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Design Award Winners

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.

Hartford Hospital Hudson Street Employee Parking Garage

“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.

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Unistress Wins 2013 PCI “Best Higher Education Building” Design Award for
WPI Sport and Recreation Center in Worcester, MA.

WPI Sport and Recreation Center

“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.

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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.

Route 112 Bridge over the Kearney Brook

“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.

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Northeast Prestressed Products LLC Wins 2013 PCI “Best Nonhighway Bridge” Design Award for Fairmount Line Bridges Reconstruction in Boston, MA.

Fairmount Line Bridges

“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.

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Upcoming Events

Accelerated Bridge Construction Workshop Hosted by Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers

Wednesday October 23, 2013 - Time: 7:00 – 3:34 PM

Location: Hawthorne Inn, 2421 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT

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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.

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Featured Projects

Avalon Exeter Residences, Boston, MA

Avalon Exeter Residences

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, Ltd., MA.

Photo courtesy of Strescon, Ltd.

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William H. Dalton Memorial Bridge, Bourne-Wareham town line, MA

NEBT Girders Reduce Piers, Keep Traffic Moving

William H. Dalton Memorial Bridge

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.

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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.

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Tentative PCI Webinar 2013 Schedule

November 21 – The New Sound of IEQ: Indoor Comfort & Acoustic Design


PCI Announces 2013 Big Beam Contest Winners

National Competition
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
Kourosh Mahvashmohammadi
Award: $2000


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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