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2016-10-26 12:31:24 - Queensferry Crossing Breaks World Record

It’s official: the center span of the three-towered Queensferry Crossing in Scotland has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest freestanding balanced cantilever structure ever built in the world. It’s a colossal 644m long and an achievement of which the construction team at Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors are very proud. Soon, the center span will be connected to its neighboring spans to the immediate north and south to form the final superstructure of the bridge, due for completion in mid-2017.

Find out more on the Transport Scotland website







2016-06-22 15:25:32 - American Bridge Awarded Peace Bridge Rehabilitation Contract
American Bridge Company is pleased to announce that the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) has awarded American Bridge Canada Company (ABCC) the Peace Bridge Rehabilitation Contract. The Peace Bridge is an international border crossing of the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada and Buffalo, New York. The work will involve the replacement of the structural slab and widening of the structure, including the addition of a pedestrian walkway/bikeway and observation platform. There will also be structural steel replacement, rehabilitation and strengthening, and the installation of electrical and fiber infrastructure as well as new architectural traffic control gantries, railings, and light posts. AB’s extensive experience with deck replacement and complex bridges, as well as binational bridge projects, were just two of the many reasons PBA selected ABCC to carry out this contract.





2016-06-02 10:16:38 - The Big Lift: Up Close and Personal with AB Project Staff

John Callaghan and Robbie Fitz of American Bridge Canada Company talk about their experiences working on this history making project. Watch the video here







2016-05-06 14:32:10 - American Bridge CEO to Retire, Successor Named

                CEO of American Bridge Company Announces Retirement, Successor Named

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Today, the Board of Directors for American Bridge Holding Company announced that President and CEO Michael D. Flowers, PE, has decided to retire when his current term of office expires at the end of the year. During his time as the head of American Bridge, Mike led the company through a period of organizational consolidation, development, and growth. The Board of Directors has appointed Paul M. Boechler as the new President and CEO, who will take over June 1, 2016. Mike will support Paul between now and the end of the year to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities.

A 41-year veteran of the industry, Mike is stepping down after nearly 6 years at the helm of the legendary company. In a statement to employees, he said “I’ve had the privilege to work alongside incredible leaders, gifted engineers, and iconic builders – people that have not only shaped my life, but shaped history. It has been the culmination of my career to serve as CEO.” Mike began his career with American Bridge after graduating from West Virginia University and steadily moved up the ranks. While working, he also obtained a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Mike has been involved in hundreds of projects for the company ranging from commercial buildings to major infrastructure projects. Prior to being named CEO, he was project director for the $1.9B San Francisco-Oakland Bay Self-Anchored Suspension Span, the largest of its kind in the world. During his tenure, the Company has seen major success domestically and overseas with projects such as the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing and Queensferry Crossing, and is well-poised for continued growth.

Incoming CEO Paul M. Boechler brings 30 years of experience successfully growing numerous companies under his charge. He has significant experience at the executive level gained at Flint, URS and most recently at AECOM. His positions included President and COO of Construction and Engineering divisions and Executive Vice President and CFO. His experience in the infrastructure and construction markets, together with his knowledge of corporate development, M&A, and complex engineering organizations will serve American Bridge well as the company continues to develop its complex structural engineering offerings.

Ahead of the formal announcement, Paul said “I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to serve as President and CEO for American Bridge. This is a tremendous opportunity and a great responsibility to lead a 116-year old company with the history of American Bridge, and I look forward to driving growth and advancing our capabilities worldwide.”

Jon Dale, Chairman of the Board of Directors said, “Mike has done a great job over his 40 year association with the company. The awards from industry testify to both his and the Company’s fantastic achievements. The respect he has earned from colleagues, partners, and clients are an indication of his hard work, knowledge, and dedication.”

In Paul, we have found a CEO who can guide the Company through its next stage of development. The Board and I are excited to be working with Paul as our company’s next leader.”

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American Bridge is a legendary construction company whose projects include a significant proportion of the world’s large bridges, marine installations, and other complex structures. Its history, project experience, safety leadership, reputation for integrity and competence, commitment to in-house development of human talent, equipment fleet, and above all, its advanced engineering technology, make the company unique in the entire world.

The company has a highly focused business model. The most attractive project prospects are those where the application of advanced construction engineering and methodology development is rewarded with significant cost reduction, enabling AB to be cost competitive even with strong margins. This dual value proposition has enabled the company to prosper since 1900 in a highly competitive environment







2016-03-23 08:00:50 - The Queensferry Crossing North Approach Viaduct Launch
The North Approach Viaduct on the Queensferry Crossing in Edinburgh, Scotland was recently launched, and was one of the most challenging engineering feats of the entire project. Watch the launch take place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZiCFK4klJc





2015-11-18 16:11:15 - LVHR wins Arts/Entertainment Structures award
At the Structural Awards Ceremony this past Friday, the Las Vegas High Roller took home the award for the Arts/Entertainment Structures category for “excellence in the structural design of buildings and structures ranging from theatres, cinemas and music venues to art galleries, museums and exhibition centres, and even large structural sculptures.” As the tallest observation wheel in the world, the LVHR stood out to the judges because of the single, tubular rim, the first one of its kind, as well as the impressive engineering feat. For more information visit: https://www.istructe.org/structuralawards/2015/categories/award-for-arts-or-entertainment-structures/2015/the-vegas-high-roller





2015-11-02 15:06:40 - ABI Awarded Severn Bridge Contract

American Bridge Company (AB) is pleased to announce that Severn River Crossings PLC has awarded American Bridge International (ABI) the M48 Severn Bridge Main Cable Internal Inspection CI-3 contract, the third cable inspection contract on the bridge, which is a major crossing between England and Wales.

 
The ABI team will facilitate the inspection of eight main cable panels using a mix of low and high level access systems and will also design, fabricate, and install a bespoke 10t gantry for the high level works. ABI intends to build on this contract, to further develop the company’s bridge maintenance and rehabilitation business.
 
“Having been with AB for just over 12 months, it is fantastic to have played a part in this successful bid; delivering ABI’s first solo UK contract and now on to deliver the project for one of the UK’s principal bridge owners” said AB UK and European Operations Manager Jim Mawson.
 
AB has or is performing cable inspection and maintenance on the George Washington Bridge (New York City), Verrazano Narrows Bridge (New York City), Wheeling Bridge (West Virginia), Angostura Bridge (Venezuela), Lions Gate Bridge (Vancouver, Canada), Williamsburg Bridge (New York City), Angus Macdonald Bridge (Halifax, Canada) and many others. Works on these projects have included the replacement and destructive testing of hanger ropes, cable unwrapping, re-compaction, and re-wrapping, cable wedging, broken wire repair, cable dehumidification, hand rope replacement, cable band and cable band bolt replacement and re-tensioning, painting, and other tasks.
 
ABI is also working on the Queensferry Crossing project in Scotland, where it is a partner in the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) joint venture that is the design-build contractor.






2015-10-16 14:27:47 - First Deck Sections Lifted on Queensferry Crossing

The first 750 mt deck segments were floated out on barges from Rosyth to the site, and then lifted into place. Watch the first two segments go up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77lFcJuLdCY







2015-01-06 12:04:04 - American Bridge Hires Director of IT

Coraopolis, PA – On Monday, American Bridge Company (AB) announced that Jay Copenhaver has been hired to lead the company’s information technology efforts as the Corporate Director of IT. The hiring of Jay follows directives to expand and strengthen company-wide resources, part of a strategy implemented this year by American Bridge Holding Company, parent company of AB.

Jay joins AB with over 25 years of IT experience, 19 of which he dedicated to GAI Consultants, Inc., eventually becoming the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Vice President of the company. In this position, Jay gained immense experience and achieved great success leading a team of 20 IT professionals to support a 300% growth in the company. Jay’s ability to work with various types of clients, both internal and external led to successful implementation of network and storage technologies, custom applications, websites, strategic planning, and enabled technical and marketing efforts. AB believes that with Jay’s track record, he will be a great asset to AB and will support the continued efforts of growth for the company.

“Jay’s role at American Bridge will be to assess our current technologies, make recommendations for future growth, document IT policies and procedures, oversee the document control area of AB’s business, and provide leadership to the Information Technology Group. Jay’s extensive experience will provide mentorship for the IT department, as they work together to bring the right technologies to American Bridge, ensuring success for future growth,” said Michael Flowers, P.E., President and CEO of American Bridge Company.

Jay has been devoted to the information technology field for his entire career. Early on, he gained experience in the IT field at Allegheny Power Systems Corporation as the EDP Production Control Analyst, and then at Teledyne Rodney Metals as the Corporate Network Manager. He is also the founder and past president of the Business Computing Group of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and in 2007 and 2012, Jay was a finalist in the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year contest.

”I am extremely excited to have this position with a world-class company, rich in history with a solid reputation for innovation in the engineering/construction industry. I am very impressed with the leadership’s focus on safety and excellence as well as their nurturing attitude towards their employees. I couldn’t have found a better company with which to continue my IT career.”
                                                     - Jay Copenhaver, Corporate Director of IT
                 

American Bridge is a legendary construction company whose projects include a significant proportion of the world’s large bridges, marine installations, and other complex structures. Its history, project experience, safety leadership, reputation for integrity and competence, commitment to in-house development of human talent, equipment fleet, and above all, its advanced engineering technology, make the company unique in the entire world.

The company has a highly focused business model. The most attractive project prospects are those where the application of advanced construction engineering and methodology development is rewarded with significant cost reduction, enabling AB to be cost competitive even with strong margins. This dual value proposition has enabled the company to prosper since 1900 in a highly competitive environment.






2014-11-07 15:24:11 - Queensferry Crossing Project Updates
The Queensferry Crossing is making steady progress as members of the joint venture Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors stay hard at work. For updates, photos, and coverage, visit http://www.forth-bridges.co.uk/queensferry-crossing.html.





2014-10-14 15:16:59 - Left Coast Lifter Arrives at Tappan Zee Bridge
ENR highlights the crane's arrival on the Tappan Zee Bridge Jobsite.
Read more on ENR's website





2014-09-10 17:13:16 - American Bridge Named to Fastest Growing Companies List
American Bridge is proud to announce their spot on the Pittsburgh Business TimeÂ’s 2014 list of Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in the Region, which was published in August.

The list ranks companies by revenue growth from 2011-2013, with AB placed at number 61 overall. The list was also broken up into categories by industry, and American Bridge came in at number 12 out of 18 for the fastest growing in the Real Estate/Construction/Development category.

American Bridge holds the honor of being one of the oldest companies on the list, a testament to the history, leadership, and employees. AB continues to be a competitor in national and international markets, with iconic projects such as the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing, Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Self-Anchored Suspension Bridge. For a company with 114 years already on the books, AB is thriving, while always looking for strategic growth opportunities and ways to improve.

“The future ahead for American Bridge looks bright. Our hope is to be a continuously growing company and it is evident that we are on the right track,” said Michael D. Flowers, President and CEO of American Bridge.





2014-06-24 13:19:53 - American Bridge Canada Officially Named Contractor for Macdonald Redecking
Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) is pleased to announce a major milestone in the replacement of the suspended spans on the Macdonald Bridge. American Bridge Canada Company has been awarded the contract to be the general contractor for the project (referred to as the Big Lift).





2013-10-25 09:03:47 - American Bridge welcomes new Chief Operating Officer

Pittsburgh, PA (October 21, 2013) – On October 14, 2013 American Bridge Company President and CEO Michael D. Flowers announced that Terry Poole was joining the Company in the capacity of COO (Chief Operating Officer). “A constructor at heart, Terry will bring a wealth of experience and support to the AB team”, said Flowers.

Poole has extensive experience with Design-Build projects, Public Private Partnerships and Joint Ventures. He has over 26 years experience in heavy civil construction and over 15 years performing as project manager on large scale technically challenging bridge and road projects. Terry managed projects such as the $1B Northwest Anthony Henday project in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the $350M John James Audubon Bridge in St. Francisville, LA the $534M Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, SC, which was, at the time of its completion, North America’s longest cable-stay main span. Three of his projects were recognized by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), winning “Design-Build Excellence” awards.
Most recently Terry spent a year at Bechtel, as General Manager, North America and previously he served as VP of Opertations and President – Heavy Civil for Flatiron.Earlier in his career he also spent ten years at PCL. Terry will work out of the American Bridge headquarters office near Pittsburgh, PA. He is a 1987 graduate in Construction Engineering Technology from Fanshawe College.






2013-10-22 15:37:31 - Bid Results for SC-31 Carolina Bays Parkway

Project: SC-31 Carolina Bays Parkway

Location: Horry County, SC
District: Richmond
Bid Date: October 8, 2013 
 
 
1.      Flatiron Constructors - $97,868,086.99
2.      American Bridge  - $99,416,401.85
3.      United Contractors - $100,700,000.00
4.      Archer Western Construction - $102,364,534.01
5.      Balfour Beatty Infrastructure - $104,373,942.81
6.      The Lane Construction Corp. - $108,269,841.88
 






2013-10-22 10:16:46 - Bid Results for North Cargo Berth 6 Crane Rail System

Project: North Cargo Berth 6 Crane Rail System
Location: Port Canaveral, FL
District: Tampa
Bid Date: October 21, 2013


             Company                                     Base Bid                 Alternates
1. Orion Marine Construction, Inc.      $ 3,478,000.00        $ 3,677,106.00
2. American Bridge Company          $ 3,887,115.48        $ 4,082,161.51
3. Ed Water & Sons                           $ 4,447,567.00        $ 4,373,192.00
4. Ivey’s Construction, Inc.                 $ 4,654,000.00        $ 4,820,110.00
5. C & D Construction                       $ 4,737,577.00         $ 4,912,502.00
6. JP Donovan Construction, Inc.        $ 4,800,000.00        $ 5,676,500.00
7. GLF Construction                           $ 5,125,800.00        $ 5,326,397.00







2013-09-23 11:01:33 - AB Wins Aruba Barcadera Project

Please click link to read news release: http://themorningnewsaruba.com/local/aruba-ports-authority-completes-bidding-process-container-port-to-move-to-barcadera/







2013-03-21 15:54:00 - Katherine Quillin

Katherine Qullin is a senior field engineer on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge Self-Anchored-Suspension Span, an American Bridge/Fluor Joint Venture project. Please see the attached, reformatted article for which she was interviewed.







2012-12-05 15:07:03 - Scott Gammon Attains DBIA

 See attached.







2012-11-29 14:03:19 - Huey P. Long Bridge Recognized as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

When American Bridge completed the Huey P. Long Bridge in 1935, it was the first New-Orleans-area Mississippi River crossing to accommodate both railroad cars and automobiles. In September of 2012, the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) held a ceremony, recognizing the bridge in its Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Program.

In just ten months, American Bridge fabricated and erected a 1,850’ cantilevered truss over the Mississippi River under AB Order No. G-4751. The three-span cantilever unit consists of two 529’ anchor arms and a 790’ mainspan consisting of two 145’ cantilever arms and a 500’ suspended span. It was constructed by the balanced cantilever method, working in both directions from both piers. An additional 528’ simple, through truss span flanks the New Orleans side of the main cantilever unit. This simple span was constructed by cantilevering via a temporary tie to the cantilever unit.






2012-11-01 10:39:45 - Blogging ABÂ’s Las Vegas High Roller project

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2012-08-23 11:30:07 - Bay Bridge crews embark on herculean feat
The American Bridge/Fluor Joint Venture, led by AB, is prime superstructure subcontractor for the Bay Bridge, a 2,051’ single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge. An article updating readers about the stage that the Bay Bridge is currently upon was featured on Friday, August 17, 2012. The author wrote about the upcoming, monumental and strenuous process of removing the suspension span’s steel decks off of the temporary platforms, officially making the span a self-supporting bridge. As the world’s largest self-anchored, single tower suspension bridge, something like this has never been done on a scale so large and there are many steps required for this elaborate process to be successful.
 
Link: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21329543/bay-bridge-crews-embark-herculean-feat
By: Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Publication: Contra Costa Times
Imagine tuning a 77 million-pound harp suspended some 15 stories above San Francisco Bay's cold waters and you'll start to get the picture of what is happening now on the new Bay Bridge.
Contractors have begun lifting the suspension span's massive steel decks off temporary platforms and transferring the nearly unfathomable weight -- 35,200 metric tons, or the equivalent of nearly 1 million concert grand harps -- onto its mile-long cable.
It's tricky.
Raise even one of the 200 uber-strong steel cable suspender ropes too high or too fast and it could twist the decks or throw the 525-foot tower out of plumb.
And because it is the world's largest self-anchored, single-tower suspension bridge, no one has ever before performed a load transfer on this scale. The lengths of the biggest self-anchored bridges today -- the Konohana Bridge in Japan and the Yeoungjong Grand Bridge in South Korea -- are slightly less than half the 2,047-foot new Bay Bridge.
There's no way around it, of course.
Lifting the deck off its nether supports and hanging it from the span's steel cable on vertical suspenders is a defining visual and structural feature of this and all suspension bridges: The combination of tension and weight compresses the roadway deck and allows the bridge to structurally support itself and the 280,000 cars and trucks that will use it every day.
"It's complicated, but my number one rule for the contractor is, 'Don't break my bridge,'" said Brian Maroney, principal engineer for the Caltrans Toll Bridge Program.
Caltrans and American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises have devised a complex balancing act based, in part, on hundreds of hours of computer modeling designed to predict the effects of the forces of weight and tension.
First, ironworkers tightened the main cable and cambered, or moved, the top of the tower 1½ feet to the west, explained Maroney.
Because the bridge is asymmetrical, meaning the tower is offset rather than centered within the span, the intentional lean is in anticipation of the extra deck weight on the longer side. The tower will straighten as crews add load, he said.
Next, ironworkers will begin connecting the bridge's 200 twisted-steel-strand suspender ropes -- 100 per side -- to the outside of the deck using a hydraulic jacking system capable of 400 tons of force.
The first, biggest and most dramatic phase will feature eight closely coordinated crews that will tension strategically selected ropes along the bridge.
Slowly, the bridge deck along the entire span will begin to lift 1 ½ feet off its temporary supports. At roughly rope No. 101, the span will transition into an officiallyself-supporting bridge.
It's a much faster and more nail-biting transfer than the segment-by-segment process used on a traditional suspension span like the Golden Gate or Carquinez bridges, which are anchored on two ends, Maroney said.
At the same time iron workers tension the ropes, they must tighten the main cable as it absorbs the load and stretches.
"During load transfer, the cable becomes like a living creature," Maroney described. "It starts to move and pick up momentum. We have to cater to its needs."
On the finished bridge, the mile-long looped main cable will act as a giant weight-bearing sling. So, the idea during load transfer is to allow the steel to stretch to the point of elasticity, or the amount at which it fully rebounds. If stretched too much, steel becomes plasticlike and brittle, Maroney said.
The contractor initiated a transfer dress rehearsal this week and, depending on the outcome of the analysis, workers will likely begin the first phase in early September, said Toll Bridge Program Manager Tony Anziano.
Properly tensioning all 200 suspender ropes and the cable could take three months or longer.
Lastly, crews will fine-tune the ropes for what engineers dub the profile or what motorists describe as the ride -- the glide, the bank and the feel of the bridge from behind the wheel.
The ironworkers' job of meeting Caltrans' profile requirements is further complicated by a unique design curve in the span and the fact that the westbound lanes sit higher than the eastbound ones, Anziano explained.
When the suspension cable, ropes, tower and deck are in structural harmony, the contractor will align and connect the bridge with the 1.2-mile skyway segment to the east and the transition structure linking it to Yerba Buena Island.
The $6.4 billion bridge is set to open Labor Day weekend of 2013.






2012-05-10 09:38:06 - EHW Constructors Joint Venture awarded a $331,372,767 contract

Virginia Beach, Virginia – On May 9, 2012 the EHW (Explosives Handling Wharf) Constructors Joint Venture (consists of 45 percent Skanska, 35 percent American Bridge and 20 percent NOVA) was awarded a $331,372,767 firm-fixed-price construction contract for construction of an explosives handling Wharf No. 2, including option item 0001 for the construction of two new traveling overhead crane systems at Naval Base Kitsap - Bangor. The work to be performed provides a reinforced concrete working surface deck, a warping wharf, and an approach trestle. The project also includes a steel cover for the working surface deck, power utility booms, hardened guard gun positions, and a waterfront support building. The exercised option provides for construction of two traveling overhead crane systems, each with a span of approximately 200’ and minimum 120 ton capacity. The contract is incrementally funded with the first increment of $50,000,000 being allocated at the time of award. An additional $281,372,767 will be funded subject to the availability of fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2015 funds for a total contract amount of $331,372,767. The contract also contains one unexercised option, and a planned modification, which, if exercised, would increase cumulative contract value to $333,015,600. Work will be performed in Silverdale, Washington, and is expected to be completed by January 2016. Contract funds in the amount of $50,000,000 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with five proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Northwest, Silverdale, Washington, is the contracting activity (N44255-12-C-3008).







2012-05-02 08:56:24 - American Bridge Tampa District Wins Multiple Contracts Early in 2012

Pittsburgh, PA –With four contracts awarded in March and April, the American Bridge Tampa District has already exceeded its 2012 targets. The Florida projects include the Courtney Campbell Trail Design/Build State Route 60 in Tampa, Tom's Harbour Channel Bridge Replacement in Duck Key, Golden Beach Bridge Replacements in the town of Golden Beach and the Port Manatee Berth 12 Wharf Extension and Container Terminal in Palmetto. Mark Bell is Vice President of the district; he states, “We are excited to start the new projects, each of which has their own set of complexities. For example, the only access to Duck Key is Tom’s Harbor Channel Bridge, which is required to remain open at all times during the rebuild. The bridge deck will be removed and replaced while maintaining traffic utilizing one lane with 24 hour traffic control. The Golden Beach site requires rebuilding two 100’ bridges from barges while maintaining traffic as well. The plan is very similar to the Tom’s Harbor Channel Bridge, shifting traffic and utilizing one lane with traffic control. In addition to maintaining traffic the project is located within a residential area with zero land-based lay down area for stored materials. All of the materials required to build the bridge must be delivered and stored on the barge deck during construction of the new bridges. I am fully confident in my staff’s marine exposure and logistics experience – 2012 should prove to be a great year.”

Specific details of the new projects are as follows:

              The Courtney Campbell Trail Design/Build State Route 60 projectconsists of the design and construction of a 3,200LF, 29-span, pedestrian bridge supported on pre-cast piling and utilizing pre-cast/pre-stress concrete beams. The bridge crosses Old Tampa Bay adjacent to the existing State Route 60 vehicular bridge. The scope also includes 1,400LF of sheet pile wall and reconstruction of 3.2 miles of a paved multi-use vehicular and pedestrian trail leading up to the new bridge. Contract value: $14,632,000; construction will start in August 2012 and completion is anticipated before the end of 2013.

              The Tom's Harbour Channel Bridge Replacement project involves the fabrication and erection of a new concrete deck, sidewalk and traffic railing for the bridge. The scope includes demolition and removal of the existing bridge superstructure. Additionally, extensive repairs to the substructure will be performed. The bridge is 250’ long, 35’ wide and consists of five spans. Contract value: $1, 829,137; construction has already started and completion is expected before the end of 2012.

The Golden Beach Bridge Replacements project involves the complete removal and replacement of two bridges and associated abutments. The scope also includes installment of a new sewer, ornamental lighting, soil improvements at the abutments, sub-base, paving and landscaping at the approaches. The bridges both span 100’ founded on 42” drilled shafts, cast-in-place pile caps, precast deck panels, cast-in-place decks and steel sheet pile abutments. Contract value: $7,207,431; start of construction will be June 2012 and completion is anticipated in August of 2013.
 
The Port Manatee Berth 12 Wharf Extension and Container Terminal project involves an extension at end of the existing Berth 12 (previously built by AB) with a new 590’ long deep water steel combination-wall bulkhead with associated concrete cap, moorings and fenders. The waterfront work also includes dredging, rip-rap shore protection. On the land side the scope includes development of 10 acres of paved container storage area, including drainage structures, high mast lighting, water and force mains as well as fencing and other ancillary improvements. Contract value: $13,750,487; construction start date is May 2012 and work is scheduled to complete in July of 2013.
 
For more information contact:
Kadi Camardese
Communications Manager
kcamardese@americanbridge.net
1000 American Bridge Way
Coraopolis, PA 15108
(412) 631-1026






2011-12-15 09:16:43 - FCBC Donates £2,000 for Bluebell Preservation

“Bluebells on the Move’
 
A Fife-based environmental and conservation charity is helping to preserve 70,000 bluebell bulbs during preparatory works on Scotland’s largest infrastructure project.
 
Fife Coast & Countryside Trust has received a donation of £2,000 from Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC), the contractors appointed by Transport Scotland to deliver the new bridge and connecting roads elements of the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC), for help in the relocation of the bluebells from the grounds of Admiral’s House near North Queensferry. 
 
Due to site clearance work for the FRC, it has become necessary to move the bulbs for re-planting at nearby Castlandhill.
 
Commenting, Carlo Germani, FCBC Project Director, said:  “Care for the environment, including flora and wildlife, is a central pillar of our approach to the construction of the new Forth bridge. FCBC’s Environmental Management Plan was an important element of the contract we signed with Transport Scotland.  We are determined to carry out our environmental responsibilities fully and, indeed, to exceed them wherever possible. We are grateful to FCCT for their help with the important task of safely relocating these bluebell bulbs.”
 
Amanda McFarlane, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust’s chief executive, said:  “The Trust is delighted to accept the donation of £2000 from FCBC. And, we have welcomed the opportunity to advise on the relocation of the bluebell bulbs for their best possible long-term outcome.
 
“The Trust manages a number of sites across Fife, including The Fife Coastal Path. Earlier this year, the Trust launched an extension to the Path which now runs from North Queensferry to Kincardine Bridge – I’m sure walkers on the Path will watch with interest the progress being made to the new crossing which, when complete, will join the Forth’s other famous landmarks.”
 
The operation to save the bluebells will see an excavator remove approximately 200 tonnes of topsoil containing the bulbs. Once at Castlandhill, a tracked excavator will spread the topsoil in a layer 200mm thick which will ensure that the bulbs are replanted at an appropriate depth to ensure their future success. 
 
Image caption attached (Access site): Left to right:  Neil Abraham, FCBC's Environmental Manager, Carlo Germani, FCBC's Project Director, Amanda McFarlane, CEO of the Fife Coast & Conservation Trust.  Please note that the existing Forth Road Bridge is visible in the background.
 
For further inquiries please contact Kadi Camardese at kcamardese@americanbridge.net

 






2011-08-15 13:27:47 - SIP District Wins Contract for WorldÂ’s Largest Observation Wheel, Las Vega

American Bridge Company’s Special and International Projects District (SIP) has been selected as prime structural contractor by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. for the Las Vegas High Roller, which will be the world’s largest observation wheel. The contract has a value of about $64M.

AB will assist the design engineer Arup in the completion of the design, and will begin procurement of steel and other components immediately. Construction will begin in late summer 2012 and be complete in December, 2013.

The wheel is a tension ring with a 143m (meter, 469.16’) diameter, with top elevation of 167m (550’). It will contain 28 cabins with 36 person capacity each. The cabins are delivered under separate contract and erected by AB. The mechanization and drive system, electrical installation, and general works are being performed under separate prime contracts.

The project continues a long line of special structures experience for American Bridge Company that has included the Chicago Picasso structure, the New York World’s Fair Unisphere, the Puerto Rico Convention Center Roof, and the EPCOT Millennium structure in Florida.

Congratulations to the engineering, bidding and pursuit team, which included Jared Carlson, Carson Carney, Michael Cegelis, Ugo del Costello, James diPasquale, Nick Greco, Simon Laming, Thomas Nilsson, Dan Radu, Ben Reeve, Gene Rosamilia, and Scott Tudor; along with continuous support from Mike Flowers, Lanny Frisco, and Amr el Nokali.







2011-08-15 13:22:09 - AB Awarded the Infrastructure and Commonwealth Award

American Bridge accepted the Infrastructure and Commonwealth Award from the American Concrete Institute this March at the Excellence in Concrete Awards program in Virginia for progress on the Chincoteague Bridge Route 175 project.

This project includes the construction of a 59-span, 4,764' (1,452m), environmentally sensitive replacement bridge for Virginia Route 175 connecting the mainland to Chincoteague Island. The two-lane, 43'-4" (13.2m) wide bridge utilizes typical 80' (24.3m) precast concrete girder spans placed on top of cast-in-place concrete cylinder piles and cast-in-place caps located just under the roadway. The bridge length includes 4,035’ (1,230m) of mainline and 729’ (222m) of a secondary connector bridge providing access to Marsh Island. The navigational channel span is a 92’ (28m) single leaf trunnion bascule containing two 123’, 6” (37.64m) steel bascule girders 10’, 7” (3.23m) deep. The weight of the structural steel in the bascule span is 417,460lbs (189,000kg). There were approximately 292 piles driven on this project. All were 36" concrete cylinder piles with a 6.5" wall. Pile lengths varied from 84’ to 108’. The majority of the piles were driven to a tip elevation of -85+/-. However, 61 piles were driven to a final tip elevation of -129 by using a follower 30’ long. This is the first instance of a hollow cylinder pile driven 25’ underwater.







2011-06-29 11:32:01 - American Bridge in the New York Times

The following article was published in the New York Times on Sunday, June 26. Read further for information about the origin and controversy of San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge steel and a related quote from AB’s Brian Petersen.

Headline: Bridge Comes to San Francisco with a Made-in-China Label
SHANGHAI — Talk about outsourcing.
 
At a sprawling manufacturing complex here, hundreds of Chinese laborers are now completing work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
 
Next month, the last four of more than two dozen giant steel modules — each with a roadbed segment about half the size of a football field — will be loaded onto a huge ship and transported 6,500 miles to Oakland. There, they will be assembled to fit into the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge.
 
The project is part of China’s continual move up the global economic value chain — from cheap toys to Apple iPads to commercial jetliners — as it aims to become the world’s civil engineer.
 
The assembly work in California, and the pouring of the concrete road surface, will be done by Americans. But construction of the bridge decks and the materials that went into them are a Made in China affair. California officials say the state saved hundreds of millions of dollars by turning to China.
 
“They’ve produced a pretty impressive bridge for us,” Tony Anziano, a program manager at the California Department of Transportation, said a few weeks ago. He was touring the 1.2-square-mile manufacturing site that the Chinese company created to do the bridge work. “Four years ago, there were just steel plates here and lots of orange groves.”
 
On the reputation of showcase projects like Beijing’s Olympic-size airport terminal and the mammoth hydroelectric Three Gorges Dam, Chinese companies have been hired to build copper mines in the Congo, high-speed rail lines in Brazil and huge apartment complexes in Saudi Arabia.
 
In New York City alone, Chinese companies have won contracts to help renovate the subway system, refurbish the Alexander Hamilton Bridge over the Harlem River and build a new Metro-North train platform near Yankee Stadium. As with the Bay Bridge, American union labor would carry out most of the work done on United States soil.
American steelworker unions have disparaged the Bay Bridge contract by accusing the state of California of sending good jobs overseas and settling for what they deride as poor-quality Chinese steel. Industry groups in the United States and other countries have raised questions about the safety and quality of Chinese workmanship on such projects. Indeed, China has had quality control problems ranging from tainted milk to poorly built schools.
 
But executives and officials who have awarded the various Chinese contracts say their audits have convinced them of the projects’ engineering integrity. And they note that with the full financial force of the Chinese government behind its infrastructure companies, the monumental scale of the work, and the prices bid, are hard for private industry elsewhere to beat.
 
The new Bay Bridge, expected to open to traffic in 2013, will replace a structure that has never been quite the same since the 1989 Bay Area earthquake. At $7.2 billion, it will be one of the most expensive structures ever built. But California officials estimate that they will save at least $400 million by having so much of the work done in China. (California issued bonds to finance the project, and will look to recoup the cost through tolls.)
 
California authorities say they had little choice but to rebuild major sections of the bridge, despite repairs made after the earthquake caused a section of the eastern span to collapse onto the lower deck. Seismic safety testing persuaded the state that much of the bridge needed to be overhauled and made more quake-resistant.
 
Eventually, the California Department of Transportation decided to revamp the western span of the bridge (which connects San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island) and replace the 2.2-mile eastern span (which links Yerba Buena to Oakland).
 
On the eastern span, officials decided to build a suspension bridge with a complex design. The span will have a single, 525-foot tower, anchored to bedrock and supported by a single, enormous steel-wire cable that threads through the suspension bridge.
“We wanted something strong and secure, but we also wanted something iconic,” said Bart Ney, a transportation department spokesman.
 
A joint venture between two American companies, American Bridge and Fluor Enterprises, won the prime contract for the project in early 2006. Their bid specified getting much of the fabricated steel from overseas, to save money.
 
California decided not to apply for federal funding for the project because the “Buy America” provisos would probably have required purchasing more expensive steel and fabrication from United States manufacturers.
 
China, the world’s biggest steel maker, was the front-runner, particularly because it has dominated bridge building for the last decade. Several years ago, Shanghai opened a 20-mile sea bridge; the country is now planning a much longer one near Hong Kong.
The selection of the state-owned Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company was a surprise, though, because the company made port cranes and had no bridge building experience.
 
But California officials and executives at American Bridge said Zhenhua’s advantages included its huge steel fabrication facilities, its large low-cost work force and its solid finances. (The company even had its own port and ships.)
 
“I don’t think the U.S. fabrication industry could put a project like this together,” Brian A. Petersen, project director for the American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises joint venture, said in a telephone interview. “Most U.S. companies don’t have these types of warehouses, equipment or the cash flow. The Chinese load the ships, and it’s their ships that deliver to our piers.”
 
Despite the American union complaints, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, strongly backed the project and even visited Zhenhua’s plant last September, praising “the workers that are building our Bay Bridge.”
Zhenhua put 3,000 employees to work on the project: steel-cutters, welders, polishers and engineers. The company built the main bridge tower, which was shipped in mid-2009, and a total of 28 bridge decks — the massive triangular steel structures that will serve as the roadway platform.
 
Pan Zhongwang, a 55-year-old steel polisher, is a typical Zhenhua worker. He arrives at 7 a.m. and leaves at 11 p.m., often working seven days a week. He lives in a company dorm and earns about $12 a day.
 
“It used to be $9 a day, now it’s $12,” he said Wednesday morning, while polishing one of the decks for the new Bay Bridge. “Everything is getting more expensive. They should raise our pay.”
 
To ensure the bridge meets safety standards, 250 employees and consultants working for the state of California and American Bridge/Fluor also took up residence in Shanghai.
Asked about reports that some American labor groups had blocked bridge shipments from arriving in Oakland, Mr. Anziano dismissed those as confused.
 
“That was not about China,” he said. “It was a disagreement between unions about which had jurisdiction and who had the right to unload a shipment. That was resolved.”
 
Xu Yan contributed research.

 







2011-04-29 15:10:59 - ABI Awarded Main Contract for the New Forth Replacement Crossing, Scotland

FCBC Joint venture including American Bridge International awarded main contract for the new Forth Replacement Crossing in Scotland.

Coraopolis, PAAmerican Bridge International announced that an international joint venture of which it is part has signed the main contract with the Scottish Ministers for design and construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC), which comprises a bridge over Firth of Forth in Scotland and the road connection immediately north and south of the 2.7 km bridge The contract is valued at £790M ($1.3 billion).

Following an 18-month competitive tender, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) were named preferred bidder for the design/build contract in mid-March of this year. In addition to American Bridge International (28% ownership), the FCBC joint venture comprises HOCHTIEF (28% leader), Dragados (28%), and Morrison Construction (16%). All four businesses have a solid record of successfully delivering major infrastructure schemes throughout the world and will jointly provide the full range of skills, resources and technical expertise for this complex project.

A major bridge crossing two ocean shipping and military navigation channels represents the main part of the contract. This bridge structure has an overall length of 2.7 km, including a cable stay structure of 2,020m (world’s second longest). The two main navigation spans are 650m each (world’s sixth longest). The bridge has 14 spans, three concrete towers in the center of the transverse cross section up to 210m in height, two planes of stay cables that anchor in the center of the structure, and a composite steel tub/concrete deck superstructure. The north and south tower foundations are excavated caissons up to 40m below the water surface, and the central tower is a direct foundation on a rock outcropping. The cable stay bridge superstructure will be erected mainly by deck mounted gantries. The South approach viaduct will be launched from land, and the north viaduct will be pushed from the water. Construction will begin in 2011 and be complete in 2016.

American Bridge Company was founded in 1900, and specializes in the construction of complex structures and marine works. The company has participated in the construction of thousands of major bridges around the world.

“We are immensely pleased to have won this major contract in a country famous for major bridges, and in association with our three outstanding partners.” said Michael Cegelis, Executive Vice President of American Bridge International. “It is a complex and iconic structure that will fully demand our unique technology.”

For further inquiries please contact: Kadi Camardese, Communications Manager, 1000 American Bridge Way, Coraopolis, PA 15108, (412) 631-1026 - office, (412) 631-2000 – fax







2011-03-24 14:00:39 - American Bridge on Winning Team for ScotlandÂ’s New Forth Crossing

A headline for ENR Magazine on March 23, 2011

Link: http://enr.construction.com/infrastructure/transportation/2011/0322-ForthBridge.asp

With a winning bid more than 10% below the lowest official estimate, a consortium including American Bridge Co., Coraopolis, Pa., has been named preferred bidder for a $1.3-billion contract to design and build Scotland’s new Forth highway bridge.

The Scottish government’s 2.7-kilometer-long road bridge will include two 650-m main spans with overlapping cable fans reaching down from two, centrally placed pylons, rising 145 m above deck. It will replace the 47-year-old existing suspension bridge, which is suffering from cable corrosion.

The winning consortium Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors also includes Spain’s Dragados S.A., Madrid; Hochtief A.G., Essen, Germany; and locally based Morrison Construction Ltd. Arup Group, London, with Jacobs U.K. Ltd., Edinburgh, provided the government’s conceptual design behind the bid.

Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney says value for money was “an essential factor” in selecting the consortium. But its bid also included “valuable commitments on sustainability, training and employment opportunities and community engagement.”

The government plans to sign the consortium’s contract in April, with construction to start soon afterward. The bridge is due to open in 2016.

 







2010-08-25 10:26:51 - Robert Luffy Announces Retirement After 17 Years as American Bridge CEO

Chief executive officer Robert H. Luffy, P.E. has announced his retirement from American Bridge Company effective December 31, 2010. He has been CEO since 1993. The succession plan in place will result in Michael Flowers, P.E., currently chief operating officer of the company, assuming the role of chief executive officer upon Luffy’s retirement. 

Luffy began his career at the legendary bridge company as a field engineer on the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia in 1972. Since becoming CEO during a troubled time in the company’s history 17 years ago, Luffy engineered a resurgence of the firm followed by sustained growth and operating success. During his tenure the company has constructed numerous internationally recognized bridge projects, including the reconstruction of the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City, the 25th of April Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia, the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington, DC, the currently in-process Self Anchored Suspension Span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge in California, and many others. He also began the successful foray into heavy marine construction that has seen the company become one of the largest in that field in the United States, completing major port and naval projects along the eastern and western seaboards, the Caribbean, and the inland waterway system.
Luffy’s legacy is the development of the American Bridge Way. This system incorporates strategic, operating, and developmental features that make American Bridge a uniquely differentiatable and sustainable company, and the leader in the field of complex structural and marine construction. During Luffy’s tenure, this management process has been institutionalized, and has resulted in a 15-fold increase in revenues, a 20-fold increase in profits, a 10-fold increase in shareholder’s equity, and a manyfold increase in the market value of the company. Moreover, through an industry leading training program that focuses on recruiting promising civil engineering graduates and developing them for the special operations of American Bridge, the company is positioned to maintain and build upon its leadership in its important branches of the civil infrastructure industry.   The company today is powered by a strong culture of can-do, which has it uniquely positioned within a small field of competitors who are able to competently and profitably deliver the world’s most challenging bridge and marine construction and reconstruction projects.
While Luffy’s handpicked successor Flowers has large shoes to fill, he has been impeccably prepared through his 35 year career in the business and proven within AB’s system. Mike joined American Bridge in 1975 as a design engineer In the Pittsburgh Regional Engineering Office, working on various industrial, bridge and highrise projects all over the United States. Flowers received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh respectively. In 1994 he was appointed Senior Vice President-Operations, and in 2000 Executive Vice President-Operations and manager of the Structures Group of the company. In 2006 he was appointed Project Director for the $1.6 billion San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Self Anchored Suspension Bridge (SAS) project being constructed by the American Bridge/Fluor Joint Venture. In addition to the SAS, Mike’s extensive project experience includes the $100M Kentucky Lakes Bridges, the $400M Woodrow Wilson replacement bridges in Washington DC, the Florida Avenue lift bridge in New Orleans, the Gateway Boulevard arch bridge in Nashville, the $112M Lions Gate Bridge reconstruction in Vancouver, Canada, the $264M 25th of April Bridge rail deck addition in Lisbon, Portugal, the $152M RFK Triborough Bridge rehabilitation in New York City, and many other projects.
Flowers will be supported by the strong senior management team already in place at the company, consisting of Lanny Frisco (Pittsburgh District, Estimating), Pamela Bena (Finance), Jake Bidosky (American Bridge Manufacturing), Michael Cegelis (Special & International Projects District, Business Development), Amr El-Nokali (Administration and Legal), Scott Gammon (Kansas City District), Richard Kermode (Tampa District), Kwadwo Osei-Akoto (New York District), Brian Petersen (SAS, Western District), and David Simmons (Richmond District). 
Contact:
Kadi Camardese
Communications Manager
American Bridge Company
412-631-1026






2010-08-16 09:02:44 - Mackinac Bridge Named National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

(see below for video links)

The Mackinac Bridge was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark on August 12, 2010, by the American Society of Civil Engineers to recognize and encourage preservation of landmarks, and to promote historical awareness of civil engineering.

American Bridge fabricated and erected the entire 52-span bridge that stretches 18,343’ across the Straits of Mackinac connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The bridge contains 35 deck truss spans, 14 steel plate girder spans, and a 7,400' three span suspension bridge with a 3,800' main span. The main cables are 24.5" in diameter, made from 37 airspun parallel wire strands of 340 wires each and draped over two 552' tall towers. AB is known for its innovative cable spinning abilities displayed on over 50 other bridges. Additionally, American Bridge fabricated the Mackinaw City and St. Ignace truss and girder approaches to the Mackinac Bridge. This portion of work was 18,188 tons of structural steel alone.
 
More recently, AB was contracted for the removal of six existing maintenance travelers, removal and replacement of 14,800 linear feet of traveler rail in the suspended spans, replacement of expansion joints in existing truss span traveler rail in 10 locations, and furnishing and erection of eight new maintenance travelers.  American Bridge self-fabricated all traveler rails.
 
The Mackinac Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world when completed in 1957. Today it remains the third longest suspension bridge domestically, the 12th longest internationally and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.
 






2010-06-10 13:51:44 - AB Advances 31 Spots on the 2010 Top 400 Contractors List

American Bridge ranked 82nd on Engineering News Record’s Top 400 Contractors List for 2010, advancing 31 spots from 113th place in 2009.

Additionally, AB placed in the following specialized categories:
12th in the Top 20 of Transportation
17th in the Top 50 in Domestic Heavy Contractors
35th in the Top 50 Contractors Working Abroad
 
For more information contact: Kadi Camardese, kcamardese@americanbridge.net
Or on the web at: http://enr.construction.com/toplists/contractors/001-100.asp






2010-06-01 13:40:02 - American Bridge Company Awarded $21.3M to Rehabilitate Ogdensberg Bridge

New York, NY - American Bridge Company, New York District, has been awarded a $21.3 million contract for the main span rehabilitation of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge crossing the St. Lawrence River in New York.

The contract includes the removal and replacement of the bridge railing, light standards and electrical wiring over the length of the entire structure. For the main suspension spans the work involves removal of the raised concrete sidewalks and removal and replacement of the open steel grid deck and deck support stringers. American Bridge will perform fatigue crack retrofit to the web in the areas directly over the longitudinal plate girders for specific transverse floorbeams in the approach spans. Additional work includes miscellaneous steel repairs and painting.
 
Construction will start immediately and the project’s anticipated completion is scheduled for November 15, 2011.






2010-06-01 13:34:50 - American Bridge Comany Awarded $31.3M to Construct New Port in Bahamas

Tampa, FL - American Bridge Bahamas, Ltd., a subsidiary of the Tampa District of American Bridge Company has been awarded a $31.3 million contract for the construction of the port of Arawak Cay at Nassau, Bahamas. The work involves installation of approximately 2,500 lf of new sheet pile bulkhead a new wharf platform, crane support beams, roll-on/roll-off platforms, marine furnishings. Upland work includes the replacement of an existing water reservoir by a large water tank, grading, drainage and fencing. The new port facility greatly enhances the existing port and will allow concentration of all freight shipping on the island of New Providence.

The client for the project is Arawak Cay Port Development Company, a public-private partnership between the Government of the Bahamas and a group of 19 private sector stakeholders. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project took place May 10, 2010 in presence of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Mr. Jim Mosko, Chairman of ACPDC.
 
Construction will start immediately and the project’s anticipated completion is scheduled for July 1st, 2011.
 
The project allows continuation of American Bridge’s presence in the Bahamas as well as its success on major port development construction throughout the Caribbean.






2010-05-18 08:35:10 - American Bridge Wins Award of Excellence

Baltimore, MD - American Bridge has been selected to receive an Award for Excellence in Concrete Construction by the Maryland Chapter of the American Concrete Institution (ACI) based on their excellent and innovative performance on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation project.

This project involves the removal of 193,000 SF of deck in the westbound suspension and through cantilevered truss spans; and replacement with precast, post tensioned units during nighttime lane closures.  The work also includes the removal and replacement of 23,092 LF of traffic railing, replacement of four expansion dams and installation of an aerodynamic stabilization winglet and fairing in the suspension bridge.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation project and project team members will be recognized at the Excellence in Concrete Awards Banquet to be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at the Engineering Society of Baltimore located in Baltimore, Maryland.






2010-04-01 14:23:36 - Wall Street Journal Highlights AB Project

The Winter Park Canal Replacement project completed by American Bridge in 2001 is pictured in a Wall Street Journal article on April 1, 2010. The article’s focus is the aesthetics of this progressive suburb, of which AB contributed the supply and installation of approximately 4,600 lineal feet of sheet pile canal walls to replace existing deteriorated wood walls.

The two canals, Fern and Venetian, are environmentally sensitive links in the pristine Winter Park Chain of Lakes. The work included clearing and grubbing, demolition, sheet pile installation, wooden boat bumper installation and site restoration. The walls are mostly cantilever type, 13-18' deep, with some tie back situations.

 

 







2009-12-09 08:42:46 - Chincoteague in News
 
CHINCOTEAGUE -- The new bridge under construction at Chincoteague is on schedule for a January opening.
Thomas A. Rakowski of the Virginia Department of Transportation told the Chincoteague Town Council recently that despite early delays and adverse weather conditions the past month, American Bridge -- the bridge's main contractor -- has been making progress.
"We are on line to open the bridge to traffic in mid- to late January," Rakowski said.
Rakowski said the one-way entrance into Chincoteague would remain in effect for 30 to 45 days.
"The main line deck is ready for grooving," he said.
Construction on the exterior of the control building is almost complete, awaiting an anti-graffiti sealant.
Some have expressed concern regarding the bridge spur that connects Marsh Island with the main bridge. Rakowski said there are no plans to put a traffic light on the entrance to the spur. He said there would only be some lights at the entrance for better visibility at night.
Once the main bridge is open, the contractor will turn his attention to the Wire Narrows bridge, which would be demolished after the new main bridge opens. People living on Marsh Island would have to use the old drawbridge until the spur is complete.
Rakowski said it would take about five months to complete work on the spur road to Marsh Island.
By Garrrett Marritt






2009-08-17 13:42:51 - AB Wins Best Value Award at $35.2M to Construct Navy Pier 31

Richmond, VA – Following their successful completion of Pier 6 at the New London Submarine base, American Bridge (AB), wins contract worth $35.2 million to construct another pier in Groton, Connecticut, number 31. Over this 25 month project AB will self-perform the demolition of the existing pier, cast in place concrete deck work as well as construct and design temporary work trestles (from which most of the work will be undertaken). Additionally, the 36” steel pipes the pier is founded upon will be driven, excavated and filled with concrete by AB in the Thames River. Expected completion date is July 2011.







2009-08-10 13:45:45 - AB Wins Safety Award for Pier 11 Project

American Bridge/McLean Joint Venture has been selected to receive the “Star Safety Excellence Award, Recognition of Outstanding Safety Performance” from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command for the Pier 11 Replacement project in Norfolk, VA. 

This award is given only to those companies that have demonstrated a corporate proactive safety posture. American Bridge/McLean Joint Venture has worked over 255,478 man hours on this $102M contract and had zero DART incidents, no safety non-compliance notices or stop work orders and no OSHA findings.

American Bridge has been a leading builder of complex structures since its founding in 1900.  The company’s current projects include construction of the environmentally-sensitive Chincoteague Bridge; the deck replacement on the Chesapeake Bay Suspension Bridge; construction of two new bridges across Kentucky Lake; and the San Francisco Oakland Bay Self Anchored Suspension Bridge in California.   







2009-05-11 13:45:15 - AB Awarded Nassau Harbor Project

The Tampa District of American Bridge (AB) has been awarded a contract of $ 15,186,000 to perform the marine construction part of the Nassau Harbor Project in Nassau, Bahamas. AB's scope includes the installation of approximately 4,300 wall feet of sheetpile bulkhead with tieback system and concrete encapsulation, which will form a containment for dredged materials and create an expansion to the existing Arawak Cay Port facility. The scope also includes construction of three large mooring dolphins, earthworks and scour protection.

AB will be a subcontractor to Boskalis International BV of the Netherlands, who was awarded the main contract for approximately $44 million, which includes 1.5 million cy of dredging. Bahamas Marine Construction will be AB’s partner and will be performing earthworks, ready mix supply and other work items. The overall purpose of the project is to extend and widen the channel and upgrade Nassau Harbor to receive the next generation of large cruise ships, including the "Genesis" Class vessels. The Owner is the Bahamas Ministry of Works and Transport. American Bridge's work will start June 1st and the project has an overall duration of approximately 10 months.

American Bridge has been a leading builder of complex structures and marine projects since its founding in 1900.  The company’s current marine projects include the replacement of a cruise ship pier in Puerto Maya, Cozumel, Mexico; and the Bakers Bay Marina project in Abaco, Bahamas. 







2008-09-03 13:47:18 - AB Awarded Grand Island Project

The New York District office of American Bridge Company has been awarded a $48M contract by the New York State Thruway Authority for the rehabilitation of South Grand Island Bridges, which carry I-190 over the Niagara River between Tonawanda and Grand Island, NY. 

Each of the twin bridges comprise of a truss arch bridge with a steel thru-arch in the middle, along with simple girder span approaches. Work is to include: panelized deck replacement on the northbound bridge; and bearing replacements and substructure repairs on both northbound and southbound bridges.  Construction has just begun and is scheduled to be completed by November 2010.

American Bridge has been a leading builder of complex structures since its founding in 1900.  The New York District’s current projects include three rehabilitation projects on Bronx Whitestone, Throgs Neck, and Triborough Bridges.  The company is also working a deck replacement on the Chesapeake Bay Suspension Bridge; and the San Francisco Oakland Bay Self Anchored Suspension Bridge in California.