On March 14, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio recognized Burgess & Niple with two Outstanding Achievement Awards and one Honor Award as part of the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.
Opened in 2012, the landmark Rich Street Bridge in downtown Columbus, Ohio was constructed in time for the City’s bicentennial celebrations and completes the transformation of the Columbus riverfront. Built on a new alignment to replace the deteriorating Town Street Bridge, the 563-foot span improves connectivity to downtown and will help bolster economic development.
The distinctive bridge design required complex engineering. B&N engineers made refinements during the design process that shortened construction by seven months and reduced estimated project costs by $10 million.
The Rich Street Bridge features:
B&N teamed with Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner and Bridgescape, LLC to create the iconic bridge.
Named for the triangular shape formed by its three intersections, the Hilliard Triangle in Hilliard, Ohio formerly included a stop sign and two signalized intersections. B&N designed two roundabouts and one signalized intersection to replace them. The result is a less congested commute to schools, homes and businesses with the reconfiguration of this complex roadway system.
A complex maintenance of traffic plan minimized the impact of construction on travel and access within the project area. B&N’s multiphase plan ensured access to five nearby schools and numerous businesses throughout construction while maintaining traffic on Main Street – the heavily travelled local roadway where both roundabouts were built.
Opened to traffic in December 2011, the redesigned Triangle also features center island landscaping, decorative brick and a small tree-lined park to enhance the area’s appearance.
Extensive upgrades to the Canton Northeast Water Treatment Plant will save energy, reduce operations and maintenance costs and improve system reliability for 120,000 customers. The changes designed by Burgess & Niple (B&N) are based on a $25 million capital improvement plan B&N prepared for the City.
The Northeast plant upgrades included process improvements and building renovations. An anthracite filter media with a removable air scour backwash system increased plant capacity and resulted in a 75 percent reduction in the volume of backwash water needed to clean the filters. In addition, energy-efficient windows, doors, roofs, lighting and HVAC systems were installed in the 46-year-old facility and corroded pipes, defective valves and obsolete equipment were replaced.
These improvements are estimated to save more than $50,000 each year. A well-orchestrated schedule of planned outages and construction sequencing to replace or renovate equipment provided for uninterrupted service.