SEAM December 2018 Meeting: Tour of St. John Street Parking Garage, Portland

SEAM has arranged for a tour of the deep foundation construction of an 8 story, 2,450-space garage on the west side of St. John Street. It’s a great opportunity to observe the pile driving operations, pile cap/grade beam construction, and construction techniques for the structure. The garage is part of the second phase of the Maine Medical Center $512 million hospital expansion. The garage will be approx. 800,000 square feet and will be primarily built out of precast concrete.

SEAM is very appreciative of Travis Kirby, Project Manager, Consigli Construction, Chris Williams, Associate, Becker Structural Engineers, and SW Cole Engineering for graciously hosting the tour. See the attached location map for parking and tour information. Please arrive on site with hardhat, safety glasses, safety vest, ear protection, and appropriate footwear.

Following the tour, a catered social hour with appetizers will be held at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant adjacent to the work site.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Parking Garage Construction Site
222 St. John Street (Map Here)
Portland, Maine

Catered Social Hour
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
242 St. John Street
Portland, Maine

1.0 PDH will be awarded

$30.00 for SEAM/NCSEA members
$40.00 for non-members

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Tour
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm Catered Social Hour

by Friday, December 7, 2018

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SEAM Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Workshop

SEAM will be hosting a full-day CLT design workshop presented by Mr. Howard M. Thurston, P.E., Ph.D., Head of Engineering KLH-USA.

This seminar will cover several aspects of CLT design including: structural properties and features, shipping and logistical considerations, construction considerations, CLT manufacturers, structural systems used in combination with CLT, relevant sections within IBC, NDS and the CLT Handbook, manufacturing/materials/grading within the PRG 320, details of CLT structural design (calculating structural properties of specific lamination build-ups, floor/roof/wall out-of-plane loading, bearing walls, shear walls, deep beams, vibration design and fire design), typical connection details, seismic considerations, market obstacles and opportunities for the future of CLT and other topics of interest.

DATE: Monday, October 22, 2018

PRESENTER: Howard M. Thurston, P.E., Ph.D.

Following graduation in 1976 with a B.S.C.E., Howard began his engineering career working for a large engineering/construction company, assigned to multi-disciplinary teams designing mining, minerals processing, and industrial facilities throughout the western states. He earned a master’s degree while working, then later left the company to continue in graduate school in preparation for a teaching/research career. After twenty years in engineering education and research at three institutions, Howard left the academic world and hung out his shingle as a consulting engineer in Portland, OR. His consulting practice over the last fifteen years has focused largely on residential new construction and remodeling, with a handful of small non-residential projects along the way. As a result of serving as the Engineer-of-Record for a local cross-laminated timber (CLT) residential project, Howard joined the team of KLH-USA, where he provides technical support to design teams in North America that are considering CLT as a structural material and system. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in six U.S. states.

University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, Level 2
88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine
Parking is free and located in the main parking garage attached to the Abromson Center (Note: Access to Abromson Level 2 is through Level 3 of the garage).

6.5 PDHs will be awarded

$120 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $180 for non-members

7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration/Coffee/Fruit/Baked Goods
8:00 am – 9:30 am Part I
9:30 am – 9:45 am Break
9:45 am -11:45 pm Part II
11:45 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm – 2:45 pm Part II Cont., begin Part III
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Part III Cont., Q&A

by Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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SEAM Meeting: Renovating the Boston Public Library Johnson Building

SEAM will be hosting a dinner meeting detailing the recent renovations to the Boston Public Library.

Major renovations to an iconic building can create substantial structural challenges, particularly when the building remains occupied during construction. The recent transformation of the Boston Public Library by William Rawn Associates opens up the Johnson Building to be inviting to library users and improves the connectivity between the Johnson and McKim Buildings.

The structural scope included the removal of an existing mezzanine to create a grand two-story lobby along Boylston Street, replacement of a portion of a 7-story column for the installation of a new glass elevator and removing a segment of a masonry bearing wall to create a missing link between the Johnson and McKim Buildings.

Key to the success of the transformation of the BPL Johnson Building was the early and continued coordination between the architect, engineer, contractor and specialty construction engineer. The project is featured in this month’s Structure magazine with a follow-up article slated for next month’s edition. This presents a great opportunity to hear about the project first hand.

DATE: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nathan C. Roy, P.E. is an Associate at LeMessurier and teaches at the Boston Architectural College. Nathan was the project manager for LeMessurier, the Structural Engineer of Record for the BPL transformation.

Ethan A. Rhile, P. E. is a Senior Associate with Becker Structural Engineers, Inc. Ethan was the project manager acting as the Specialty Shoring Structural Engineer for the BPL transformation.

Embassy Suites Portland
1050 Westbrook St, Portland, ME 04102

1.5 PDH will be awarded

$40 for SEAM members, $60 for non-members

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Registration/ Social
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Presentation

RSVP: by noon Friday, September 21, 2018


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SEAM Seminar: Engineers’ Guidelines for Historic Structural Systems

SEAM will be hosting this half day seminar presented by Mr. Donald Friedman, P.E., F.APT, F. ASCE
The seminar will review several types of historic, archaic and obsolete structural framing systems. We will explore original design bases, how systems appeared on period documents, how to identify on site and how to analyze such systems under current building codes. The seminar will give a survey of historical changes in building technology, discuss their meaning today and consider how the safety of historic systems compares to that of modern structural systems.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Donald Friedman, P.E., F.APT, F. ASCE

Donald Friedman is president of Old Structures Engineering, PC, a structural engineering consulting firm for historic and old buildings. A professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the investigation, analysis, and restoration of landmark buildings. Mr. Friedman holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research, and is a licensed engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. He is certified in the practice of structural engineering by the Structural Engineering Certification Board, and is a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Friedman’s design experience includes the integration of modern construction into existing buildings with archaic and obsolete structural systems; repair and restoration of steel, masonry, iron, wood, and concrete structures; and the investigation of historic buildings to determine structural type and condition. In addition to Mr. Friedman’s project work, he has taught engineering of historic buildings in the building conservation programs at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; he has spoken at numerous conferences on such topics as the structural analysis of masonry facades, and the failure of obsolete structural forms; he is the author of After 9-11: An Engineer’s Work at the World Trade Center, Historical Building Construction, and The Investigation of Buildings, and the co-author of Building the Empire State and The Design of Renovations. Refereed papers include “Methodology of Conservation Engineering,” “Cast-Iron Columns in Renovation Design,” “Hidden Intricacies: The Development of Modern Building Skeletons,” and “Ambiguity in Building Investigation.”

Abromson Center, Level 2
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland
Parking is free and located in the main parking garage attached to the Abromson Center
(Note: Access to Abromson Level 2 is through Level 3 of the garage)

4 PDHs will be awarded, Diamond Approved
Note: NCSEA does not warrant that a course complies with the continuing education requirements in all jurisdictions

$90 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $130 for non-members

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration (Beverage and fruit provided)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session (with break)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Afternoon Session

by Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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