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 CH2M Hill's engineering, construction, and operations capabilities have served a large variety of clients throughout the world since the firm's founding in 1946. Those skills are being integrated closer than ever today, especially as the company meets a wider array of needs from owners of bridges and other transportation structures throughout the United States. "We are a full-service provider," explains Joe Showers, Chief Bridge Engineer. "We have the depth and breadth of capabilities under one roof to provide flexibility to the client as we participate in a project. These range from the environmental document and planning stages through the final design stage and include being a designer-constructor. We span the length of the project from concept to completion. "Design-build is a delivery method that we use frequently, and we consciously developed consulting and construction methods to allow it to happen. More owners are growing comfortable with the design-build format, because they recognize that the benefits can help achieve their goals. Design-build has been used with buildings for some time, and it's moving into the transportation field today, because owners are being driven by pressure on schedules in particular." The design-build format can condense the time needed for the project, as construction can commence before all the design is completed. That not only saves time but can save money, shorten labor schedules, and reduce user costs incurred through detours and congestion delays. "A cost savings often is produced, but design-build definitely creates a savings in the schedule, which is the critical component in most cases." CH2M Hill's Combining design and construction services helps firm meet owners' growing needs for speed and constructibility by Craig A. Shutt HolistiC ApproACH 8 | ASPIRE , Spring 2008 ASPIRE_spring08.indb 8 3/24/08 1:21:04 PM

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