Excerpt from Roads & Bridges February 2020 Article
Five transportation projects were among the design award recipients
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recently announced its annual PCI Design Awards for 2020.
Judges awarded 25 projects and five honorable mentions for design excellence in building and transportation categories. The awards program, now in its 57th year, was created to showcase the creative and innovative use of precast and prestressed concrete in a variety of applications.
"Once again, the precast, prestressed concrete industry has put its best foot forward and has delivered many inspiring and impressive projects," PCI President and CEO Bob Risser, P.E., said in a statement. "Each year, the PCI Design Awards program demonstrates that precast, prestressed concrete is not only a practical solution to many construction challenges, but also a head-turning aesthetic solution."
A panel of industry experts that includes precast concrete producers, engineers, and architects judges all nominees. PCI says the buildings and transportation categories are judged on aesthetic, structural, and use versatility; site, energy and operational efficiency, and risk reduction; and resiliency, such as structure durability, multi-hazard protection, and life safety and health.
PCI also selects several projects for special awards that are judged on similar criteria to the building and transportation projects, as well as additional requirements, including industry advancement, sustainable design, technology, and designs using all-precast concrete solutions.
Some of the 2020 PCI Design Award winning projects in the transportation category included:
- Main Span from 76-149 ft: Wekiva Parkway #204 Systems Interchange; Orange County, Florida; Dura-Stress Inc.
- Main Span more than 150 ft: Marc Basnight Bridge/Replacement of Herbert C. Bonner Bridge; Dare County, North Carolina; Coastal Precast Systems
- Non-Highway Bridge: Villanova University Pedestrian Bridge; Villanova, Pennsylvania; High Concrete Group LLC and Northeast Prestressed Products LLC
- International Transportation Structure: Samuel De Champlain Bridge; Quebec, Canada; BPDL/SSLC
- Special Solution: I-78 Bridge Underclearance Project; Berks County, Pennsylvania; PennStress, a division of MacInnis Group
The Marc Basnight Bridge also was named as a co-winner of the Sustainable Design award in the Specials category.
All winning projects were showcased and honored at the 2020 PCI Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, with an event on March 6, 2020.
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