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Conrac Parking Structure at Logan Airport Tops Off. First to use a 60' x 60' Bay Spacing.

CONRAC Parking Structure at Logan International Airport

Terracotta veneer on precast concrete structural wall panels clad the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) at Logan International Airport in Boston. This technique was used for the first time in North America on this project to meet the variety of aesthetic and structural challenges designers faced. The material provided the warmth and texture to complement the neighborhood structures while offering larger pieces that could create the contemporary feel requested for the other facades while creating consistency across the entire facade.

The four-level, 1.2-million square-foot parking structure serves eight rental-car companies that need space to rent as many as 5,000 vehicles as well as maintain and service them. Structural walls and H frames were designed for the facility to shift lateral load-resisting elements to the perimeter so interiors could remain open without requiring shear walls. This design provided flexibility for each rental-car company, allowing it to maximize the efficiency of its space for its operating needs.

Blakeslee Prestress Inc. of Branford CT is the precast concrete manufacturer of the 2,215 components for the project. They worked closely with Parsons Brinckeroff (designer/structural engineer) and Suffolk Construction Co. (contractor).
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Hanover Pier 4, Boston, MA

Hanover Pier 4

Muilt-Story Apartment Complex on the pier overlooking Boston Harbor. Hanover Pier 4 will include 490 panels of Architectural and Granite Clad Finishes of Stone Veneer Faced Precast. The project is expected to start in October 2013.

Precaster: Coreslab Structures (CONN) Inc., Thomaston, CT
Owner: The Hanover Company, Houston, TX
Architect: Add Inc., Boston, MA
Engineer: McNamara / Salvia Inc., Boston, MA
Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates, Inc., Winchester, MA

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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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Design Unity: The Integration of Structural & Envelope Systems

Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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The integration of structural and envelope systems is a primary concern in building design. Dissimilar materials, load paths, multiple contractors, attachment of the skin, and the list of challenges goes on. Since precast concrete is both a structural and an architectural material, it can be used to combine both of these systems into one, often called a total precast system. This can result in saving materials and time, as well as reducing the number of trades involved and associated risk. It also helps increase the useable floor space, design versatility, adaptive reuse options and long-term durability. This presentation will provide an overview of total precast systems, and explain design options from shear-wall concepts to moment-frame structures. It will also address issues that designers should consider when working with these systems such as planning, design concepts, connections, and utility integration.

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Tentative PCI Webinar 2013 Schedule

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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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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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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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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