New York Botanical Garden Parking Garage, Bronx, NY
The New York Botanical Gardens’ parking garage and intermodal facility is a total precast structure. A series of monumental forked elements, symbolic of a branch, envelops the building, forming an overall enclosure and vertical trellised landscape. Interstices between the forked elements are covered with a wire trellis planted with flowering vines. These design elements are accented by ribbed precast concrete panels that form the base of the building.
Many of the precast concrete components had to be modified at the ends to adjust to the irregular geometry and to produce an efficient layout that accommodated 835 parking spaces.
Unistress Corporation of Pittsfield, Massachusetts manufactured the 1159 precast concrete pieces for the structure.
Hanover Pier 4, Boston, MA
Construction has begun on 100 Pier 4, a new high-rise apartment community developed by The Hanover Company, Houston, Texas. This 21-story apartment complex is
located on the pier overlooking the Boston Harbor. It features 369 residential units consisting of studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes, as well
as 258 underground parking spaces.
Coreslab Structures (CONN) Inc., of Thomas, Connecticut manufactured the 490 Architectural and Granite Clad Finishes of Stone Veneer faced precast concrete
pieces for the structure. The architect of the project is Add Inc. (Boston), with McNamar /Salvia Inc. (Boston) is the Engineer and the Contractor
is John Moriarty & Associates, Inc., Winchester, Masachusetts.
Photo credit: Photo courtesy Coreslab Structures (CONN)Inc.
Submit for PCI 2014 Design Awards
Deadline May 19th
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has opened its submission site for the 52nd 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 2014
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.
SHRP2 Solutions – R02 Geotechnical Tools for Accelerated Bridge Construction Projects
Vernon Schaefer, Professor,
Iowa State University
Silas Nichols, P.E.,
Principal Bridge Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Description: The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) is an FHWA administered program, authorized by Congress
in 2005, to identify “products” or “solutions” that will have a lasting effect on our
nation’s highways. This webinar offers states and local agencies information on the recently completed
R02 project, GeoTechTools, and how this product can assist those who are working on ABC-related projects.
Tremco’s T3: A Three-Layer Sealing System Against Air, Moisture and Thermal Bridging
Imran Khan, Sales Representative
Business Leader - Window, Wall & Door Engineer and Energy Saving Window Installatio
Brian Gagne, LEED AP BD+C,
Technical Applications Representative
Friday, February 28, 2014
1:00 p.m. Eastern
Description: ExoAir® T3 Building Solutions is a tested and proven system. for sealing window to wall
connections as well as other critical transitions and penetrations throughout the building envelope. The
versatile T3 system manages air leakage and moisture infiltration and creates a thermal barrier. Unlike
traditional methods, T3 protects from the outside in, helping to eliminate concerns over structural
deterioration, poor IAQ, and growth of mold and mildew.
ExoAir T3 Building Solutions offers a 3.1 R value for every inch of depth that is installed into the joint:
- Curtain Wall to Rough Opening Connections
- Window Wall to Slab
- Door-to-Wall Connections
- Sill Pan Conditions (Sealant Replacement)
- Threshold-to-Wall Connections
- Roof-to-Wall Connections
- Panel Joints
- Expansion Joints Including Wide Joints (>1”).
Slide-In Bridge Construction From the Engineer/Designer Perspective
Jeff Dobmeier, Jacobs Engineering
Thursday, April 3, 2014
1:00 p.m. Eastern
Description: Second offering of the "SIBC from the Engineer/Designer Perspective" webinar.
Jeff will be discussing the sliding of two different types of bridges with two different bridge slide methods
near the town of Rocky Ford, Colorado.
FEATURED LEARN AT LUNCH PRESENTATION
Precast Hollowcore Floors and Walls
In this program, participants will understand the basics of hollowcore plank flooring systems. Hollowcore is a
common method of building multi-family and student housing, condominiums, and many other building applications.
Fabrication and installation procedures will be discussed, along with proper detailing requirements.
Building envelope considerations for energy efficiency, including fire resistance and acoustical benefits, will
be reviewed. Several case studies will be presented. After viewing this program, participants will be able to
identify the hollowcore plank systems and explain the benefits of using hollowcore plank systems with owners and
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
Subscribe to PCI's Ascent Magazine (It's FREE!) or if you prefer read it online.
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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