Conrac Parking Structure at Logan Airport Tops Off. First to use a 60' x 60' Bay Spacing.
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).
Hanover Pier 4, Boston, MA
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
Submit for PCI 2013 Design Awards / Deadline May 20th
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.
Design Unity: The Integration of Structural & Envelope Systems
Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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.
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
FEATURED LEARN AT LUNCH PRESENTATION
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
PCI Announces New Blast Design Manual
PCI’s Blast-Resistant Design Manual, First Edition (MNL 141-12) is now available as an ePub at www.pci.org/epubs.
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 www.pci.org/epubs.
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 www.pci.org/epubs.
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
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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