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Forest House Apartments Bronx, NY

Higher Ed

A Sustainable, Eight-Story Green Housing Project with High Performance Precast. Forest House apartments in New York, takes affordable urban living to new sustainable green heights. The eight-story, 124-unit, affordable multi-family residential building is located in the low-income area of South Bronx and will include a rooftop “urban farm.”

Blue Sea Development, working with abs Architects and Danois Architects, developed the project with precaster Oldcastle Building Systems. Oldcastle supplied the locally produced precast concrete building components to allow the structure to be built quickly and with minimal disturbance to surrounding areas. The site is located in a high-density area with little space for construction activity.

According to Barbara Skarbinski of ABS Architects, “Oldcastle’s unique thin brick inlay saved labor and reduced the construction cycle time for exterior walls.”

David Wan, P.E., LEED AP at Oldcastle, reiterated that this is the “first affordable housing project with a rooftop greenhouse.” The use of precast concrete will help the project achieve LEED Gold and Energy Star Certification.

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Perspective Gained from the Earthquakes of Japan, Chile, and New Zealand

Robert Fleischman, Ph.D, University of Arizona and Ned Cleland, P.E., Ph.D., Blue Ridge Design, Inc.
March 15, 2012

Over the past couple of years, we have been rocked by some devastating earthquakes including those in Chile, New Zealand and Japan. These unpredictable events resulted in casualties; destroyed towns, cities and infrastructure; and took a toll on economies. It is critical that we learn from these events how to better design and build structures that will protect lives, as well as potentially be restored with minimal repairs after such incidents. This webinar will present the findings from three exploratory teams that visited Chile, New Zealand and Japan after their recent earthquakes. The presentation will share the teams’ observations and findings, as well as discussion of how precast concrete performed. The webinar will share how PCI’s codified PRESSS research has been successfully used in other countries and how you can utilize it in your own projects. (Link to PCI)

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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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Implementing Disaster Resilient Construction in Your Community

Join us for an informative one-day workshop to integrate resilience planning into your essential services and infrastructure needs.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified the need for robustness, resourcefulness, and recovery as the key elements of resilience. Many of the criteria for enhanced resilience are documented in standards, FEMA documents, and voluntary programs such as the Institute of Business and Home Safety FORTIFIED program.

  • Underpin your community’s economic vitality, the health and safety of your citizens, and support longterm sustainability.
  • Recognize and assess local disaster risks your community may face. Evaluate mitigation measures based on the consequences and potential of those risks.
  • Understand the importance of incorporating FORTIFIED building programs into construction techniques to provide an optimum level of protection against a variety of natural hazards specific to your region.
  • Solidify your knowledge of Safe Rooms, Storm Shelters as well as disaster resilient concrete systems such as tilt-up, removable concrete forms, insulating concrete forms, pre-cast and concrete masonry.

Who Should Attend: Intended for community leaders, builders, contractors, architects, engineers, planners, and risk managers.

Continuing Education: Registered with the AIA-CES and GBCI for 6 CE Professional Development hours.

Lunch is provided.

Only $95 for six credit hours.

Portsmouth, NH - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Registration: 7:30 am
Program: 8:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 pm
Adjourn: 4:30 pm

Register online Disaster Homes Buildings Workshop
Fax back registration form Disaster Homes Buildings Workshop.pdf

Registration and Travel Information: Jessica Walgenbach
1-888-846-7622 x1152 or

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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.

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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2012 Concrete Bridge Awards Competition

Extended Deadlinge - March 30, 2012

The Portland Cement Association is pleased to announce the 2012 Concrete Bridge Awards Competition. This is the 13th biennial competition, recognizing excellence in design and construction of concrete bridges. This year’s competition is co-sponsored by Roads & Bridges magazine.

As a past entrant, we would encourage you to participate in this year’s competition. All types of bridges—highway, railway, transit, and pedestrian—in which the basic structural system is concrete are eligible. Entries are encouraged for cast-in-place or precast concrete bridges (or combinations) with short, medium, or long spans. Newly constructed, rehabilitated, or widened structures qualify for the competition. Eligible bridges must have been essentially completed between September 2009 and September 2011. Entries were due February 29, 2012. We have extended this deadline to March 30, 2012. See the enclosed Call for Entries for more details.

You may also visit PCA’s website at to submit an online entry or to download the entry form for a hard copy submission.

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Report: Green Buildings More Resilient, Durable

Green buildings could weather storms with more resilience than traditional ones, according to a report from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. The report provides strategies that could make green buildings more durable and "explore[s] how climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts at all scales interact synergistically, with focus on how green building professionals can approach adaptation in the built environment."

Inside-ERP experts have new research on the state of the ERP market today. Read this brief to understand the ERP market and how it affects your business. Whether you're considering a new solution or just want to see what's changed, our brief has you covered.

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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.

For more information on the Structures Congress, Click More Below.

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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: $345.00
Registered Manual Holders upgrade: $122.50
Student: $104.00

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Ascent Magazine

Focus on Higher Education. The Spring edition of Ascent magazine focuses on higher education 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:

  • Science Buildings
  • Parking Structures
  • Dormitories
  • Precast Trends: Classrooms
  • Sport Strictures

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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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