PCINE Producer Members Claim 2013 PCI Design Awards
Four members received 2013 PCI Design Awards for Excellence in Precast Design and Production.
Unistress Wins 2013 PCI “Best Parking Structure (900+ Cars)” Design Award for
Hartford Hospital Hudson Street Employee Parking Garage in Hartford, CT.
“This design put yet another twist on what precast can do for the architect and his aesthetic
requirements by providing consistency combined with natural materials to achieve a new but authentic
look.” Anthony Caputo, Senior Project Designer with Perkins+Will (Engineer of Record), New York
Photo courtesy of HalkinMason Photography, Philadelphia, PA
Congratulations – Unistress.
Unistress Wins 2013 PCI “Best Higher Education Building” Design Award for
WPI Sport and Recreation Center in Worcester, MA.
“Everyone involved with the project is proud of the innovative use of precast. We really
think we’ve broken new ground.” Lynne Deninger, Architect Cannon Design (Architect), Boston, MA
Photo courtesy of Anton Grossi, Esto Photographics; Jesse Shauffer, Cannon Design.
Congratulations – Unistress.
William E. Dailey Precast LLC Wins 2013 PCI “Best Total Precast Concrete
Bridge” Design Award for Route 112 Bridge over the Kearney Brook
in Worthington, MA.
“We love the fact that all all-precast solution can be built rapidly with
a small site work crew...opening u a market to small contractors who may not have
a large work force.” Michael Culmo, Vice President of structures and transportation,
CME Associates, Inc. (Engineer of Record), East Hartford, CT
Photo courtesy of CME Associates, Inc., East Hartford, CT
Congratulations – William E. Dailey Precast.
Northeast Prestressed Products LLC Wins 2013 PCI “Best
Nonhighway Bridge” Design Award for Fairmount Line Bridges
Reconstruction in Boston, MA.
“The unique and innovative application of the long-span prestressed concrete
bulb-tee beams for railroad bridges, in place of the predominantly steel structures
being designed, has provided public agencies and consulting engineers with a viable
alternative that is cost-effective, fatigue-free, low-maintenance, and aesthetically
pleasing.” Aboud Alzaim, Senior Vice President and Northeast Transporation
Division Manager, Louis Berger Group (Engineer of Record), Needham, MA
Photo courtesy of HalkinMason Photography, Philadelphia, PA
Congratulations – Northeast Prestressed Products LLC.
Accelerated Bridge Construction Workshop Hosted by Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers
Wednesday October 23, 2013 - Time: 7:00 â€“ 3:34 PM
Location: Hawthorne Inn, 2421 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT
NYSSPE 2013 Fall Professional Development Conference
November 1, 2013
Location: The Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick St., Troy, NY 12180
Resilient Design Considerations for Precast Hollowcore and Masonry Building Systems -
1 PDH Presented By: Keith Lashway, PE, IMI & Rita L. Seraderian, PE, FPCI, LEED AP, Precast/Prestressed
Concrete Institute Northeast
Buildings that are designed for resilience can absorb and rapidly recover from natural
and man-made disasters. The end result produces buildings that are cost effective,
durable and high-performing on a life cycle basis. This presentation will explain how
precast concrete hollowcore and masonry structures can help you achieve your high
performance project goals.
Avalon Exeter Residences, Boston, MA
The precast concrete component erection is now complete on Avalon Exeter Residences by Avalon Bay Communities, Inc.
All the precast components for the 28-story, 242,000-square-foot, 187 unit structure were manufactured by Strescon,
Photo courtesy of Strescon, Ltd.
William H. Dalton Memorial Bridge, Bourne-Wareham town line, MA
NEBT Girders Reduce Piers, Keep Traffic Moving
A number of key challenges had to be met in designing a replacement structure for the existing William H. Dalton
Memorial Bridge in Massachusetts. To help meet the logistic and aesthetic needs, designers created a three-span
structure consisting of New England Bulb Tee (NEBT) girders that is being constructed in phases to keep traffic moving.
“We like precast concrete, especially over salt water,” says Marcia Kelly, senior structural
engineer for transportation projects at AECOM. “It was definitely the best way to go.” The NEBT girders
were used due to the long spans the designers wanted. “For long spans, the NEBTgirders are the most popular
shape available in New England.”
All the precast components were manufactured by J.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc. of Middlebury, VT.
Photo courtesy of AECOM.
PCI to Present Webinar on Artist’s Palette: The Aesthetic Versatility of Precast Concrete
Presenter: Brian Miller, P.E., LEED AP
October 24, 2013
The aesthetics of a structure are very important, as it is what most people identify with.
High performance materials should provide aesthetic versatility in order to efficiently
meet a structure’s architectural requirements. Precast concrete provides incredible
aesthetic versatility from providing multiple colors and textures, to developing shapes,
forms and very ornate details. Precast can also simulate or be veneered with natural
materials providing all of their beauty, but with the added speed, durability, many
other benefits of precast. This presentation will provide an overview of the many finishes
available with precast concrete, along with methodologies for achieving them. We will
also discuss combining multiple finishes into single panels, veneers and embedded materials,
selection of mix designs, approaches to achieving colors, proper specification, and
procedures to ensure expectations are aligned.
Tentative PCI Webinar 2013 Schedule
November 21 – The New Sound of IEQ: Indoor Comfort & Acoustic Design
PCI Announces 2013 Big Beam Contest Winners
First Place: Lehigh University (Team 2)
Lehigh, Pa. (Zone 5)
PCI producer: Northeast Prestressed Products LLC: Cressona, PA.
Student Team: Nicola S. Carey, Mustafa O. Furkan, and
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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