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The Victor, Boston, MA

The Victor

Ground breaking for The Victor has begun and soon Boston will have a new, 12-story, LEED Silver certified precast concrete residential building with parking and retail space. The 377,000 sq. ft. residential building will boast a 3-level above grade parking garage with 138 spaces and 17,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

The project will include 750 pieces of Architectural Precast cladding panels with both brick and textured concrete produced by Coreslab, MA. Precast panels offer cost savings with its rapid construction and low maintenance.

The $97 million dollar project will be built partially over two tunnels and will include 2 rooftop lounges and a health club.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Athletic Field/Parking Structure


This project is unique in that the athletic field will be built over the parking structure. The inherent strength of high performance precast concrete enabled the rooftop athletic field with underground parking to become a reality.

Symmes Maimi & McKee of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the projects engineer and architect has designed a one level, 171,696 sq. ft. (of supported structured area) with 548 spaces parking structure. Gilbane Building Company of Boston, Massachusetts is the projects general contractor. Blakesee Prestress, Inc. has been awarded the precast manufacturing of approximately 503 pieces and they will begin erection in August with the completed garage ready for parking in October 2012.

Photo renderings courtesy of the architectural firm of Symmes Maimi & McKee of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

PCI Research

Integral Abutment NEXT Beam Bridge Load Testing

Load Testing

An integral abutment NEXT beam bridge located in Brimfield, MA was recently load tested to determine the live-load distribution characteristics of this new type of prestressed concrete cross section. The project is being conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst with funding from PCI (Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship), PCI-Northeast, New Hampshire DOT, and Central Atlantic Bridge Co. Funding for instrumentation was provided by MassDOT. The main goals of the research project are to determine live-load distribution factors of NEXT beam bridges through analytical (finite element) modeling and to compare these factors with physical testing.  The long-term thermal performance of the selected integral abutment bridge is also of interest. In order to accomplish these goals the bridge was instrumented with approximately 140 embedded strain gauges and 8 displacement transducers.  To date strains have been measured during construction of the bridge and during the load test.

Parametric studies were conducted on a series of single-span NEXT beam bridges to determine the influence of span length, skew angle, and abutment fixity on live-load distribution factors.  The factors determined through analysis were compared with live-load distribution equations in AASHTO-LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.  Results from the load test will also be used to compare with values obtained from finite element models.


Accelerated Bridge Guide Details for Substructures Just Released

Bridge Guidelines

The PCI Northeast Bridge Technical Committee has just completed a series of guideline drawings, which represent the design, and detailing of precast concrete substructures. These sheets provide an example of different substructure types for the use of Accelerated Bridge Construction in the Northeast.

The details are available for download HERE.


High Performance Precast Structures and Frames

Presenter: Marty McIntyre
Executive Director, PCI Illinois-Wisconsin
June 28, 2012

This presentation will provide attendees with an introduction to precast concrete structures and frames. Many applications will be covered including parking structures, residential, offices, manufacturing and institutional settings. The session will discuss typical structural components, precast concrete manufacturing, design considerations, and construction and erection considerations. Several of the concepts discussed will be illustrated with project examples and case studies.

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Accelerated Bridge Construction using Precast Concrete

Accelerated Bridge Guide Details for Substructures has just been released.

Phillipston Bridge Replacement

The PCI Northeast Bridge Technical Committee has just completed a series of guideline drawings, which represent the design and detailing of precast concrete substructures. These sheets provide an example of different substructure types for use on bridge projects in the Northeast. The presentation will discuss the developed material in more detail and how they can be used for accelerated bridge construction.

Length: 1.0 Hour | Credits: PDH 1.0

Overview of Precast/Prestressed Concrete Topics:
• Precast Substructures
• Full Depth Precast Panels for Deck Replacements
• Case Study of Projects including details

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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 Designer’s Notebook is registered for 1 LU/PDH of CE credit. Take a look.

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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.

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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."

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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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