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Bridge of Lions Wins Top Engineering Award

The rehabilitation of St. Augustine’s historic Bridge of Lions, led by facilities and infrastructure consulting firm RS&H, has received the Grand Conceptor Award from the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE), presented at this month’s joint 2011 Florida Engineering Society-FICE Summer Conference in Miami.  The award is the highest honor given annually to the top engineering project in Florida and judged against eight other grand award winners in different categories.

David Sweeney, Senior Vice President and Director of Transportation at RS&H, said, “We’re honored to be part of such an important project, both to the community and engineering profession. It was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity, and the innovative solutions developed will be of tremendous value to future historic rehabilitation projects across the U.S.”

The team developed two key innovations to preserve the 1927 bridge, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A new interior steel framework shifted most of the load from the bridge’s original steel arched girders to transverse crossbeams at each pier support, allowing the girders to be removed, rehabilitated and returned to the bridge. The team also developed an innovative foundation system, which added drilled supporting shafts to strengthen the bridge’s iconic bascule piers and towers.

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