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JUL 31

Industry News Roundup: July 31

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The U.S. Department of Transportation released data that details the condition of the nation’s road and bridges by state. This infrastructure report reveals that more than 25% of the nation’s bridges are in “poor” or “mediocre” condition.

The University of Nebraska- Lincoln and MIT are introducing campus maker spaces to encourage innovation. These spaces are cross disciplinary and encourage all students to visit and build out their ideas in a collaborative work environment. Read more in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.

Construction of a skyscraper at 111 Murray St. in Manhattan is underway. The 62-story, 480,000 sq. ft. tower includes a sculpture garden with fountains at the base, a lounge with a reflecting pool and a design that has a “gently flared silhouette.” Read more in an article in Building Design+Construction magazine.

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Abstracts for the 2016 SSRC Annual Stability Conference are now being accepted. Ongoing and recently completed projects are eligible for entry. The due date for abstracts is August 31, 2015, and those that proceed to the next round of selection will be notified on the week of September 14. Read more about this year’s competition in our previous blog.

JUL 29

2016 Stability Conference Now Accepting Abstracts

Submit your abstracts today for the 2016 SSRC Annual Stability Conference. The conference will be held April 12-15, 2016. Abstracts are due at 5 p.m. CDT on August 31, 2015 and no late submissions will be accepted. The conference will be at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. 

Abstracts can be submitted for ongoing projects or recently completed ones. Projects will be judged on project relevance and strength of the abstract. The project committee will also make their decision based on assurance that the author will be able to present their paper at the conference. Those that send abstracts will be notified the week of September 14, 2015, if their submissions have been accepted for the next round of approval.

Submit your abstract today. For more information, view the SSRC newsletter here. 

JUL 24

Industry News Roundup: July 24

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A coal mine in Belgium was turned into an impressive steel maze. The five-meter high walls create a steel labyrinth with a series of unique, geometric corridors and passageways. It is quickly becoming a popular destination among locals. See the maze at Design Boom.

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s new 55,000-square-foot terminal stands 50 feet tall and has an impressive roof design. The structure has a 200 ft. long spine designed to eliminate the need for any interior columns. The terminal opened to the public on July 1. Check out Modern Steel to see the unique design.

Designs for a tower in Morocco are turning heads. The Casablanca Finance City tower will reportedly have a tapered base to create a public meeting space and a crown-shaped structure at the top. The project began in 2014 and is set to be finished in 2017. Learn all about the project on Building Design and Construction's website.

Oregon lawmakers have allocated $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings. A study concluded that, if a major earthquake hit the state, nearly 1000 school buildings would be at risk of collapsing. “These funds will help us fix our schools. These funds will save children’s lives,” said Sen. Peter Courtney. Find out more about the plan at Building Design and Construction.

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Register now for the Keys to Making BIM Easy seminar on August 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the final seminar of the BIM Easy series. The cost to attend the seminar is $25 per person. Register today to be a part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn more about SDS/2. Find out all the details in our latest blog post.