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Constructor of the Month

Posted By Charles L. Sapp, Thursday, August 22, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Constructor of the Month program is a new way for us to recognize some of the best and brightest AIC Members, Associate Constructors (AC), and Certified Professional Constructors (CPC).  Each month we will be featuring a new individual and the work they are doing in our industry.  We will also profile additional individuals on the AIC Website each month.  

Each month we will select a submission at random to be featured within the AIC Constructor News, which is emailed out to our entire subscriber list.  This is a great opportunity to showcase not only yourself and your work, but also your company.  Submissions not selected for the newsletter will be published on the AIC Constructor News website.  


To eligible you must be an AIC Member, AC, or CPC in good standing.  To have yourself profiled on the AIC site you must use the submission form available here.  Complete forms and supporting documents should be emailed to

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Worlds First Pre-Cast Concrete Network Bridge

Posted By Charles L. Sapp, Saturday, June 1, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Over the weekend, Sundt moved the first two 300-ton concrete arches that will become part of the reconstructed West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas. The remaining 10 arches will be moved and set into place, one at one time, between mid-May and mid-June. The $25.9 million bridge construction project involves the replacement of the approximately 100-year-old West 7th Street Bridge with a new signature structure – the world’s first pre-cast network arch bridge.

Construction of the pre-cast bridge elements – performed by Sundt’s own concrete crews – began in January 2012 at an offsite casting yard. They are being hauled to the project with self-propelled mobile transports and set in place with twin Liebherr 1400 cranes with superlift.

The West 7th Street Bridge boasts an innovative design consisting of 12 lighted, pre-cast, post-tensioned concrete bridge arches that rise more than 20 feet above the roadway surface at their highest point. Each arch measures 163 feet long and weighs approximately 700,000 pounds.

When complete, the bridge will feature four travel lanes with a center raised median to separate traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists will have safer and improved mobility on the reconstructed bridge, which includes separated 10.5-foot pedestrian/bicycle travel ways on the outside of the bridge arches.

The reconstructed West 7th Street Bridge will serve as a landmark gateway connecting the city’s downtown to its Cultural District and the newly renovated Montgomery Plaza area. The project will be complete by Thanksgiving and open to traffic on October 1. 

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Relocation of the Sellwood Bridge

Posted By Charles L. Sapp, Friday, January 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We raised the existing Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River and then jacked it horizontally to a new location in which it will serve as a temporary bridge, while we build the new bridge in the original location. The enclosed pictures and video will provide you with a much better graphic than can be described herein. A few facts that challenged the team – the bridge is an 1,100-foot-long steel truss, approximately 25 feet high, weighs about 3,400 tons and it had to be moved 33 feet on one end and 66 feet on the other end. The entire relocation process was executed without a hitch in about 12 hours starting in heavy fog. Click here to view the video.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Integrated Operations Center (VAIOC)

Posted By Charles L. Sapp, Monday, October 15, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The VA Integrated Operations Center serves as the Department's fusion point and the single office responsible for collecting, analyzing, planning, and disseminating information to its stakeholders. All IOC Watch Officers facilitate timely decision-making by providing situation awareness and fully coordinated recommendations to senior leadership regarding the development of potential or emerging incidents.

TMG Construction Corporation Inc constructed a computerized situation room that includes the addition of a 450KVA generator and 90 tons of special cooling applications. The picture below illustrates near complete operations room that is going to house the forward facing wall of monitors. The Project Executive is an AIC Fellow, the Project Manager a CPC and the Construction Engineer an AC

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