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September-October 2011

The official publication of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association




“Through the Lens”: Transportation Design & Construction in Pictures


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The official publication of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association VOL. 23, NO. 5 SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2011

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“Through the Lens” Transportation Construction in Pictures


12 Utah’s I-15 CORE 18 TransOvation Workshop Redefines “Meetings” for the 21st Century

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Hall of Fame Inductees Women Leaders Awards


6 From the Chairman 8 President’s Desk 37 Member News 38 AEM Corner 39 Products of the Month 42 Advertiser Index


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Transportation Builder® (TB) is the official publication of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, a federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel. In support of this mission, ARTBA also provides programs and services designed to give its members a global competitive edge. As the only national publication specifically geared toward transportation development professionals, TB represents the primary source of business, legislative and regulatory news critical to the success and future of the transportation construction industry. Publisher: T. Peter Ruane, Editorial Director: Matt Jeanneret, Editor: Jenny Ragone, Contributing Writers: Rich Jefferson, Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Rich Juliano, ARTBA vice president of federal & state relations,; Beth McGinn, ARTBA director of public affairs,; Greg Sitek, ARTBA consultant Transportation Builder® (ISSN 1043-4054) is published bi-monthly by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Postmaster: Send change of address to Transportation Builder®, c/o ARTBA, The ARTBA Building, 1219 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Telephone: 202-289-4434, Fax: 202-289-4435, Internet:; E-mail: Periodicals postage paid at Washington, D.C., and additional mailing offices. Subscriptions are $120/year for ARTBA members, which is included in the dues; $105/year for non-members; and $200/year non-U.S. mailing addresses. Copyright ©2011 ARTBA. All rights reserved. Material may not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. Reg. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Executive Committee Chairman: Bill Cox, Corman Construction, Inc., Annapolis Junction, Md. Senior Vice Chairman: Paul Yarossi, HNTB Corporation, New York, N.Y. First Vice Chairman: Steve Wright, Wright Brothers Construction Company, Charleston, Tenn. Northeastern Region Vice Chairman: Nick Ivanoff, Ammann & Whitney, New York, N.Y. Central Region Vice Chairman: Kenneth Aldridge, Aldridge Electric, Inc., Libertyville, Ill. Southern Region Vice Chairman: Thomas S. Elmore, Eutaw Construction Co., Inc., Aberdeen, MS Western Region Vice Chairman: Jim Andoga, Austin Bridge & Road, Irving, Texas Vice Chairman At–Large: Doug Black, Oldcastle Materials, Inc., Atlanta, Ga. Vice Chairman At–Large: Robert Close, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Orange, Calif. Vice Chairman At–Large: John Houle, 3M Traffic Safety Systems Division, St. Paul, Minn. Vice Chairman At–Large: John Kulka, HRI, Inc., State College, Pa. Vice Chairman At–Large: Robert H. Luffy, American Bridge Company, Corapolis, Pa. Vice Chairman At–Large: David S. Zachry, Zachry Construction Corporation, San Antonio, Texas ARTBA–TDF Board of Trustees Chairman: Leo Vecellio, Jr., Vecellio Group, Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla. Young Executive Leadership Council Chairman: Christopher Fronheiser, AECOM, Baltimore, Md. Treasurer: Tom Hill, Summit Materials LLC, Washington, D.C. Secretary and President/CEO: T. Peter Ruane, ARTBA, Washington, D.C. Contractors: Thomas Iovino, Judlau Contracting, Inc., College Point, N.Y. Contractors First Vice President: Jeffrey F. Nelson, David Nelson Construction Co., Palm Harbor, Fla. Research & Education: Robert J. Plymale, Marshall University, Huntington, W.V. AEM: Ronald M. DeFeo,TEREX Corporation, Westport, Conn. Materials & Services: Aaron Ozinga, Ozinga Materials, Inc., Mokena, Ill. Planning & Design: Michael P. Hoff, P.E., AECOM, Middleton, Wis. Public–Private Partnerships: D.J. Gribbon, Macquarie Securities (USA), Inc., Infrastructure Group, New York, N.Y. Traffic Safety Industry: Joy Shamay, Evonik Degussa Corp., Bluffton, S.C. Transportation Officials: Darren Kettle, Ventura County Transportation Commission, Ventura, Calif. Council of State Executives Chairman: Robert A. Briant, Jr., UTCA of New Jersey, Allenwood, N.J. Immediate Past ARTBA Chairman: Larry Tate, Caterpillar Inc., Decatur, Ill. Past Chairmen’s Council Representative: James R. Madara, P.E., Gannett Fleming, Inc., Allentown, Pa. Advertising Sales—Peter Embrey • Tel: 202-289-4434 • Fax: 202-289-4437


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Staying Focused


ne of the keys to success for any organization or business is constancy of purpose. Or put another way, remaining focused on your mission. In the past year and through stiff political headwinds, ARTBA remained constant and focused in pursuit of its mission. At several points throughout the year in both chambers, a potential cut in overall highway and transit investment by more than 30 percent has been a very real possibility. In recent days, however, because of the dogged persistence and hard work of ARTBA and its industry allies, senators have voted down an effort to cut transportation authorizations in the latest extension, and House GOP leaders appear to be shifting away from past opposition to finding new resources to support transportation investment. The Senate has certainly done its part, too, with a bipartisan effort to maintain current highway and transit investment levels in its reauthorization proposal and the FY 2012 appropriations bill. In September, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica said he would begin working on a six year bill that seeks to maintain current highway and transit authorization levels.


In ideal political and economic times, the ability to significantly increase transportation investment wouldn’t be such a Herculean effort. But, these aren’t ideal times. Nevertheless, in an era of fiscal restraint and massive cuts to federal spending programs, it’s a significant achievement to see Congress heading in a direction that preserves current investment levels. ARTBA and partners have been effective in illustrating why transportation is like no other federal program when it comes to creating and supporting jobs, and in building long-term capital assets that will provide economic benefits for years to come. There is little doubt the reauthorization fight will continue in the months ahead. As I close out my term as chairman, I am very proud of the other things that ARTBA achieved in partnership with its volunteer leaders, state contractor chapters, and the association’s D.C.-based staff. Among them:

Women Leaders

In year one, the Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction Council made great strides in promoting career advancement for our industry’s women through regular meetings, networking events, a webinar series, and the creation of a new

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awards program. The individuals and companies honored with “Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards” during a September gala dinner in Virginia were truly remarkable and inspiring.

The Next Generation

My company has been very involved in ARTBA’s Young Executive Development Program for years because it helps introduce people to the legislative and regulatory process, and ARTBA’s key role in shaping federal transportation policy. This year, we expanded activities in this area, most notably through the September 6-9 TransOvation Workshop, which helped young executives foster a culture of innovation back at their firms.

Communications & Grassroots Lobbying

Through the “Transportation Makes America Work Campaign,” ARTBA successfully raised the profile of federal transportation investment in the Nation’s Capital as both political parties wrangled over deficit reduction and future federal funding priorities. Our print, radio and TV advertising campaigns put our issue front and center, and were recognized with national awards.

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Strategic Planning Exercise

Perhaps what I’m most proud of is the work done by the Strategic Planning Committee we initiated to look at future transportation funding. In today’s political environment, raising new revenue for transportation has become increasingly difficult. The committee’s final report, which was endorsed by the ARTBA board during the national convention in Monterey, made sound recommendations that will establish a national clearinghouse for transportation investment strategies, research, legislation and advocacy programs that will not only benefit members at the federal level, but also provide great value added to our state chapters and local transportation advocacy groups. Please join me in pledging your support to new ARTBA Chairman Paul Yarossi and his new leadership team. The next months will be pivotal we all work to complete action on a robust, multi-year highway and transit investment bill. It’s been an exciting and memorable year. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your chairman. It has truly been a honor!

Building America’s Transportation Network

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T. Peter Ruane ARTBA President & CEO

Keep the Pressure On!


o are we making progress on a new federal surface transportation reauthorization bill?

The answer is yes—if we continue to keep the pressure on our members of Congress. Previously in this space, I have warned of impending 35 percent cuts in federal transportation investment, looming as early as October 1st of this year. However, recent short-term extensions of the transportation authorization and government-wide federal spending (appropriations) bills have avoided that catastrophe for now. While it’s a good sign that both houses of Congress have kept us at current investment levels for the time being, we will not declare victory and spend the winter hibernating! Throughout 2011, we’ve been dealing with a new Congress and the most challenging political environment for the transportation construction industry in generations. We started the year fighting the House Republican leadership’s roll-back of that chamber’s longstanding rule protecting guaranteed highway funding.


We survived the FY 2011 appropriations process, in which our programs largely escaped the massive cuts that Congress imposed on virtually every other domestic program. Later in the year, as Congress squabbled over raising the debt ceiling, they eliminated the firewalls which have further protected federal highway investment since 1998. It’s been a rough go, but all of it has been a mere precursor to action on the reauthorization front in spring and early summer. As ARTBA reported, the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee has spent recent months working on a two-year bill that would keep highway and transit investment at current levels plus inflation. In the House, meanwhile, Republican leaders were clear for the first eight months of the year about their intention to craft a six-year reauthorization bill that would limit investment levels to current receipts into the Highway Trust Fund. The result would be that 35 percent cut I’ve been warning about. Obviously, a cut of this magnitude would be devastating to state transportation improvement programs, the households of 600,000 Americans who would lose their jobs, and countless transportation design and construction firms whose very

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president’sdesk existence would be endangered. Over the summer months, we asked you, as industry leaders, to meet with your U.S. senators and representatives. Especially important have been those senators who have important roles to play in financing that chamber’s proposed reauthorization bill, as well as the House Republican freshmen who have become an influential voting bloc. It’s critical for all of these elected officials to understand the dire implications of these kinds of cuts. It’s their job to prevent them from happening. And as Congress has returned to Capitol Hill this fall, it’s clear that the industry’s collective grassroots efforts have made a difference. House Republican leaders, who previously refused to consider supplementing Highway Trust Fund revenues to prevent the 35 percent cuts, have now asked House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) to work with colleagues and find some revenue options. They apparently envision a six-year bill at current investment levels, a major shift in their position. So what’s the path ahead? We’re still far from the end of the reauthorization road, but the long-delayed completion of this

journey may finally be coming into focus. The key remains getting bills out of each chamber that can be melded satisfactorily in conference. While the Senate and House bills may end up being different lengths, there may well be more similarities than differences. Based on the latest developments in the House, it looks like both bills may adopt the rationale of holding current investment levels, at a minimum. Both will emphasize project streamlining and allow greater leveraging of private sector resources through programs like TIFIA. Again, though, there will be no guarantees of success in coming months. Many in Congress continue to fail to differentiate among federal programs and ignore collateral damage caused by their inability to discern. While House Republican leaders have indicated a willingness to avert program cuts in reauthorization, they have yet to publicly identify any new revenue sources acceptable to them. Similarly, bipartisan leaders in the Senate

are pushing modest investment growth in that chamber’s reauthorization bill, but they too are yet to finalize a plan to support that level of investment. In the opinion arena, you may continue to read various pundits and self-appointed “experts” declaring that there is no hope for a long-term bill any time soon. Wait until after the next election, we’ll be told yet again. As always, don’t be dissuaded. While we have held our own in this toxic political environment, we must keep up the pressure. Until that day when, hopefully, the president signs a new surface transportation bill, we all need to stay in continual contact with our federal elected officials and their key staff. You have made a difference in recent months. You must stay in the game and repeat the truth that sound increased trasportation investments are a critical part of the solution to our nation’s challenges!

Editor’s Note: I am delighted to be the new editor of ARTBA’s Transportation Builder (TB) magazine. I recently graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in graphic design. My predecessor, Jamie Mahoney, left ARTBA after five years for a new job opportunity that was much closer to her home in Maryland. This issue highlights the 8th annual “Through the Lens” Transportation Construction in Pictures. ARTBA members have provided TB with shining examples of the industry’s excellent work in building and improving America’s transportation network! Beginning on page 12, learn how the largest road project in Utah history was developed and how they stayed ahead of schedule and under budget. On page 20, we also include a wrap up of ARTBA’s September 6-9 TransOvation, a first-of-its-kind, educational workshop and exhibit focused on innovation and developed specifically for young executives in the transportation design and construction industry. As always, please feel free to contact me by phone (202.289.4434) or e-mail ( with any comments on this issue or ideas for an upcoming issue.

Jenny Ragone Publications Editor & Graphic Designer

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ARTBA Announces Division Awards ARTBA recognized transportation design and construction industry leaders October 4 with awards during the 2011 ARTBA National Convention, held in Monterey, Calif. The association announced the following honorees:

Contractors: NELLO L. TEER, JR.

Bill Cox (left in photo), president, Corman Construction in Annapolis Junction, Md. Created in 1988 as a tribute to contractor and Past ARTBA Chairman (1959-61) Nello L. Teer, Jr., it annually honors a contractor member who has made outstanding contributions to the association’s Contractors Division and the transportation construction industry.

Planning & Design: GUY KELCEY

Bob Close (right in photo), vice president with Parsons Brinckerhoff, in Orange, Calif. This award, which honors Guy Kelcey, one of the Planning & Design (P&D) Division’s organizers, is given each year to an ARTBA member who has exhibited a high degree of service to the association’s P&D Division.


Robert Hull, Utah Department of Transportation engineer for traffic and safety; and Owen Denman (right in photo), retired president and CEO of Rio Vista, California-based Barrier Systems. Established in 1989 in memory of Traffic Safety Industry Division leader and Past ARTBA Chairman (1976) J.C. Landen, this annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to highway safety. The 2011 recipients were first honored at the TSID Summer Meeting in June.

Research & Education: S.S. STEINBERG

Dr. Melissa Tooley, center director for the Texas Transportation Institute’s University Transportation Center for Mobility, in College Station. Created in honor of S.S. Steinberg, the founding president of the Research and Education Division, the award recognizes an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education.


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As the largest road project in state history, Utah’s I-15 CORE reconstruction program could have fallen victim to change orders and missed deadlines. Instead, a unique procurement strategy, rigorous project controls and the right team have contributed to the project being completed two years ahead of schedule with double the number of freeway lane miles and three additional interchanges — all while staying under budget.


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Sporting a price tag of $1.7 billion, the 24-mile reconstruction of Interstate 15, Utah’s primary north-south corridor, is the largest road construction project in state history, the largest project under way in the western United States and one of the three largest projects in the country. The state-funded I-15 Corridor Expansion Project, also known as I-15 CORE, is even more impressive when you consider that the project scope has grown, but the budget hasn’t. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), along with program management consultant HNTB, was able to double the number of reconstructed miles, add three more interchanges and trim two years off the required schedule — all staying within the state-funded budget of $1.7 billion. The I-15 CORE project will: • Add a total of 24 miles in both directions. • Extend the high occupancy toll (HOT) lane a total of five miles in both directions. • Rebuild and reconfigure 10 freeway interchanges. • Replace 59 aging bridges. “The combination of construction being on sale because of the slow economy, along with the proactive procurement strategy led by HNTB, resulted in the state getting a better, more extensive project than earlier estimates predicted,” said Dal Hawks, UDOT project director. HNTB brings more than 50 years of program management consulting experience and a comprehensive range of services to the project. Among its core competencies are a fixed-price/ best-design procurement strategy and a rigorous set of project controls.


After UDOT tapped HNTB to provide program management consulting services, the state legislature cut the project’s budget. Instead of having $2.6 billion, the agency was now working with $1.7 billion. Knowing UDOT’s goal was to deliver the highest value project possible to the public, HNTB recommended the agency change its procurement strategy from a standard, designbuild approach to a federally accepted fixed-price/best-design procurement to help stretch state dollars and give taxpayers more for their money. Under this approach, the UDOT team established the design-build contract value at $1.1 billion and defined acceptable design parameters. Then they encouraged the three competing design-build proposers to be creative and innovative as they individually developed their proposals and defined specifically their scope, schedule and approach to how they would handle traffic during construction. “Because we set the price, the design-build teams were able to really focus their creative energy on meeting the goals of the project that were most important to us,” Hawks said. The unique procurement strategy fostered fierce competition among design-build teams, who battled to deliver the greatest value for the price by proposing innovative concepts, economies of scale and optimized schedules. UDOT scored each proposal based on recommended improvements, traffic management during construction and schedule completion. Provo River Constructors was chosen for the job. The team’s

winning proposal included: • Using 40-year concrete pavement along the entire corridor. • Adding approximately 12 miles of travel lanes in addition to the 12 required. • Keeping the current number of traffic lanes open during the majority of construction. • Delivering the project by December 2012, two years earlier than required. “This is the first time UDOT has procured a project of this size using the fixed-price/best-design method,” Hawks said. “It has allowed us to meet our goals at the highest level possible.” The project is expected to meet traffic demands through 2030.

Collaborative Delivery HNTB’s Program Management Consulting (PMC) services for the I-15 CORE project include: • Procurement • Risk analysis and Monte Carlo assessment • Project controls/systems • Baseline survey control • Preliminary design • Utility investigation • Master utility agreements • Right-of-way acquisition • Third-party agreements • Contract administration • Design and construction oversight and auditing • Project management • Safety oversight • Communication and public outreach • Quality oversight


• Human resources

• Funding scenarios

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A program management consultant touches every aspect of a large transportation program. HNTB uses project controls to deliver the greatest value and make sure budgets and schedules are on pace to complete each phase of the program within the client’s expectations.


so that when they are building the work, there are fewer opportunities for disagreement.” HNTB also insisted on a consistent structure for the requests for proposals. So, the firm created a requirements breakdown structure — or list of requirements by functional groups, organized consistently in the request for proposal (RFP). In addition, each of the RFP’s 19 technical sections was

To monitor all the moving parts of the immense project, HNTB instituted a set of project controls to proactively manage schedules, costs and documents. “Project controls help us identify an issue and address it before it becomes a legitimate concern that negatively impacts the budget or schedule,” said John Bourne, HNTB program manager. QualityMatters!, a customized audit and quality-tracking tool designed by HNTB, was What does it take to build one of the nation’s largest road reconstruction projects? intended for immediate use on the I-15 CORE project, but is 9,000 orange barrels applicable to other design-build 2 million cubic yards of roadway excavation or public-private partnership projects. QualityMatters! 7.5 million tons of aggregate/granular material encompasses three distinct 3.75 million square yards of asphalt paving quality management systems:

the design-builder want to be able to consistently confirm that requirements are being met,” Bourne said. “This RFP structure makes that task easier and helps eliminate conflicting requirements in different RFP sections.” 2. Verification management system (VMS) allows the owner to audit the

design-builder against the contract requirements and commitments made in their proposal that exceed RFP requirements. The VMS combines the RFP requirements and the proposal commitments into a searchable database from which audit checklists can be developed by the owner’s team to confirm contract requirements have been met. The VMS is an internetbased, customized SharePoint application that allows the owner and contractor to interact 96 million pounds of structural and reinforcing steel entirely online as audits are 1. Requirements management Nearly 1,000 men and women directly employed on conducted. Audits are initiated system (RMS) was used the project with an anticipated 2,000 or more directly by CORE construction oversight to develop the request for employed at the height of the construction staff and assigned to their proposals and procurement Provo River Constructors More than 520,000 employee hours on the project since documents. HNTB’s goal was to the start of construction counterparts. Audits cover both clearly, concisely communicate the contractor’s established contract requirements so they processes (such as their quality are enforceable, understandable management plan) and products (such and measurable. organized the same way, starting with as final design drawings or constructed “Engineers write requirements general information, then standards work). Email alerts with embedded in terms that they understand, but and requirements. Armed with a links to audit forms notify both parties contract language, such as anticipate, user-friendly RFP, design-build when action or approval is required expect, maximize and consider, teams better understood the contract at each step of the resolution process. aren’t measurable or enforceable,” requirements and, for that reason, did All non-conformances identified in an Bourne said. “The requirements not add unnecessary dollars to cover audit must be addressed and resolved management system helped us draft risks. to the satisfaction of the owner before contract language that is clear to the “Plus, once you administer the subsequent work can be completed or people who would be conducting the contract, with its many thousands payment is made. oversight and clear to the people who of requirements, the owner and are writing proposals for the project



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“You can do the best job in the world translating expectations into requirements and making those requirements clear, understandable and verifiable — but if there are no consequences for noncompliance, it’s all for naught,” Bourne said. “In some cases, those consequences are nonpayment or liquidated damages.” “QualityMatters! gives us a targeted auditing approach that ties directly back to the contract requirements and proposal commitments,” Hawks said. “So, we can have confidence that the design-builder is meeting all of those requirements.” In addition, an “opportunity for improvement” (OFI) comment may be identified by an auditor that, if incorporated, may potentially improve a process or system. While only a suggestion, all OFI comments must be addressed by the design-builder. “Ninety-five percent of the OFI comments we make are accepted by the design-builder because we involved auditing early in the design process,” Bourne said. “If they disagree with a suggestion, then we need to determine if it’s something we believe is best for the project and want to push for.” 3. Acceptance management system (AMS) facilitates efficient project closeout by

identifying and confirming that work has been performed and accepted as it is completed rather than waiting until the end of the project. The AMS is essentially a giant automated checklist that combines audit findings from VMS, results of the contractor’s quality assurance testing and items from a Sharepoint-based project punch list to track each geographic work zone’s readiness for opening and acceptance. Once all requirements have been met, all submittals have been recorded, all non-conformances have been resolved and all punch list items closed out, the AMS tracks the work zone’s status and days of remaining warranty. “The system allows us to work hand-in-hand with the design-builder, eating the elephant in pieces rather than all at once,” Bourne said. “At project closeout, there are no surprises and we can get the facility turned over to the owner more efficiently with significantly less cost and frustration to the design-builder.” The acceptance management system expedites the commissioning process by identifying and resolving issues early and eliminating those issues that can crop up at the end of the project. “From the time the budget was established and we laid out our procurement schedule in early 2009, we have hit every targeted deadline. That’s a tough thing to do, especially on large public works projects,” Hawks said. “I attribute our success to having the right team, the right approach and the right controls. HNTB and their partner companies have not only met but exceeded UDOT’s expectations.”



JOHN BOURNE, HNTB Program Manager (801) 341-6413 •

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HNTB’s I-15 CORE PMC team Member: John Bourne Title: Program manager Role: Bourne oversees and manages the project team, which consists of approximately 100 consultants in engineering, financial analysis, procurement, contract administration, public information, quality, right-of-way, utility, cost estimation and risk analysis, design and construction oversight and auditing and compliance verification and reporting. Importance: As part of a demanding political and technical project, a program manager develops, organizes and streamlines work to ensure the client is being properly supported with the appropriate and necessary technical expertise. Member: Julia Wilkins Title: Deputy program manager Role: Wilkins manages and oversees the systems, document control, safety, business and finance, human resources and administrative functions for the program. She also provides general support to the program manager. Importance: On a project of this magnitude, overseeing and managing these functions is essential to ensuring design-builder compliance with contract requirements. Member: Doug Calder Title: Quality manager Role: Calder develops, implements and maintains quality management systems and procedures to ensure I-15 CORE meets and exceeds UDOT’s requirements and expectations. Importance: Establishing and continually improving quality management best practices ensures that contract requirements are met, due diligence is performed and UDOT not only gets what it is paying for, but also receives additional value beyond the contract requirements. Member: Clint Ells Title: Contract administration manager Role: Ells oversees the project controls and contract administration, which consist of schedule management, cost and budget management, risk management, change management, project correspondence and workflow. Importance: Project controls and contract administration have a direct impact on budget, scope and schedule. Oversight and management of these areas is essential to ensure compliance with contract requirements and proposal commitment. Member: Pete Marshall Title: Information technology systems manager Role: Marshall develops and maintains IT systems and solutions for automating project workflows and processes, including project controls that monitor the contractor’s performance. Importance: Customized project controls tools add value to the project. They allow the oversight team to focus on the contractor’s key activities to ensure all contract requirements, including proposal commitments, are achieved.

Reprinted with permission by HNTB. The article first appeared in Issue 95 of “Designer” magazine.


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ARTBA’S TransOvation Workshop Redefines “Meetings” for the 21st Century

by Allison Klein & Beth McGinn


n September, ARTBA launched a first-of-its-kind event aimed at fostering innovation within the transportation design and construction industry. While providing all the benefits of a traditional industry meeting such as networking, professional development and information sharing, “TransOvation,” the fast-paced learning workshop and exhibit, helped eclipsed expectations of attendees by inspiring and challenging them to approach transportation projects in new ways that save time, cut costs and increase profit. Bridge Geniuses Ted Zoli of HNTB and John Hillman of HC Bridge Company, two internationally-respected bridge engineers, helped craft the program and led the group from beginning to end. “A major drawback to conferences is the format itself, where there is almost no interaction between


speaker and audience. While it is an engaged and challenging moment for the speaker, it is often much less meaningful for the audience,” Zoli said. “With such a diverse collection of talented individuals across our industry, we wanted to reverse this dynamic, to let the audience lead the conversation. Instead of another conference filled with presentation after presentation, we decided to do the opposite: pose a problem to the group and foster an interaction amongst participants. The real learning takes place under these circumstances: a collection of talented professionals with different experience, insights and approaches to problems working together toward a common goal.” “ We have a tendency as civil engineers, and more generally as human beings, to make decisions based on what we perceive to yield the more comfortable outcome. This perception can inhibit our ability to experiment with different solutions where we don’t necessarily know the outcome. TransOvation offered a safe environment to the participants to see real life examples and useful tools that have helped foster innovation in other industries. The enthusiastic participation by attendees demonstrated that there is still tremendous untapped creativity in all facets of our profession. Hats

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off to ARTBA for taking the initiative to introduce a new forum that helps dispel the cultural inertia that compels us to think that everything worth doing in transportation has already been done.” Masters of Innovation The three-day event, a signature program of the ARTBA Transportation Design & Construction Innovation Advisory Committee which is chaired by HNTB’s Paul Yarossi, was held in Leesburg, Virginia, at the Lansdowne Resort & Conference Center. It began with motivating speeches from two masters of innovation who spent decades pushing the boundaries of conventional wisdom to become visionaries within their fields. Darcy Winslow, a former executive at NIKE and executive-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, revealed how she helped launch the company’s first sustainability program, which became a core part NIKE’s company profile. Winslow shared her personal journey of trying to sell her unconventional beliefs about corporate responsibility to her skeptical bosses. And she taught the audience how to make innovative ideas translate in the bottom-line world of business. Jerry Karel, a long-time practitioner and leader of R&D programs at 3M, revealed how unconventional thinking sometimes starts from the top down. He shared the story behind the company’s famous culture of innovation and how its long history of looking beyond the boundaries has given the company a

tive advantage in the marketplace. From the early innovations with 3M Scotch Masking Tape, to the more current 3M All Weather Paint, Karel showed that inspiring employees to think “outside the box” leads to consistent growth and progress. Attendees also saw how innovative thinking was put into practice during the building of two complex, megaprojects in the Washington, D.C. area. Project leaders and government officials from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Maryland’s Intercounty Connector projects shed light on the decision making that helped them overcome challenges environmental challenges using Stormwater Thermal Impact Reduction and Wildlife Relocation. Finally Dr. Rachel K. Arulraj, an assistant vice president and principal professional associate for information technology at Parsons Brinckerhoff, who has spent her entire career bringing innovation to transportation design through new technologies, gave the group a tutorial on how 3D and 4D technologies have been brought to bear on major transportation projects. Rebuilding Detroit’s Transportation Network TransOvation featured sessions where the tables were turned and attendees were given their own set of challenges to overcome. Zoli and Hillman divided the audience into three teams and asked them to apply what they learned to their own real-world challenge: how to revitalize the ailing city of Detroit via its transportation infrastructure. As background for their work, teams watched a documentary about the city’s long history of transportation challenges. They were also given maps and access to Detroit’s past transportation improvement proposals.

The ideas generated over the next one-and-a-half days were imaginative and thought-provoking. The teams then presented their ideas to all the attendees.

on key transportation improvement projects. In sum, TransOvation allowed for collaboration and imagination. It also helped redefine “meetings” for the 21st Century.

One team designed a high-tech bus system using small, medium and large buses with dedicated traffic lanes running through the heart of the city. Their plan called for “justin-time” transit technology, whereby riders swipe cards at their bus stop to alert drivers to their location, reducing trip times and cutting fuel costs, rethinking interactivity between transit and customer.

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Another team sought to repurpose Detroit’s existing network of highway transportation infrastructure. They proposed a series of main arterials of walkable space and linear parks in order to encourage foot traffic, and to attract and localize business development along these corridors. The third team looked at a new crossing to Canada as an engine to support future mass transit development in Detroit, to make the city more livable urban environment. A part of the plan was to deed land from the city back to the surrounding suburbs, to make Detroit’s size more manageable and serviceable to mass transit.

Editor’s Note: The 2012 TransOvation Workshop program is being developed and is tentatively scheduled for June. There were a variety of innovative organizations showcasing their cutting-edge products and services at TransOvation. The list of sponsors and exhibitors included: Platinum HNTB Corporation Lanford Brothers Co., Inc. Parsons Brinckerhoff Gold AECOM FIGG Corman Construction Silver Caterpillar Inc. Trimble Road Builders Charities Russell Engineering, Inc. Vecellio Group, Inc. Bronze Advanced Infrastructure Technologies Colas Infrastructure Colas Solutions DOT/FHWA Metal Forms Corp Reinforced Aggregates Company

To learn more and see the complete presentations of all three teams, visit Interactive group discussions with the industry’s brightest. Inspiring presentations from top business and transportation construction leaders. And real-world examples of innovative thinking TransOvation Leaders John Hillmon and Ted Zoli

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ARTBA ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Three distinguished American engineers were selected for 2011 induction into the highest place of honor in the transportation design and construction industry: the ARTBA Foundation’s “Transportation Development Hall of Fame.” They and the 2010 class were |recognized September 7 during a gala dinner at ARTBA’s TransOvation Workshop. The Hall honors individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development during their careers. A committee of judges comprised of construction industry journalists reviewed the nominees and selected:

James L. Lammie, former president and chief executive officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff

Enoch Needles, a founding partner in HNTB Corporation

W. Denney Pate, senior vice president and principal bridge engineer at FIGG

Nominees were considered in two categories.

James L. Lammie Jim Lammie has a saying: “You don’t sit still. You either go forward or backward.”

Authority, Pittsburgh’s light rail system, San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit, the Los Angeles Metro Blue and Red lines, Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel project, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Philadelphia elevated rapid transit line.

Transportation Design & Construction Industry Leaders (Individuals or Families) This category honors men, women and families who have made significant contributions—beyond just having successful businesses or careers—that have notably helped advance the interests and image of the transportation design, construction and safety industry.


During a career that spanned more than 50 years, Lammie continually moved forward. He spent 30 years at Parsons Brinckerhoff and was president and CEO from 1990 to 1996. He was a key player in major transit development projects, including: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit

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Lammie helped turn Parsons Brinckerhoff into a global company, doubling its revenue and number of employees. He spearheaded development of programs to encourage young people, women

Inductees from the inaugural 2010 class included: Bob Burleson, Florida

The 2011 Hall of Fame Class with 2011 ARTBA Chairman BIll Cox, Cor-

Transportation Builders’ Association, the Lanford Family of Roanoke, Va.,

man Construction (far left), at the September 7 gala dinner. Pictured left

(Jack, second from left, and Stan, second from right) and the late Philip

to right: James L. Lammie, former president and chief executive officer of

Koehring, founder of the Koehring Machine Company in Milwaukee, Wis.

Parsons Brinckerhoff, W. Denney Pate, senior vice president and principal

Accepting on the Koehring family’s behalf was Tom Miller of Metal Forms

bridge engineer at FIGG, and past ARTBA Chairman John Wight, a

Corporation in Milwaukee, Wis.

grandson of Enoch Needles.

and minorities to pursue careers in engineering and construction, and was a long-time leader in more than a half dozen national industry organizations. Enoch Needles, 1888-1972 Colonel Enoch Ray Needles had a prolific engineering career that spanned 45 years and took him from the halls of Congress to the job sites of some of America’s landmark infrastructure projects. His legacy lives on as a founding partner in HNTB, today one of the nation’s largest engineering and architecture firms. Needles spearheaded the post-World War II development of turnpikes and bridges in Maine, New Jersey, Florida, Missouri, Illinois and Delaware. He testified before Congress on transportation issues and was a distinguished leader in pushing for passage of the landmark 1956 law creating the Interstate Highway System. His voluntary service to the industry is legendary, having been the chief elected officer of four advocacy groups: the American Institute of Consulting Engineers, American Road Builders Association,

American Society of Civil Engineers, and Engineers Joint Council. Transportation Design & Construction Industry Innovators This category honors the men and women who discovered or created a “game changing” product or process that significantly advanced transportation design, construction and/or safety. It seeks to honor the original innovator. W. Denney Pate Denney Pate wanted to design bridges since he was eight years old growing up in north Alabama. He graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Auburn University, and bridges have been his passion during his 31-year career at Florida-headquartered FIGG.

strands to act independently. As a result, engineers can monitor individual strands and swap them out without closing the bridge, greatly improving ease of inspection and long-term maintenance. The system has been installed on bridges around the country and become a model for other major spans. Editor’s Note: Nomination forms for 2012 will be availble soon at

His experience on more than 30 cable-stayed bridge designs led him to create a revolutionary cradle system that significantly improves the service life of a bridge and reduces initial construction costs. The cable-stay cradle system uses individual sleeves to carry strands through the pylon, allowing the

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Women Leaders Honored Seven industry professionals and organizations were recognized September 7 for their “extraordinary leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation construction field as well as the promotion of women leaders within the industry” at a special dinner held during ARTBA’s TransOvation Workshop in Virginia. The ARTBA “Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards” were presented in three categories to these individuals and organizations 1. Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award: Named after ARTBA’s executive director from the mid-1920s, it is given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and long-term service in the industry’s public or private sectors. Catherine Connor, senior vice president and manager of federal government affairs for Parsons Brinckerhoff Connor directs the company’s federal legislative, regulatory and political activities in Washington, D.C. She serves on numerous committees and coalitions that advance the cause of the transportation construction industry, including: ARTBA, APTA, ACEC, ASCE and the Construction Industry Roundtable. In 2009, she received a prestigious company-wide award for her innovative efforts to educate employees about the benefits of civic and political engagement. Connor is also founding member of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Women’s Outreach Network, through which she mentors women within her firm and advises senior management on women’s initiatives.


Kathleen Buck Holst, RoadSafe Traffic Systems senior vice president Kathi Holst is a successful business woman who founded Alternate Construction Controls, Inc., in 1988. She sold the company in 1999, which is today known as RoadSafe Traffic Systems, Inc., and is based in Romeoville, Ill. She served as the company’s COO. Holst, an ARTBA director, was recently named a senior vice president, charged with driving the firm’s geographic expansion and development of new services and products. She has been a long-time industry safety leader, serving as the first woman president of ATSSA and the first woman president of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA). Under her leadership, the IRTBA developed its first formal succession plan and adopted modern association governance policies. 2. The Glass Hammer Award: It honors companies in the transportation construction industry that have innovative programs and activities directed at successfully promoting women leaders within their organization. AECOM In 2010, AECOM launched its Global Women’s Council, which acts as a “change agent” focusing on improving retention, development and advancement of women within the company. AECOM also established the North America

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ARTBA Chairman Bill Cox presents Cathy Connor with the “Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Kathi Holst was the second recipient of the “Ethel S. Birchland LIfetime Achievment Award.”

Matt Cummings and Darcy Immerman accepting “The Glass Hammer Award” on AECOM’s behalf.

Jo Ellen Sines accepts “The Glass Hammer Award” on Corman Construction’s behalf.

Women’s Leadership Collaborative (WLC), consisting of over 300 employee “volunteers” who encourage diversity and collaboration through activities such as mentoring and networking. The WLC also offers innovative development programs, such as diversity awareness, leadership coaching, public speaking and professional branding. Dr. Melissa Tooley accepting “The Glass Hammer Award” on the Texas Transportation Institute’s behalf.

Mary Robbins, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Auburn University, was a recipient of the “Future Industry Spotlight Award.”

Dimitra Michalaka, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation engineering at the University of Florida, was also a recipient of the “Future Industry Spotlight Award.”

Corman Construction While men kept a management stronghold in the male-dominated construction industry, AnnapolisJunction, Md.-based Corman Construction stepped outside conventional boundaries and hired its first woman engineer 30 years ago. What emerged from this monumental step was unprecedented support by executive management from within Corman Construction to promote women leaders. Today, the firm’s roster holds six female project engineers, three female executive managers and nine females in non-traditional roles with tenures spanning 5 to 31 years. Corman provides its women employees with support and training opportunities needed to move up the corporate ladder, including a program where professional engineers (PE) within the firm mentor colleagues in pursuit of their registered PE license. Texas Transportation Institute The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), based in College Station, has developed multiple programs to provide a pipeline for leadership opportunities, continued professional development and career advancement. TTI created a diversity website to connect new female employees and their families in order to facilitate information exchange, enhance support and provide a sense of community. TTI also established a partnership with, to expand the scope and reach of its recruitment efforts.

The efforts have paid off since TTI’s budgeted workforce is now nearly 50% female. 3. Future Industry Spotlight Award: It recognizes students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at a U.S. college or university who have achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills within and outside the academic environment. Mary Robbins Mary Robbins is a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Auburn University, focusing on pavement materials. Her research is dedicated to improving roadway networks through innovative use of materials and technology. She has an M.S. in civil engineering from Auburn and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Toledo. In her spare time, Robbins is involved with the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an organization that tackles engineering issues for communities in need. Dimitra Michalaka Dimitra Michalaka is pursuing a Ph.D. in transportation engineering at the University of Florida. She has an M.S. in civil engineering from Florida and an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. She is one of the founding members of the University of Florida’s Women’s Transportation Seminar Student Chapter, and is leading the chapter’s effort to introduce transportation engineering to middle school and high school girls. Editor’s Note: To learn more about the awards program, contact ARTBA’s Allison Klein at

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“Through the Lens”

Transportation Construction in Pictures Earlier this summer, “Transportation Builder” staff asked ARTBA member firms and public agencies to submit their best photos of highway, transit, bridge, tunnel, airport, port and waterway projects from across the nation to run in the magazine’s 8th annual “Through the Lens: Transportation Construction in Pictures.” As in previous years, we received many great photos. ARTBA members have provided TB with shining examples of the industry’s excellent work in designing, building and improving America’s transportation network! Thanks to all who submitted the outstanding images on the following pages!


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Photographer: RW Armstrong

Submitted by: RW Armstrong

Edwin C. Moses Boulevard over Wolf Creek Bridge Replacement, Dayton, Ohio

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“Through the Lens” Photographer: Misti Mitteis Submitted by: Austin Bridge & Road Night Launch- “IH-30/President George Bush Turnpike at Lake Ray Hubbard;” Garland, Texas.

Photographer: Pennoni Associates Inc. Submitted by: Pennoni Associates Inc. Operating Rope Replacement: New operating ropes and guide sheave assembles as seen from the new drum assembly platform on the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, along the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border.


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Photographer: Judlau Contracting, Inc. Submitted by: Judlau Contracting, Inc. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s East Side Access project in New York will connect the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Main and Port Washington Lines in Queens into a new LIRR terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Judlau Contracting, Inc., and its joint venture partner have bored four tunnels, and are currently excavating the caverns that will eventually function as the new platforms and mezzanine.

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“Through the Lens”

8th Annual “Through the Lens” Annual Photographer: Port of Tacoma Submitted by: Port of Tacoma The Port of Tacoma, in Washington State, opened the Lincoln Avenue grade separation in June. The 2,200-foot-long overpass, funded by local, state and federal partners, crosses four sets of railroad tracks to the Port’s two main rail yards, moving cargo and commuters more efficiently in and out of the area.

Photographer: William Scott Submitted by: Century Engineering, Inc. Gilbert Bridge over Yellow Breeches Creek, joining Cumberland and York Counties in Pennsylvania.


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Photographer: The Massachusetts Port Authority Submitted by: The Massachusetts Port Authority The Cranes are Coming! The Cranes are Coming! On September 11, 2010, The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) welcomed the arrival of two low-profile and four RTG cranes acquired from the Port of Oakland. The cranes fulfill an essential component of Massport’s port modernization strategic plan for growth and greater economic benefit, and will bring enhanced efficiency at its Conley Container Terminal in south Boston. The cranes, which weighed more that 5.5 million pounds, left Oakland on August 2 and safely traveled 6,300 miles in six-weeks before reaching their new home.

Photographer: Carl Thiemann Submitted by: Vecellio Group, Inc. A batch of “well points” — lengths of slotted PVC pipe capped with end points — is ready for a Ranger Construction crew dewatering the ground for utility work on a major I-595 Express highway expansion project in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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“Through the Lens”

Photographer: Port of Long Beach Submitted by: Port of Long Beach Construction now underway at California’s Port of Long Beach’s Pier G shipping terminal is adding a second deep-water berth, new administrative buildings, additional on-dock rail capacity and environmental improvements.


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Photographer: David Sailors

Submitted by: Parsons Brinckerhoff

The Number 7 Line subway extension in New York City.

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“Through the Lens”

Photographer: Spectra Engineering, Architecture, and Surveying, P.C. Submitted by: Spectra Engineering, Architecture, and Surveying, P.C. The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, in New York, was built in 1888 and measures 6,767 feet long. Today, the former railroad bridge stands as the world’s longest dedicated pedestrian bridge.

Photographer: Mary Anne S. Derr Submitted by: Gannett Fleming, Inc. PHX Sky Train—Aerial guideway route to Terminal 4 for the new airport people mover system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona.


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Congratulations on  being selected for  induction into the 2011 class of the ARTBA Foundation's  Transportation Hall of Fame Denney Pate, P.E.

Senior Vice President/  Principal Bridge Engineer

From your  colleagues at FIGG

I-280 Veterans’  Glass City   Skyway, Ohio

Denney Pate has been a leader and  innovator in cable-stayed bridges for over  30 years. His achievements include the  longest precast span and first use of single  plane of stays in America. Denney led the  invention of the FIGG Cable-stayed Cradle  System™ which allows for larger stays that  are easier to install and completely  replaceable under traffic. The I-280  Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, Ohio (largest  stays in world) and the Penobscot Bridge in  Maine both utilize the cradle system.  Denney’s many award winning bridges have  helped shape the future for cable-stayed  bridges in America.

Penobscot Narrows  Bridge & Observatory,  Maine I-295 Varina Enon  Bridge, Virginia

Denney Pate next to installed  FIGG Cable-stay Cradle System™ in Maine I-93 Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill  Bridge, Massachusetts

Creating Bridges As Art®

2011 ARTBA P3s in Transportation Conference

November 14-16 | Mayflower® Renaissance Hotel | Washington, D.C. Featured sessions include: •

Status update on the federal surface transportation reauthorization bill and how it could impact the P3 market;

Progress in the P3 procurement process and strategies for success with the FHWA Office of Innovative Program Delivery;

Developments in State P3 Programs – California, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Puerto Rico;

Implementation challenges and solutions in one of the nation’s largest P3 projects—the I-495 Capital Beltway HOT Lanes; and

An optional tour of the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes project site and operations center (pre-registration required).

Confirmed public-sector speakers include: • •

Regina McElroy, Federal Highway Administration’s

James Barna, Ohio Department of Transportation

Office of Innovative Program Delivery

Roger Moliere, L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Tony Kinn, Virginia Office of Transportation Public Private Partnerships

Mary Peters, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Steve DeWitt, North Carolina Turnpike Authority

Amanda Farrell, Partnerships British Columbia

Kome Ajise, Caltrans

Matthew Kattapuram, Infrastructure Ontario

Gerald Ross, Georgia Department of Transportation

Robert Poole, Reason Foundation


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Williams Stone Company Reduces Carbon Footprint, Expands Production

Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance Elects 2011-2012 Officers & Board

Williams Stone Company, Inc., September 2 announced that its new 15,000 square-foot production facility is now fully operational. The new space, home to a Hydra-Split curbing splitter and a Python II gantry saw, is running two shifts to keep up with the increased demand for granite curbing products used in highway construction and site development.

ARTBA’s chapter, The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), has announced its new slate of officers and board members, including: President Philip P. Tarsovich, Slurry Pavers, Inc.; Vice President William P. Hamlin, Boxley Materials Company; Secretary-Treasurer Daniel E. Clymore, Shirley Contracting Company; and board members J. William Karbach, Branch Highways, Inc.; Michael L. Kirk, PE, The Louis Berger Group; Kenneth L. Lanford, Lanford Brothers Company; and James W. Martin, Western Branch Diesel.

Significantly reducing the western Massachusetts firm’s carbon footprint is a 292-foot tall, 600 kw wind turbine. The $1.7 million turbine, installed in 2009, now completely powers the firm’s East Otis, Mass., complex. The William Stone Company Inc., has been providing natural, durable, long-lasting granite curbing products to the Northeast United States construction market since 1947.

Pile Dynamics Develops Breakthrough Test for Concrete Foundations Through its partnership with Foundation & Geotechnical Engineering, LLC (FGE), Pile Dynamics, Inc., (PDI) is proud to offer a new solution for an integrity evaluation of concrete foundations—the Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP). The TIP, which is based on research conducted at the University of South Florida and originally implemented by FGE, assesses the concrete quality of the entire crosssection and along the entire length of the foundation. TIP uses the heat generated by curing cement (hydration energy) to assess the quality of cast in place concrete foundations such as drilled shafts, bored piles, augered cast-in-place, continuous flight auger piles and drilled displacement piles. Another major advantage of the TIP is its early testing time; test results are available as early as 12 hours after concrete is poured, allowing construction to continue. For more information:

McLaren Engineering Recognized in R&D Magazine’s “Top 100 Innovations” Together with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Rutgers University Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Axion International, McLaren Engineering was honored for its work in developing the world’s first high-load all thermoplastic composite bridge to support heavy vehicular traffic. The team worked together to create an all thermoplastic composite (ATC) bridge design that would be cost-competitive with wood or other bridge materials and support the required DOT regulations for vehicular traffic. Using an innovative resource-efficient I-beam design and patented mixture of composite material, the eco-friendly all thermoplastic composite bridge uses a reduced amount of material in each beam without compromising the structural integrity. The design was used in a bridge installed in 2009 at the U.S. Army base in Fort Bragg, N.C., and surpassed tests by easily supporting a 70-ton fully equipped M-1 Army tank and showing a wheeled vehicle limit of 88 tons. “We trust that this recognition by R&D Magazine and our success with the Fort Bragg bridge will make plastic lumber no longer just a novelty championed by environmentalists, but a viable choice for serious consideration by the construction industry for high-capacity load structures such as large decks, docks, seawalls, wharves and railroad bridges,” said Malcom McLaren, president and CEO of McLaren Engineering.

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AEM CORNER “I Make America” Wants You

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is advancing the off-road equipment industry through its “I Make America” national grassroots campaign, which promotes U.S. manufacturing jobs through infrastructure investment. After several extensions, the “highway bill,” SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act—A Legacy for Users), expired September 30 and is operating under another short-term extension. Improved infrastructure is good for the economy. Prosperity is in everyone’s interest, and the need for bipartisanship to pass a fully-funded multi-year bill makes “I Make America” all the more important. If you’re one of the frustrated people who feel we need a little less talk and a lot more action on our surface transportation infrastructure, please sign up for the “I Make America” campaign (www.imakeamerica. com). It will cost you nothing and the benefits to you—for your job, industry, community and country—could be immense.

AEM calls on Congress and the Administration to Stop Plans for Disruption of GPS signals

AEM, along with its allies, continues to be increasingly involved with national issues on behalf of AEM members, equipment customers, and the off-road equipment industry.


One of these issues has been the threat to the broadcast spectrum used by global positioning systems (GPS). This report is based on up-todate information available in late June. AEM became one of the founding members of the “Coalition to Save Our GPS” this past winter (, when the Federal Communications Commission granted one company, LightSquared, a conditional waiver allowing the dramatic expansion of terrestrial use of the satellite spectrum immediately next to the GPS spectrum. Those who oppose this use of the bandwidth adjacent to the GPS spectrum include the military, aviation interests, and manufacturers and users of off-road equipment. The road construction equipment industry has a big stake in the outcome. GPS has been a proven and critical innovation for road construction equipment. The business applications for recording running time and scheduling maintenance for machinery have become essential to the road construction business, while the science of building infrastructure has greatly improved with advances such as precision grading. As scientific tests have shown, the potential interference to the GPS spectrum is significant. Tests conducted by one equipment manufacturer demonstrated that highlydisruptive interference to GPS can occur more than 20 miles from one of LightSquared’s transponders. AEM is a member of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC); ARTBA and AGC co-chair the TCC, which sent a letter this summer to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, saying in part that GPS “is used to map and survey construction sites including the loca-

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tion of buried and overhead utilities, facilitate precision grading and enhance material application. It is also used to prevent theft of construction equipment, and provide real-time monitoring for equipment maintenance. This GPS technology helps improve worker safety, reduces project delays, reduces fuel consumption and produces a more efficient worksite. Any interference with these signals would be extremely disruptive to the many benefits GPS has brought to construction sites.” TCC objects only to the use of bandwidth requested by LightSquared and to the interference that overrides GPS signals. The coalition is not concerned with LightSquared beyond the company’s use of the spectrum. In a recent statement, AEM President Dennis Slater said that the proposed 40,000 ground stations would “likely render commercial and private GPS signals unreliable and in some cases useless” and “implementing LightSquared’s plan would add unnecessary burdens to the U.S. economy...The numbers are staggering: more than 3.3 million jobs depend on GPS technology and the direct economic cost to U.S. commercial GPS users and manufacturers could be $96 billion.” AEM and the coalition will continue working on this issue and report again soon.


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