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Functional Resilience - A Critical Component of Sustainability

Presenter: Dean Frank, P.E., LEED Green Assoc.
February 23

Sustainability has had a profound effect on most of us. It has made us think differently about how we live and function as a society. Of course, it has also changed how we design and build structures. Initially, most of the focus was on the construction of a structure, occupant comfort and energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is a critical component of sustainable design, especially since recent studies show that most of a building’s environmental impact comes from its energy use over the life of the structure. However, there is another critical component that should not be overlooked - functional resilience. How do we ensure that the life of a sustainable structure is maximized? Unfortunately, every year there are natural disasters, storms, and even manmade threats that destroy parts of our built environment wasting valuable resources, energy, money and time, and adding to our landfills. When these events happen, they can undo all of our good intentions and efforts and of course, threaten human life. This presentation explains the concept of functional resilience and presents ideas that we can incorporate into designing and building structures to ensure they last as long as we intend them to. Join us and learn more about this critical component of sustainability.

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New Lunch and Learn Offered
Precast and Higher Ed Applications

Higher Ed

Sign up for the new AIA NCEES approved presentation on Precast Applications for Higher Education. PCI will provide over $300 of complimentary literature for your library.

This presentation helps the designer understand precast building systems and products that can be used in College University applications. Precast concrete components including hollow-core plank, architectural panels, and high performance insulated wall panels have been long viewed as a durable method in building construction. Proper detailing and specifying precast will be reviewed along with topics such as acoustical considerations; fire and energy efficiency. Presentations conducted at noontime include a complimentary lunch.

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

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Resilience the Missing Link in Sustainable Design

Friday, February 17, 2012

PCINE Executive Director Rita Seraderian to speak Friday, February 17th at the The Capital District’s Celebration of National Engineers Week 2012, sponsored by the New York Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. Her seminar topic will be on “Resilience the Missing Link in Sustainable Design”.

The Capital District’s Celebration of National Engineers Week 2012 Seminar – Friday, February 17th
Resilience the Missing Link in Sustainable Design (1 PDH)
Presenter: Rita L. Seraderian, P.E., FPCI, LEED AP; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

This session will explain an approach for integrating functional resilient concepts into sustainable design for true high-performance buildings. The benefits of reduced maintenance and damage from disasters enhance sustainability by minimizing the amount of energy and materials required for repair, removal, disposal and replacement.

Time: 9:30am—10:30am, Salon E.
Location: Albany Marriott, Wolf Road, Albany, NY

Registration is required. Register online at


PCI 2012 Design Awards Open for Entries / May 21st Submission Deadline

Call for Entries

The 2012 PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. Be a part of the search for excellence and submit your project. Visit the Design Awards website for complete information including this year’s categories and submission guidelines.

All winning projects will be showcased at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference and be included in a summary article that appears in the PCI Journal, Aspire and Ascent magazines. Together, these publications reach over 65,000 industry stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project!

Entries are accepted in two primary categories: buildings and transportation structures. There are also Special Awards categories: the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award, the All-Precast Solution Award, and the Sustainable Design Award.

Entry cost: FREE

Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration, a structure must meet the following requirements:

  • Geographically located in the United States, Canada, or Mexico
  • Completed within the last three years (no earlier than Jan. 1, 2009)
  • Substantially constructed with plant-manufactured precast concrete, prestressed concrete, or glass-fiber-reinforced concrete (this includes architectural and structural applications)
  • Constructed with precast concrete manufactured in a PCI-Certified or CPCI-Certified plant
  • Has not received a PCI Design Award previously (honorable mentions may be resubmitted)

Questions? Contact Brian Miller, P.E., LEED AP, at (312) 360-3216 or; or Jennifer Peters at (312) 583-6780 or

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PCI Proud Sponsor of the SEI Structures Congress

March 29-31, Chicago IL

The premier event for structural engineers will be held at the Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park in Chicago and includes a full track of sessions organized by PCI.

  • Attend dynamic technical sessions – more that 100 to choose from.
  • Hear renowned keynote speakers David Billington, P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE, Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering Emeritus, Princeton University, and Glenn Bell, P.E. M.ASCE, CEO, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger.
  • Take part in the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) eye-opening Spring Risk Management Convocation.
  • Marvel at incredible views overlooking the city during the Chicago! Mid America Club Reception on the 80th floor of the Aon Building.
  • Discover the latest structural engineering products and services offered by exhibitors to enhance your projects.
  • Collect up to 25.5 PDHs.

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Third Edition of PCI Bridge Design Manual Release

The third edition of the popular PCI Bridge Design Manual is now available to order from the PCI Bookstore. The manual has been updated to conform to the fifth edition of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, including the 2011 Interim Revisions. There are 11 new design examples that provide solutions using various precast, prestressed concrete bridge beams and products. The examples illustrate all of the various new alternate code provisions including prestress losses, shear design, and transformed sections.

The manual is available both in print and in electronic book versions. The e-book runs on multiple platforms including both Apple and Windows. The e-book version is furnished with all orders and is a fully searchable and linked document. A web-based authentication system requires registration of the document and provides for electronic notices of updates and free delivery of subsequent releases of material in the third edition.

A substantial discount will be available for registered holders of the second edition. Webinars will be available to help orient new users of the third edition. If you have any questions, or if you are a current manual owner and want to make sure your manual is registered, contact

The new manual is a must-have for all design and load-rating engineers, owner agencies, contractors, specifiers, precasters and suppliers.

List price (non-members): $490.00
Member Price: $245.00
Registered Manual Holders upgrade: $122.50
Student: $104.00

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PCI Seeks 2012 -13 Precast Research Fellows / Proposals Due Feb 20th

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has announced that several $20,000 awards for the 2012-2013 academic year will be offered under the Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship program. These fellowships are intended primarily for support of candidates for master’s degree level research related to precast/prestressed concrete, though Ph.D. candidates will also be considered.

Research proposals are due at PCI headquarters no later than February 20, 2012. The PCI Research and Development Council will meet in late March 2012 to decide on the awards. The RFP includes a list of current PCI research needs, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Performance of double tee flange connections and joint leakage
  • Durability enhancement in precast concrete parking structures
  • Improved detailing of double tee bearing plates
  • Diaphragm connection performance when subject to earthquake loading
  • Simplified seismic connections for precast concrete shear walls
  • Effects of reinforcement in anchorage concrete breakout zones
  • Simplification of anchorage calculations
  • Strand lifting loop capacity
  • Effects of early age concrete on capacity of adhesive anchors

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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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Nominations Sought for PCI Sid Freedman Craftsmanship Awards / March 16 Deadline

The Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Awards program recognizes PCI certified plants for excellence in manufacturing and craftsmanship of architectural precast (A1 or CA) and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) structures and individual components. Any kind, size, or type of structure and/or element may be entered.

The Craftsmanship Awards program focuses on issues such as forming, overcoming obstacles to production, finishing and quality of individual architectural precast/prestressed units and GFRC rather than architectural design. The deadline for all entries is March 16, 2012. Contact Sid Freedman at with any questions.

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Ascent Magazine

Focus on Mixed Use. The Winter edition of Ascent magazine focuses on mixed-use projects, highlighting the ability of precast concrete to satisfy the structural, aesthetic, and parking demands of that market. Articles featured in this latest edition include:

  • A profile of architect Lucien Lagrange
  • The community building benefits of mixed-use projects
  • Dealing with interfaces
  • Functional Resilience: A new way to view sustainability
  • Publix Shopping centers use of precast on urban sites

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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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