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  • McCord is ACI National Award Winner

    September 16, 2016 – As structural engineer for McCord Hall at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, we are pleased to announce that the project has won this year’s American Concrete Institute Award for Excellence in Concrete Construction. ACI describes the award as “a platform to recognize concrete projects at the forefront of innovation and technology, and showcases these projects to inspire excellence in concrete design and construction around the world.”

    See the time-lapse video of McCord Hall’s construction.

  • New Hotel Towers Rise on the Prairie

    July 25, 2016 – Ground was broken for two new hotel towers at Treasure Island Resort and Casino last week. Meyer Borgman Johnson is proud to be structural engineer on the $86 million project, which adds up to 500 new hotel rooms for guests of the Prairie Island Indian Community’s Caribbean-themed casino. Read more here.

  • Testing Historic Structures

    July 20, 2016 – Elizabeth Manning, a member of MBJ’s preservation engineering team, has written a scholarly article, appearing in the September issue of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation. The article, entitled “Tube-Jack Testing for Irregular Masonry Walls: Regular Masonry Wall Testing,” is currently available to read online. Elizabeth is a PhD candidate in the historic preservation engineering program at the University of Minho in Portugal. See paper abstract, below.

    ABSTRACT: This paper presents the continued development of a novel non-destructive testing method termed tube-jack testing. The goal of the tube-jack system is to provide an enhanced and less destructive method than traditional flat-jack testing for determination of mechanical characteristics and local stress states in irregular masonry walls. Single tube-jack tests were performed, using previously developed rubber tube-jacks, in regular masonry walls of granite and cement-lime mortar. A traditional flat-jack test was also performed in the same masonry wall. Conclusions suggest that tube-jacks are successful in applying pressure to the masonry at low stress states.