PTI awards excellence

The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) announces the 2008 award winners. Honoring superior post-tensioning projects in the construction industry, judges evaluated the submittals based on creativity, innovation, ingenuity, cost effectiveness, functionality, constructability, and aesthetics. “This year's award competition was a tremendous success,” says Ted Neff, executive director of PTI. “The number and variety of high-quality entries made the jury's task of selecting the winners very difficult, and exemplifies the versatility and efficiency of post-tensioning.”

Project of the Year, New Guthrie Theater Center, Minneapolis, is a mixed-use building with a 1000-space parking garage.
PTI Project of the Year, New Guthrie Theater Center, Minneapolis, is a mixed-use building with a 1000-space parking garage.

New Guthrie Theater Center, Minneapolis, received the Project of the Year, Award of Excellence for 2008. The mixed-use building includes three theaters and a 1000-space parking garage. The post-tensioned concrete framing system provided the most effective solution for the main theater and parking structure. The primary theater's framing system consists of an 8-inch-thick sloping slab supported by a radial/circular network of beams and cantilevered girders on five tiers. The unusual design required a high degree of technical expertise in post-tensioning to accommodate the heavy live loads and large, column-free areas.

Other Award of Excellence winners include:

  • Commercial Building category—Suncoast Post Tension Ltd. for 1101 New York Ave., Washington, D.C.
  • Residential Buildings category—Cary Kopczynski & Co. for Cosmopolitan, Seattle
  • Bridges category—VSL for the North Arm Bridge Fraser River Crossing, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Industrial/Special Applications category—VSL for the Holcim Plant, St. Genevieve County, Mo.
  • Repair/Rehabilitation and Strengthening: Bridges category—Modjeski and Master Inc. for the rehabilitation of the New Jersey Abutment of Bayonne Bridge, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Repair/Rehabilitation and Strengthening: Buildings category—Forell/Elsesser Engineers Inc. for the Utah State Capitol/Base Isolation and Restoration project, Salt Lake City
  • Slab-on-Ground category—Suncoast Post-Tension Ltd. for the Barrick Bald Mountain Tire Shop, White Pine County, Nev.
  • Parking Structure category—Walter P. Moore for the Tampa International Airport Economy Garage, Tampa, Fla.
  • Student Project category—Tylor Paul Middlestadt for the study “Post-Tensioned Concrete Advantage” For more information on these winners, as well as Award of Merit recipients, visit www.post-tensioning.org.

Equipment dealer raises money for breast cancer

Painted a special rosy shade, two JLG Model 800S telescoping boom lifts will raise money and awareness over the next 54 months for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer, respectively.
Mid Country Machinery Painted a special rosy shade, two JLG Model 800S telescoping boom lifts will raise money and awareness over the next 54 months for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer, respectively.

During the month of October—breast cancer awareness month—a number of campaigns are launched to raise money and spread knowledge about this disease. One such program recently was launched by Bud PeCoy of Mid Country Machinery, Fort Dodge, Iowa—a construction equipment dealer and rental company. After purchasing two JLG Model 800S telescoping boom lifts painted a special pink color and featuring the company's “Reach High for the Cure” and the Susan G. Komen “For the Cure” decals, he decided that 10% of all the income derived from the rental of the machines over the next 54 months will be donated to the Des Moines chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This amount is expected to total between $25,000 and $30,000.

Congress considers act

In August, the National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act of 2007 (H.R. 3999) was distributed to the Senate. Although passed by the House, debate is expected in the Senate on a component bill. Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, sent a letter urging Congress to support the Act.

To date, approximately 74,000 U.S. bridges are classified as structurally deficient, according to the U.S. DOT, which estimates a cost of $65 billion in repairs. Slater also urged a comprehensive reform to be launched in the 2009 reauthorization for the federal highway and transit programs.

The purpose of H.R. 3999 is to expand the national program of bridge inspection, as well as to earmark funds for replacing and rehabilitating highway bridges. With this bill, the DOT would be required to report on bridges nationwide and to increase training for bridge inspectors.

Recycle your souls for a cause

Soles4Souls Inc. and Lehigh Safety Shoe Co. combined efforts to provide an easy way to trade in gently worn safety shoes and boots. Each pair will go directly to a person in need instead of into a landfill.

“This is a unique way for hardworking Americans to reach out to other working men and women to provide a vital resource quickly,” says Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Soles4Soles Inc. “In order for this program to work well, we need safety directors, plant managers, and HR personnel from all companies in the country to answer our call to action and join the Soles4Souls + Lehigh Trade-in Program.”

Companies currently hosting shoe fairs or shoe mobile events at their locations can participate by signing up with Lehigh and Soles4Souls. Each participating location will receive donation boxes, brochures, and advertising materials for the event, as well as PR coverage in their local market highlighting the company as a partner in the recycling program.

To participate, visit www.giveshoes.org or call 615-391-5723.