Sundt will demolish this bridge at FM 3351 (a small, local roadway) over Interstate 10 and replace it with a new, 164-foot-long, single-span bridge.
Where others may only see a bridge, Sundt sees an opportunity to improve infrastructure while saving money. Near Fair Oaks, Texas (just north of San Antonio), Sundt is replacing this bridge at FM 3351 (a small, local roadway) over Interstate 10 with a new, 164-foot-long, single-span bridge. Sundt’s project team developed a value engineering proposal to replace the original structural steel girder design with precast concrete girders. The idea was approved by the Texas Department of Transportation and will provide significant cost savings.
Sundt’s scope consists of demolishing the existing bridge, widening the I-10 frontage roads, and widening FM 3351. Additional duties include earthwork, drainage, structures, walls, asphalt paving, signage, and striping. The project will be completed in March.
Sundt constructed the bridge’s 12, precast concrete arches with its own crews.
Texans traveling across the newly reconstructed West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth have more to marvel at than the 12, illuminated concrete arches that form the backbone of the structure’s one-of-a-kind design. The fact that Sundt completed the $24.1 million bridge construction project a month ahead of schedule – reopening it to travelers well in advance of the busy holiday season – is also drawing attention and praise. The 980-foot-long bridge spans the Trinity River and connects downtown Fort Worth to the city’s busy cultural district. It opened to traffic on October 9.
Sundt employed a number of innovative approaches to minimize traffic closures during the 23-month project. Chief among them was the decision to construct the 12 precast, post-tensioned concrete arches offsite (with Sundt’s own concrete construction crews) and then place them in pairs along either side of the old structure primarily at night. This approach allowed the bridge to remain open to traffic for the four months that it took to make and cure each 163-foot long, 300-ton arch. Once all of the arches were in place, the project team closed and demolished the old bridge and constructed the new one in its footprint.
The bridge’s grand opening celebration drew a large, festive crowd.
The bridge replaced an old, outdated structure. In addition to its attention-grabbing design, it features four vehicle travel lanes and two, 10-foot-wide pedestrian lanes to ease traffic flow, improve safety and support Fort Worth’s increasing interest in bicycling and walking.
Artist’s rendering of the Hausman Road Design-Build Project
Early next month, Sundt will break ground on the Hausman Road Improvement Project – the City of San Antonio’s first design-build roadway construction project. Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways: Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. Sundt will widen the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and construct five new bridges. Also included in the contract are managing the extensive utility relocations, earthwork, construction of retaining walls, storm sewer, archeological and historic survey, environmental analysis and permitting, geotechnical work, right-of-way services and acquisitions, and public outreach.
The project team will break ground and begin moving utilities during the first week of December. The new and improved roadway is scheduled to be open in late 2015.
We’re pleased to announce that Joseph V. Riccillo has joined Sundt as project director in our El Paso, Texas, office. Joe has more than 15 years of project management experience, and is responsible for overseeing business development, planning, budgets and staffing for Sundt’s construction jobs in and around El Paso and Southern New Mexico.
Joe has a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He also holds the professional designations of Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the U.S. Green Building Council.
We recently asked Joe a few questions in order to get to know him better:
What drew you to Sundt?
I already had a good job with another contractor, but Sundt provided an even better opportunity for expanding my knowledge base. I remember traveling to the Tempe office for my interview and I felt like a kid in a candy store with Building Information Modeling, parametric estimating and resources for whatever kind of project imaginable. I love learning new things and the people were genuine and honest, which was ultimately what brought me to Sundt.
What are your job responsibilities in your position?
As soon as I get my feet on the ground, I am to provide business development opportunities in El Paso. I am sincerely interested in developing the office here and helping Sundt create yet another positive impact to a community.
What might you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
Teaching construction management? I really had never planned to be in construction, but it is something I really enjoyed after a few years and now can’t imagine doing anything else. OK, maybe lying on a beach on Italy’s Amalfi Coast!
What’s the most interesting book you read recently?
Through a book club, I recently read “A History of the World in Six Glasses” that was a history of the invention and impact of beer, wine, whiskey, rum, coffee and even Coca Cola.
Most unusual project you ever worked on?
The most unusual project was the remodel of a hangar and addition of three paint booths for the F-22. The specifications for the paint booths were not written well for the application area. It turned into more of a design-build without knowledge of the specifics of the material that was to be applied. Needless to say, I learned a lot more than I ever wanted to about paint booths!
Where would you most like to travel?
I have traveled to Italy three times, and every time I have the opportunity to travel, I end up back there. It’s something about the people, their culture and the beautiful environment that surrounds many of the cities there.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I prefer to spend time with the family, but it seems like the house has taken over.
Best advice you ever received?
It was a quote actually: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic within it.”
Is there a person who has had a profound influence on you?
I would have to say my father. He always seemed to say the right things at the right time, give clear reasoning as to consequences (even if it was a “metacarpal reflex,” as he phrased it) and never hesitated to stand up for what was right. He could balance these things with an incredible sense of humor and a high level of intelligence.
Practice missions can be analyzed from one of DAGIR’s observation towers, like the one pictured above.
Sundt has completed the U.S. military’s first fully computerized target practice range at Fort Bliss Army Post, Texas: a high-profile project called DAGIR, which stands for Digital Air-Ground Integration Range. The facility will be used to train U.S. soldiers and the armies of several U.S. allies for combat missions on the ground and from the air.
What makes the range unique is the fact that the targets are controlled digitally, which allows for the creation of unlimited combat scenarios. Sensors in the targets and the vehicles gather information that then becomes part of the review and feedback process. After soldiers complete a simulated mission on the range, they return to the After Action Review (AAR) building to view a recording and debrief with their superiors.
The $32 million heavy civil construction project included construction of 23 miles of tank trails, installation of 200 pre-cast concrete targets, and construction of six support buildings. The targets required approximately 11,000 concrete blocks, all of which were made by Sundt’s Concrete Division using an efficient assembly line approach that boosted productivity rates by more than 30 percent over what was originally projected.