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January 7, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

Products, Innovation & Technology:  A look at design of east end of Ohio River Bridges Project  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Biomimicry could provide "fresh solutions" post-Sandy  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  How to find a career mentor  (More stories below ...)

Hot Topics:  2012's top "mindblowing" buildings  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  CSI Webinar: Dynamic Response Interpretation for Structural Damage & Aging Assessment  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • A look at design of east end of Ohio River Bridges Project
    Ohio River Bridges  
    The Courier-Journal
    The East End Bridge, the Indiana portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project that spans the river between Ohio and Kentucky, will feature a design that could better resist "wind, seismic and other load demands, and is a more redundant and robust structure" than the previous proposed design, according to WVB East End Partners. The "convex diamond-tower cable-stayed structure" will have a cable system that could last for up to 75 years. Construction of the eastern span and the roads leading to it will cost about $763 million. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • BIM facilitates complex proton therapy vault construction
    The complexity of building a proton therapy vault, such as the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital project in New Jersey, is detailed in this article. The contractor used a special concrete mix made with fly ash that would "reduce the heat of hydration with the need for accelerated set time to prevent form blow-out." Building information modeling software was essential to the completion of the three-story, below-grade structure due to various modifications made just before the concrete was placed, allowing for efficient coordination among design team members. STRUCTURE magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Biomimicry could provide "fresh solutions" post-Sandy
    Biomimicry principles could offer "fresh architectural solutions" for coastal areas susceptible to flooding, according to this piece. "The notion is that the next generation of waterfront designs could draw inspiration from the intricate ways that plants and animals have adapted to their situations over hundreds of millions of years," Sarah Amandolare writes. "Nature is a dynamic entity, and we should be trying to design our buildings, our landscape and our cities to recognize that," said Thomas Knittel, a biomimicry specialist at architecture firm HOK. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Domed roof of N.Y. college stadium to help collect rainwater
    A 10-foot-wide gutter rings the fabric roof of the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University in New York. It has three dozen drains that funnel about 13% of the stormwater runoff into four giant tanks suspended from the stadium's upper bleachers. The harvested water will be used to flush toilets in the stadium's restrooms. The school is also looking into using additional runoff for irrigation. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • How to find a career mentor
    When looking for a mentor, don't limit your search to your workplace, Lisa Quast writes. Look to professional associations, community groups or even your family. "Once you find a person who agrees to be your mentor, first and foremost, make sure you share the same commitment to your expectations," she says. Forbes (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hot Topics 

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  News from CSI 
  • CSI Webinar: Dynamic Response Interpretation for Structural Damage & Aging Assessment
    Thursday, 2 p.m. ET
    Speaker: Alan P. Jeary
    Credit: 1.0 AIA CEHs, 1.0 PDHs

    Learn how the structural health of buildings and other structures can be assessed by analyzing external vibrations. While drawing on mathematics, including Newton's Laws of Motion, this presentation will be interpreted for the non-specialist, drawing from real-life examples, including tall buildings, bridges, dams, cooling towers, chimneys and port and offshore structures. Learn how you can save money and time, and prevent construction delays, by accessing information about the internal workings of the structure. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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