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Fortis Data Center, Norwalk, CT

Fortis Data Center

When you think data security... think precast.

Blakeslee Prestress, Inc. has been awarded the contract to build the Cervalis Data and Recovery Center for the Fortis Property Group, LLC. The new building will house a state-of-the art, secure, data center for infrastructure solutions, managed hosting and enterprise cloud computing, networking and telecommunications.

The new two story facility will have a 77,000 sq.ft. footprint with 167,588 sq.ft of space. Blakeslee will provide and erect the 851 precast pieces that include 111 wall panels, and 242 double tees.

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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 LEED credits as well as cost savings with its rapid construction and low maintenance.

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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.


Safe, High Performance, Sustainable Precast School Design

Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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Presenter:Peter Finsen, Executive Director and CEO, Georgia/Carolinas PCI

High-performance school design utilizing integrated architectural and structural precast and prestressed concrete components has gained greater acceptance for numerous reasons, including increasingly sophisticated owners and material benefits such as prefabrication, sustainability, energy efficiency, fire, storm and blast resistance, cost effectiveness (initial and life-cycle), aesthetic versatility, durability and low maintenance. In this session, participants will learn the basics of precast/prestressed concrete school design and manufacturing, in the context of integrated architectural and structural solutions. We’ll explore safety, security, thermal and acoustical properties and other high-performance characteristics of schools built with architectural, structurally composite, insulated, load-bearing wall systems and double tee floor/roof systems in case studies from several school districts.

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High Performance Architectural Precast Wall Systems

High Performance Architectural Precast Concrete wall systems have gained incredible recognition from sustainability practitioners who herald its durability, energy efficiency, mold/mildew resistance, use of recycled materials, construction waste, and improved construction IAQ. Due to this recognition, these wall systems are being specified in K-12 school construction, condominiums, hospitals, university dormitories, science buildings, office complexes, and many other LEED-certified projects throughout the U.S. Topics that are covered in this workshop include: appearance options; sandwich-wall design; thermal performance; material R-values and assembly R-values; moisture management; and LEED credits to which precast concrete can contribute.

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

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ASCE Lower Hudson Valley Branch - Sustainable Design Using Precast Prestressed Concrete

October 23, 2012

Presented By: Rita L. Seraderian, P .E. FPCI, LEED AP
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Northeast; Belmont, MA

Topic: Sustainable Design Using Precast Prestressed Concrete
Location: Yonkers Public Library
1 Larkin Center Yonkers, New York 10701

Time: 6:00 PM-Networking 6:30 PM-Program Cost: Members: $5.00; Non-Members - $15.00 PDH: (1) PDH Unit

For reservations please email or Call Tel:(646)252-3345

NYSSPE 2012 Fall Professional Development Conference - The Modern Parking Structures and it's Role in Sustainable Design

November 8, 2012

By: Rita L. Seraderian, PE, FPCI, LEED AP, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Northeast

Topic:The Modern Parking Structures and it's Role in Sustainable Design Location: NYSSPE 2012 Fall Professional Development Conference
The Gideon Putnam, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Credit: 1 PDH

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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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