Civil + Structural Engineering News

Section 5 Palmetto Wins Grand Conceptor Award

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Community/Condotte/DeMoya JV, BCC Engineering and FINLEY Engineering Group (FINLEY) have won the 2016 FICE Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award for the Section 5 Palmetto SR826/836 Interchange (Bridges 9, 11, 15 and 19).

PCI releases first annual North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program report

The precast concrete industry is striving to reduce its environmental impact at the manufacturing level through the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP). Energy, materials, and transportation data are tracked and results are reported in the following categories: carbon dioxide equivalent (global warming potential), total primary energy, and water consumption.

Washington, D.C. bridge replacement project earns honor

STV received a Project Achievement Award in the Infrastructure category (under $25 million) from the National Capitol Region Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) for its role in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT)-led replacement of the 27th Street Bridge over Broad Branch Stream in Washington, D.C.

ACI Foundations CRC releases two research products

The Concrete Research Council (CRC), a subsidiary of the ACI Foundation, announced two new research products: Interface Shear Transfer of Lightweight Aggregate Concretes with Different Lightweight Aggregates and Evaluation of Seismic Performance Factors and Pedestal Shear Strength in Elevated Water Storage Tanks.

Second OSCC webinar addresses precast concrete off-site construction

The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) will co-sponsor the second webinar in OSCCs new webinar series designed to share knowledge and improve industry efficiency, productivity and speed to market through the use of prefabrication and off-site construction.

Oldcastle Precast Inc. acquires assets of KriStar Enterprises Inc.

ATLANTA — Oldcastle Precast Inc. announced that it has acquired the assets of KriStar Enterprises Inc. The purchase includes three manufacturing locations in California and all related intellectual property. KriStar was founded in 1993 and has successfully developed innovative stormwater management products that meet the rigorous and evolving demands of federal, state and local regulations. Oldcastle Precast will focus on marketing these solutions to regulators, owners, and civil and environmental engineers nationwide. 

ASTM committee developing proposed standard for precast concrete retaining wall units

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA. — While machine-placed wet-cast precast concrete retaining wall units have been commercially available since the late 1990s, there has not been an ASTM standard available to cover these products. Now, ASTM International Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products is working on such a standard. ASTM WK38192, Specification for Wet-Cast Precast Modular Block Retaining Wall Units, is being developed by Subcommittee C27.20 on Architectural and Structural Products. 

Oldcastle Precast & Oldcastle Architectural announce U.S. launch of new LID stormwater management system

LITTLETON, Colo. – Oldcastle Precast and Oldcastle Architectural announce the U.S. launch of their new low impact development (LID) stormwater management system, PermeCapture™, an all-inclusive stormwater run-off control system that manages water volume in addition to protecting water quality by providing integrated pretreatment. PermeCapture combines the advantages and versatility of structural precast concrete modules (vaults) with the aesthetics and performance of permeable interlocking concrete pavers to provide a stand- alone, low maintenance, LID green solution for stormwater retention, detention, reuse, ground water recharge and flood management.

Oldcastle Precast constructs first-of-its-kind all precast air station hangar

BARTOW, Fla. – Oldcastle Precast announced today that it has completed work on the "first-of-its-kind" U.S Coast Guard air station hangar project which included a 20,000 square foot CAT 5 Aircraft Hangar, HAZMAT Storage Building, and Residential Building Structure for the U.S. Security Forces. The new CAT 5 aircraft hangar was constructed from the ground up using Oldcastle Precast’s new "Titan Wall" system. The entire aircraft hangar structure including the patent pending, motorized hangar doors, was fabricated using engineered precast concrete. The new facility allows the USCG to base helicopters and aircraft flying in support of OPBAT on Great Inagua, Bahamas replacing a previous steel hangar destroyed by Hurricane Ike in September of 2008.

Oldcastle Precast signs a licensing agreement to manufacture Eggrock prefabricated bathrooms

LITTLETON, Col. – Leading manufacturer of precast and polymer concrete products in the United States, Oldcastle Precast and Innovative Modular Pre-Fabrication, LLC dba Eggrock Modular Solutions, today announced a licensing agreement that grants Oldcastle Precast exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute Eggrock prefabricated bathroom pods throughout North America. The agreement combines North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials with the largest provider of prefabricated bathrooms in the U.S. and creates the industry’s only national prefabricated bathroom manufacturing company. Licensing was effective July 9, 2012.

Oldcastle Precast completes turn-key satellite telecommunications facility for Pinpoint Communications

NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska – Oldcastle Precast has announced the completion of a major Satellite Uplink Collocation Tier 2 facility located in North Platte, Nebraska. The project was a turnkey design-build facility constructed for Pinpoint Communications as well as designed to meet the collocation needs of a major satellite internet provider. The new facility provides the market’s #1 rated high speed satellite internet service and Pinpoint’s entire array of communications services to consumers and businesses in the region.

New ASTM precast concrete standard provides septic system installation test

  W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA. — A watertight septic system ensures its integrity, and demonstrating that integrity is important because such systems have over time become more complex, expensive, and critical to both system owners and to the environment. A new ASTM International standard fills a need for an in-field installation test for septic systems. 

Lafarge kicks off net zero energy precast concrete home in support of Habitat for Humanity on National Precast Day

EDMONTON, Alberta – Lafarge North America kicked off an innovative NetZero energy home (duplex) project by giving a private media tour at the Lafarge Precast Concrete Plant. The project is in partnership with Stantec and will showcase their support of Habitat for Humanity (HFH). The duplex’s innovative and integrative design, coupled with sustainable materials, will help create the ultimate energy-efficient precast concrete home. The project is a first-of-its-kind in Canada and will provide a "hand up" to two hard-working HFH partner families. Construction on the new duplex will begin in the fall of 2011.

Shake-table results aimed at codifying a rational design methodology for precast concrete parking structures

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has completed tests of a large-scale, three-story precast concrete parking structure and has begun using the results to create standards that can be incorporated into building-code requirements. The tests, completed in August at the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)/Englekirk Structural Engineering Center in San Diego, Calif., are part of the final year’s work on a 5-year, $2-million-plus research program to improve industry standards for the design and construction of diaphragms used with precast, prestressed concrete components.