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Structural Design at SGH: Summer Seminar Series

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This summer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) is pleased to lead a series of one-hour discussions highlighting our solutions to design challenges at several of our projects.


Participants will earn 1.0 AIA HSW Learning Unit (LU|HSW) for their attendance at each seminar.

5:30PM Registration
6:00PM Presentation
7:00PM Cocktail Reception

Structural Design at SGH – Summer Seminar Series

“All Things Precast: Looking Beyond Parking Garages

presented by Michael Bolduc and Nicholas Schumacher

Precast concrete for buildings is often portrayed as a commoditized product for constructing above-grade parking garages and architectural facade panels. While effective for those applications, SGH has collaborated with multiple precast concrete manufacturers to design distinctive precast concrete structures defying this perception — from architecturally exposed precast in enclosed sports venues to custom floors for manufacturing. Currently, SGH is designing precast concrete for the Phase II Dulles Corridor Metrorail Extension in Washington, D.C. This multi-billion dollar transit project will provide precast concrete superstructures for six above-grade transit stations, including more than 3,000 precast pieces. Many of the precast elements have complex geometry and challenging detailing and coordination requirements. Using building information modeling (BIM) and innovative design solutions, we will showcase how designers can broaden precast concrete use for many nontraditional applications.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Expand their breadth of knowledge of unique precast concrete construction applications.
  • Understand typical detailing requirements of precast concrete construction.
  • Learn how BIM can be utilized for coordination, detailing, and fabrication.
  • Explore future applications of precast concrete construction.

Michael J. Bolduc, P.E. | Senior Project Manager

Mike is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and a Senior Project Manager in SGH’s Waltham office. He has fifteen years of structural design experience on a variety of projects, including healthcare design, precast concrete structures, repair and rehabilitation, historic preservation, and structural investigations. He has used building information modeling (BIM) to coordinate several large-scale healthcare projects while guiding and developing the company’s BIM practice. He is a co-chair of the Council of American Structural Engineers-Structural Engineering Institute’s BIM committee.

Nicholas W. Schumacher, LEED Green Associate | Staff II – Structures

Nick is a member of SGH’s Structural New Design group. He has experience in the analysis and design of new structures as well as the analyzing and rehabilitating of existing structures. He specializes in precast concrete piece design and detailing and is the lead project engineer for a multi-billion dollar transit project.