus on precast concrete.

The session will discuss the various types of precast materials and how to specify them appropriately on a project. Additionally, the presentation will address the factors that influence material choices on university projects. Case studies will be used to highlight concepts.

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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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International Concrete Sustainability Conference
Boston, August 9-11

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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 Structural Design Seminar
October 5, 2011 - Albany, N.Y.

The PCI Structural Design Seminar is a course for both engineers who have designed with precast/prestressed concrete in the past, as well as those who have not. This course will guide attendees through a quick preliminary design of a three-story, integrated precast office building using the PCI Design Handbook, 7th edition, as a reference.

Seminar Details:

Continuing Education Credits - Attendees will earn 7.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) or 7.5 HSW-Learning Units (LU). A certificate will be provided at the conclusion of the seminar and attendance data will be submitted to the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors, for which PCI is a Registered Continuing Education Provider. Attendance data will be submitted to AIA for any AIA member.

Seminar Benefits - Attendees will receive a copy of the PCI Design Handbook, 7th edition or a CD-only copy of the handbook (depending on registra­tion type), a seminar notebook and additional materials. Registration includes a morning break, lunch and an afternoon break.

Seminar Fees - $295 – This fee includes a copy of the PCI Design Handbook 7th edition, to use as a reference for years to come, a CD of the handbook, seminar notes, breaks and lunch. Participants who are not already PCI members will also receive a FREE one-year individual PCI membership.

$225 - includes all of the materials above except the PCI Design Handbook text. You will receive a CD-only of the handbook (Bring your laptop to class to facilitate your learning experience if you choose this discounted registration type).

TO REGISTER – select the More Link below.
(A credit card is required for online registration)

Location and Time:
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10 Airline Drive, Suite 203
Albany, N.Y. 12205

This seminar is limited to 30 attendees.

Co-sponsored by ASCE-SEI
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PCI has issued errata for the 7th Edition of the PCI Design Handbook

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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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