Make Resilience Part of Sustainability
Each year in the United States, more than $35 billion in direct property loss is caused by natural disasters. Yet, while states and
municipalities are seeking to adopt ordinances that require “green” or “sustainable” construction, they are
overlooking disaster-resistance construction. There is now a call for making enhanced resilience to natural and man-made disasters
the first consideration of a green building. Increased longevity and durability, combined with improved disaster resistance, results
in the need for less energy and resources for repair, removal, disposal, and replacement of building materials and contents due to
routine maintenance and operations, as well as disasters.
View a PCA white paper on functional resiliency.
Learn More about Resilience
Arrange an AIA “Learn at Lunch” presentation on Sustainable Design.
Attend a Seminar on “Implementing Disaster Resilient Construction in Your Community
Join us for a informative one-day workshop on resilience planning.
Precast Solutions for Hurricane Damage
Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast of the United States late last August it hit the upper North East and traveled inland before
it said goodbye. The storm dropped 11 inches of rain in Vermont and 13 inches in New York and the real damage for those states
occurred after the storm when the over loaded rivers and streams raged. The Governor of Vermont called it the worst flooding
in a century.
As a result of Hurricane Irene’s flooding damage and destruction of numerous bridges, precast concrete was used in the construction
of several replacement bridges. A partial listing of the bridge projects include: Holiday Farm Road - Bridgewater, VT; Water Andric
Road - Dansville, VT; Jim Earl Bridge - Bridgewater, VT; Bracket Brook - Carrabassett, ME; North Branch - Carrabassett, ME; Richards
Road Bridge - Grafton, VT; Taylor Brook - Grafton, VT; GMRC - Cavendish, VT; Green MT. RR - Clarendon, VT; East Lake Rd - Ludlow, VT
and Titus Road Bridge - Moriah, NY.
The Titus Road Bridge in Moriah, NY., was one of the precast concrete replacement bridges produced using the new Northeast Extreme
Tee Beam (NEXT). This fast track bridge system has reduced construction time thus saving money and is currently being used for
short to moderate span bridges. Dailey Precast, LLC of Shaftsbury, VT was the precast concrete producer who manufactured and
erected the replacement bridge. The NEXT Beams used were 7ft wide and 76ft long with integral 1ft-6in thick backwalls at
14º skews. The beams were cast with and 8in turf drag finished drive-on deck.
These precast concrete solutions aid designers in expediting various bridge repairs or bridge replacements after such devastating
storms, and give the owner a longer lasting more durable bridge.
The International Green Construction Code: The Next Chapter in Design
Presenter: Greg Winkler, AIA, Executive Director,
Mid-Atlantic Precast Association
May 24, 2012
The International Green Construction Code (IgCC), introduced earlier this year, promises to fundamentally alter the way owners and
architects view sustainability. This presentation will cover the basic organization and operation of the IgCC, and review how this
revolutionary new code will shift the sustainability discussion from manufacturing and construction to life-cycle performance and
durability. The presentation will also review how precast concrete satisfies many of the proposed requirements in the IgCC.
ABC Center at Florida International University (FIU) presents
2012 Domestic Scan on ABC Connections Findings & Recommendations
Alexander K. Bardow, P.E.
State Bridge Engineer, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
To register, please visit http://www.abc.fiu.edu for instructions.
Earn one hour of PDH
FEATURED LEARN AT LUNCH PRESENTATION
New Learn at Lunch Offered
Precast and Higher Ed Applications
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PCI Offers Designer’s Notebook on “Tolerances”
PCI has recently published a Designer’s Notebook on envelope tolerances for architectural precast concrete. The Designer’s Notebook
explains the three groups of tolerances established for architectural precast concrete: product tolerances, erection tolerances, and interfacing
tolerances. The Designerâ€™s Notebook is registered for 1 LU/PDH of CE credit. Take a look.
Third Edition of PCI Bridge Design Manual Now Available from PCI Bookstore
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.
The manual is available both in print and in electronic book versions. The
e-book runs on multiple platforms including both Apple and Windows.
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
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.
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
- Precast Trends: Classrooms
- Sport Strictures
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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