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Bridgeport Hospital Parking Garage, Bridgeport, CT

Bridgeport Hospital Parking Garage

Officials at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, knew they had to address parking issues before they could address other needs for a new hospital facility they planned to build. The new building would need space for employees’ and visitors’ cars while eliminating some of the available spaces by being built on the site. To alleviate these concerns, designers created a four-story, 150,000-square-foot total-precast concrete structure that was erected quickly before construction on the main building began.

“We built the garage first, because the new facility was going to consume part of the available parking while requiring more spaces itself,� explains Dave Carlson, project engineer at Spiegel Zamecnik & Shaw, the structural engineer on the project. “Using a total-precast concrete structure is a natural in our environment in the Northeast. It’s cost-effective and offers good durability and longevity.�

Blakeslee Prestress Inc. fabricated and erected the components, providing design-assist services during the project. “The project team was familiar with precast concrete, and we brought Blakeslee in early to help us optimize the design,� Carlson says. “We developed our BIM design to produce the overall design, and then we compared that to Blakeslee’s BIM design to develop special component breakdowns and efficient connections.�

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Marion Avenue Bridges, Southington, CT

Marion Avenue Bridges

A two-bridge project in Southington, CT, is taking advantage of precast concrete and Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques to minimize construction time and reduce user costs for detours by reducing closure time on the bridge to less than 56 hours.

The twin east- and westbound bridges, on Interstate 84 over Marion Avenue, replace 1963 structures and will feature 47-inch-deep precast concrete PCEF bulb-tee girders approximately 102.5 feet long. Northeast Prestressed Products also is providing precast concrete approach slabs, which were redesigned to provide larger slabs resulting in fewer closure joints. The project was designed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

The precast concrete components were fabricated in the plant by Northeast Prestressed Products and delivered to a staging area near the bridge.

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University Station Parking Garage, Westwood, MA

Marion Avenue Bridges

Developers of the new 2 million-square-foot University Station multi-use project near the Route 128 MBTA commuter rail line in Westwood, Mass., have begun construction on the first phases, which will include an apartment complex with a total-precast concrete parking structure at its core.

When completed, the $500-million project will include 750,000 square feet of retail space, a 350,000-square-foot Class A office building, 650 residential units, up to 160 hotel units and an assisted-living and memory-care facility with 100 units, according to the Boston Business Journal.

The first phase, to open in the spring of 2015, will feature 550,000 square feet of retail space. That will be followed by the Gables at University Station, a 350-unit luxury residential development planned to open that summer, BBJ reported. Later phases will add the offices, hotel and additional residences and retail.

The residences are being designed in the “Texas wrap� format that the developer has used on other projects. In this design, a parking structure is constructed at the center and residential spaces are wrapped around that core, leaving some facades of the parking structure open. The precaster on the project is Blakeslee Prestress, which has worked with the general contractor on a total-precast concrete parking structure in the past.

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Designing High Performance Parking Structures

In partnership with the International Parking Institute

Marion Avenue Bridges

Presenter : Rita Seraderian, PE, LEED AP

Description: PCI is partnering with the International Parking Institute (IPI) to bring you this webinar regarding parking structures. 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.

Learning Objectives :

  • Describe the primary attributes of a high performance parking structure.
  • Discuss the latest innovations in parking structure design.
  • Explain the differences in various structural systems for parking structures.
  • Describe proper maintenance procedures for parking structures.

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Using Life Cycle Assessment in Designing High-Performance Buildings


Presenter: Emily Lorenz, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
August 19 and 21

Description: Sustainability is a concept that we all strive for in our building designs. As we move toward more-sustainable designs, high-performance buildings require consideration of an increasing number of interdependent design choices. And not only do we need to design to reduce environmental impact, but we need to design buildings to adapt to climate change. High performance structures go beyond being built sustainably to include other aspects such as resiliency and focus on long-term performance.

This presentation will describe high-performance buildings, as well as key elements to their performance. It will explain topics related to sustainability, including life-cycle assessment, environmental product declarations, and environmental impacts. The presenter will discuss the importance of considering a full set of environmental impacts during design. Finally, examples of design choices based on various life-cycles will be compared. Case studies will be used to highlight information presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define high-performance buildings and building envelopes.
  • Explain what LCAs, EDPs, and PCRs are and their relevance in high performance building design.
  • Discuss the importance of considering a full set of environmental impacts during design.
  • Describe the pitfalls of making design choices based on a limited life cycle.

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Precast Hollowcore Floors and Walls for Housing

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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