THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

WINTER 2018

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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F O C U S F O C U S RS&H has made a name for itself with its history of design and construction management on concrete segmental bridges. These efforts continue to bring in new projects and help the company expand to new clients, geographies, and markets. As the firm continues its strong growth, it is also helping to improve design and construction concepts by codifying best practices and working on innovations to advance the industry. "Our work on segmental bridges on the construction management side of our business has gotten our foot in the door with new clients and helped us expand," says Timothy Barry, vice president and bridge construction leader at the Jacksonville, Fla.–based firm. "Clients have noticed our work in that area, and our efforts to advance new ideas have caused owners to seek out our expertise." The firm, established in 1941, has w o r k e d o n c o n c r e t e s e g m e n t a l bridge construction projects with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) since the mid-1980s and has been engaged with the American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) committees and task groups. "Our expertise and FDOT's experience have created a strong partnership that has advanced FDOT's approach to segmental b r i d g e s , " e x p l a i n s D o u g G e i g e r, senior vice president and construction management practice director. "FDOT has been a leader in these designs and has encouraged new techniques in the industry." That encouragement gave RS&H the opportunity to advocate for new concepts and help codify them, adds David Sweeney, chief executive officer. "We evolved and learned best practices as we oversaw segmental bridge construction and saw the advantages they offered. Then we worked with FDOT to improve the details as issues arose. Now, that expertise is helping us expand to other states as we become known for our involvement in best- practice evolution through detail and specification development." Diversity Drives Innovation Sweeney believes that RS&H's ability to drive new solutions results from the diversity of its clients and partners. "Few professional-service companies actively work across the range of transportation sectors that serve land, air, and space," he says. "We design roads, bridges, airport terminals, runways, military and commercial launch sites, and a variety of [other] complex projects. Our experience with each of those creates solutions that can work in other areas." One example is a concrete structure built for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launch facility in Wallops Island, Va. RS&H's bridge division worked with the aerospace division to design an enplaning ramp that carries the launch vehicle from the roadway grade to the elevated launch position. "Our bridge designers could apply their knowledge to this aerospace project and create a w o r k a b l e a n d s i t e - a p p ro p r i a t e solution," Sweeney explains. "That type of cross-sector application can bring considerable value to our clients and partners across all of the sectors we serve. We take everything we learn across the board and find ways to apply it to other sectors." T h e f i r m a l s o p r o v i d e s t u r n k e y services from start to finish, notes Geiger. "Our skill set carries the project from inspection of the site and development of design concepts through construction management to the end of construction. Additionally, we provide in-service inspection for bridges, which is required on a two-year inspection cycle, as mandated by most bridge owners. Clients recognize that Evolving with Technologies RS&H partners with clients and contractors to improve concrete segmental bridge designs and construc- tion engineering, to provide inspection oversight, and to help codify best practices and innovations. by Craig A. Shutt The Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach, Va., consists of twin precast concrete segmental box-grider bridges erected by span-by-span and balanced- cantilever methods. All Photos: RS&H. 'Few professional- service companies actively work across the range of transportation sectors that serve land, air, and space.' 6 | ASPIRE Winter 2018

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