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North Haven Beach Bridge,
North Haven, ME

North Haven Beach Bridge

First use of light weight precast concrete NEXT beam.

Residents of North Haven, Maine, had their voices heard when they expressed concern about the severe deterioration of the steel bridge that served as a major access and gathering point for the island’s activities. The resulting new Beach Bridge features the first use of lightweight New England Extreme Tees (NEXT) that offered an economical design that was quick to erect.

The bridge consists of two-girder lines of two spans, one 56.5 feet long and the other 39.5 feet. The difference in length allowed the spans to reuse the existing granite pier in the water. The lightweight precast concrete New England Extreme Tees (NEXT) were manufactured by by J.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc., Middlebury, VT.

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Martin’s Point Replacement Bridge, ME

Martin's Point

Aesthetics were a key goal for the Maine Department of Transportation when it developed plans to replace the Martin’s Point Bridge connecting Falmouth and Portland along U.S. Route 1. The goals, according to the department, were to have “the new bridge design address the multimodal needs of the region while visually complementing the bridge’s environmental setting.” To achieve those goals, the design-build team specified New England Bulb Tee (NEBT) girders and a concrete deck using stay-in-place precast concrete forms. The precast concrete NEBT girders were manufactured by J.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc., Middlebury, VT.

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Channel Center Parking Garage, East Boston, MA

Channel Center

The Channel Center Parking Structure in Boston will have a dramatic exterior design when it is completed later this year, in keeping with its urban setting near office buildings and residences. The design features a total-precast concrete structural system serving as the palette onto which several aesthetic treatments, including brick, sheer metal mesh, and curtain wall inlaid with colored glass, will be laid.

The nine-story, 300,000-square-foot structure includes parking for 967 cars, as well as parking for 100 bicycles and 10 electric-vehicle charging stations. All the precast components were manufactured and erected by Blakeslee Prestress, Inc. of Branford, CT.

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PCI Opens 2013 Convention & Bridge Conference Registration

PCI Convention

Discover High Performance at the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference

September 21-24,
Grapevine, Texas

In 2013, the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference is going High Performance. The concepts behind High Performance do not just apply to precast and structures, they apply to companies and individuals as well. Today, more than ever companies must be versatile, efficient, and resilient in order to thrive and get ahead. Join us in Grapevine, Texas, and take your company to the next level. The event offers a number of ways to expand your knowledge, learn about new products and technologies, and develop vital relationships. It is the premier, must-attend annual event for the precast concrete structures industry. Being involved in your industry organization can help you discover the high performance potential of yourself, your employees, and your organization!

Note: Hotel Reservation Cutoff Date is August 19th

Visit for more information and to register. The early bird registration deadline is August 16.

We look forward to seeing you in Grapevine!

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FHWA to Present Webinar on UHPC for Precast Decks

June 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM EST

UHPC for Precast Bridge Decks and Connections - Design Guide, Construction Experience, and Owner Perspective Webinar

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PCI to Present Webinar on Driving Profitability through High Performance Parking Structures

Presenter: Camille Bechara, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Boston, MA
June 27, 2013

Parking structures have changed a lot over the past decade. Today’s parking structures have to be built sustainably, reduce operational and maintenance costs, last longer, and have more stringent aesthetic requirements. In many cases, they have to be high performance structures exceeding standard expectations. This presentation will explain what a high performance parking structure is, as well as how to design and build them utilizing high performance precast concrete. The latest innovations and design methodologies, including connections, proper detailing and maintenance will be discussed. Aesthetic options and versatility will also be presented.

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Tentative PCI Webinar 2013 Schedule

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

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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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