Bridges and public road projects often work in confined time frames, requiring a design-build approach to deliver projects on time and within budget. By combining the powers of our firm and the bridge firm of Harrington & Cortelyou, we have an opportunity to bring success to municipal and state transportation departments.
When the Interstate 35 West bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis tragically collapsed in 2007, the Minnesota Department of Transportation moved immediately to replace the three-quarter-mile-long section of freeway. Thirteen months later, the reconstructed 10-lane highway bridge reopened a full three months ahead of what had been considered an incredibly ambitious schedule. It was a remarkable achievement made possible by hard work, outside-the-box thinking and a design-build contract.
A method long used by firms like Burns & McDonnell to speed project delivery and control costs on private industry projects, design-build is becoming more common on public road and bridge projects. The city of Kansas City, Mo., for example, recently named Harrington & Cortelyou part of a design-build team for the 78th Street pedestrian bridge that crosses Kansas City Southern Railway tracks.
It’s an effective tool. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration found that design-build road and bridge projects had shorter project duration, fewer contractor claims and higher client satisfaction than traditional design-bid-build.
As Burns & McDonnell and Harrington & Cortelyou combine, we’re poised to make this tool work for you, our clients. Read more here. There is a time and a place for all approaches to design and construction. For design-build, the time is becoming frequent, and the places are growing.