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High Performance Athletic Facilities

Presenter: Gary Pooley

Date and Time:
June 16 (12:00 p.m. Pacific) and June 18 (12:00 p.m. Eastern)

Description:
Health awareness and athletic competition have become increasingly more important throughout the past years. We see expansions of professional sports teams, new extreme sports being introduced, old facilities being rebuilt, and a growing demand for new facilities. For example, the athletic facility market is expected to grow by 15% or more over next couple of years. Furthermore, these structures have increasing requirements to design and built for high performance and provide flexibility, functionality, and durability. This presentation will provide an overview of today’s high performance athletic facility design using precast concrete systems, as well as include recommendations to optimize designs. Topics discussed will be highlighted with case studies.

  • Discuss the basics of athletic facility design.
  • Describe the various elements used in precast concrete athletic facilities.
  • Explain how to maximize the value of using precast concrete systems in athletic facilities.

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Click here to register for the June 16 presentation
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Featured Projects

Route 73 Rochester Bridges 15 and 16 in the town of Rochester, VT

Route 73 Rochester Bridges 15 and 16 in the town of Rochester, VT

When officials at the Vermont Department of Transportation decided to replace two bridges on State Route 73 due to their deteriorated shape, they wanted the work done as quickly as possible. The construction team used Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods and precast concrete beams to not only meet the deadlines but maximize the incentive bonus for finishing early.

VTrans conducted an engineering study to evaluate alternatives for replacement, which recommended the use of precast concrete NEXT (New England Extreme Tee) beams. They also set a road-closure maximum time of 84 hours for Bridge 15 and 60 hours for Bridge 16 to minimize user costs.

Bridge 15 features four 12’2� wide NEXT beams spanning 74’3�, while Bridge 16 features three 11’3� wide NEXT beams spanning 72’1�. Both bridges also have precast concrete approach slabs, wingwalls and two-piece abutments.

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

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High-Performance Precast Concrete Chosen for 34 South 11th Street East Market 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.

The architectural precast concrete components are being fabricated by Coreslab Structures (CONN) Inc.

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NEWS

Rhode Island School of Design Precast Studio Ends Second Year of Four Year Program

Connecticut Building Officials Tour Blakeslee Prestress, Inc., Branford, CT

Studio students and their professor from the final day of school (bottom) and a couple of students presenting their work (top left and right).

The 2015 class of RISD Precast Studio which is funded by the PCI Foundation has ended. The studio focused on the design and execution of 1:1 architectural objects using the material of precast concrete. The students progressed from research on the technical methods of fabrication to applications in scale models and full size castings with fiber-reinforced concrete. Through the support of the PCI Foundation, PCI Northeast and nearby member fabricators, the studio included several trips to precast facilities to provide background on conventional methods of executing precast concrete elements and later as a location for pouring of the full scale components comprising the students’ design projects. Additional technical workshops with students working as group were also included to give the students more hands on experiences.

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Connecticut Building Officials Tour Blakeslee Prestress, Inc., Branford, CT

Connecticut Building Officials Tour Blakeslee Prestress, Inc., Branford, CT

In early June, Building Officials in Connecticut’s Group-5 (including officials from the towns of Branford, Cheshire, Guilford, Essex, Portland, Clinton, Durham and Middlefield) had the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art precast/prestressed concrete production plant of Blakeslee Prestress, Inc. The unusual plant tour was conducted at the request of Anthony Cinicola, Chief Building Official in the Town of Branford.

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PUBLICATIONS

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

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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NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

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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FEATURED LEARN AT LUNCH PRESENTATION

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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ONLINE RESOURCES

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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