THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

FALL 2016

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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.said they couldn’t do it, or they would have just fudged it and done it poorly. But Kokosing plunged right in and did it well even though it took extra effort.” “Going the extra mile is our signature,” says Lori Gillett, business development manager for Kokosing Industrial and a third-generation owner. “Kokosing employees love to take on new challenges,” she says. “We’re a turnkey company. We can do everything from move a mountain to build a stadium. We can do it all.” Divisions Work Together That capability derives in large part from the company’s multiple companies, which cover many market sectors, including industrial, highway, and marine. The company recently combined its Industrial, Marine, and Treatment divisions into Kokosing Industrial to better target those markets, says Burgett. The synergies created among its Highway and Equipment divisions also ensure smooth access to resources. “Our ability to self-perform the vast majority of the work on our projects is very important to our clients,” says Tom Muraski, senior vice president of Kokosing Industrial. “It gives us control over safety, quality, and scheduling.” Bridge projects arise both as a target of the Bridge Group as well as a component of its Highway projects, explains Tom Graf, manager of the bridge estimators and builders. “We are involved in projects coming in from all sources, and I may be the lead or just one part supporting someone else. And that work is seamless between groups. We are one happy family working within one budget. Self-performing our work is a huge part of our success.” That synergy is aided by the company’s family-oriented environment. “Our turnover is about 1.5%,” Burgett says. “Employees feel like they’re part of a family, even as large as we are. They like to feel like they’re part of something bigger than them.” Equipment Needs Grow Owning equipment and adapting it to each project’s needs create efficiencies that improve constructability. That was apparent on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County, Ohio, which consisted of twin 2252-ft, six-span bridges comprising post-tensioned, single-cell, cast-in-place concrete segmental box girders. The variable-depth girders were cast using form travelers. “The segmental industry has a plethora of specialized equipment that is expanding the ways bridges can be built,” says Graf. “We always use whatever equipment and materials will work best.” In this case, Kokosing had seen the gantry used at an American Segmental Bridge Institute convention. The company bought the travelers and had them modified for the project to fit the beam depths, widths, and loadings required. “It’s definitely a specialized piece of equipment, and we hope we’ll have the opportunity to use it again,” Graf says. “That said, if someone comes to us with a need, we’re definitely willing to talk with them about purchasing it and finding other equipment when we need it in the future.” Kokosing’s expertise with heavy equipment and new designs aids its use of concrete in many applications. “Cranes are bigger today, so precast concrete pieces can be larger and heavier, from foundations through superstructures,” he says. “Mass haulers’ capacities also are significantly higher than 30 years ago. The amount of specialized heavy equipment out there is larger.” The firm also taps into its Marine division to provide waterway access when building bridges, although it seldom needs to transport materials to sites by barge. “Those are fun jobs when we can work from the water to construct them,” he says. Signature Bridges Stand Out The Bridge Group’s people thoroughly enjoy opportunities to create signature bridges, which it has been called upon to do on a number of occasions.

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