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Featured Projects

New York Botanical Garden Parking Garage, Bronx, NY

Hartford Hospital Hudson Street Employee Parking Garage

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.

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Hanover Pier 4, Boston, MA

Hanover Pier 4

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.

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Upcoming Events

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.

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SHRP2 Solutions – R02 Geotechnical Tools for Accelerated Bridge Construction Projects

Featured Speakers:
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.

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Tremco’s T3: A Three-Layer Sealing System Against Air, Moisture and Thermal Bridging

Featured Speakers:
Imran Khan, Sales Representative

Joerg Birkelbach,
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”).

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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.

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Precast Hollowcore Floors and Walls

Lunch & Learn-Hollowcore

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 other designers.

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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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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