In just six short months, I’ll be a grandpa. While this is certainly exciting, there’s this nagging fear of the unknown. Sure, having three children of my own prepared me in some ways for this new role. But the world has changed since I was a new father, and the responsibilities of being a grandparent are also different in this new age. It’s not unlike your situation today if you’re operating a precast concrete plant. While you know how to run a functional and prosperous business, the world in which you operate that business has changed. We’re entering uncharted territory, and there’s a lot of uncertainty ahead.
Faced with a challenge, a team of representatives for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, construction planning company Gannett Fleming and the Federal Highway Administration turned to innovation to create a industry-first bridge design.
The Creative Use of Precast Awards competition highlights the innovative uses and versatility of precast concrete as the world’s premier building material. Awards were submitted for projects completed in 2009, and were judged by a team of engineeering instructors and precast concrete experts. The awards were presented at the Salute to Excellence Feb. 20, 2010, in Phoenix.
Each precast wave is 1.5 feet wide and 5 feet deep with a total weight of about 56-tons for each three-wave element. The scale of these two elements might seem to contradict the possibility of missing them while traveling across the bridge.