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Discover High Performance Precast

Sponsored by PCI

Presenters: Brian Miller, PE, LEED AP

Date and Time:
April 21 (12:00 p.m. Eastern Time) and April 23 (12:00 p.m. Pacific Time)

Professional Development Hours Earned: 1

Level: Introductory

Recent code changes, increasing sustainability requirements, and a challenging economy are just some of the factors increasing demand for high performance structures. However, high performance is not business-as-usual. The concept of 'high performance' encompasses sustainability; however, it goes beyond a 'this-or-that' approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes for a project on a life cycle basis. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help you achieve your high performance project goals. The presentation also covers the basics of precast concrete, its applications, finishes, etc.

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Featured Projects

Dartmouth College Stadium, Hanover, NH

Middlebury College Field House, Middlebury, VT

Officials at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, have been planning to replace the West Stands in its historic Memorial Field for many years and even had the precast concrete components cast seven years ago, before the Great Recession derailed construction plans.

The project now is being completed and will be ready for the new football season in August.

Engelberth Construction, the construction manager on the project, recommended precast concrete for the project to match the original seating, which was built in 1923 using steel framing and cast-in-place concrete, explains Dick Terk, vice president of project management at the company and the project manager for the job. It also was chosen for its longevity and high-quality appearance, he notes.

J.P. Carrara & Sons Inc., served on a design-assist basis on the project. “Their proposal for the project provided the best understanding of the challenges we faced and offered the best approach for meeting them,� says Terk. Adds Joe Carrara, President at J.P. Carrara, “The precast structure is highly complicated, using many custom beam, wall, raker and stadia bleacher sections. It required closer coordination among the design team than most projects to lay out and configure the precast framing.�

The precast concrete components were fabricated by J.P. Carrara & Sons Inc., in Middlebury, VT.

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High-Performance Precast Concrete Chosen for Reuse Project in Philadelphia, PA

Photo courtesy of BLT Architects.

Coreslab Structures (CONN) Inc. has been chosen to supply the architectural insulated precast concrete spandrels and column covers for recladding the 34 South 11th Street East Market Project in the heart of the Center City District. The building’s current façade will be removed to expose the existing concrete structure allowing the repurposing of this building to take advantage of the 14-foot ceiling heights. The architectural nature of the new façade will enjoy large glass widows with architectural precast panels framing the structure to provide a contemporary look. The deep grey color and texture of the architectural precast concrete panels as well as the channel fin shape will make a dramatic visual effect.

Coreslab Structures (CONN) Inc.
celebrates 40 years of service.

2015 PCI Design Awards

PCI Design Awards

The PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. Be a part of the search for excellence and submit your project today.

This year's winning projects will be showcased at the 2016 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference at The Precast Show and will be included in a summary article that appears in the PCI Journal and Aspire and Ascent magazines. Together, these publications reach more than 65,000 industry stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project!

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Updated Northeast Extreme Tee (NEXT) Beam Guidelines (March 2015)

Now available for download here.

Bridge Guidelines for the Northeast Extreme Tee (NEXT) Beam. These guidelines are for NEXT "F" , "D" and "E" beams. The guide includes section properties and design details.

Bridge Guideline December 2014

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PCI Bridge Design Manual, 3rd Edition.

PCI is pleased to announce that the PCI Bridge Design Manual, 3rd Edition, 2nd Release is now available for download on the PCI fulfillment site.

Bridge Guideline December 2014

Included in your original purchase and download of the PCI Bridge Design Manual, 3rd edition from the PCI fulfillment site was an electronic notification of updates and FREE delivery of subsequent releases of material in the Third Edition. This delivery will be through a download of the new release on the PCI fulfillment site and notification will be sent to the email address utilized when you initially registered on the PCI fulfillment site.

This 2nd Release will only be provided as an ePublication download.

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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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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 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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