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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Since its founding in the early 1900s, Granite Construction has embraced t h e t o u g h e s t c h a l l e n g e s o n t h e largest projects, from rail systems to freeway spans and waterway crossings. No matter the delivery method or construction issues, Granite's methodical approach has led it to larger, more- complex projects that require innovative approaches and close attention to logistics. Focusing on logistics has become critical as bridge and infrastructure owners embrace more comprehensive, expansive projects. "We consistently a p p l y d i l i g e n c e , p e r s e v e r a n c e , attention to detail, and good work habits to ensure high-quality projects and excellent customer service," says Brian Dowd, vice president of business development. "We encourage this effort from the time we begin pursuing a project through construction and closeout." That focus on quality includes the materials it uses, including precast concrete, notes Tom Boyle, project e x e c u t i v e . " M o s t e n g i n e e r s a n d contractors understand the advantages precast concrete construction can provide with regard to quality, but Granite looks beyond the precasting facility to the actual construction in the field for ways to incorporate quality into the delivery process. Extensive training and dedicated QC [quality control] professionals help the Granite team deliver quality and minimize costly rework." The Watsonville, Calif.-based company has especially found success in recent years with alternative delivery methods, including design-build, construction manager/general contractor (CM/ GC), and public-private partnerships (P3s). "Alternate procurement projects allow Granite to add innovation to the design of each project," explains Boyle. "These ideas allow Granite to bring added value to these projects that is recognized by owners as they evaluate proposals." They often score proposals higher that provide reduced long-term maintenance, he notes, as well as those that reduce impacts to traffic, reduce environmental impacts, and provide other benefits. Rapid Replacement Project A current example is Pennsylvania D e p a r t m e n t o f Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n 's (PennDOT's) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, an $899-million P3 project for which Granite is working in a joint venture with Walsh Construction Co. Plenary Group USA Ltd. and Walsh Investors are providing financing and long-term maintenance. HDR serves as lead designer, Walsh Infrastructure Management will maintain the bridges, and PennDOT will perform routine maintenance. The 558 geographically dispersed bridges range in length from 40 to 75 ft, mostly in rural regions, according to Joseph McIlhinney, construction manager in the Harrisburg, Pa., office. The work began in May 2015 and contains two phases: construction of early-completion bridges (ECB) followed by remaining eligible bridges (REB). Both phases feature a variety of precast concrete girder types to speed construction. PennDOT handled p re l i m i n a r y d e s i g n , r i g h t - o f - w a y permitting, environmental permitting, and utility relocation for the ECB, while Granite is handling all but right-of-way needs for the REB. " P e n n D O T c h o s e t h e P 3 m e t h o d to accelerate the replacement of the bridges and facilitate efficiencies in design and construction," he says. The result was a 20% savings in costs over the life of the concession period compared to PennDOT handling those duties itself. Innovation Drives Firm Granite has provided innovations on a variety of projects. On the Hathaway Bridge design-build project in Panama City, Fla., for instance, Granite used 60-in.-diameter prestressed concrete cylinder piles up to 130 ft long. It F O C U S TEAMWORK, PARTNERSHIPS BRING SUCCESS Granite Construction thrives on complex, expansive projects thanks to its methodical approach to developing teamwork in every delivery format and through joint ventures by Craig A. Shutt The Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project features a consortium of firms in a public-private partnership. This photo shows the West Cruickshank Road Crossing. All Photos: Granite Construction. Precast concrete girder placement for the Ripple Road Crossing over Long Run. 6 | ASPIRE Spring 2016