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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Photo: Ted Lacey Photography John S. Dick, Executive Editor ASPIRE , Winter 2007 | E D I T O R I A L W elcome to the inaugural issue of ASPIRE , ™ the first publication devoted exclusively to providing both inspirational and practical information about concrete bridge design and construction. Targeted to you—as a principal stakeholder in the bridge design and construction community— this unique, quarterly magazine will document how owner agencies, department of transportation professionals, and consulting engineers are using concrete to solve increasingly unique design challenges. And further, how fabricators and contractors are innovating to create structures that are both beautiful and economical. In just the past few decades, concrete has evolved from a staid commodity to a unique engineered material that can do almost anything we ask of it. Whatever the desired properties —long-lasting durability, higher strength, self-consolidating, densified, less permeable, modified with sophisticated admixtures and pozzolans, fast setting, made lighter weight, strengthened with improved /coated reinforcing steels, or prestressed to manage internal stresses —high performance concretes result in higher performing concrete bridges and structures. According to the dictionary, the word aspire means to demonstrate "a strong desire for high achievement," to "strive toward an end," to "soar." That definition aptly describes both the ambition of a bridge designer and the goal of this new magazine. ASPIRE is a collaboration of the concrete industry. This magazine will speak with one voice and represent all concrete bridge disciplines. Feature articles will cover dramatic and innovative new bridge projects and bridge topics that demonstrate the systems, details, applications and advantages of each concrete construction system—precast, prestressed concrete, cast-in- place concrete, and segmental construction. Each issue will profile a significant bridge engineering company, as well as provide information on trends and case histories in a high-quality, four-color format. Separate departments will provide news from FHWA, State DOTs, and county and city officials who have designed significant bridges. In short, ASPIRE magazine will showcase how you and your peers are meeting challenges and expanding design boundaries with concrete bridge technology. We have assembled a staff with an enviable record of quality in the publication business and have enlisted the technical services of professionals with unique backgrounds in both bridges and emerging materials…consultants, academics, and engineers—some formerly with public agencies. We think the read will be worthwhile, educational, and interesting. And we'll use our website ( to bring you more photos and "the rest of the story." Featured articles and regular departments will be posted on the web, cross-referenced and available, along with space for your ideas, comments, questions, and suggestions. Indeed, we welcome your comments. You can reach me at So explore and enjoy ASPIRE . We covet your readership and pledge to make the time spent with us enjoyable and worthwhile. Executive Editor: John S. Dick Managing Editor: Craig A. Shutt Managing Technical Editor: Dr. Henry G. Russell Editorial Staff: Roy Diez, Wayne A. Endicott, Donald P. Merwin, Anne Patterson, Daniel C. Brown Editorial Administration: James O. Ahtes Inc. Art Director: Mark Leader, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Layout Design: Marcia Bending, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Electronic Production: Chris Bakker, Jim Henson, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Ad Sales: Jim Oestmann Phone: (847) 577-8980 • Cell: (847) 924-5497 Fax: (847) 577-0129 Reprint Sales: Mark Leader (847) 564-5409 e-mail: Publisher: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, James G. Toscas, President Editorial Advisory Board: Shrinivas B. Bhide, Portland Cement Association (PCA) John S. Dick, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Clifford L. Freyermuth, American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) Theodore L. Neff, Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) Dr. Henry G. Russell, Managing Technical Editor POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ASPIRE, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-9887. Periodical postage paid at Chicago, IL and additional mailing offices. ASPIRE (Vol. 1, No. 1) is published quarterly by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-6938. Copyright 2007, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. If you have a project to be considered for ASPIRE, send information to ASPIRE, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-9887 phone: (312) 786-0300 e-mail: Cover: The Perry Street Bridge Napoleon, Ohio Photo: © Welcome To ASPIRE™ Magazine Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Post-Tensioning Institute Portland Cement Association American Coal Ash Association Wire Reinforcement Institute Expanded Shale Clay and Slate Institute National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Silica Fume Association 1 American Segmental Bridge Institute Editorial_Staff.indd 3 1/3/07 11:48:18 AM

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