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Plainridge Race Course Parking Garage, Plainville, MA

Plainridge Parking Garage

Blakeslee Prestress Inc. of Branford CT, has completed their precast erection on the Plainridge Race Course parking garage, with the final topping off piece of precast. The structure consists of three levels with 296,754 sq.ft. of supported structural area. Blakeslee Prestress Inc. worked closely with JCJ Architecture of Hartford, Connecticut (architect), Desman Associates of Rocky Hill, Connecticut (engineer) and Currie Building Systems, Inc. of Worcester Massachusetts (contractor).
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Hollowcore Chosen Because It’s Safe–Quiet–and Flexible

 Adirondack Dorm

State University of New York (SUNY) has begun construction on a $25.5 million dorm for the Adirondack campus. This will be the first residence hall at this campus and consists of two, 4-floor buildings with a center connector that provides housing for 400 students. Precast concrete hollowcore plank’s speed of erection aids this project in meeting the Fall 2013 semester deadline. Oldcastle Precast, Inc., Selkirk, NY will supply the 1,348 pieces of 8 inch thick, 4 feet wide precast hollowcore plank for the main buildings upper 3 floors (2nd, 3rd, and 4th.)
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The Albert Sherman Center Parking Structure, Worcester, MA

Sherman Parking Structure

To meet the owners challenges, precast concrete attributes such as: aesthetic and structural versatility, site efficiency, resiliency with structural durability and multi-hazard protection were discussed in the planning stages. Once determined as the best method, designers created a 372,000 sq.ft., seven-story parking structure with a precast concrete structural system. Dailey Precast, LLC of Shaftsbury, Vermont manufactured and supplied the precast concrete components.
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Route 10 Bridge over Manhan River in Easthampton uses first Deck Bulb Tee for Massachusetts

Bridge over manhan River

J.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc. of Middlebury,VT, has begun their precast manufacturing of the eight (8) 1220NEBT deck girders for the single span bridge. Each girder are 4 feet deep and 95 feet long, with a 5-foot-wide tip flange that varies from 8 to 10 inches deep, and weighs 110,000 lbs.
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Guide Details for Precast Approach Slabs 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 approach slabs. Precast approach slabs have been used on several Accelerated Bridge Construction projects in the Northeast.

The details are available for download HERE.


Discover High Performance Precast

Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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Presenter: Brian Miller, P.E., LEED AP Managing Director, Business Development, PCI

Recent code changes, increasing sustainability requirements, and a challenging economy are just some of the factors increasing demand for high-performance structures. However, high performance is not business-as-usual. The concept of ‘high-performance’ encompasses sustainability; however, it goes beyond a ‘this-or-that’ approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes for a project on a life cycle basis. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help you achieve your high performance project goals.

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Tentative PCI Webinar 2013 Schedule

April 18 – Design Unity: The Integration of Structural & Envelope Systems
May 30 – Building Survivability: Designing for Seismic & Blast Resistance
June 27 – Driving Profitability through High Performance Parking Structures
July 25 – It’s the Law: High Performance through Envelope Code Requirements
August 29 – Back to the Future: Relearning Passive Fire Resistant Design
October 24 – Artist’s Palette: The Aesthetic Versatility of Precast Concrete
November 21 – The New Sound of IEQ: Indoor Comfort & Acoustic Design


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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Submit for PCI 2013 Design Awards / Deadline May 20th

Design Awards 2013

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has opened its submission site for the 51st annual PCI Design Awards. The purpose of the PCI Design Awards program is to recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. There is no entry fee to make a submission. All winners will be showcased at the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference and be included in a summary article that appears in PCI Journal, Aspire and Ascent magazines.

Entries are accepted in two primary categories: buildings and transportation structures. In order to qualify, the structure must be substantially constructed using precast concrete. For buildings, this includes precast concrete cladding systems (architectural precast), structural systems, or combinations of both. For transportation structures, this includes all types of bridges and other related components; however, the precast concrete must have been manufactured in a permanent precast concrete manufacturing plant.

See more details on awards submission requirements on the PCI submission page.

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PCI Announces New Blast Design Manual

PCI’s Blast-Resistant Design Manual, First Edition (MNL 141-12) is now available as an ePub at This manual describes the basic process of blast-resistant structural design for precast/prestressed concrete components. It includes calculating blast loads on the component, determining the dynamic response of the component, checking the response against specified performance criteria, designing the component connections, and checking the component for adequate shear capacity. The emphasis in this manual is on blast loads from exterior explosions and the dynamic analysis of blast-loaded structural components idealized as equivalent single degree of freedom systems. These assumptions simplify the blast-resistant design procedure discussed in this manual, but they apply to many cases of practical interest for anti-terrorism and force protection design. For more details and purchasing information, visit

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State-of-the-Art Report on Precast Concrete Pavements

This publication is a combination of four documents on the use of precast concrete pavement systems (PCPS) and constitutes a state of the art report on this topic. The documents were developed through a cooperative agreement between the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The combined documents can be downloaded separately for users with limited or specific interest in the following topics: Applications for Precast Concrete Pavements, Design and Maintenance of Precast Concrete Pavements, Manufacture of Precast Concrete Pavement Panels and Construction of Precast Concrete Pavement. For more details and purchasing information, visit

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Curved Precast Concrete Bridges State-of-the-Art Report

This publication details the application of curved precast concrete bridge design, fabrication, construction techniques, and considerations through the study of twelve related projects and constitutes a state of the art report on this topic. The document was written and intended to provide bridge owners, designers, fabricators and engineers an up-to-date reference in developing precast concrete bridge solutions for curved geometric situations. The topics include: Straight Girders chorded from Pier to Pier, Straight Girders Segments with Splices within the Spans, and Curved Precast Girders.  Each case study reviews project specific information, the structural system selected, construction techniques used and the lessons learned. For more details and purchasing information, visit

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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

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Seismic Design of Precast/Prestressed Concrete Structures, Second Issue

This new manual assists in the design of precast concrete structures using the seismic design provisions of the 2006 edition of the International Building Code. These provisions are discussed in detail and illustrated with examples of typical building and parking structures located in regions of low-, moderate-, and high-seismic hazard.

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Parking Structure Snow Removal Guidelines Available

In areas where winter weather affects the operation of a parking structure, removal of excess snow and ice is essential for functional performance, public safety, and durability. Snow removal guidelines found in PCI’s Maintenance Manual for Precast Parking Structures, section 2.2 gives explicit details on snow and ice removal, including planning, proper equipment, chemical deicers, written procedures, and how-to instruction for snow removal personnel.

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Ascent Magazine

Subscribe to PCI's Ascent Magazine (It's FREE!) or if you prefer read it online.

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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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