THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

WINTER 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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N o t a l l d e s i g n e r s a p p re c i a t e t h e extensive schedule of public feedback and input being used today when new bridge projects begin. These processes can extend the design time making the schedule critical and can create demands that are challenging to balance. But designers at T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) relish those projects, as the feedback expands their horizons and generates new ideas. "We always try to partner with those involved in the project, whether they are other designers, community leaders, or government representatives," says John Haussmann, President of the San Francisco-based engineering firm. "We like to have team involvement on all of our projects. We don't want to work behind closed doors without receiving input from others." Design charrettes are a key element that can aid this process, he notes. "Talking with the community and all the people involved in the project while someone organizes and facilitates the process, creates a grand experience. Ideas are put on the table and discussed in an atmosphere of cooperation and communication. We promote the idea of holding charrettes, especially early in the process when all the ideas can be incorporated more easily into the design." WiTh ProjecT ParTners' inPuT by Craig A. Shutt The Olympia-Yashiro Friendship Bridge in Olympia, Wash., completed in 2003, features post-tensioned concrete box girders and an aesthetically pleasing design for this highly visible public project. Photo: Steve Vento. 10973_ASPIRE_win08.indb 9 12/12/07 4:13:11 PM

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