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By Dennis J. Kennelly, P.E., M.ASCE, F. Jack Buholtz, P.E., and Lynn M. Williams
A $65-million capital rehabilitation project improved attractions, facilities, and services across the 400-plus acres of New York State's Niagara Falls State Park. Throughout the five-year construction phase, the park remained open, and attendance actually increased.
The 87-year-old Cincinnati Union Terminal in Ohio has undergone a comprehensive, $228-million restoration and renovation led by GBBN Architects. As part of that project, which included extensive historic preservation and structural repair work, Silman, a structural engineering firm, was part of the team that performed a methodical restoration of the grand art deco building's exterior facade. THP Limited Inc., also a structural engineering firm, was part of the team that renovated the terminal's interior and replaced the waterproofing for the underground structure beneath the terminal's east lawn. And TrueScan, a division of the Kleingers Group Inc., performed a full 3-D laser scan of the building's interior and exterior. In three articles on the following pages, Silman, THP, and TrueScan share the work they performed on the project .
By JEFF LEBSACK, P.E., AICP, ENV SP
A new, smaller road, together with an improved entrance plaza and pathways, helped revitalize key areas within Niagara Falls State Park--despite the repeated discovery of underground contamination and other obstacles.
by Tara Hoke
A few hours before dawn on January 18, 1978, the roof of the three-year-old Hartford Civic Center (now the XL Center), in Connecticut, collapsed under a moderately heavy snow, bringing some 1,400 tons of steel and rubble down on the unoccupied arena below. Though no one was harmed in the collapse, the escape from tragedy was a narrow one; a college basketball game hours before had drawn some 5,000 spectators to the venue.
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
In the October 2017 issue, contributing editor T.R. Witcher presented the history of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Waterways Experiment Station (WES), in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The article, "Modeling to Prevent Disaster: The Waterways Experiment Station," touched briefl y on the construction and operation of the WES's Mississippi River Basin Model (MRBM), which was constructed near Jackson, Mississippi, some 40 mi east of Vicksburg. In this special edition of History Lesson, Sarah Smith McEwen, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE, a founding member and president of Friends of the Mississippi River Basin Model, a nonprofi t organization dedicated to the restoration and reinvention of the model, discusses the purpose of the MRBM, how it was constructed and used, and its future possibilities.
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