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CFSEI to host webinar on composite floor systems using cold-formed steel

Washington. D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Composite Floor Systems Using Cold-Formed Steel” on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

Study will help counties cope with deficient bridges

Lawrence, Kan. — Deteriorated or outdated bridges along the less-traveled back roads of Kansas are a budget dilemma for county leaders throughout the state. A new report from researchers at the University of Kansas School of Engineering provides county leaders with a tool as they decide the future of bridges on rural roads with extremely low vehicle traffic counts.

NAVFAC in-house design team achieves LEED Silver certification on project

Jacksonville, Fla. — Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast received notification March 19 a project designed in-house for Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Fla. has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Two CH2M HILL projects win Global Water Awards

Denver — CH2M HILL projects were recognized with prestigious industry awards during the annual Global Water Awards ceremony hosted by the International Desalination Association and Global Water Intelligence. The awards were presented on April 7 at a ceremony in Paris, with a keynote address delivered by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia and Nobel Laureate. The yearly awards recognize outstanding achievements within the international water industry.

SR 99 tunneling machine to resume digging in March 2015

Seattle — The State Route 99 tunneling machine will resume digging by the end of March 2015, according to a schedule released April 21, 2014, by the project’s design-build contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP). Construction will begin late next month on the pit STP will use to access and repair damage to the machine, which stopped tunneling in December.

SSSBA to host free webinar on short-span steel bridge design

Washington, D.C. — In cooperation with the American Galvanizers Association (AGA), the Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA) will host a free one-hour webinar on the design of short span steel bridges (under 140 feet) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar is titled Economical Design Tools and Cost Analysis of Short Span Steel Bridges and will be conducted by Michael G. Barker, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil engineering at the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and a technical consultant at the SSSBA Bridge Technology Center.

Parsons Brinckerhoff selected to update AASHTO’s Guide for Visualization in Transportation

Denver — Parsons Brinckerhoff was awarded a contract to update the Guide for Visualization in Transportation put out by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In 2003, the AASHTO Technical Committee on Environmental Design (TCED) developed the guide to provide assistance to state departments of transportation that were seeking information, guidance, and technical assistance on using visualization technology on infrastructure projects.

Thornton Tomasetti project wins AISC IDEAS2 Merit Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design

New York — Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, was recognized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) with a 2014 IDEAS2 Merit Award for Excellence in Steel-Frame Building Design for the Brookfield Place Entry Pavilion in Lower Manhattan. Completed in the fall of 2013, the glass-and-steel pavilion features a pair of 53-foot-tall funnel-shaped, sculptural steel columns that support the structure. The entry pavilion was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and is connected to the existing Winter Garden atrium.

Record of Decision signed for new Pueblo Freeway

Denver — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the New Pueblo Freeway, allowing the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to begin reconstructing Interstate 25 through Pueblo.

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