Three HDR projects earn Excellence Awards from the American Segmental Bridge Institute
Every two years, the American Segmental Bridge Institute recognizes bridge projects for excellence in segmental bridge design and construction.
This year, three HDR projects were honored: the Marc Basnight Bridge (Bonner Bridge Replacement) in North Carolina, the St. Croix River Crossing in Minnesota and the Bayonne Bridge in New York/New Jersey. The awards were presented at the ASBI Annual Convention on Nov. 5 in Orlando, Florida.
“It is an honor to see the hard work of our teams recognized,” said HDR Bridges & Structures Director Manuel Carballo. “These awards speak to our teams’ technical innovation, dedication to the practice and fearlessness when faced with unique design challenges.”
The latest honors for these projects add to a number of previous awards bestowed by industry organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Society of Highway Engineers and American Public Works Association, among others.
The Bayonne Bridge in particular was named the nation’s best overall engineering project in 2018 by ACEC.
Built in one of the most challenging marine environments on the East Coast, the Basnight Bridge was designed with a 100-year lifespan to provide better, more reliable access to residents on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. HDR worked with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and builder PCL Construction on the bridge.
The 3,365-foot St. Croix River Crossing connects the Twin Cities area and Wisconsin with a unique part-cable-stay and part-box-girder design. We partnered with COWI to design the structure, developed in collaboration with the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation.
Serving as the lead designer in a design joint venture with WSP USA on the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Project, we partnered with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to raise the clearance under the bridge to 215 feet within the existing arch span, a never-before-attempted solution to allow the passage of taller modern freighters.
HDR’s bridge specialists help clients reach their goals by crafting cutting edge solutions using the latest technologies including bridge information modeling, structural health monitoring and intelligent transportation systems. Innovative solutions and intelligent infrastructure mean their clients’ and their constituents’ needs are met for the long run and bring collaborative expertise to everything from pedestrian and movable bridges to some of the largest, most complex bridge programmes in the United States.
Programmes include serving as the general engineering consultant for SR 520 — the world’s longest floating bridge — as well as the lead designer for the Bayonne Bridge navigational clearance project, back-to-back winners of the American Council of Engineering Companies Grand Conceptor Award in 2017 and 2018. HDR are also the lead designer on the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Program, the Marc Basnight Bridge (Bonner Bridge Replacement) in North Carolina and New York’s Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, which replaced the Tappan Zee.
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project.