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October 18, 2012
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  Architecture Update 
  • Fla. pedestrian-bridge design is changed to involve precast concrete
    A proposed pedestrian bridge between the state attorney's office and the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla., has been redesigned to use precast concrete instead of steel, a city official said. The bridge will be open-air rather than having air conditioning and fire sprinklers to save $750,000 in light of budget cuts, the official said. A ground-level walkway would be an alternative if the pedestrian bridge is scrapped. The Daily Record (Jacksonville, Fla.) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mo. exhibit showcases "Buildings That Heal" their communities
    MASS Design Group's "Buildings That Heal" exhibit in Springfield, Mo., aims to raise the involvement of the architecture industry in the corporate social responsibility sector. The nonprofit firm tries "to score each work in terms of the benefits -- for example, numbers of jobs created. They're very interested in the idea that decisions architects make can have an effect on the health of the environment," said Robert Weddle, a professor at Drury University's Hammons School of Architecture. Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Study: Urban population growth could mean greener, healthier cities
    The global urban population is projected to increase from more than 3.5 billion to 4.9 billion by 2030, creating opportunities for sustainable development, according to a study by the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity. "Sustainable urban development that supports valuable ecosystems presents a major opportunity for improving lives and livelihoods," said Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environment Program. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Report: Use of BIM on civil infrastructure projects is rising rapidly
    Almost half of the owners, designers and contractors in North America are using building information modeling or civil information management on civil infrastructure projects, according to McGraw-Hill Construction's SmartMarket Report. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, for instance, plans to implement the use of civil three-dimensional models for all new projects beginning mid-2014. "Putting more detail into the design and delivering it is going to lead to benefits," said Bradley Hollister, WisDOT project manager. Engineering News-Record (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Project Spotlight 
  • $200M Texas arts center aims to balance history, utility
    Architects working on the design for San Antonio's Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which has a budget of $200 million, say they want to preserve the classic features of the Municipal Auditorium while meeting the requirements of a modern theater building. "What we have is a historic building that is treasured in the community," said Mark Reddington, a partner at LMN Architects, which leads the design-build team. "The question was, how can you preserve and restore this historic building and transform it into something that meets the contemporary needs of a performance venue?" Engineering News-Record/Texas & Louisiana (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from PCI 
  • Free registration to the World of Concrete -- compliments of PCI!
    World of Concrete will be held in Las Vegas from Feb. 5 to 8, 2013. World of Concrete is an annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. The event features over 500,000 square feet of exhibits with the industry's leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies, exciting demonstrations and competitions, a world-class education program, and the information you need to help sustain and grow your business. Get free exhibits-only registration to World of Concrete and discounted seminar fees courtesy of PCI when you register through this unique PCI registration link. Enter code A34 if prompted. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PCI Design Award winners announced
    The 2012 PCI Design Awards winners website is now available! Three juries selected 24 winners and 8 honorable mentions for the PCI Design Awards program's 50th anniversary. View the winning projects, as well as details and photos. The PCI Design Awards recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to utilize precast/prestressed concrete components to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly constructed projects. Along with a number of best-in-class awards, recognition is also given for industry advancement, sustainable design, and the best all-precast concrete structure or solution. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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