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April 5, 2012
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  Architecture Update 
  • One WTC soars 100 floors into the sky -- sort of
    Last week, One World Trade Center in New York City was at 93 stories, about 1,240 feet above ground level. Now it's at 100 stories, even though only one additional story was added. That's because some of the upper floors have higher-than normal ceilings and developers often number floors based on their heights and usability. "It is fairly common practice in the design of high-rise towers to see variable floors counts," a Port Authority spokesman said. The Wall Street Journal/Developments blog (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adoption of new codes may inflate costs of multifamily projects
    Adopting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and the 2012 IECC would increase building expenses for multifamily construction projects, according to research sponsored by the National Multi Housing Council and the National Apartment Association. "In many areas of the country, these codes would require dramatic changes to the way apartments are designed and constructed," said Paula Cino, director of energy and environmental policy director at NMHC. Mortgage Orb (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Middleweight concrete: The sustainable concrete of the future?
    "A concrete with mechanical properties equal to or better than conventional normalweight concrete, but weighing 20% less is a big deal," writes Ken Bondy, a consulting structural engineer. In this piece, he explores the composition of the material and explains how using it can reduce costs and improve sustainability. STRUCTURE magazine (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • Mobile augmented reality tool uses BIM data
    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make a mobile augmented reality application that can access building information modeling data with "precise indoor location-tracking features." This would allow facility managers to pull up the correct BIM information on each floor of a structure. "It's not ready for prime time yet, but we're now looking at how we can deploy this with health-care facilities management," said Javier Irizarry, assistant professor at Georgia Tech. Engineering News-Record (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from PCI 
  • Now accepting entries for the 50th Annual PCI Design Awards
    The PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. Be a part of the search for excellence and submit your project today! All winning projects will be showcased at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference and will be included in a summary article that appears in the PCI Journal, Aspire and Ascent magazines. Together, these publications reach over 65,000 industry stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project! The deadline for entries is May 21. Get more details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Earn CE credit with free webinar: Designing for Seismic Success with Precast Concrete
    Join PCI for our next FREE webinar, "Designing for Seismic Success with Precast Concrete," taking place on April 24 at noon in the Central and Pacific time zones, and April 26 at noon in the Eastern and Mountain time zones. This webinar will provide an overview of seismic design with precast concrete, highlighting some of the research and systems available. For registration information and our complete webinar schedule, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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