Structures + Buildings

News and announcements about specific structures and buildings, and related structural engineering news.

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SF War Memorial Veterans Building awarded LEED Gold certification with assist from Thornton Tomasetti

The San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building, regarded as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture and civic design in the U.S., was recently awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Thornton Tomasetti provided LEED certification consulting to the City of San Francisco for the building as part of a $156-million seismic upgrade and modernization program.

ASCE’s Standard 41 updates guidance on building retrofit in earthquake zones

Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings, Standard ASCE/SEI 41-17, describes deficiency-based and systematic procedures that use performance-based principles to evaluate and retrofit existing buildings to withstand the effects of earthquakes.

SCIA releases SCIA Engineer 17.1

SCIA released SCIA Engineer 17.1, a new version of structural analysis and design software that extends the functionalities introduced in SCIA Engineer 17.

U.S. housing starts and permits for November exceeded expectations

According to Scott Volling, principal, PwC, “Housing starts and permits for November both exceeded consensus estimates, boosted by the highest number of single family starts since September of 2007."

Fugro completes deep foundation testing for Dubai Creek Tower

Fugro has played a key role in the ground engineering of the Dubai Creek Tower, a vast slender structure that will comprise a central concrete column supported by a network of steel cable stays.

Temporary detour bridge expected to decrease project timeline

Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, provided the Indiana DOT (INDOT) a temporary detour bridge that is being used on US Route 41 over the Cheatam Slough in Evansville, Ind. The use of the rental bridge is expected to decrease the project timeline by an entire year, allowing for cost savings and far less inconvenience to the public.

CNY announces milestone at Crossing at Jamaica Station TOD

CNY, acting on behalf of developers BRP Companies and Goldman Sachs, announced a milestone that took place on Friday evening into Saturday morning, Dec. 15-16, at The Crossing at Jamaica Station: a concrete pour for foundations of the Queens project’s 30-story residential high rise and slab on grade for 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

18 Tips for achieving fast, accurate structural steel as-built models

ClearEdge3D released a report that highlights 18 tips for optimizing project efficiency and as-built model accuracy. Scanning and modeling professionals from Allen Construction Services, Cadworks, and Hale TiP share their experiences and insights utilizing 3D laser scanning and automated modeling software tools.

Amtrak selects development team to partner in Baltimore Penn Station redevelopment

Amtrak selected Penn Station Partners, a Baltimore-based team with global expertise, to negotiate a master development deal for Baltimore Penn Station and neighboring Amtrak-owned properties. The team is comprised of Beatty Development Group, Armada Hoffler Properties, Cross Street Partners, Gensler, WSP USA, Network Rail Consulting and Mace Group among others.
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