THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

SUMMER 2008

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 Parsons operates around the world, conquering tough logistical challenges and delivering landmark projects in many countries and climates. But while it works globally, it designs locally. Designers take advantage of the expertise available in each area to ensure that they create the most efficient, durable, and aesthetically pleasing structure. "Parsons is a diverse company, with diverse capabilities," says Greg Shafer, southeast subsector manager in the Baltimore office. The company's services include bridge planning, design, and construction of all types, including design-build programs. It provides construction engineering and inspection, bridge rehabilitation and retrofit, and condition inspection and seismic analysis. That combination keeps the company involved in bridges at all stages of their life cycle, providing a good perspective on the industry. "We work pretty hard to investigate all types of construction when we begin a project, including precast concrete, cast-in- place concrete, segmental precast girders, and structural steel. We always consider alternatives, and our choice usually depends on the region and conditions. If the contractors are familiar and comfortable with a specific technology, it is more attractive to design that way." PARSONS adapts to the MARKET by Craig A. Shutt From Tacoma to Abu Dhabi, Parsons uses local expertise to create efficient, attractive designs 8 | ASPIRE , Summer 2008 Aspire_sum08.indb 8 6/24/08 1:24:12 PM

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