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Photo: ©Andy Ryan | ASPIRE , Spring 2007 F O C U S Envisions Figg Engineering Group (FIGG) has become well known for its dramatic use of concrete to expand the material's capabilities and create distinctive structures. Its designs for a variety of concrete segmental bridges throughout America have shown that concrete's full capabilities are still being developed. The material's future, much like FIGG's own, is even brighter than its past has been, says the company's leader. "The future of concrete segmental bridges is bright," says Linda Figg, President and CEO of the firm. "It p ro v i d e s t h e m o s t c o s t - e ff e c t i v e alternative for owners and offers great advantages in construction efficiency, durability, design innovation, and aesthetics." A majority of the company's bridge designs today feature concrete segmental components, she notes. "We are known as the leader in concrete segmental bridges and have designed more concrete cable-stayed bridges that have been built in the United States than any other firm." The key to success since Gene Figg opened the firm's doors in 1978 has been to embrace concrete and fully use its capabilities. "The FIGG companies began with a vision and commitment to exclusively specialize in bridges," notes Figg. "Our vision continues, as we extend proven technology, especially in segmental and cable-supported bridges, to create better bridges for the future. We combine functionality with distinction and constructability with aesthetic appeal, to create bridges that celebrate the connections between people and provide an uplifting visual experience." The firm has grown right along with advances in concrete, she notes, and has helped spur those improvements as well. "When we opened, we began introducing concrete segmental bridges to the United States, particularly for medium- and long-span bridges, which prior to then had been constructed m o s t l y w i t h s t e e l . " T h a t g ro w t h was aided by the Federal Highway Administration requiring competition of materials, she notes. "By creating the availability of alternative design concepts, they opened the door to better and more cost-efficient designs. That competition, in turn, drove the steel industry to be more economical, too, benefiting everyone." The demand has grown since then, she adds. "Over the last 15 years, interest in signature bridges has greatly increased. The pleasing aesthetics of our designs and the public-design charette process we developed have allowed us to help many communities achieve their vision for a world-class structure. Concrete is the preferred material for creating bridges that express themes with various shapes and aesthetic features." Linda Figg has been a strong participant in the company's growth, joining Concrete Future By Craig A. Shutt Blue Ridge Parkway Viaduct around Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina FIGG FIGG has designed three of the five bridges to receive the Presidential Award for Design Excellence. One is the Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay, Florida. ASPIRE_spring_2007.indb 8 3/7/07 12:30:56 PM