COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Rich Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio earned a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition. The awards were presented on April 23, 2013 at a gala in Washington, D.C. Burgess & Niple (B&N) designed the landmark bridge which was recognized by ACEC for “demonstrating exceptional achievement in engineering.”
Opened in 2012, the Rich Street Bridge was constructed in time for the Columbus bicentennial celebrations and completes the transformation of the downtown riverfront. Built on a new alignment to replace the deteriorating Town Street Bridge, the 563-foot span improves connectivity and helps 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.
B&N teamed with Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner and Bridgescape, LLC to create the iconic bridge.
This is the third award presented to the Rich Street Bridge since its completion in 2012. The project also received an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2013 ACEC Ohio Engineering Excellence Awards competition and the 2012 James B. Recchie Design & Preservation Award by the Columbus Landmarks Foundation.