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PCI Announces 2020 Design Award Winners

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jan 7, 2021 12:48:58 PM

Excerpt from Roads & Bridges February 2020 Article

Five transportation projects were among the design award recipients

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recently announced its annual PCI Design Awards for 2020. 

Judges awarded 25 projects and five honorable mentions for design excellence in building and transportation categories. The awards program, now in its 57th year, was created to showcase the creative and innovative use of precast and prestressed concrete in a variety of applications.

"Once again, the precast, prestressed concrete industry has put its best foot forward and has delivered many inspiring and impressive projects," PCI President and CEO Bob Risser, P.E., said in a statement. "Each year, the PCI Design Awards program demonstrates that precast, prestressed concrete is not only a practical solution to many construction challenges, but also a head-turning aesthetic solution."

Precast Concrete Bridge Spaning Over 150 Feet

A panel of industry experts that includes precast concrete producers, engineers, and architects judges all nominees. PCI says the buildings and transportation categories are judged on aesthetic, structural, and use versatility; site, energy and operational efficiency, and risk reduction; and resiliency, such as structure durability, multi-hazard protection, and life safety and health.

PCI also selects several projects for special awards that are judged on similar criteria to the building and transportation projects, as well as additional requirements, including industry advancement, sustainable design, technology, and designs using all-precast concrete solutions. 

Some of the 2020 PCI Design Award winning projects in the transportation category included:

  • Main Span from 76-149 ft: Wekiva Parkway #204 Systems Interchange; Orange County, Florida; Dura-Stress Inc.
  • Main Span more than 150 ft: Marc Basnight Bridge/Replacement of Herbert C. Bonner Bridge; Dare County, North Carolina; Coastal Precast Systems
  • Non-Highway Bridge: Villanova University Pedestrian Bridge; Villanova, Pennsylvania; High Concrete Group LLC and Northeast Prestressed Products LLC
  • International Transportation Structure: Samuel De Champlain Bridge; Quebec, Canada; BPDL/SSLC
  • Special Solution: I-78 Bridge Underclearance Project; Berks County, Pennsylvania; PennStress, a division of MacInnis Group

The Marc Basnight Bridge also was named as a co-winner of the Sustainable Design award in the Specials category.

All winning projects were showcased and honored at the 2020 PCI Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, with an event on March 6, 2020.

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Saving Time & Money With Precast Concrete Buildings

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Dec 31, 2020 10:47:10 AM

Excerpt from Water & Wastes Digest's March 2017 Article

Texas utility selects precast option for buildings to house pumping equipment

When the timeframe for its project was too short for traditional construction methods to meet, the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) turned to a precast concrete building solution for its pump station installation in Baytown, Texas.

The new transfer pump station was needed because the Chevron-constructed facility in Baytown required more water for its operations. The new station has to pull 16.5 mgd from the Coastal Water Authority canal and pump it into the SJRA canal.  

Easi-Set CS Baytown TX 1

The Solution

The original specification was for a large concrete masonry unit (CMU) building. Houston contractor Boyer Inc. was the low bidder on the project, but its bid was still over budget. Through SJRA-initiated value engineering, Boyer offered a precast concrete building manufacturer as an alternative after determining a CMU could not be constructed in time or on budget.

Nathan Davis, a project manager for Boyer, says the building was an easy aspect to quantify.

"There were not only savings on the front end for cost of the structure, but there were savings on the back end with the reduced time from pouring the slab to setting the roof panels that allowed Boyer to reduce overall construction time, labor and equipment costs for the project," he said.

The buildings utilize clear-span precast concrete roof sections from 20 ft to 50 ft in width. Each 10-ft-deep roof section is post-tensioned to adjoining sections, allowing for buildings of virtually unlimited length to be manufactured.

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Two Easi-Span buildings – 40 ft by 40 ft by 16 ft and 30 ft by 60 ft by 20 ft – were needed to house all the pump station equipment. The buildings were manufactured and installed by Lonestar Prestress Manufacturing Inc. of Houston. Lonestar, a licensed producer for Easi-Set Buildings, works directly with customers to meet individual needs and ensure quality standards are met.

"Boyer was able to propose the use of the precast concrete buildings as a value engineering solution because it has worked with SJRA in the past and knew the building owner's project goals," said Leo Rowe, sales manager for Lonestar. "We were able to add our experience and expertise to Boyer's ingenuity to meet the project schedule and budget."

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