THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

FALL 2009

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 Range of services, including design, inspections, training, and software development, offers perspectives that aid tight budgets by Craig A. Shutt The recessionary economy has caused bridge owners to tighten their belts and ensure every budget dollar is well spent. That creates challenges for designers and contractors, but Michael Baker Jr. Inc. has positioned itself to overcome those obstacles and give clients a range of options for achieving their goals. "The bridge environment was considerably different a few years ago," says John Dietrick, bridge technical services manager in Baker's Cleveland, Ohio, office. "State departments of transportation (DOTs) are facing difficult financial challenges, and their interest in other factors, such as sustainability, has, at times, had to be prioritized versus simply getting projects going with a level of financial responsibility. Their goal is to do as much as possible with dwindling resources." Baker's diverse expertise and services allows it to aid clients in reaching goals while tightening budgets, he says. Its services include not only bridge design, but also inspection and maintenance work, software development, and cost-control initiatives. "The range of services we offer reflects the diversity of our expertise, and that diversity gives us a good perspective from which to help clients make tough decisions," explains Chris White, a senior bridge engineer in Baker's Houston, Tex., office. "Often, financial realities force agencies to rehabilitate a bridge rather than replace it Adds VAlue to Bridge Budgets Michael Baker Jr. inc. Photo: Michael Baker Jr. Inc. Photo: Shutterstock. 'The range of services we offer reflects the diversity of our expertise, and that diversity gives us a good perspective from which to help clients make tough decisions.' 8 | ASPIRE , Fall 2009 Focus_Michael_Baker_Fall09.indd 8 9/14/09 4:05:33 PM

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