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Unistress Wins 2011 PCI Design Award for 164th Street Garage

164th Street Garage

Congratulations to Unistress for winning a PCI Design Award in the Parking Structures 0-999 cars category for the 164th Street Garage in Bronx, New York.

Adjacent to the new Yankee stadium, this five-tier, 660-space precast garage serves as the fourth façade of the stadium. With white precast concrete and stainless steel mesh panels, the garage fits the stadium’s neo-traditional design. To protect the adjacent stadium from explosive devices, the NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force required that the garage include a hardened 12-in.-thick, 50-ft-tall reinforced structural concrete wall on the south façade. The wall was designed using a single-degree-of-freedom dynamic loading model to simulate the blast loading.

Unistress’s award will be presented at the PCI Convention in Salt Lake City in October.

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Unistress Wins 2011 PCI Design Award for DCR Access Road Bridge

DCR Access Road Bridge

Congratulations to Unistress for winning a PCI Design Award in the Transportation: Nonhighway Bridges category for the DCR Access Road Bridge in Randolph, Massachusetts.

The structure of this pedestrian/equestrian bridge consists of a precast channel design—a segmental deck with the primary support girders integrated with the parapets. The design allowed an increase in clearance and elimination of two of three existing piers while maintaining existing approach grades. As a fully post-tensioned design, the deck is highly durable and requires little maintenance. Because the deck is part of the precast section, the entire superstructure was erected in only four weeks. The design was specifically developed to protect the scenic character of the surrounding parkland.

Unistress’s award will be presented at the PCI Convention in Salt Lake City in October.

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J.P. Carrara & Sons Wins 2011 PCI Design Award (co-winner) and Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award for Cross Street Bridge

DCR Access Road Bridge

Congratulations to J.P. Carrara & Sons for winning a PCI Design Award in the Transportation: Main Span More Than 150’ category and the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award category for the Cross Street Bridge in the town of Middlebury, Vermont.

This two-lane, three-span bridge boasts a 240-ft center span, making it 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-ft-long adjacent box beam spans. The center span includes five modified New England bulb tee girder lines, each consisting of three individual segments, 64 ft, 108 ft, and 64 ft respectively. The precaster was required to produce a 10,000-PSI self-consolidating concrete mix to meet the design demands on the large girders.

J.P. Carrara & Sons’s award will be presented at the PCI Convention in Salt Lake City in October.

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PCI Webinar: Precast Net-Zero Energy Buildings - September 22


  • Professor Rich Garber and students of the New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Marty McIntyre: Exec. Director of PCI Ilinois/Wisconsin
  • Greg Winkler: Exec. Director of MAPA

Precast Net-Zero Energy Buildings Presentations covering two exciting new precast concrete net-zero energy buildings--one small house and the largest net-zero facility in the US. Projects featured are the NJIT Solar Decathlon House and the National Renewable Energy Center Laboratory in Colorado Springs, CO.

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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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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 & 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.

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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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