FALL 2017

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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FOCUS Staying the Course As Williams Brothers Construction prepares for a new generation of leadership, the company maintains its focus on competitive bidding on Texas Department of Transportation highways and bridges. by Craig A. Shutt Doug Pitcock has seen many changes to the bridge industry since he helped found Williams Brothers Construction Co. in 1955. Now, at 89, he is turning over the reins to a new generation of leaders who will continue the company's skills in competitive bidding, ensuring constructability, and rolling with changes to build strong relationships. Through the years, the Houston, Texas based company has performed most of its work under the open, competitive bid process, with 95% of that business commissioned by its principal client, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). It has completed more than 400 projects with a value of more than $12 billion, making it one of the largest highway contractors in the country and the largest in Texas. Along the way, it has constructed a number of challenging, complex concrete bridges, including: the Veteran's Memorial Bridge over the Neches River, opened in 1991 as the first cable-stayed suspension, segmental concrete bridge in the state and Texas' first design-build project; and the Interstate 10 (I-10) Trinity River Bridge, twin structures using cast in-place concrete segmental main spans and precast concrete beam approaches. Foremost a Bridge Builder "Williams Brothers is first and foremost a bridge builder," says Pitcock. "We have an unprecedented history of constructing many of Texas's exotic and complex bridge structures." Although Williams Brothers made its name on hard-bid projects, its construction of the state's first design build project indicates its ability to adapt to change. "Hard-bid projects

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