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Norwich Intermodal Transportation Center, Norwich, CT

Norwich Intermodal Transportation Center

In the Spring of 2012, phase one of the Norwich Intermodal Transporation Center in Norwich, CT, was completed on time and within budget. The precast concrete facility brings together several modes of transportation including cars, buses, taxies and limousines (rail and ferry service in phase two).

All the precast components were were manufactured and erected by Blakeslee Prestress, Inc. of Branford, CT.

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Unistress Wins 2012 PCI Design Award for Ruppert Plaza Garage and Macombs Dam Rooftop Park


Congratulations to Unistress for winning a PCI Design Award in the Parking Structures: 1000+ cars category or the Ruppert Plaza Garage and Macombs Dam Rooftop Park in Bronx, New York.

The inherent strength of precast concrete enabled the rooftop park to become a reality. Unistress delivered 1,352 precast pieces to build the nearly 1 million square feet, 3 level, 1,700 parking space garage, creating an amazing 7 acres of rooftop that was turned into the Macombs Dam Park.

Unistress’s award will be presented at the PCI Convention in Nashville September 29-October 2.

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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.


PCI to Present Webinar on Achieving Aesthetic Goals with Inlaid Clay Products and Stone Veneers

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Jim Lewis, RA, LEED AP, Architectural Director, Gate Precast Company, will present "Achieving Aesthetic Goals with Inlaid Clay Products and Stone Veneers" on August 30, 2012 from 12:00 p.m.(Noon) EST.

Today more projects such as schools, hospitals, and higher-education facilities, are utilizing precast concrete to meet their program goals. An in-depth explanation of thin-brick, clay products will be presented in this session.

Often, aesthetic goals require the use of natural materials embedded in precast concrete. This approach provides the beauty and authenticity of these natural materials, while taking advantage of precast concrete’s speed, durability and design versatility.

This presentation will provide an overview of materials, and discuss today’s innovations and best practices including appropriate applications, and attachment methodologies. Project case studies will be used to highlight the material being presented.

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3rd Annual NECMA Education Day & Tradeshow

Rita Seraderian, PCI/NE will present "High Performance Precast Housing Applications" on September 25 from 3:15 p.m. – 4:pm p.m. EST.

Join us for this concrete masonry & hardscape education event. Learn about the current state of the art producs available which earning continuing education learning credits.

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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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2012 PCI Convention and
National Bridge Conference

Stay in Tune for Success at the 2012 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, September 29 – October 2 in Nashville, Tenn. There is no better place to meet and engage with industry leaders, experts, and key stakeholders than the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference. Scheduled networking opportunities include the Welcome Reception, the PCI Foundation Golf Outing, the Opening Program, the Awards Banquet, several guest tours, and more.

In addition to these organized opportunities, there are countless opportunities to interact with others in the industry through committee and council meetings, the exhibit hall, plant tours, breaks and education sessions.

A full list of events is available on the 2012 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference website. Don't miss out on all of the excellent networking opportunities and events that the 2012 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference has to offer.

We've brought back a keynote speaker for this year's event! Rising from garbage collector to Wall Street executive, Alan Parisse uses his diverse life experience to deliver relevant messages on leadership, sales, and cycles of change throughout the world. He will present on "Thriving in Turbulent Times."

Questions? Contact Follow the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference on Twitter, @PCIConvention.

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Updated Fire Publication Now Available on PCI's e-Publication Site


PCI/ICC's Design for Fire Resistance of Precast Prestressed Concrete, Third Edition (MNL 124-11) is available as an electronic publication at This manual has been used by designers for almost 30 years, and much of it has been reproduced or referenced in the model building codes and the International Building Code. Since the second printing in 1989, much has been experienced and learned, resulting in the need for updating the manual to its current status. Several parts have been rewritten to clarify the text and some new material has been added, but nothing has been changed that would affect the character of the manual.

This manual is the first PCI publication to be cobranded with the International Code Council (ICC). In addition, it has been issued an evaluation report (ESR-1997) through the ICC Evaluation Service. Click here to read the ICC-ES evaluation report. PCI e-publications can be purchased at

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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 Design-Build. The summer issue of PCI’s Ascent magazine focuses on Design-Build projects, highlighting the ability of precast concrete to safisfy the structural, aesthetic, and parking demands of that market. Articles featured in this latest edition include:

  • Parking Structures (Wickford Junction-Blakeslee Prestress Inc.)
  • Medical Campus Facility
  • High-Tech Infomation Center
  • Retail Devolopment

Washington D.C. architect James Kessler (HOK) is profiled for his long history of innovative work on correctional projects.

The Designer’s Notebook for this issue focuses on the precaster’s role in providing design assist to architects and engineers.

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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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