FALL 2007

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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8 | ASPIRE , Fall 2007 F O C U S Since its founding in 1885, the company now known as PB has remained at the forefront of design by continually e x a m i n i n g n e w t e c h n o l o g i e s a n d i n c o r p o r a t i n g n e w i d e a s i n t o i t s concepts. That work has paid dividends in its bridge designs throughout its history, and it continues to pay off today and for tomorrow. "PB's accomplishments in bridge designs represent a microcosm of innovative efforts and events that have occurred throughout the larger industry," says Vijay Chandra, Senior Vice President for the New York-based engineering firm. "PB has designed hundreds of concrete bridges, viaducts, and ramps during our history." The company defines success for a project by delivering a sustainable value to its clients, communities, employees, and profession, he notes. "Since our founding, we've seen the world transition from discrete industrial societies to a technological culture on a global scale," he says. "As an integral part of this transition, the design of large-scale engineering works has proven to be an intensely human activity fueled by innovation and vision." Throughout its 120-year history, Parsons Brinckerhoff has pushed the boundaries of design for concrete bridges Staying on the Cutting EdgE by Craig A. Shutt Lightweight high performance concrete was used in the spliced girders and concrete decks of the Route 33 Bridge over the Mattaponi River in Virginia. Photo: ©PB. Vijay Chandra, Senior Vice President 10802_Aspire_Fall07.indb 8 8/30/07 2:57:09 PM

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