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Ten Years After the Haiti Earthquake: How Building Disaster-Resilient Structures Can Lift a Nation

April 27, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Image: Port-au-Prince, Haiti, suffered massive destruction from an earthquake in 2010. By Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E., and Lucienne Cross In 20 years of responding to earthquakes as a structural engineer, I have never seen destruction such as I witnessed in…

Deliberate Clashing in Urban Infill Projects

April 22, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

A partial 3D axonometric section shows the representation of an existing railyard with a structural platform built around it as well as the potential…

It’s the Thought That Counts: Simple Tools (Like Hand Sketches) Can Help Create Better Designs

April 20, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Publisher’s Note: I met structural engineer Clark Baurer when I served as a juror for the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois’ (SEAOI) Excellence…

Cracks in the Road: Resolving Unintentional Maintenance Impacts on a Residential Development

March 9, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

All residential development projects encounter problems and complications. Some are expected, but most are not. The Summerlake subdivision in Wintergarden, Fla., required maintenance and mitigation due to unexpected construction delays that allowed cracks…

Reflecting History in the Present and Future: Redeveloping and Preserving the Old Sacramento Waterfront District

March 9, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  Ever since the planting of Sacramento at the confluence of two mighty rivers, she has had to fight for existence with an energy and constancy which have developed her nerve and muscle and proved her vitality beyond that of any city of modern times.”…

Subway Station Modernization: Design-Build Team Upgrades Six NYC-Area Transit Stations

February 26, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  In two projects, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and a design-build team of Urbahn Architects, HAKS (now Atane Consulting) and Citnalta-Forte Construction completed renovations to six subway stations as part of MTA’s…

Excerpts from an Interview with the CEOs of Bentley Systems and Topcon

February 21, 2020 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

In October 2019, Informed Infrastructure Editorial Director Todd Danielson went to Bentley Systems’ Year In Infrastructure conference in Singapore. While there as an award juror for the Buildings and Campuses category, he was able to interview Greg Bentley…

Distributed Water Management Marks A New Way Forward

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  For more than 100 years, the United States has relied on an ever-growing massive network of centralized water-treatment facilities. This is the standard model for both public and private investment. As a result, more than 85 percent of the U.S. population…

A Cool-Looking Chiller: New Core Infrastructure at UMass Amherst Is Sustainable, Educational and Beautiful

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

The northwest corner of the chiller plant shows rhythmical façade patterns in channel glass and metal panels above ground level. Oxford’s “dreaming spires” (subject of the famous poem), Harvard’s Widener Library (home to one of the world’s few perfect…

How Steel Deck Is Shaking Up Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

  All too often, we get stuck in the mindset that the way we currently do things is the way we must continue to do them. An example that hits close to home is the way steel deck is underutilized by designers in the low- and mid-rise construction market.…