Blackstone River Viaduct Bridge Contractor Support Services LINCOLN / CUMBERLAND, RHODE ISLAND
The Blackstone River Viaduct Bridge No. 750 was built in 1963 and carries Interstate 295 northbound and southbound over the Blackstone River and the Blackstone River Bikeway. The 688-foot bridge includes four continuous spans with haunched steel plate girders. Rehabilitation is expected to be completed by 2013. Northbound/southbound traffic is carried by separate bridges, both of which are being rehabilitated. For most of the construction, at least one direction of the interstate will have a traffic split. Steere Engineering prepared several shop drawing submittals for both Cardi Corporation and J.R. Vinagro Corporation. Steere prepared deck demolition and deck placement analyses using finite element models of the multi-span bridge to quantify concrete deck and steel girder stresses from the demolition and pouring sequences and equipment to avoid overstressing the girders or cracking of the deck. Steere was also responsible for the overhang bracket and temporary shielding design as well as the formwork design. Steere collaboratively worked with Cardi Corporation to develop a design for the shielding and formwork that was both constructible and cost-effective to the contractor and owner.
OWNER: Rhode Island Department of Transportation (Consultant to Cardi Corporation and J.R. Vinagro Corporation)
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2011 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2013
Branch Avenue Bridge Contractor Support Services PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
The Branch Avenue Bridge carries two-way traffic over the West River in Providence, Rhode Island. The bridge is located in a tightly confined urban setting, with two lanes of traffic in each direction and low-lying power lines directly above the north side of the bridge. Steere Engineering was tasked with the design of the pile-supported temporary bridge abuments and development of erection procedures for both the temporary bridge and permanent bridge. The permanent bridge structure consists of 11 precast concrete girders spanning approximately 48 feet over a single span. The bridge carries pedestrian traffic on both sides and supports utilities under the deck. The permanent erection sequence was complicated by the powerlines located directly above the north side of the bridge. OSHA requirements for construction near powerlines were held by using a tandem pick for the affected beams. The construction site was very tight and phased construction was required, making use of the prefabricated temporary bridge to keep at least one traffic lane open at all times during construction for this heavily traveled, urban roadway.
OWNER: Rhode Island Department of Transportation (Consultant to Cardi Corporation)
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2011 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2012
Statewide Bridge Inspections RHODE ISLAND
Steere Engineering is certified by the National Highway Institute for the safety inspection of both in‐service highway bridges and fracture‐critical bridges. Steere Engineering has performed bridge inspections on a variety of structures as a sub‐consultant to both WSP Sells and Collins Engineering. Steere offers a fully trained inspection team led by experienced bridge design engineers. Steere’s team is outfitted with the equipment required to perform in depth inspections in accordance with the National Bridge Inventory System (NBIS) and is trained in non‐ destructive testing methods such as dye‐penetrant and magnetic particle testing. Steere’s inventory includes the equipment necessary to provide the temporary traffic management required during inspection. The Steere inspection van, wired with special hazard safety lighting, houses all the required cones and traffic signs associated with the various routine lane closures outlined in the MUTCD. Steere’s inspection team is trained in the use of the Pontis Bridge Management software used by RIDOT for reporting inspection results to FHWA as part of the NBIS requirements. In addition to the NBIS reporting, Pontis is also used to document the condition of the individual bridge elements as outlined in AASHTO for aiding in future repair and rehabilitation projects.
OWNER: Rhode Island Department of Transportation (WSP Sells, Collins Engineering)
DESIGN COMPLETION: Ongoing CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: TBD
Bridge Inspections / Ratings MBTA SYSTEMWIDE, Massachusetts
The assignment for the MBTA inculded the inspection of 23 bridges, and the rating of 80 bridges. Each bridge was different in terms of number of spans, bridge type and condition. The project involved inspection and rating of masonry arches, steel through girders, box culverts, pipe culverts, precast, prestressed concrete beam bridges, through trusses, timber trestles and rigid frame bridges. All work was performed in accordance with the latest AREMA criteria. In many cases, available data to perform the rating calculations was not readily available, so supplemental testing and investigatory work was performed in order to provide an accurate load rating for the various bridges.
Steere Engineeringâ€™s Martin Pierce, P.E., and Jon Avezedo, P.E., while at a Northeast engineering firm, were Structural Engineersfor the Bridge Inspection & Ratings project on various structures throughout the MBTA system.
OWNER: MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) DESIGN COMPLETION: N/A CONSTRUCTION/INSPECTION COMPLETION: 2008
Sakonnet River Bridge Contractor Support Services PORTSMOUTH / TIVERTON, RHODE ISLAND
The Sakonnet River Bridge, with a main span length of 1,945 feet, is a trapezoidal steel box girder bridge with a cast-in-place concrete deck that spans the Sakonnet River between Portsmouth and Tiverton, Rhode Island. Steere Engineering, as the consultant for Cardi Corporation, has been providing structural engineering services for many of the operations required for the construction of this four-lane, major highway bridge that carries Routes 24 and 138 across the Sakonnet River in southeast Rhode Island. Work included a pour analysis using a finite element model of the multi-span bridge to quantify concrete deck stresses from the pouring sequence to avoid cracking of the deck. The model also predicted dead load deflections of the deck associated with the pouring sequence. Calculated deflection values were compared to camber so proper adjustments could be made ensuring correct final deck grades. Steere Engineering also developed the erection procedure for portions of the approach span beams, designed the overlooking shielding and formwork, verified overhang bracket sizes for supporting bidwell screed rail loadings, prepared scupper piping layout and support anchorage design, prepared the demolition procedure for the existing approach spans and design of the anchorage for precast temporary bridge mounted traffic barriers, and designed field welded connections for the cross-frame bracing aiding in girder erection and cross-frame installation. OWNER: Rhode Island Department of Transportation (Consultant to Cardi Corporation)
DESIGN COMPLETION: Ongoing CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: Ongoing
Belleville Pond Dam Reconstruction Project NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI
Belleville Pond Dam is a 400-foot-long earth embankment structure with a crest width ranging between 6 to 10 feet. The reconstruction of the dam, located between Routes 1 and 4 in North Kingstown, was vital to eliminate the susceptiblity to seepage and boiling conditions present along the earth embankment, identified during pre-construction inspections. The work associated with the dam reconstruction project included the demolition and reconstruction of the 22-foot-wide by 6.5-foot-high concrete spillway and installation of new flashboards. Additional work included the clearing, regrading and erosion protection installation to stabilize the earth embankment portion of the dam. Special challenges during design included determining cost-efficent ways to control the water behind the dam during reconstruction while maintaining the adjacent fish ladder. The Port-a-Dam system was chosen and used effectively during construction. Martin J. Pierce, while at a leading Northeastern consultant, was the Lead Structural Engineer for the reconstruction project. His work included preconstruction site inpsections, the development of contract drawings and specifications, along with construction estimates. He also performed constuction administration services. OWNER: Town of North Kingstown, RI
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2002 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2003 CONSTRUCTION COSTS: $265,000
Bridge Ratings VARIOUS LOCATIONS, RHODE ISLAND & MASSACHUSETTS
As part of the continuous effort to inspect and assess state-managed bridges, Steere Engineering has performed numerous bridge ratings for state agencies.
The ratings completed by Steere Engineering include a group of fracture-critical steel truss bridges, some of which date from the 1950s. We also rated one wrought iron truss that was built in the 1890s. Steere used the information from inspections to assess the condition of each of the members, including gusset plates, for rating purposes. The truss bridges were rated in accordance with the AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation using LRFR and in accordance with state and federal guidelines including FHWAâ€™s guidelines for gusset plate evaluation (FHWA-IF-09-014).
OWNER: RIDOT and MassDOT
Other bridges recently rated by Steere Engineering include steel I-girder bridges, prestressed concrete box beams and voided slabs, and concrete culverts. Bridges have included simple span and continuous girders, and girders made continuous for live load. The bridges have been modeled using either SAP or Brass and rated for the HL-93 truck and tandem loads as well as the additional legal load vehicles and permit vehicles required by RIDOT and MassDOT guidelines.
RATINGS PERIOD: 2011 â€“ PRESENT
Clifford Street Bridge PROVIDENCE, RI
The Clifford Street Bridge is a two-span continuous steel I-girder bridge which carries Clifford Street over I-95 in Providence.
The exposed reinforced concrete deck is composite with the steel girders and was built with stay-in-place forms due to the utilities underneath. The bridge also carries two sidewalks for pedestrian traffic. The abutments and multi-column pier bent are on spread footings. The abutments feature ornamental cylindrical pylons. The bridge was designed in accordance with AASHTO Standard Specifications for Bridge Construction, 17th Edition. It was designed for HS-25 loading as well as seismic loading. Patricia Steere, while at Maguire Group, Inc., led the bridge team designing this bridge and was the Engineer of Record for this structure.
OWNER: RI Department of Transportation Two Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02903 T: 401.222.2450 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2007 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2011 (expected) CONSTRUCTION COSTS: Entire contract: $60 million* *Including another bridge, walls and associated highway work
Concord Bridge C-19-014 Historic Preservation Rehab Services OLD STOW ROAD OVER RR / CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS
Bridge C-19-014 is a three-span reinforced-concrete structure carrying Old Stow Road over the MBTA Boston & Marine railroad tracks. Originally built in 1914, the bridge needs rehabilitation and preservation to keep from becoming structurally deficient. The existing structure was originally built in 1914, rebuilt in 1930, and has undergone rehabilitation to the deck and pier bents. A two-inch overlay was added in 1978. The north pier bent was rehabilitated at some unknown time. The superstructure consists of a precast tee beam center span over the railroad, bordered at each end by cast-in-place beam and slab spans (north and south approach spans). The total length of the span is 87 feet. There is a 3-pipe rail fencing mounted on the concrete curbs. There are no sidewalks or utilities on the bridge. The bridge was designed for H20 loading. The project scope consists of concrete repairs, fiber wrapping, replacing waterproofing and asphalt, and replacing bridge railing, end posts, and guardrails to bring it to current standards. Specifically, Steere has prepared plans and specifications for:
Repair details and specifications for concrete cracks and spalls on the superstructure and substructure. Concrete deterioration will be excavated to sound concrete and patched as required.
Specification for Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composite wrap to be utilized for concrete repairs of columns, and pier caps. This will be utilized for column jacketing as measures of retrofit and strengthening concrete. The specification was developed in accordance with the AASHTO “Guide Specification for Design of Bonded FRP Systems for Repair and Strengthening of Concrete Bridge Elements” 2012.
Replacement of the existing bridge rails with Type ST-3L4 rails as detailed in the Bridge Manual, maintain spacing. Plans specifications to provide a new end post and guardrail transition section with adherence to a smooth transition at each of the four corners of the structure.
OWNER: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
DESIGN COMPLETION: Ongoing CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: Ongoing
Contractor Design Services: Permanent Structures
Many contracts delegate the engineering design of a specific component to the Contractor, requiring design to be done and stamped by a Professional Engineer based on specified concepts and design criteria. Steere Engineering has performed a wide variety of designs for submittals to DOT’s and other owners. Our goal for these designs is to provide practical solutions that fit within a project’s budget and schedule, meet the project’s criteria and are of a quality that will be approved with the first submittal to the client. Some examples of delegated designs Steere Engineering has provided include: • The design of a moment slab to support a TL-5 barrier including vehicle collision forces, per AASHTO LRFD Design Specifications for I-95’s Bridge 550. • Solar panel support structural design for an installation of approximately 900 linear feet of solar tracking photovoltaic panels in western Massachusetts. • The design of timber-framed, timber-pile supported pedestrian bridges as part of repairs and improvements to the South Easton Pond Dam in Newport, RI. • Siemens Water Technology: Design of steel framing supporting water treatment equipment to comply with local building codes in several locations, including California, Georgia and Massachusetts.
Dexter Corporation Manufacturing WINDSOR LOCKS, CT
The Dexter Corporation manufacturing facility is a three-story, 32,000-SF pile-supported industrial building, housing the production and manufacture of non-woven fabrics for disposable clothing, and surgical / obstetrical wraps and drapes. The structural work associated with the new building included the design and detailing of the pile-supported foundation and floor slabs along with the structural steel framing for the building. The buildingâ€™s floors are framed with structural steel columns and composite concrete floor slabs; the roof is framed with open web steel joists and a metal deck The lateral system, designed for the applicable wind and seismic criteria, is provided by vertical steel braced frames and horizontal diaphragms. Special structural challenges involved in the project included careful limiting of the upper floor deflections and vibrations for the support of sensitive equipment used in the manufacturing process. Structural work included the design of a variety of unique structural elements such as elevated equipment pads and transformer support framing, the design of supports for an extensive new piping system, and multiple crane rail support systems. Martin J. Pierce, while at a Northeast consultant, was the lead Structural Engineer for the steel design and detailing of the building. His work included design of the structural steel framing, shop drawing review and construction inspection.
OWNER: Dexter Corporation
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2001 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2002
East Somerville Community School SOMERVILLE, MA
The East Somerville Community School, a K-8 elementary school, was badly damaged by a fire in one wing. Fire and smoke damage prompted the closure of this outdated building and redesign as school suited to contemporary educational needs with a focus on sustainability. Initially, a structural assessment of the fire damage developed recommendations and design of temporary stabilizing measures. For the renovation of this 118,000 SF building, the existing steelframe and masonry structure was completely gutted to accommodate the desired architectural modifications. Structural work included complete redesign of the building’s lateral system, using both reinforced masonry shear walls and architecturally exposed steel bracing to provide compliance with current codes. The structural work also required reinforcement of roofs to support green roofs, solar panels and more stringent snow loading, structural framing for new additions, light wells and open two-story spaces, and the reinforcement of existing, two story unreinforced masonry walls. The school renovation was designed for a high level of compliance with MA-CHPS sustainability requirements with recognition as “Verified Leader.”
Susan Payne Bacher, while at Maguire Group, was the lead structural engineer for this project, from inspection of the fire damage through the development of structural bid documents for the renovation. She also acted as CHPS team leader for the design phase of the work providing the team coordination and documentation of CHPS credits to assure that the project complied with CHPS requirements and the accomplishment of the project’s sustainability goals.
Somerville Public Schools DESIGN COMPLETION: 2011 42 Cross Street CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: Ongoing Somerville, MA 02145 CONSTRUCTION COST: $33 million CONTACT: Tony Pierantozzi, Superintendent | email@example.com 617-625-6600 phone | 617-666-1130 fax
Emergency Bridge Shoring PROVIDENCE, RI
This project involved the shoring of the interstate bridges being replaced along the I-195 corridor in Providence, RI.
The 1950s era piers were deteriorated to such an extent that they were required to be shored while replacement bridges were being designed and built. Steel tube shapes were used at the ends of the girders and supported on the existing pier footings. They were braced using steel angles. Under-deck shoring was also designed consisting of timber supports on the flanges of the girders supporting plywood under the concrete deck. Patricia Steere, while at Maguire Group, Inc., led the bridge design team performing the inspection of the bridges and the design of the shoring.
OWNER: RI Department of Transportation Two Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02903 T: 401.222.2450 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2006 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2007 CONSTRUCTION COSTS: $6 million
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OW WNER: Town of Smithfield, RI
DESIG GN COMPLE ETION: 2011 CO ONSTRUCTIO ON COMPLE ETION: 2012
George, Pine and Garden Street Bridges PROVIDENCE, RI
These bridges were reconstructed as part of the Pawtucket Bridge 550 project.
George Street Bridge was a complete replacement due to the requirement for an additional lane under the northbound side of the bridge. The new bridge is a two-span prestressed concrete butted box beam bridge made continuous for live load. The center pier is a multi-column bent on spread footings. The South abutment is a full height cast-in-place cantilever abutment on spread footings. The north abutment is a cast-in-place perched abutment with slope paving in front. The deck is reinforced concrete composite with the box beams. The bridge was designed in accordance with AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. Pine and Garden Street Bridges were rehabilitation projects. The steel superstructure and abutments were in satisfactory condition and remained. The piers were replaced with new cast-in-place multicolumn bents and designed for seismic loading. The deck was replaced with a new reinforced concrete deck. Patricia Steere, while at Maguire Group, Inc., was the Engineer of Record for these structures.
OWNER: RI Department of Transportation Two Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02903 T: 401.222.2450 | E: email@example.com
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2010 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2012 (expected) CONSTRUCTION COSTS: $108 million BRIDGE WORK ESTIMATE: $13 million
Broadway Bridge Reconstruction Over Indian Head River HANOVER / HANSON, MA
“The PatrickMurray Administration announced that the Broadway Street Bridge opened today 20 months ahead of schedule.”
“I appreciate the efforts of the Administration, the Department of Transportation, and all those involved with expediting the reconstruction of this bridge.…” Senator Thomas Kennedy The original contract for this long overdue bridge reconstruction called for an “in kind” replacement of a cast-in-place (CIP) concrete arch on a significant skew to the roadway. A no-skew Bebo® completely pre-cast bridge system was presented as the first contractor-initiated Value Engineering Change Proposal (VECP) in the MassDOT Accelerated Bridge Program’s history. The original agreed-upon contract amount was $1,392,000, and as a result of savings in time and schedule, A.A. Will Corporation provided a contract credit to MassDOT for $303,000. Steere’s William G. Young, PE, while acting as the Regional Engineer for a national engineered solutions provider, developed the VECP concept, redesigned the footprint completely outside of the wetlands, and verified the hydraulics. This innovative concept not only saved the taxpayers of Massachusetts money, but also allowed MassDOT to reopen the bridge more than a year-and-a-half (20 months) early. OWNER: Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation Walter Heller, PE, 857.368.6100
DESIGN: January 2010 – May 2010 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: October 2010
Fitness Center / Gymnasium Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) LINCOLN, MASSACHUSETTS
A "cutting edge" fitness facility was designed and built at Hanscom AFB. At the time, this $6.8-million project had an extremely high profile: it was the only U.S. Air Force project with FY2003 military construction funding (aside from those associated with potential combat operations).
The 40,000-SF complex, linked to an existing bowling alley, entailed both expansion and renovation of existing facilities. The facility retains an existing 10,000-SF gymnasium, but otherwise provides all new spaces for a host of functions and activities including a second gym with optional suspended running track, lockers and showers, three racquetball courts, cardio, aerobic and free-weight workout areas, group exercise rooms, offices and support spaces. A dramatic sky-lit spine links these areas and accommodates an optional climbing wall.
OWNER: Department of the Air Force / Hanscom AFB
Because members of the military have to demonstrate their physical qualifications annually, Hanscom AFB has a strong fitness program. By making this facility a focal point on the Base, Hanscom's command was confident the level of family participation in the fitness programs it offers would increase as well. Steere Engineeringâ€™s Susan Bacher, PE, LEED AP, while with a Northeast engineering firm, was Lead Structural Engineer on this project.
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2003 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2004
I-195 Ramp Bridges PROVIDENCE, RI
The I-195 Relocation Project in the city of Providence, RI relocated the junction of two major interstate highways, I-95 and I-195. The original intersection, built at the inception of the interstate in the late 1950s, had many substandard highway alignment features including left-hand exits as well as deteriorating bridges. As part of the project to correct and bring the highways up to modern standards, a series of seven ramp bridges were built.
The seven ramp bridges are multi-span steel, trapezoidal box girder bridges with the longest ramps over 1,500 feet in total length. Spans are up to 250 feet long. The bridges feature three integral pier caps and uneven span lengths due to the congested urban site where they were built. High performance steel was used for the fracture critical integral pier caps, as well as the two-girder bridges. The bridges were modeled in three dimensions using a combination of SAP2000 and Descus. They were designed in accordance with AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges, 17th Edition for an HS-25 loading and seismic loads. Patricia Steere, while at Maguire Group, Inc., led the bridge design team performing the design of the ramp bridges and was the Engineer of Record for four of the seven ramp bridges.
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2005 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2010 CONSTRUCTION COSTS: Ramp Bridge Contract 6: $64 million Ramp Bridge Contract 8: $54 million
India Point Park Pedestrian Bridge
The India Point Park Pedestrian Bridge is a very unique structure with a heavy emphasis on architectural features and landscaping as mitigation for taking land from India Point Park as part of the â€˜Iwayâ€™ project.
The two north spans are more conventional construction using precast prestressed concrete butted box beams constructed as simple spans and made continuous for live load. The overall width of the bridge is 48 feet, and the span lengths are 83 feet and 94 feet. The rigid frame spans were modeled in three dimensions using the SAP2000 finite element program. The structure was designed in accordance with AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges, 17th Edition including seismic design. Patricia Steere, while at Maguire Group, Inc., was Engineer of Record for this structure.
The two south spans are especially unique due to the rigid frame, cast-in-place concrete construction. Each span of the structure, which is a rigid frame in both directions, is wider than it is long and supports a fully landscaped ADA accessible walkway for access to the park. The rigid frames have 19 (south span) and 11 (north span) arched ribs which frame into pier girders and columns.
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2005 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2008 CONSTRUCTION COSTS: $26 million
Bridge Inspections / Ratings Merrimack River Bridge & Approach, Washington Street Bridge, Haverhill, MA
After the collapse of a large truss bridge in Minneapolis, the MBTA conducted an immediate inspection of the Merrimack River Bridge. This inspection led to additional work including an underwater inspection. The Merrimack River Bridge structure, which carries two active rail lines, consists of three separate bridges: a fivespan bridge over the river (four deck trusses and one through truss); a four-span approach (deck girders); and a three-span bridge over Washington Street (throughgirders). The work required close coordination with the MBTA and MBCR, the operator of the rail lines. The inspections also required securing specialized equipment such as a work barge and personnel lift, bucket trucks equipped with hi-rail gear, flagmen and traffic management.
drawings. The inspection considered not only the current condition of the members but also verification of sizes, dimensions, rivet spacing, etc., so that all information necessary to begin rating or analyzing the bridge was available without further research or field work.
As inspection of the bridge began, the team simultaneously conducted a search of available plans in MBTA archives, which resulted in obtaining the original fabrication
Martin Pierce, P.E., while at a Northeast engineering firm, was a Structural Engineer for this Bridge Inspection and Ratings project for the MBTA in Massachusetts.
Final deliverables included three separate inspection reports (one for each bridge), an executive summary of the river bridge inspection, and an underwater inspection report.
OWNER: MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) DESIGN COMPLETION: N/A CONSTRUCTION/INSPECTION COMPLETION: 2007
Bridge Rating Memorial Boulevard Bridge PROVIDENCE, RI
Memorial Boulevard Bridge, originally constructed in 1994, carries Providenceâ€™s downtown traffic over the pedestrian underpass at Waterplace Park. The bridge supports an average daily traffic count of ~14,000 automobiles (10% trucks). Steere Engineering conducted the Load and Resistance Factor Rating for the Memorial Boulevard Bridge over the pedestrian underpass at Waterplace Park. As a subconsultant to WSP-Sells, Steere performed the rating for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT). The bridge is a reinforced-concrete moment frame with an integral waffle arch slab. The bridge consists of an eastbound and westbound structure along Memorial Boulevard, each having a span length of ~43 feet. OWNER: Rhode Island Department of Transportation
The moment frame was rated using influence line analysis to determine live load moments and axial loads at key points along the arch and supporting walls. Steere Engineering performed the ratings in accordance with the latest AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation, Rhode Island Department of Transportation Guidelines for Load and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) of Highway Bridges, and latest edition of AASHTO LRFD.
RATING COMPLETION: 2011
Whigville Dam & Spillway Improvements New Britain Water Department NEW BRITAIN, CT
The exposed face of the Whigville Dam’s 350-foot-long retaining wall had deteriorated, particularly below the high water level. Earlier proposed repairs exceeded New Britain’s budget. We developed a program of high-quality, prioritized repairs that would extend the life of the dam and make best use of the City’s available funds. Most damage to the wall face involved cracking and delamination of an earlier surface facing from the original concrete, in generally good condition. Field evaluation of concrete removal techniques assured careful removal of the deteriorated concrete without damage to the sound concrete substrate. Local repair of deep spalls and injection of cracks was done as needed. Attention to the details of dowelling between new and existing concrete layers, concrete design mix, additives, bonding agents and repair materials assured compatibility and maximum durability. Repairs also included repointing of the stone face of the spillway interior, repair of the spillway bottom and resurfacing of the concrete spillway cap, requiring precision to match existing profile and elevations for compatibility with the Water Department’s measurement procedures. Involvement in the construction process helped assure quality repairs and enable quick and effective response to field conditions as they were uncovered. Susan Payne Bacher was the Structural Engineer of Record for the evaluation and repair of the Whigville Dam and Spillway. OWNER: New Britain Water Department
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2009 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2010
Oak Bluffs Ferry Terminal Reconstruction OAK BLUFFS, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA
The Oak Bluffs Ferry Terminal is the Steamship Authority’s secondary port facility helping to provide safe and reliable transportation for island residents and visitors. The reconstruction project was cited with a Silver Excellence Award by ACEC/MA. Oak Bluffs Ferry Terminal Dock Reconstruction consisted of repair and reconstruction to piers used for access to ferries. Piers are supported by timber and steel pipe piles, designed for vehicular loads and wave impact. The project included a 240-ft-long pedestrian walkway covered by a heavy timber truss superstructure and pavilions constructed of highly durable Port Orford® cedar. A new terminal building, with updated passenger amenities and accessibility was constructed on an existing concrete seawall/basement foundation.
OWNER: The Steamship Authority
Susan Payne Bacher, while at Maguire Group, was Lead Structural Engineer for the work at the new pedestrian walkway and terminal building, and for redesign of the existing seawall/foundation wall.
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2007 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2010
Ocean Avenue Seawall Design-Build Emergency Response NEWPORT, RI This was the first-of-its-kind, fully modular geosynthetically reinforced sea wall installed in the State of Rhode Island. The design of the wall elements included no structural reinforcing steel, which should greatly prolong the life of the concrete in the corrosive ocean environment.
This project was advertised as an emergency repair by the City of Newport. The designbuild team, consisting of Contech Construction Products, Gary K. Munkelt & Associates, and Mello Construction Co., was coordinated and led by William G. Young. Together the team developed a completely new, custom/hybrid Re-Con®/Tensar® Geogrid and Armorflex® complete replacement solution for a failing section of seawall, circa 1930s. Of the nearly twenty teams who submitted proposals, the team led by Mr. Young was the only one to propose a complete replacement of the failing wall. The proposed solution was still well within the total project budget and competitive with other teams who were only proposing a “cap and repair” solution. The project was federally funded with RIDOT acting as the liaison. Therefore, all materials used on the project as well as the design were submitted and concurred with by RIDOT acting on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). It should be noted that this first-of-its-kind wall performed as intended during Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012.
William. G. Young, while acting as the Regional Engineer for a national engineered solutions provider, developed the concept and worked in tandem with Munkelt & Associates and Mello Construction to complete the project design. OWNER: City of Newport William Riccio, P.E. | 401.845.5840
DESIGN: 2010 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2011
Facility and Building Design Fire/Crash Rescue Station MASSACHUSETTS MILITARY RESERVATION (MMR), CAPE COD, MA
The mission of the facility is to provide 24-hour coverage for all fire and crash emergencies on the Massachusetts Military Reservation and to provide assistance in the firefighting efforts of neighboring communities. The Massachusetts Military Reservation is a full-scale, jointuse base home to four military commands training for missions at home and overseas, conducting airborne search & rescue missions, and intelligence command and control. The Fire/Crash Rescue Station is a 48,165-SF, $13-million, 2-story structure with 11 double-stacked drive-thru apparatus bays. Included in the facility is an emergency command center.
The new building consists of a steel structure, masonry veneer and standing-seam steel roof. The first floor houses the vehicle apparatus bays and administrative functions such as cooking, dining, leisure facilities, and storage/ maintenance areas for firefighting gear and life-support equipment. The second floor includes 23 private sleeping rooms, fitness and physical therapy areas, lockers, laundry and showers.
When completed, the facility was known as the Otis AFB Fire/Crash Rescue Station and operated by the Otis AFB Fire Department (FD). In 2008, the Otis FD was replaced by the MMR FD.
Steere Engineeringâ€™s Susan Bacher, PE, LEED AP, while with a Northeast engineering firm, was Lead Structural Engineer for this project.
OWNER: Massachusetts Military Reservation
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2006 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2007
Filtration System Improvements Philip J. Holton Water Purification Plant SCITUATE, RI
The Holton Water Purification facility is undergoing extensive renovations to improve the performance of this important plant, ranked #2 in the country, which provides water to 60% of Rhode Islanders. The structural work associated with the renovations and expansion of the facility includes the design of a new, greatly enlarged precast concrete superstructure over and supported on the walls of the existing cast-in-place concrete tanks. Special structural challenges include working with an existing system of concrete tanks and conduits that were constructed over a period of several decades, beginning in the 1920s. Of special concern was planning the design of the new superstructure to be compatible with the need to sequence construction such that the facility can remain continuously operational during construction and that potable water be free of contamination. Structural work also includes inspections and evaluations of a variety of unique existing structural elements, the design of supports for an extensive new piping system, repairs to existing concrete elements, and waterproofing of old concrete elements. New stairs to below-grade portions of the building require underpinning of existing foundations. Susan Payne Bacher, while at Maguire Group, was the lead Structural Engineer for the expansion and renovations to the existing water purification facility. Her work included the development of design concepts through working drawings and specifications, conceptualizing of phasing and construction schemes, site inspections before construction and construction administration services.
OWNER: Providence Water Supply Board
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2007 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: Ongoing, 6 years CONSTRUCTION COSTS: $39.5 million
Filtration System Improvements Philip J. Holton Water Purification Plan SCITUATE, RI
The Philip J. Holton Water Purifcation facility is undergoing extensive renovations to improve the performance of this important plant. Ranked #2 in the country, it provides water to 60% of Rhode Islanders. The structural work associated with the renovations and expansion of the facility includes the design of a new, greatly enlarged precast concrete superstructure over and supported on the walls of the existing cast-in-place concrete tanks. Special structural challenges included working with an existing system of concrete tanks and conduits that were constructed over a period of several decades, beginning in the 1920â€™s. Of special concern was planning the design of the new superstructure to be compatible with the need to sequence construction such that the facility can remain continuously operational during construction and that potable water be free of contamination.
OWNER: Providence Water Supply Board Providence, RI
Structural work also included inspections and evaluations of a variety of unique existing structural elements, the design of supports for an extensive new piping system, repairs to existing concrete elements and waterproofing of old concrete elements. New stairs to below grade portions of the building require underpinning of existing foundations. Susan Payne Bacher, while at Maguire Group Inc., was the lead Structural Engineer for the expansion and renovations to the existing water purification facility. Her work included the development of design concepts through working drawings and specifications, conceptualizing of phasing and construction schemes, site inspections before construction and construction administration services.
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2007 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: Ongoing, 6 Years CONSTRUCTION COSTS: $39.5 million
Design and Construction Support Providence River Bridge PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND Photo Credit: Steven Wilkinson
The Providence River Bridge, also known as the IWAY Bridge, is a seven-span, 1,250-foot-long bridge carrying Interstate I95 over the Providence River. The main span is a 400-ft-long network arch bridge. Based on research into network arch bridges it was decided to use the network arch cable arrangement to reduce the moments in the arch and tie cross sections and obtain a light weight and structurally efficient design. Network arches had been used in Europe and Japan, but the Providence River Bridge is the first such bridge in the United States. The Providence River Bridge carries the heavily travelled Interstate 195 in downtown Providence. The bridge is designed to carry five lanes of traffic in each direction resulting in a 165-ft-wide structure. Due to its large width, it uses three arches rather than two. Three arches were used instead of four due to the site-specific space constraints caused by the Fox Point Hurricane barrier to the north and a 110-year-old brick sewer siphon running to the south.
Network arch bridges save considerable amounts of steel because they behave like trusses as long as the cables do not relax under loading. This reduces the bending moments caused by uneven live loading and enables the arch and tie cross sections to be reduced. The bridge was built offsite and floated into place. This type of construction was made feasible by the lightness of the bridge. Self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) were used for the first time in Rhode Island to transport the bridge from the pier at Quonset Point to barges and floated to Providence. The move was featured on the History Channel’s Mega Movers program on “Really Big Bridges” in 2007.
Patricia Steere, while with a Northeast engineering firm, was the Lead Design Engineer from preliminary through final design, and Engineer-of-Record for this bridge. Design was completed in 2003, and the bridge opened to traffic in 2007. OWNER: Rhode Island Department of Transportation Two Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02903 T: 401.222.2450 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2003 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2007 CONSTRUCTION COSTS: IWAY $84M/PRB $45M
Davisville Port Gate Guard House Quonset Development Corp. (QDC) NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI
This new Guard House serves the entrance to the Davisville Port Gate for the QDC. While dimensionally small, this building incorporates features necessary for an occupied security facility including large areas of glass for visibility, security equipment, and environmental comfort for the occupants. CLIENT: Saccoccio & Associates Architects OWNER: Quonset Development Corporation
The Guard House’s structure was designed to address building’s architectural and functional needs in a high wind zone that is exposed to the waterfront. The building’s structural system comprises a wood-framed, gabled roof supported by steel tube moment frames. Steel moment frames were designed to support the high local wind loads while limiting lateral drifts to support the building’s glass and masonry exterior walls without undue movement or cracking. Steere Engineering provided structural design for the Davisville Port Gate Guard House for Saccoccio & Associates Architects.
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2012 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: ONGOING
Construction Program Management Quonset Business Park NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI
Since 2004, over $75M has been invested in the redevelopment of Naval Air Station Quonset and the Port of Davisville. Funded through different sources, all work has been performed under control of the owner utilizing the assistance of a single Program Manager. In 2005, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) entered into a four-year consultant contract for Construction Program Management for redevelopment of the Quonset Business Park. As of 2012, $47M worth of state bond funds, a $5M EDA grant, and a $22M DOT TIGER grant had been invested in park infrastructure. Through it all, a single Program Manager assisted the QDC with the procurement of design services, conceptual/preliminary designs, peer reviews, site investigations, contract document compilation, construction bid letting, bid
OWNER: Quonset Development Corporation
review/reconciliation, and construction contract management. A full-time staff of construction inspectors as well as an EDA/ARRA grant compliance administrator were also furnished to the QDC. The quality of the work is reflected in the continued extension of the contract, which is still active today. William G. Young, while at Maguire Group, was Senior Program Manager for the ongoing Infrastructure Construction Program being undertaken by the QDC.
DESIGN COMPLETION: Ongoing CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: Ongoing
Ramp AR-5 PROVIDENCE, RI
Steere Engineering performed the Load and Resistance Factor Rating for Ramp AR-5, located in Providence, for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, as a sub consultant to WSP-Sells.
support spans one and two while a reinforced concrete hammer head pier cap supports spans two and three. The steel stringers were rated using the latest version of Brass Girder (LRFD) while the bent cap girders were rated using SAP 2000 and Excel. Steere Engineering performed the ratings in accordance with the latest AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation, Rhode Island Department of Transportation Guidelines for Load and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) of Highway Bridges, and latest edition of AASHTO LRFD.
Ramp AR-5, originally constructed in 1965, carries exiting traffic from Route 95 southbound to Atwells Avenue in the Federal Hill section of Providence. The ramp bridge supports an average daily traffic count of approximately 11,400 automobiles with 10% consisting of trucks. The bridge is a three span steel stringer bridge. Each of the three spans is approximately 113 feet in length. The intermediate substructures consist of integral steel girder bent caps that
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2011 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: N/A CONSTRUCTION COSTS: N/A
Rhode Island Truss Ratings VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN RI
As Part of a continuous effort to inspect and assess the State’s bridges, Steere Engineering is performing bridge ratings for the Rhode Island Department of Transporation.
The inspections and inspection reports were completed as a separate contract by others. Steere used the inspection reports to assess the condition of the truss members and gusset plates. The trusses and gusset plates were rated in accordance with the latest AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation, RIDOT Guidelines for Load and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) of Highway Bridges, and latest edition of AASHTO LRFD. SAP 2000 was used to conduct the moving live load analysis on the trusses. Forces from SAP were then exported to Excel for rating purposes.
The first round of bridges completed by Steere Engineering, as a sub-consultant to WSP Sells, was a group of five truss bridges. The bridges, located in Woonsocket and Coventry, are steel trusses dating from the 1950’s with the exception of one wrought iron truss built in the 1890’s and made famous by the Phoenix Bridge Company. The Phoenix Bridge Company patented the Phoenix column, an innovation of the time, which used wrought iron segments rivited together into a single column. This allowed for a significant weight reduction over soild wrought iron columns, allowing for much longer spans.
DESIGN COMPLETION: Ongoing CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: N/A CONSTRUCTION COSTS: N/A
Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue Various Rhode Island Locations
During the historic 2010 spring flooding in southern New England, Steere employees were deployed as Structural Specialists for the Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1. Patricia Steere, P.E., along with others at the firm, volunteer with the Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1. The group is part of the RI Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) and is deployed at that agencyâ€™s discretion in the event of a natural or manmade disaster that requires their expertise. The Task Force consists of rescue, medical, logistics, hazmat, canine and structural specialists. Patricia has completed a week-long training course and is certified as a Structural Specialist for the State of Rhode Island. During the flooding in 2010, Ms. Steere and others were deployed on the evening of March 31 to assess several dams and bridges in Coventry, RI including the Laurel Avenue Bridge. Ms. Steere reported the findings concerning the bridges to RIDOTâ€™s Managing Bridge Engineer, David Fish, P.E. Several days later, Ms. Steere participated as the Structural Specialist in a helicopter overview of the entire state along with both RI and Massachusetts USAR team members, as well as a ground reconnaissance review of numerous sites in the Pawtuxet River Valley. Aerial photos of the State Overview were submitted to RIDOT.
OWNER: Rhode Island Emergency Management
DESIGN COMPLETION: N/A CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: N/A
River Walls and Boardwalks PROVIDENCE, RI
Walls and boardwalks were designed along the Providence River in downtown Providence to serve as an expansion of the parks along the river, which include Waterplace Park.
Several boardwalks were designed for an unusually heavy (150 psf) live load in order to accommodate future events along the river, which is host to WaterFire and Shakespeare in the Park among other events. The boardwalks were designed using tropical hardwoods and piles. Patricia Steere, while at Maguire Group, Inc., performed the design of the walls and boardwalks for HS-25 loading as well as seismic loading.
Several types of walls were designed including a tied-back sheeting wall with a concrete and granite face, cast-in-place concrete walls on timber piles, and wall extensions on top of an existing bulkhead. The layer of organic silt in this area along the river required deep foundations for all the structures.
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2003 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2005 CONSTRUCTION COSTS: Contract 1: $4 million Contract 3: $5 million
Route 146/116 Northeast Quad LINCOLN, RI
This project involved the design of a ramp bridge carrying the northbound off ramp of Route 146 over Route 116.
The bridge is a new-two span bridge with a width of 32 feet 6 inches and two 79-foot-long spans consisting of precast-prestressed butted box beams. The exposed high performance concrete deck is composite with the box beams. The box beams are made continuous for live load at the pier. The foundations are on spread footings and consist of a multi-column bent pier and two cantilever abutments. Formliners for the abutments provide a granite block type finish. The bridge has a very sharp 42-degree skew. Patricia Steere, while at Maguire Group, Inc., performed the type study, oversaw the design of the structure and the development of the contract documents as the Engineer of Record. She also performed construction phase services for the project.
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2003 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2008 CONSTRUCTION COSTS: $11 million
Structural Analysis & Anchorage of Water Treatment Equipment SIEMENS INDUSTRY, WATER TECHNOLOGIES KEMPER COUNTY IGCC, MS Steere was engaged to provide structural engineering services to Siemens Water Technologies Unit for its submerged microfiltration membrane water treatment systems. The Siemens installation for Kemper County, Mississippi, required structural engineering expertise to analyze the equipment, support framing and anchorage to assure its compliance with local building codes as well as operational functionality.
The Kemper County installation includes steel framing that supports its â€œMemsapâ€? (membrane service access platform), a motorized platform that travels over tanks containing the membrane filters and contains hoists for removal of filters for maintenance. At this installation, the Memsap travels on rails across concrete tanks and steel moment-connected support frames at each end of the tanks. Steere Engineering analyzed the steel moment frames, using SAP 3-dimensional analysis software, for the loads imposed by the moving Memsap, the lifted filters and associated equipment, including motion-induced impact forces and seismic forces. Frame member capacities, frame connections and operational deflections were checked for compliance with IBC and AISC code criteria and with serviceability needs. Steere also designed anchorage for the bases of the frame columns, for process air and filtrate headers and other equipment that Siemens is supplying, based on operational and seismic demands in compliance with ACI 318, Appendix D anchor design requirements.
CLIENT: Siemens Industry Inc., Water Technologies Unit OWNER: Kemper County, Mississippi
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2012
Structural Analysis & Anchorage of Water Treatment Equipment SIEMENS INDUSTRY INC, WATER TECHNOLOGIES Steere has provided structural engineering services for several years to the Siemens Water Technologies Unit (WTU) related to its submerged microfiltration membrane water treatment systems. Our work involves analysis and design of equipment frames and supports for both product development and installations in various parts of the country, assuring compliance of such installations with local building codes. Steere’s focus for product development is to optimize framing arrangements and details for operational functionality, ease of fabrication and economy while providing structures that will perform robustly in regions of the country with high seismic activity. We have analyzed frames for IBC seismic loads in a “typical high seismic” area (Stockton, CA) and worked with Siemens’ engineers to develop improvements to optimize their standard frame designs considering strength, cost, ease of installation and servicability of the structural components. As part of our work, we developed an innovative bracketing system to stabilize filter racks in their support frames under earthquake loads. Equipment that Steere engineers have analyzed include framing for the standard travelling maintenance access platform, steel moment frames that support the maintenance platform, filter array support frames, piping support frames, and welded steel tanks. We have also analyzed the supports and seismic anchorage requirements for system components and equipment such as piping headers, condensers, blowers and pumps.
CLIENT: Siemens Industry Inc., Water Technologies Unit (WTU)
Stillwater Viaduct Bridge Rehabilitation SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND
“We are definitely pleased with the results …it was gratifying to put the bridge back into service five weeks early…. “We are fortunate to have had such an accomplished team… Accelerated bridge techniques are relatively new to RIDOT, but… we plan to use similar techniques on future projects.” Heidi Gundmunson RIDOT Spokesperson
The Stillwater Viaduct is 898-foot multi-span structure consisting of two approach spans and a main span arch over the Woonasquatucket River. The original Stillwater Viaduct was constructed in 1927. Steere Engineering, as the consultant for contractor, Northern Construction Service LLC, was responsible for preparing the demolition and shielding procedures in addition to the procedures for erection, temporary jacking and shoring, deck pouring, and formwork design. The demolition and erection procedures included the use of 275-ton hydraulic cranes on the bridge. The existing structure was analyzed for crane loadings during both travel and picking operations. Prefabricated 200-kips shoring towers were used to support the structure beneath the crane outriggers during picking operations. To accelerate the superstructure demolition, full span sections of double cast-in place beams, deck and diaphragms were picked and lowered to grade to be hauled off-site for complete demolition. In addition, Steere Engineering was responsible for the design of the shielding support anchorages fastened to the existing arches and columns as well as the cantilever support framing for the debris nets above the river. The erection procedure consisted of a multitude of precast components to be erected and checked for stability including: approach span beams, bent caps, transverse floor beams, deck panels, and parapet railing. Lastly, to support the contractor’s accelerated construction schedule, a jacking procedure was developed to allow for the erection of the precast transverse floor beams prior to the installation of the isolation bearings at the precast bent caps. Originally RIDOT considered phased construction that would have kept the bridge partially open to traffic but would have taken years to complete. RIDOT closed the bridge in March 2012 to allow crews to work more quickly; with accelerated construction techniques, the historic bridge opened five weeks ahead of schedule in October 2012. OWNER: Rhode Island Department of Transportation DESIGN COMPLETION: 2012 (Consultant to Northern Construction Service LLC) CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: October 2012
Contractor Design Services: Temporary Construction Services
Steere Engineering has performed a wide variety of designs for submittals to DOT’s and other owners. Our goal for these submittals is to provide practical, cost effective solutions that get approval the first time and will allow work in the field to be done quickly and safely. Temporary construction services that Steere Engineering has provided include the design of rigging, temporary shoring, formwork and shielding. Some examples include: For Bridge 550 and I-95: • Design of temporary shoring for badly deteriorated bridge outrigger that supports an exit ramp from the highway. • Review of support brackets for stay-in-place formwork. • Design of temporary support of telephone and fiber optic utilities. For various bridge projects in Massachusetts: • Design of shielding and overhang bracket supports • Temporary girder shoring • Access platform design • Formwork design Field fixes for Siemens Water Technology: • Fast turnaround for modifications required to connections of steel water treatment equipment framing in response to field misalignment. • Emphasis on maintaining tight project schedule. Time and budgets are always critical when work is underway in the field and we understand the importance of a quick response time and of flexibility in our design approach to suit our clients’ available equipment and resources.
Veterans for Tomorrow HISTORIC MILL BUILDING RESTORATION PROVIDENCE, RI
The three-story Cowing & Heaton Mill is a timber-framed, historic mill building being converted from its original use to residences for veterans, incorporating apartments and public spaces. The building was originally constructed in the 1840s with subsequent additions and modifications including a fire early in its life. Abandoned for a period of time, the building showed significant water damage to areas of the structural flooring and timber girders. Steere also found decay at the bases of columns that had been encased in concrete during one of the building’s renovations. Steere’s work included evaluating the structure’s capacity to support loads for the building’s new use, repairs of deteriorated and damaged elements, and structural modifications for new features. Repairs included reinforcing damaged beams, replacing badly decayed timber framing and modifying column bases to replace areas of decay and to raise them out of the concrete floor where they were exposed to moisture. A three-story elevator shaft was fit into the building footprint with foundations, including new footings under existing columns that would be undermined by the new elevator foundations. CLIENT: Saccoccio & Associates Architects OWNER: The ARC of Blackstone Valley
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2012 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: ONGOING
Contractor Support Services Washington Pedestrian Bridge PROVIDENCE / EAST PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
This project involves rehabilitating the 1,660 foot historic concrete arch viaduct and converting the former vehicular bridge into a plaza style multi-use recreation path linking the East Bay/West Bay. Steere Engineering, as consultant for Cardi Corporation, provided the designs behind the contractorâ€™s means & methods. This project includes the design of multiple spans of temporary access bridges, associated erection procedures, and temporary abutments providing the contractor much simpler access, as opposed to barge-only access assumed as part of the design contract. Cardi sought to utilize self-owned steel plate girders to construct the temporary access bridges. Steere analyzed these girders, designed multiple field splices, and prepared drawings and supporting calculations per current AASHTO codes, which allowed their use. The bridges were designed to accommodate heavy construction equipment as well as crane travel used to supply materials to the bridge deck above. In addition, Steere analyzed the existing +75-year-old viaduct to accommodate both track and axle load crane travel, using finite element analysis to aid in the erection of these temporary bridges. The erection of these bridges was conducted using a phased procedure. Span 1 was erected with a crane located on top of the existing bridge in tandem with a secondary crane below at the approach. Span 2 was then erected with a crane on top and a secondary crane down below placed on the Span 1 access bridge. Steere also provided structural engineering services for demolition/shielding procedures, jacking and shoring procedures for bearing replacements, deck pouring procedures, and formwork design.
OWNER: Rhode Island Department of Transportation (Consultant to Cardi Corporation)
DESIGN COMPLETION: Ongoing CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: Ongoing
Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades. Warwick and Westerly Rhode Island and Douglas Massachusetts.
The structural work associated with these facility upgrade projects included the design of new reinforced concrete aeration tanks, chlorine contact tanks, primary and secondary clarifiers, sequence batch reactors and vortex grit chambers. In addition, structural modifications to existing concrete tanks were completed along with the design and construction of new CMU process buildings. Additional structural work associated with these upgrade projects included the design of various piping supports, pump pads, aluminum walkways, handrailings and stairways. The special structural challenges associated with Westerly project involved modifications to an existing aeration tank which called for the removal of the main center tank wall. In depth finite element analysis of the existing tank was conducted under various loading conditions to quantify stresses on the modified tank walls and verify the adequacy of the existing tank reinforcement. Martin Pierce worked as the structural design engineer on these projects while at another firm. Responsibilites included the analysis, design and detailing of the newly constructed and exsiting modified concrete tanks and associated components discussed above. Work also included shop drawing review and construction inspection.
OWNER: Town of Warwick, RI; Town of Westerly, RI; Town of Douglas, MA
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2002 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2003 CONSTRUCTION COSTS: Warwick - $25 million
Whittier Bridge Peer Review AMESBURY-NEWBURYPORT-SALISBURY, MA
Steere Engineering is currently performing Peer Review of the Whittier Bridge preliminary design plans and documents. The John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge was built in 1951 over the Merrimack River. It has served as a key link in the highway transportation network of the Commonwealth for over half a century. The goal of the MassDOTâ€™s Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement project is to bring the Whittier Bridge up to current safety standards by creating a structure that can accommodate the traffic flow along Interstate 95. The project will improve the bridge by adding a high-speed shoulder and breakdown lane in each direction and increasing the travel lanes in each direction from three to four. MassDOT is undertaking the project under the Commonwealth's Accelerated Bridge Program.
The Whittier Bridge was advertised in the spring of 2012 as a design-build project. The main span of this bridge is a network arch bridge. Steereâ€™s previous experience as lead designer of the Providence River Bridge, the first network arch built in the U.S., enables Steere to provide assistance to MassDOT in preparing the advertising documents. All current contract documents are being reviewed for: ease of fabrication, potential interferences, cable arrangement, ease of cable adjustment, cable attachment details, ease of inspection, connection details, overall arch height to length ratio, floorbeam arrangement, wind bracing arrangement, deck details, and member details.
OWNER: Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation (MassDOT)
DESIGN COMPLETION: Ongoing CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: TBD
Road /RRX Reconstruction WESTERN AVENUE | STATEN ISLAND, NY
The Western Avenue project in Staten Island required complete reconstruction of roadways, railroad crossings, sidewalks, drainage and a water main. Multi-agency involvement included PANYNJ, NYCDOT and NYCDEP. The design complexity is evident in the project profile (above). â€˜
This 2,700-ft urban roadway / utility reconstruction project was triggered by the PANYNJâ€™s (Port Authority of New York/New Jersey) desire to install three, new, at-grade railroad crossings across right-of-way owned by the City of New York. To adequately protect the crossings from tidal impacts, the city street had to be re-profiled, and the hydraulics changed significantly. The project involved complete reconstruction of the roadway, sidewalks, drainage, and a 12-inch domestic water main along its length. The project was designed in accordance with NYCDOT and NYCDEP standards, but was advertised using PANYNJ standards.
There were numerous utility conflicts within the project limits; perhaps the most notable are privately owned twin 14-inch petroleum pipelines that run from New York Harbor to the Gulf of Mexico. This road and utilities reconstruction project was
conducted in connection with the proposed New York Container Terminal expansion at Howland Hook.
William G. Young, while at a different firm, was Senior Engineer for this work on behalf of the Port Authority.
OWNER: The Port Authority of New York / New Jersey (PANYNJ) DESIGN COMPLETION: 2006 CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 2007