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First Total Precast SUNY Dormitory, Albany, NY

SUNY Dormitory

The State University of New York (SUNY) – Albany is constructing a new $60 million, all precast concrete, 500 bed apartment-style dormitory on the southeast portion of the Uptown campus, named “Liberty Terrace”. Oldcastle Precast, Inc – Building Systems Division was awarded the precast concrete elements for the new 180,000 square-foot dormitory complex which consists of two buildings, each 5 stories tall, with 250 bedrooms in each building.

Oldcastle Precast is responsible for the precast concrete design and engineering of the precast dormitory structure and manufacturing and installation of the precast concrete elements. Installation of the precast elements began in June and is slated to be complete by September of 2011. This dormitory project is designed to achieve the LEED Gold Level.

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Cambridge Discovery Park Parking Structure, Cambridge, MA

Cambridge Discovery Park Parking Structure

You’ve heard of speed reading…but, have you heard of speed building? Cambridge Discovery Park’s first of two parking structures located in Cambridge, MA, was a 63-day building record that should have been impossible to complete, but was not. Blakeslee Prestress, Inc. of Branford CT manufactured and erected the 592 precast concrete elements in record time.

The precast concrete parking structure is five levels, three bay, 196,316 sq.ft. and accommodates 657 vehicles.

In today’s hard economic times when both time and quality are critical, precast concrete delivers unsurpassed excellence, dependably and when necessary its delivered at record speeds.

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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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Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) Online Seminars Announced

August 16th - 17th, 2011

Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) is a tried and true technology that is advancing bridge construction to the next level. To further support the FHWA’s Every Day Counts initiative of PBES implementation, a series of webinar modules have been scheduled to provide continued awareness for local, regional, and state transportation agencies. These modules will be hosted online and offered at no cost via the FHWA webinar training platform.

Representatives from the concrete, steel, composites, and construction industries will highlight how their industry efforts and capabilities support the EDC-PBES deployment for accelerated bridge construction. The training includes project-specific examples and case studies to highlight the benefits of PBES and accelerated bridge construction.

The target audiences for this training are bridge and construction engineering staff from local, regional, and state transportation agencies as well as consultants and the contracting industry. The training includes 12 individual topic modules scheduled for the convenience of audiences in the east, central/mountain, and west coast time zones.


A total of 4 Sessions (3 modules per Session) will be held over a two-day period.

Registration must be done separately for each Session at the links shown below.


SESSION 1 - modules 1 thru 3
August 16, 2011: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Session 1 Registration


SESSION 2 - modules 4 thru 6
August 16, 2011: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Session 2 Registration


SESSION 3 - modules 7 thru 9
August 17, 2011: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Session 3 Registration


SESSION 4 - modules 10 thru 12
August 17, 2011: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Session 4 Registration


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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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.

Co-sponsored by ASCE-SEI

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.

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

Location and Time:
Registration:7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10 Airline Drive, Suite 203
Albany, N.Y. 12205

Space is limited so register early.

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PCI Announces 2011 Big Beam Contest Winner

The Student Education Judging Committee recently selected the winners of the Engineering Student Design Award, also known as the Big Beam Contest. First-place winners from each of the six PCI zones, along with the international entries considered as zone 7, competed for the overall championship.

PCI’s Student Education Committee (Dr. Richard Miller, Chair) organizes the Big Beam Contest, sponsored by SIKA corp. The objective is for teams of students to fabricate and test a precast, prestressed concrete beam with the help of local precast concrete producer members. Prizes are awarded for the most efficient design, highest load capacity, best report, and other categories.

National Competition:
Fourth place: Norwich University, Northfield, VT (Zone 5)
Faculty advisor: Edwin Schmeckpeper, Ph.D, P.E.
Student team: Daniel Gosselin, E.I.T, Nicola Suren,E.I.T, Logan Bessette, Austin Brochetti, Seth Knihtila
PCI producer: JP Carrera & Sons, Inc., Middlebury, VT (Benjamin Cota)
Award: $1250

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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PCI 2011 57th Annual Convention and National Bridge Conference Oct 22-26

Salt Lake City, UTAH

Early Bird Registration Ends September 9th


PCI has opened registration for the 57th Annual PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference. Held this year in Salt Lake City, Utah, the convention will run from October 22-26, with committee and council meetings occurring on October 20-21. This year’s theme of Shape Your Future captures the need to redefine our industry for a changed business and construction landscape that will likely emerge from the recession.

Convention Schedule
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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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