Bridge Design and Construction Engineering firm, Finley Engineering Group (FINLEY) is proud to welcome Glenda E. Diaz, PhD., EIT, as a Bridge Designer II to its’ rapidly expanding bridge design and construction engineering firm.
Glenda obtained her ME and PhD. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, and has recently moved to Tallahassee to join the FINLEY team. She has an extensive background in design and construction engineering working as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Florida. Glenda has also taught Civil Engineering classes at both the University of Florida, as well as Puerto Rico where she lead technical and professional training for Integrated Scientific Solutions.
Specializing in Structures, Glenda performed research developing and conducting extensive laboratory testing focused on the development and evaluation of fiber-reinforced concrete mixes complying with specified FDOT requirements. She also prepared detailed design and construction drawings of precast prestressed concrete girders for evaluation of fiber-reinforced concrete effectiveness to control end region cracking; supervised on-site construction of prestressed concrete girders specimens and conducted on-site inspections at different stages of construction; performed field inspection to assess deterioration of specimens over time; and conducted analytical evaluation of conventional and fiber reinforced concrete nonlinear behavior during prestress transfer.
“I am thrilled to join the FINLEY team, where I can continue building my knowledge of innovative practices, and I am excited to develop my expertise in Structures in the practice of Bridge Design and Construction Engineering.” said Glenda.
Glenda will be working as a Bridge Design Engineer for the new Green Line LRT Extension- Bridge 27C10 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Edmonton Light Rail Transit Tawatina Bridge in Alberta, Canada, as well as the SR826/Palmetto Expressway and SR25/Okeechobee Road Interchange Improvement Project in Miami, Florida.
“Glenda brings a strong academic and research background. In her career, Glenda has demonstrated that she is very bright, dedicated, and a problem solver,” said Craig Finley, P.E., President, FINLEY. “We’re excited to add her to the FINLEY Team knowing that she will be a valuable addition to our culture, projects and clients.
FINLEY seeks to attract the best and brightest talent and uses industry benchmark surveys to measure it’s workplace practices and employee benefits. See more at www.finleyengineeringgroup.com
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|LANSING, Mich. – Projects that will support growth and economic opportunity in three communities around Michigan have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. In total, the projects are expected to generate a total investment of $30.6 million and create 16 jobs in Michigan.
“Today’s projects will drive further economic growth to Battle Creek, Flint, and Caro, adding vibrancy to their downtowns and creating a foundation for future economic growth,” said Jeff Mason CEO of MEDC, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.
“We are pleased to work with our local partners on these projects, which will help make Michigan an even more attractive place to live, work, and play,” he said.
Battle Dog, LLC plans to redevelop a vacant historic building and adjacent surface parking lot into a restaurant with onsite brewing and distilling, as well as a seasonal outdoor beer garden, in downtown Battle Creek. The project is consistent with MEDC’s goal of attracting talent through innovative placemaking and transforming underutilized properties into vibrant areas. In addition, the project meets local objectives by bringing a well-known brewery – New Holland Brewing Co. – and restaurant enterprise into the city to act as a commercial anchor and to provide an additional amenity for the downtown residential units being added throughout the district. The project is expected to result in a total capital investment of $4,065,220, resulting in a $968,500 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant.
“New Holland Brewing Company is very excited to see this project come to fruition, after a lot of hard work from the great folks at MEDC, the City of Battle Creek and Battle Creek Unlimited, among others. The support and assistance that we have received throughout this process has been amazing. There is something special about downtown Battle Creek, and we couldn’t be happier to be part of it. There has been a tremendous amount of effort put into the revitalization of Battle Creek, and we are honored to help continue making great things happen for this area,” said Brett VanderKamp, president and founder of New Holland Brewing.
Local support for the project includes a twelve-year Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act tax abatement with an estimated value of $995,000, as well as a $265,000 Real Estate Connection grant and a $250,000 Development grant from Battle Creek Unlimited. The project is in a Michigan Geographically Disadvantaged Business Location, and the project qualities for a MCRP grant because the site is a historic resource. The city of Battle Creek is engaged with the MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program.
“We are thrilled to see this project get underway. New Holland Brewing is a solid partner for Battle Creek. Their investment is a testament to the strategy deployed for the redevelopment of Downtown Battle Creek. This is a great complement to several other economic development projects underway or in the pipeline, none of which would be possible without the collaboration from many including the MEDC, BCU, and the City of Battle Creek,” said Joe Sobieralski, president and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited.
Flint Cultural Center Corporation plans to renovate and expand the existing Sloan Museum in downtown Flint. The project is consistent with MEDC’s goal of developing unique places to attract talent. The project also meets local objectives by providing improved facilities that allow the entire community to utilize the Sloan Museum as a community hub and gathering place. The project will rehabilitate the existing 58,000 square feet and add 42,000 square feet of new construction to create a new building with a total of 100,000 square feet of exhibit, office, collections storage and community space. Currently, Sloan Museum attracts 175,000 visitors annually, while the new museum is estimated to draw up to 225,000 visitors annually, and it is anticipated that it will serve as a catalyst for more growth and economic activity in the community. Restoration of the Sloan Museum builds on the momentum of redevelopment in and around downtown Flint spearheaded by private development in partnership with foundations and agencies like MEDC.
In addition, the new exhibit spaces will give the community new opportunities to learn about science and history through exploration, discovery and action. The completed project will provide early childhood learning, act as a STEM and social studies resource and assist with workforce development. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $26.5 million and create an estimated 16 new jobs, resulting in a $1 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant.
Local support for the project includes a reduction of permit fees by the city of Flint, estimated to be $99,185. The city of Flint is also engaged with the MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program.
The city of Caro has received $57,281 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for the Caro Facades Project and an additional $17,000 for a CDBG Certified Grant Administrator to assist in the administration of the project. The project includes the historic rehabilitation of two storefronts in downtown Caro that will continue the economic growth occurring in the downtown. The project will also have a substantial impact along North State Street. The façade renovation projects are expected to be a catalyst for other projects and investment in downtown Caro.
The project is estimated to cost $118,626. The city of Caro contributed design services for each building, estimated at $25,000. The city of Caro is also requiring the business owners to contract with one contractor, along with requiring the match funds be escrowed to assure the projects are completed. The city of Caro is engaged with the MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program.
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Pleasanton, Calif. — Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has announced the release of its 2020 Connectors for Cold-Formed Steel Construction catalog, a handy and inclusive reference guide designed to aid customers in quickly identifying the right products from the company’s comprehensive line of connectors and other product solutions for cold-formed steel (CFS) construction projects.
Created for suppliers, architects, engineers, erectors, and contractors, the Connectors for Cold-Formed Steel Construction catalog makes it easy to specify project-appropriate CFS connector solutions, with robust product pages including detailed features and benefits, building graphics with product callouts, installation sequence visuals and notes, associated tools and products — all tailored to help CFS engineers and builders work smarter and faster.
The 2020 CFS catalog also contains extensive information on several recent Simpson Strong-Tie innovations, including the HYS hybrid strut, the only CFS strut on the market designed and tested for applications as either a slide or rigid clip; the SHH Header Hanger value-engineered to support CFS box headers; the DSSCB bypass framing drift strut connector; the SCS seismic bypass framing connector; updated designs for RCKW kneewall connectors; the DBR interior bracing spacer; Ready Products hand-bendable curved framing; and the latest version of our popular CFS Designer software.
“Simpson Strong-Tie carries a complete line of CFS solutions designed to optimize any CFS design, and the 2020 Connectors for Cold-Formed Steel Construction catalog helps CFS professionals identify products and systems that are load rated for superior strength and performance,” says Clif Melcher, senior CFS product manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. “Whether you need products or design, solving your structural problems is our passion, and the 2020 CFS connectors catalog makes it easy to find information and project solutions quickly.”
Additional 2020 catalog enhancements include:
For more information, or to view or download a PDF of the Simpson Strong-Tie® 2020 Connectors for Cold-Formed Steel Construction catalog, visit strongtie.com/cold-formed-steel-catalog.
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Mechanicsburg, Pa. – Modjeski and Masters, a nationwide leader in the design, inspection, and rehabilitation of all bridge types, including long-span and movable structures, today announced its selection for two bridge inspection projects with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Modjeski and Masters was selected as the primary consultant for two bascule bridges in Ohio—Robert Craig Memorial Bridge and Port Clinton Bridge—where they will be responsible for managing and performing inspections for each bridge. Modjeski and Masters will begin work on the bridges in February, and the projects are scheduled to be completed by July 2020.
The Port Clinton Bridge, first constructed in 1933, is a heavily decorated bascule bridge and one of only five highway bascule bridges in Ohio built from 1920 through 1956. The Robert Craig Memorial Bridge, built in 1956, is a four-lane bascule bridge that spans the Maumee River downstream from Toledo, Oh.
“We look forward to beginning the in-depth inspection on these two bascule bridges. These projects signal our renewed efforts in Ohio, where we’ve completed numerous projects as a subcontractor,” said Mike Britt, President and CEO of Modjeski and Masters. “We’re excited to return to the area and foster a strong relationship with the state through our deep understanding of movable bridges. We’ve seen the impact our work can have, and we look forward to improving the service life and reliability of these bridges for the Ohio community.”
For more information about Modjeski and Masters, visit http://modjeski.com.
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DAYTON, Ohio–Composite Advantage engineers recently inspected Hamilton County, Ohio’s Eight Mile Road Bridge to see how its fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) deck was holding up after more than a decade of vehicle traffic. The span was the first bridge in the U.S. to receive Composite Advantage’s FiberSPAN prefabricated, drop-in-place system with FRP tee-stiffened panels. Installation for the 22 ft.-long, 62 ft.-wide two-lane crossing took one day.
Eight Mile’s specifications called for L/800 load deflection, deck depth of 5.5 in., panel depth of 22 in., and a panel weight of 26 psf. The vehicle superstructure had to meet American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) HS 20 loading with the alternative military truck loading. Longitudinal beams and deck were molded to form one part. The integrated system eliminated the joints between deck and beams. The ability to prefabricate multiple structural elements reduced manufacturing and installation costs.
Composite Advantage’s evaluation focused on the underside of the bridge where joints, panel-to-panel and panel-to-abutment areas were examined. “We found no evidence of water or salt leakage from the FRP deck’s surface penetrating the panel joints,” says Scott Reeve, president of Composite Advantage. “Panels remained well connected and double tee stiffeners looked like new. Eight Mile Road Bridge is a good case study for the advantages of FRP in terms of zero maintenance, corrosion resistance, longevity and superior performance in a range of weather conditions.”
Composite Advantage supplies innovative fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) products for major
infrastructure markets. To create its engineered solutions, CA pairs progressive designs with its capability to mold large parts, perform on-site assembly, and support customer installations. The supplier has been developing lightweight, high-strength, cost-effective FRP goods for structurally demanding applications and corrosive environments since 2005. Many of these products have paved the way for first-time use of FRP composites in infrastructure, rail and water applications because of their performance attributes. The supplier’s comprehensive lineup includes bridge decks, trail bridges, cantilever sidewalks and rail platforms to fender protection systems, pilings, naval ship separators and other waterfront structures. CA is member of the Creative Composites Group, a subsidiary of Hill and Smith Holdings PLC.
Visit www.compositeadvantage.com or contact Composite Advantage at 937-723-9031 or
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Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
Happy New Year! I hope you had some time off for the holidays.
I’m just back from a couple of weeks off myself. It was great. No email, no checking in, just some time off with the family. We visited family, went skiing and ice skating, cooked a lot, and even saw a couple of movies. It was seriously relaxing. I hadn’t realized I needed the time off. Sometimes we get so used to the fast pace that we don’t realize we need some time to slow down. That was definitely true in my case. It was only when I had stopped working that I realized my body and brain needed a break. That made the time off all the more valuable.
But now it’s back to work. I’ve already rearranged my office and cleaned off my desk for the New Year. Today, I’m writing up my 2019 yearly review. As part of the process, I’m looking at ArchSmarter’s statistics. 2019 was a good year! In all, 385,000 readers visited the ArchSmarter website and read a total of 476,000 pages. These numbers are on par with last year, which is good since I didn’t write all that many new blog posts. In addition, the ARK Network has grown considerably since it launched in April of last year. ARK is nearing 2,000 members and has evolved into a very generous and supportive community. Thanks to all of you that have joined ARKS and are participating in the conversations. Not a member? You can join here.
Alright, let’s kick the year off with five things to check out this week:
#1: The Best Strategy for a Super Effective Revit Template
Ready to start off the new year on the right foot? Time to give your Revit template a good once-over! Templates are one of the best ways to get more efficient with Revit. Why redo the same work when you can do it once (and do it right) in a template. In this article, I share my framework for developing effective Revit templates. Give it a read then start planning your template makeover!
#2: Cost Estimating Directly in Revit
Want to use Revit to develop cost estimates? Check out Dan Stine’s comprehensive tutorial complete with screen shots as well as a trick or two to help ensure your next estimate is spot on. This post was a personal favorite of mine from 2019. Turns out, I wasn’t alone as it made Dan’s top 5 most popular posts for the year. Thanks again Dan!
#3: 10 Tips for Effective Project Management with BIM
Is one of your new year’s resolutions for 2020 to become more effective at work? If so, read on and discover ten tips for fine tuning your BIM practices to create more efficiency, get better results and save more time. Good thoughts to start the year!
#4: The Foundation of Codes – 3 Fundamental Questions
Does reading through building codes leave your head spinning? If so, you’re not alone. Codes and standards across the industry can be tricky and complicated. But as Lori Greene explains in her recent article, there are easy ways to determine which codes apply to your project. In this insightful article, Greene reviews the three fundamental questions you should ask when starting a code review for your project. Definitely worth checking out!
#5: When Generative Design Backfires
If you attended last year’s Autodesk University, you may have seen the display highlighting the design collaboration between Autodesk and Volkswagon. The commemorative 20th anniversary VW Microbus was no doubt a show-stopper, with its generatively designed (and bright orange) wheels. But are those wheels really innovative? In this article, Roopinder Tara muses on whether this concept design is a success or perhaps just an artistic misfire. What do you think?
Question of the Week:
Today’s question of the week comes from ARK member Bryce Lien. He’d like to get your thoughts on the use of areas vs rooms in multifamily projects. Have you used areas for code and area calculations? What are some good workflows for putting this to practice in a multi-family project? Click the link below to share your thoughts.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.
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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Jan. 6, 2020 – A proposed ASTM International standard aims to support use of new supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) that are needed to continue supporting concrete sustainability.
“SCMs are common industrial residuals used to bolster the sustainability of concrete by improving performance and durability while also reducing the environmental footprint of the material,” says Larry Sutter, assistant dean of engineering and professor at Michigan Technological University. He notes that the most commonly used SCMs have traditionally been coal fly ash and slag cement, the latter coming from the production of iron.
Sutter says that as coal-fired power production is reduced, supplies of coal fly ash are also reduced. Therefore, the concrete industry is looking for alternative SCMs to use in concrete. The proposed standard (WK70466) aims to expand the range of materials by developing the first performance-based specification for SCMs.
According to Sutter, the proposed standard, being developed by ASTM International’s concrete and concrete aggregates committee (C09) will be most useful to licensed design professionals and architects who want to specify a broader range of materials. It will also allow concrete producers to have more flexibility in the choice of materials, leading to improved innovation.
Sutter notes that the proposed standard would support goals 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), and 13 (climate action) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN. The next meeting of ASTM International’s concrete and concrete aggregates committee is June 28 – July 1, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
To purchase standards, contact ASTM International customer relations (tel +1.877.909.ASTM; email@example.com).
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HOUSTON – On Jan. 06, Sheldon Independent School District (ISD) will celebrate the completion of its new C.E. King High School. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled at 6.30 p.m. Entertainment and campus tours will be provided for parents, visitors and dignitaries.
“The opening of this new campus is an extraordinary milestone in the storied history of Sheldon ISD,” said Sheldon ISD Superintendent King Davis. “Our students and staff of C.E. King High School will have the best learning environment possible in this landmark facility. We are all excited for this grand opening and optimistic about the future leaders that will emerge from this beautiful campus!”
Designed by Huckabee and constructed by Durotech, the school is a flagship campus for Sheldon ISD’s program. The state-of-the-art, 580,000-square-foot campus is just a mile from Generation Park and will house up to 3,500 students. The school is designed like a college campus, with promenades and quads where students, faculty and community members can interact. The classrooms have flexible spaces where educators can plug and play various teaching equipment based on workforce demand.
The campus features a traditional, comprehensive high school education program, as well as six career and technical academies aimed at helping students become college and career ready. The six academies include: business and industry; human services; public service; agriculture, manufacturing and construction; science, technology, fine arts and math; and an early college academy for traditional academics. The goal for the early college academy is for students to graduate with not only a high school diploma, but an associate’s degree or an industry certificate that can help students continue on to community college, trade schools and traditional four-year college.
Sheldon ISD is considered one of the fastest-growing school districts in the Houston area. The 9,000-student school district is in the booming petrochemical corridor northeast of Houston. By 2025, Sheldon ISD is expected to have more than 15,000 students. In May 2016, to handle this rapid growth, Sheldon ISD voters overwhelmingly passed a $285 million bond to address student growth, safety and security measures and other potential facility upgrades. This bond program is the largest in the district’s history.
“Sheldon is making a statement with this new high school,” said JP Grom, AIA, vice president at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), the firm serving as the program manager for the bond program. “The high school will serve as a visual anchor point for Sheldon ISD. They’re driving a stake in the ground, saying ‘Sheldon ISD is here, we’ve arrived.’”
Other elements of the bond program include the Sheldon Lake Elementary School and Panther Stadium that opened in August 2019, new track, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts. The bond program also includes additions and renovations to existing middle schools as well as district-wide energy management upgrades.
LAN is a full-service consulting firm offering planning, engineering and program management services for the nation’s heavy civil infrastructure needs. With more than 350 employees across the United States, LAN is a national leader in the engineering industry and is consistently ranked among the “Top 100 A/E Firms” according to Engineering News-Record. LAN is a LEO A DALY company, an international architecture and engineering firm.
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A Brick+Data-nál már hagyomány, hogy minden év végén készítünk személyes “évrendezést”, amihez az Éviránytű füzetet szoktuk használni. Ez egy nagyon jó keretet és rendszert ad ahhoz, hogy átgondoljuk mi történt az elmúlt évben és aztán ezek alapján megtervezzük a következőt.
Idén mikor kinyomtattuk a füzetet, vetődött fel bennünk, hogy milyen jó lenne, ha volna egy olyan rész is benne, ahol a 2020-as BIM-es célokat, avagy “fogadalmakat” is fel tudnánk jegyezni. Ötleteltünk egyet, és el is készítettük a BIM Fogadalmak lapot.
Úgy véljük ez hasznos lehet mind egyéni, mind céges szinten, hiszen jó ha megtervezzük, miben és hogyan szeretnénk fejlődni. Illetve ennek a kitöltése fel is hívja a figyelmet arra, hogy a fejlesztésre időt és energiát is kell dedikálni, ha már meg van az elhatározás.
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By Richard Massey
With nearly 20 years of experience on her resume, Emily Herndon is a recognized expert in the field of strategic asset management. Her job is to meet with a client, evaluate their facilities and, through an assortment of means, figure out how to make those facilities perform better. Easier said than done, of course. And when clients come calling, they do so in a state of distress. Since Herndon works with federal owners with enormous asset portfolios, the challenges are big and the solutions even bigger. But for Herndon, that’s what it’s all about.
“They’ve got a problem that they can’t solve,” Herndon said of her clients. “They end up liking us at the end of the day.”
Her specialty is federal clients, agencies that manage millions of square feet of facilities. Projects can take months, even years, to complete. Her work can take her anywhere, and can involve almost anything, from locks and dams to an abandoned missile silo.
“You never know exactly what you’re going to find,” she said.
For over seven years she was at mega-firm Booz Allen Hamilton before moving to the even bigger Jacobs for nearly 12. In May, she took a position at Woolpert, where, as a senior consultant, she helped found the firm’s Strategic Consulting group, which focuses on asset management in aviation, water, land management, and federal facilities.
“Everyone’s managing their assets with limited budgets, and everyone’s assets are aging,” she said.
Clients have a surplus of data and don’t know what to do with it. Moreover, clients are finding themselves at important crossroads, hence the need to contact people like Herndon. This, Herndon said, is what clients are saying about themselves: We need to manage ourselves more strategically. We can’t get by without a plan anymore.
This conversation is taking place a lot, because Herndon and her growing team are busy.
“There’s so much work out there,” she said. “Right now, we have more work than we can do.”
A Conversation with Emily Herndon
C+S: What will be your top priority as a board member of the NIBS Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee?
Emily Herndon: I’m really looking forward to bringing a fresh new perspective to the committee. My first priority is to work with the board to develop our strategic plan where we will outline the committee’s short- and long-term goals, what we plan to accomplish over the next 3-5 years and how we plan to get there. The Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee has an incredible purview that addresses over 75 percent of the building’s total cost of ownership and everything we can do to enhance life-cycle performance improves the overall industry.
C+S: From your vantage point, what do you see as the greatest challenge to sustainability in terms of asset management.
EH: Asset management is inherently a practice in sustainability. By managing your portfolio in a strategic, comprehensive and holistic manner, your assets will operate more efficiently. I think we are challenged a bit in the perception that sustainability has fallen off the radar and is not generally made a priority by leadership. As sustainability professionals we need to understand that sustainability concepts should be incorporated into every business plan and not be viewed as a standalone initiative. Perhaps one of the largest sustainability opportunities across an asset portfolio is to improve operations and maintenance performance, thereby reducing natural resource consumption, improving building life-cycle and, ultimately, improving the value of the investment.
C+S: You have worked with some large and important public-sector clients like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the EPA, among others. What does it take to effectively manage a project with such cumbersome government agencies?
EH: While it may seem that large government agencies are challenging projects, I’ve found that our clients are passionate, creative and innovative. Our federal clients lead the nation in developing and implementing cutting edge asset management programs across some of the most complex and unique asset portfolios. I feel really privileged to have the opportunity to work on these projects. With a $264 billion portfolio, USACE Civil Works is a great example. Their efforts were recently identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a comprehensive and strategic approach to asset management and they represent one of the nation’s largest owners.
C+S: What motivates you to tackle such big projects?
I guess it’s all I’ve ever known. I began my career at Booz Allen Hamilton where my first client right out of college was the Environmental Protection Agency. From day one, I’ve been engaged with large clients who come to us with complex problems to solve. Every client engagement is a challenge, and while they are all tackling similar issues of aging portfolios and limited budgets, each client brings a unique set of circumstances and operating parameters.
C+S: You were at Jacobs for nearly 12 years before taking a position with Woolpert. While Woolpert is a large and influential firm with around 800 people, it’s not quite a mega-firm like Jacobs with nearly 80,000 employees. Why the change after 20 years in the business?
EH: As I mentioned above, I started my career at Booz Allen Hamilton, a large management consulting firm, followed by 12 years at Jacobs. Two very large firms with so much to offer their employees. I’m extremely grateful for the training I received at Booz and the exposure to some of the most interesting clients at Jacobs. I’ve also met and worked with some of the most talented people in the industry.
When I was approached with the opportunity to build a strategic consulting group from the ground up within Woolpert, I thought it was the perfect time in my career to do it. I’ve loved the entrepreneurial environment and really appreciate the fact that senior leadership sees the value that strategic consulting brings to the firm as a whole.
C+S: Woolpert CEO & President Scott Cattran recently said his top priority is firm longevity, shareholder value, and employee happiness. What’s the big cultural difference you are experiencing between Jacobs and Woolpert?
EH: Firms (large or small), are ultimately a collection of people and shared values. Woolpert presents an exciting opportunity to be immersed in an engaging and innovative culture that actually “walks the walk” with respect to employee engagement and career values.
C+S: When you were named to the NIBS Facilities Committee, you talked about the fact that you are not an architect, engineer or designer. How has this outside perspective shaped your career?
EH: This perspective has proved to be a strong asset within NIBS and more broadly across my career. Diversity in experience and training allows our team to bring a more comprehensive approach and solution to each problem. Individual disciplines or practice areas such as architecture or engineering bring a strength in that area, but not always a broader view of the economic, operational, environmental and social values. Integrating all those areas of expertise inherently provides a better outcome.
C+S: You have risen to the top in an AEC industry that is still dominated by men. As a woman, what were your greatest challenges and your greatest triumphs? What is your message to women who are thinking about a career in engineering?
EH: To be honest, I can’t think of challenges or triumphs in my career that I can specifically attribute to being a woman. Since day one I’ve been surrounded by very talented men and women and don’t feel like I’ve been treated any different because of my gender. So, perhaps as we participated in Women’s History Month in March, part of my message to women who are thinking about a professional career in technical disciplines is two-fold: don’t accept a situation that suggests gender is a factor, and surround yourself with mentors (men and women) who share that view. Beyond your immediate work environment, professional organizations such as the National Institute of Building Sciences offer fantastic opportunities to develop your professional network.
C+S: You have a BS in Environmental Science and Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire. This is not the most popular degree in the collegiate world. What drew you to this field of study?
EH: As a child I wanted to swim with dolphins. I loved to SCUBA dive and snorkel and anything that had to do with the ocean. After a year or two of higher-level biology, physics and chemistry classes, I knew I was a better fit in the business world than the lab. At UNH, the environmental science curriculum included economics, business, writing, and public speaking courses. This well-rounded curriculum really set me up for success in the business world.
C+S: At some point you did FAA environmental work in Alaska. Did you see any bears? The Aurora Borealis? Mountain tops and salmon spawns?
EH: No bears or Aurora Borealis, but we did run into a very large moose on a midnight hike. Alaska is one of the many gorgeous locations this job has taken me to.
C+S: Any final thoughts?
EH: Work-life balance is possible. Both myself and my spouse, Jim, have professional careers and have managed to find a rhythm and tempo that fits our family – daughters Maddie and Caroline, and a rescue lab named Deacon – that allows us both to be engaged with our children, and to concurrently pursue individual passions such as traveling and running. Don’t give up on the idea that work-life balance is an achievable goal!
WOOLPERT SENIOR STRATEGIC CONSULTANT SELECTED TO SERVE ON BOARD OF NIBS FACILITIES COMMITTEE
Woolpert Senior Consultant Emily Herndon, LEED AP, has been selected to serve on the board for the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC). NIBS is a group of industry, government and agency experts who identify and solve issues that would otherwise hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures throughout the U.S. The FMOC works to improve the performance and longevity of buildings through effective maintenance and operation, improved total cost of ownership and life-cycle strategies for the nation’s built environment.
NIBS was established by the U.S. Congress in 1974 as a nonprofit, non-governmental organization and is responsible for standards, including the Whole Building Design Guide, Integrated Resilient Design Program and buildingSMART Alliance. – Woolpert
Richard Massey is managing editor of Zweig Group publications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*This article was originally published in Civil + Structural Engineer in May 2019
By Stephen Salzer and Dennis Traylor
Many things come to mind when people think of New Orleans – the beautiful architecture of the buildings, the vibrancy of the French Quarter and, of course, the landmark Superdome for great sporting events. What they probably don’t picture is a spectacular world-class airport welcoming them to the Big Easy, but that’s exactly what millions of air travelers will soon experience when they visit the Crescent City.
A visionary project of the City of New Orleans, the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will showcase the vibrant spirit and distinct culture of the city. The Hunt-Gibbs-Boh-Metro Joint Venture team was the construction manager of this $1 billion game-changing project, which is one of the most visible symbols of infrastructure rebuilding in the Gulf South region post-Katrina.
The world-class design of the 972,000-square-foot replacement terminal was conceived by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and executed by the Crescent City Aviation Team, a joint venture of Leo A. Daly Company and Atkins North America, Inc.
The complex will feature three concourses with 35 passenger gates, seamless connections between concourses, nearly 80,000 square feet of retail space, parking garages and a surface parking lot, and an enormous concrete apron that ties into existing runways.
According to the design team, the terminal’s architectural form evokes the geography of the Delta region and the soft curves of the Mississippi River. The curved, T-shaped building forms a gentle arc on three sides, and a monumental roof rises toward the structure’s centerline where it crests over a large central skylight. Designed to allow long spans, the spherical-shaped roof is supported by massive concrete columns to reflect the region’s modern and upward trajectory.
Construction required an advanced SCC solution to flow through and consolidate around highly congested reinforcement in the columns without the use of vibrators. Photo: New Orleans International Airport
Column construction challenges
To optimize the complex geometric design of the structure, the project team used specialized software to distribute the column grid, optimize the roof shape and right-size the building footprint. They also relied on innovative building materials throughout the project, including an advanced self-consolidating concrete (SCC) to produce the 350 massive support columns for the superstructure. The heights of the 40-inch and 48-inch terminal columns ranged from 47 to 73 feet, and the heights of the 28-inch and 30-inch concourse columns ranged from 33 to 51 feet.
One of the biggest challenges in constructing the tall and complex columns was finding the ideal concrete mix that would perform on a variety of levels. The use of a conventional concrete was not an option for this application due to all the highly congested steel reinforcement, embeds and anchor bolts within the columns. In addition, project specifications required a high-quality class A exposed concrete finish, which would not be possible using a standard concrete mix.
According to Mike Lopez, project superintendent at Gibbs Construction, the project team needed an innovative concrete solution that would flow easily through and firmly self-consolidate around all the highly congested embedded reinforcement within the columns, as well as achieve a 28-day compressive strength of 7,000 psi. The concrete also needed to produce a smooth high-end surface aesthetic that the owner was expecting with every pour.
Selecting the right mix
To meet the stringent performance criteria for this high-vertical application, the project team selected an advanced self-consolidating concrete (SCC), called Agileflow (formerly Agilia®). This highly fluid concrete places more quickly than standard concrete, flows easily through highly congested reinforcement and provides superior non-segregation properties for greater structural integrity. Other advantages of the SCC technology include increased strength, higher-quality finished surfaces and reduced production times and labor costs.
“We used this very workable SCC mix provided by Lafarge on another project that had very large transfer beams containing highly congested steel rebar and post-tensioned cables,” said Lopez. “Based on the product’s performance in that extremely challenging application, we were confident that it was the ideal solution for constructing the structural support columns at the airport.”
Based on all the logistics challenges and other delays that come with working on a 100-acre airport construction site, the ability of the product to maintain its workability for up to two hours was another benefit valued by the project team. With most standard SCC mixes, the spread starts to decline tremendously at 1 hour and could cause stability problems.
Following a common defined procedure, Agileflow mixes are custom-designed based on the targeted performance properties for each site-specific application. The key to successful performance requires special care in the selection and proper proportioning of materials in the mix to avoid segregation while providing optimal workability properties.
Primary considerations in developing the optimal concrete for the airport columns were flowability, viscosity, compressive strength, durability, and maximum temperature gain control. Key performance parameters included compressive strength of 7,000 psi at 28 days, maximum temperature of 95 degrees F, and spread of 28 to 31 inches.
“We design our Agileflow advanced SCC mixes to flow at higher capacities and to avoid separation in applications with high drop heights,” said BJ Eckholdt, quality control manager at Lafarge, a member of LafargeHolcim. “With the concrete developed for the airport columns, we could easily take the spread to 31 inches, whereas most standard SCC mixes would fall apart at that mark.” To achieve specified performance goals, the SCC mix for the columns contained a high percentage of cementitious material to control heat gain.
As a final step, a demonstration trial was run in a job-site column form to fine-tune the mix and ensure stakeholder expectations were met with flow through and consolidation around the heavily congested reinforcement, strength attainment, and surface finish quality.
Work gets underway
Construction on the airport project kicked off in January 2016. Six months later, crews were placing pile caps on more than 4,000 prestressed, precast concrete piles that were driven 100 feet into sand strata to support the weight of the superstructure. The building’s concrete columns were each supported by four to twelve of these 14-inch-square piles.
All of the structural columns were constructed in 20-foot lifts. Work on the exterior perimeter columns started with soil excavation for column placement and then pouring a concrete footing over the pile caps. A rebar cage assembled horizontally was then lifted by a crane, placed vertically onto the footing and attached to the footing’s metal starter bars. After cleaning the formwork and applying a release agent to prevent the bonding of concrete to it, crews bolted the two-piece steel formwork around the rebar cage and poured the concrete into the form.
The superstructure was designed with a moment-frame system – a hybrid of steel beams connected to embeds on the concrete columns – to keep the internal spaces of the building as open as possible. Concrete for the internal columns was poured up to the second-floor of the structure and then steel erectors assembled the structural steel. After the deck was put in place, concrete was poured for the second-floor slab and crews worked off the slab to extend the columns up to the third floor. This same work process was followed to extend the columns up to the roof line.
Working the terminal and concourses at the same time, the project team required seven cranes on the job site for all the concrete column construction activity. Following a tight production schedule, crews were pouring concrete in 20-foot lifts on four or five columns a day, removing formwork after 12 to 24 hours and starting the next 20-foot lift the next day. Prior to every pour, an independent quality-control laboratory tested the SCC mix to ensure the temperature was below its maximum specified value and that the spread was within the desired range for placement. Six to eight test cylinders were also taken to determine 7-day and 28-day strength breaks. The columns were hitting their seven-day strengths in three to four days.
A new world-class aerial landmark
When the new modern terminal opens in May, it will not only be an example of outstanding design and stellar engineering, but also a tribute to all the construction trades in making the architectural vision a reality.
Construction of the 350 structural columns took about 12 months and required more than 6,500 cubic yards of the Agileflow concrete to complete. The specified compressive strength on this project was 7,000 psi at 28 days; however, the SCC mix consistently achieved strengths surpassing 11,000 psi.
“We are all very proud to have played a role in the successful completion of this magnificent new aerial landmark and the lasting impression it will leave for millions of visitors to the city of New Orleans,” said Lopez. “The superb self-consolidating properties of the advanced SCC product was a great solution to our column production challenges, and the surface finish allowed for the final field finish with minimal rubbing and patching—a huge benefit in terms of time and labor cost savings.”
Stephen Salzer (email@example.com) is sales manager and Dennis Traylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) is assistant quality control manager at Lafarge, a member of LafargeHolcim (www.MaterialsThatPerform.com). They can be reached at (504) 834-3341.
*This article was originally published in Civil + Structural Engineer in April 2019