Structures + Buildings

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

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Thornton Tomasetti opens Houston office, teams with Structures to pursue HUB opportunities

Thornton Tomasetti opened a new office in Houston and created a separate company to support clients’ needs on projects that require Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) participation in Texas. Thornton Tomasetti and Structures, an Austin, Texas-based structural engineering firm, have formed a limited liability company to jointly pursue HUB opportunities across Texas.

CH2M, Merrick, USACE Huntsville Center to provide design services for missile defense program

The Huntsville Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) selected the CH2M-Merrick Joint Venture for design services in support of the Missile Defense Agency's Ballistic Missile Defense Program throughout the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories and Possessions and other installations.

Researcher tests ‘hybrid monopile’ to anchor wind turbines in Lake Erie

There are lots of moving parts to bringing the world’s first freshwater wind turbines to Lake Erie by 2018, but Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) researchers are focused on keeping one critical piece from moving too much: The vertical support structure.

Simpson Strong-Tie launches blog for construction professionals

The Building Strong blog is a new industry resource that provides insights and fresh perspectives to help construction professionals design and build safer, stronger structures as efficiently as possible. Simpson Strong-Tie has developed the new blog to discuss issues of special interest or importance to building professionals.

New report highlights steel and timber construction for high-rise buildings

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) released a new report and a video presentation on steel and timber research for mid- and high-rise residential buildings.

ANSI approves AWC 2018 NDS standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the American Wood Council (AWC) 2018 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction as an American National Standard. The NDS is referenced for wood design in the International Code Council’s 2018 International Building Code (IBC).

OSU issues RFQ for design of new hospital and ambulatory center

The Ohio State University (OSU) is taking a major step forward with the development of a new hospital and ambulatory center. The university announced requests for qualifications seeking design professionals for the inpatient tower and outpatient care facility that are key components of this bold plan.

CFSEI webinar: Designing Curved Facades with Cold-Formed Steel

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Designing Curved Facades With Cold-Formed Steel” on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 PDHs. 

Temporary bridge keeps rail traffic moving during road-widening

Acrow Bridge supplied a temporary railroad bridge to the City of London in Ontario for use during a project to widen a heavily trafficked road. The site of the construction is within the busy Western University district, where a bridge dating from 1931 has carried Canadian Pacific Railway traffic over two lanes of vehicular traffic.
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