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 by Craig A. Shutt Reducing Risk American Structurepoint's attention to detail and design techniques help ensure bridges are constructed quickly and provide long life 6 | ASPIRE , Summer 2012 American Structurepoint in Indianapolis, I n d . , h a s b e c o m e w e l l - k n o w n t o officials at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and other clients state-wide, as well as many in Ohio after it opened its Columbus office 10 years ago. Having just celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2011, the firm looks to build on its strong reputation for designing innovative concrete bridges that stand the test of time. "I think our clients agree that the quality of our work surpasses that of our competition," says Mike Wenning, manager and chief bridge engineer for the Bridge Transportation Group. "Our plans are well thought through, and contractors tell us they require fewer contingencies with our designs. That's a great compliment." The firm often works in design-build partnerships, taking advantage of its focuses on constructability, design speed, and responsiveness. "Some of the bridges being built today are constructed in amazing times. With design-build processes, speed is of the essence every step of the way." The company also works in other delivery methods, often with the focus on constructing bridges as quickly as possible. Fast-Track Marina An example of the company's fast- track is illustrated by the Hammond Marina Access Road and Bridge, which was developed for Lake County, Ind., and the city of Hammond. The award- winning project included 1.1 miles of road and bridges featuring cast-in-place prestressed concrete bulb tees over 13 rail lines to provide access to the marina, casino, water works, and a county park. "The casino was concerned about completing the project on time, so there was a penalty clause of $1 million per day," Wenning explains. That required plans to be completed in a short timeframe so construction could begin quickly—in the dead of winter. "The snow was flying all around as the contractor was working with the heated forms to build piers." The Hammond Marina Access Road and Bridge was a fast-track development. All photos: American Structurepoint. ASPIREBook_Sum12_R02.indb 6 6/29/12 12:38 PM