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  • 14 Sep 2012 7:58 AM | Jeffrey Messier (Administrator)
    See the link below for a free Seminar by AISC in support of the upcoming Steel Day

    50 Tips for Designing Constructable Steel Buildings
    Presented by Clifford Schwinger, P.E., Vice President at The Harman Group, Inc., King of Prussia, PA.

    Webinar Flyer

  • 04 Sep 2012 5:32 PM | Anonymous

    Excellence in Structural Engineering

    New Buildings Over $10 Million

    Arizona State University Science and Technology Building IV

    Tempe, Arizona

    Paragon Structural Design



    Paragon Structural Design, HDR, and Ehrlich Architects teamed up to design the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB IV) for Arizona State University (ASU). The project team was tasked with designing a 9 level 293,000 square foot facility that would accommodate the needs of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and the Fulton School of Engineering. The building is intended to encourage trans-disciplinary research between SESE and the Fulton school, respect and enhance the ASU campus and surrounding environment, and promote science, curiosity, and exploration within the community. Construction of ASU ISTB IV was completed in April 2012 and the building is on track to receive a LEED Certification level of Gold.


    A reinforced concrete structure was chosen as the basic structural system for the facility. Concrete structures have inherent durability, fire protection, energy, acoustic, and vibration benefits that are of great importance to a facility that houses offices, classrooms, high-tech laboratories (wet, dry, general purpose, and sensitive instrument), and an auditorium under. The structural column grid layout was chosen with input from the architect to accommodate flexibility of the lab modules and facilitate ASU’s goal of creating lab spaces that are able to adapt and evolve with state of the art research.


    Merit Award in Structural Engineering

    New Buildings over $10 Million

    Unisource Energy Office Tower

    Tucson, Arizona

    Grenier Engineering Inc.



    The Unisource Office Tower is a $65M, LEED Gold, Corporate Headquarters in Downtown Tucson, with 3 levels below grade parking, and 9 levels above grade office space. The foundation is a concrete mat with the largest single pour of 2,800 cubic yards (300 trucks from 3 different batch plants). The basement walls are 12" shotcrete over a soil nail tie back system. The floors are a Post-Tensioned concrete banded beam and slab system, which optimized the floor to floor heights at 14’. 28,000 cubic yards of concrete; 5,320,000 pounds of reinforcing steel; 380,000 feet of post tensioning cable was used.


    Merit Award in Structural Engineering

    Other Structures

    The Green Wall

    Palm Beach County, FL

    M3 Engineering & Technology Corporation



    Palm Beach County, Florida, selected Barbara Grygutis to create a useful public space for their Centennial Plaza.  M3 engineered the centennial bell tower and shade canopy.  Aluminum pipe columns support the canopy front while the back rests on a curved masonry wall.  A clerestory truss down the middle carries aluminum beams radiating outward like palm fronds.  The artist, engineer, and fabricator encountered various challenges including: hurricane wind loads, analysis and design of welded aluminum, connection detailing and limited fabrication tolerances for erection.  The shade canopy construction ran smoothly and the completed artwork will serve the community well. 

  • 28 Aug 2012 8:31 AM | Jeffrey Messier (Administrator)

    Call for Spectra Papers on New Zealand Earthquakes

    Through a collaboration between the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE), Earthquake Spectra will be publishing a special issue on the 2010-11 Canterbury, New Zealand, Earthquakes. Papers are invited on the engineering seismology, geotechnical, lifelines, structural engineering, and social and economic sciences aspects of the earthquakes and their effects. Papers on topics such as research using data from the earthquakes, code and guideline development based on observations from the earthquakes, and new emerging lessons for policy and regulation are strongly encouraged.

    Abstracts must be submitted in advance of the papers. The guest editors may recommend the modification or combination of abstracts for the purpose of maintaining the specific focus and length requirements of the issue. Papers must cover material beyond what has been published elsewhere, including but not limited to the NZSEE Bulletin and SSA special issues on the Canterbury earthquakes.

    Abstracts of one page or less must be submitted by September 20, 2012, by email to with the subject indicating “Abstract Submission for Canterbury Earthquakes Special Issue.” Prospective authors are encouraged to contact guest editors with expressions of interest, opportunities for collaboration with other authors, and questions regarding scope. For more information, including guest editor contact information, visit

    The objective of EERI is to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering; by improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political and cultural environment; and by advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

    Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
    499 14th St., Suite 320
    Oakland, CA 94612-1934
    Tel (510) 451-0905
    Fax (510) 451-5411

  • 28 Aug 2012 7:34 AM | Jeffrey Messier (Administrator)
    Join our friends at AzACI for the Concrete Cup Golf Tournament that benefits the ACI University Scholarship Funds. 

    Register by September 10th for a chance at extra prizes. 
  • 28 Aug 2012 7:11 AM | Jeffrey Messier (Administrator)
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  • 27 Aug 2012 12:00 PM | Jeffrey Messier (Administrator)
    The Advanced Technology Council is hosting 3 Webinars on Advancing the Engineering Applications for Hazard Mitigation.  

    Check them out here: ATC Events 
  • 20 Aug 2012 7:24 AM | Jeffrey Messier (Administrator)

    Check out the Sustainability E-News from the Masonry Society

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  • 13 Aug 2012 7:18 AM | Jeffrey Messier (Administrator)
    Check out the Masonry Society Newsletter

  • 14 May 2012 8:12 AM | Jeffrey Messier (Administrator)
    Click the link below for to check out the June 2012 issue of the NCSEA Member Newsletter

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