ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.
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F O C U S 6 | ASPIRE , Spring 2013 Having celebrated its 100 th anniversary in 2012, Burgess & Niple (B&N) takes pride in the many projects its bridge division has created through those years. Its website understates ÒWeÕre over the hump and long past the uncertainties faced by start-ups.Ó That long-term success has resulted from strong client relationships and an eagerness to tackle complex projects, especially those that require some aesthetic panache. ÒWe emphasize our ability to build relationships with clients and local communities, giving them a better experience than they can get from other firms,Ó says Tom Bolte, bridge group director for the Columbus, Ohio- based company. ÒWe focus on clear communication throughout the project and on working as a partner. We strive to avoid misunderstandings at all costs.Ó Its success in that regard can be judged by the nearly 80% of its current business derived from repeat clients. ÒOur experience and resources are a big part of the equation,Ó he says. ÒBut another key element is the confidence our clients have in us. Our business ethics, standards for quality, and concern for the communities we support are a vital part of who we are and what we offer.Ó Much of B&NÕs work has focused on complex bridges with difficult challenges, from tight sites to traffic disruptions and multiple connections. The firm also has gained recognition for its many bridge designs where aesthetics are a critical aspect of the project. Aesthetic Needs Growing ÒWe design a lot of bridges that are aesthetically pleasing and become notable,Ó Bolte says. ÒWe are known for creating signature bridges for communities, even though we donÕt have a singular style.Ó Aesthetics Relationships Spur Success for Burgess & Niple by Craig A. Shutt High percentage of repeat clients and strong communication with stakeholders bring engineers many high-profle bridge projects 'We are known for creating signature bridges for communities, even though we don't have a singular style.' The new 503-ft-long High-Main Street Bridge over the Great Miami River in Hamilton, Ohio, is a five-span replacement structure consisting of continuous deeply haunched prestressed and post-tensioned concrete girders, to resemble the original closed-spandrel filled-concrete arch design. Photo: Burgess & Niple. AspireBook_Spr13.indb 6 4/1/13 11:02 AM