Diverting Waters at Illinois River

Diverting Waters at Illinois River Editor: Allison Braswell  The McClugage Bridge has been carrying over 20,000 daily commuters over the Illinois River to and from Peoria, IL for nearly 75 years. As weather, vehicle use, and salt used in snow removal have caused the bridge to deteriorate, it has finally come time to commence some long-awaited improvements. Reconstruction of the eastbound span of the bridge began in 2019. This 3-lane structure requires 22 new piers, each of which ... Read more

GROUP Bubble Chemistry

GROUP Bubble Chemistry Editor: Allison Braswell Have you ever wondered what causes soap to foam up in your hands when you wash them? You can look to alkoxylation--a chemical process that creates surfactants, or substances that reduce surface tension of liquid in products like shampoos, toothpastes, and detergents. Stepan Company is a global manufacturer of surfactants, and they are working on branching out their alkoxylation capabilities even further in the U.S. Gulf Coast. The company ... Read more

Equipping Hospital to Combat Health Crises

Equipping Hospital to Combat Health Crises  Editor: Allison Braswell    It has never been more important than now to invest in healthcare infrastructure to strengthen efforts against current and future health crisis. Leaders at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC knew a solution was needed to adapt to the growing needs of this community. A new $450 million care tower was approved to be constructed at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Cent ... Read more

Biggest Infrastructure Project in the Nation

Biggest Infrastructure Project in the Nation 112-Year-Old Train Bridge to be Replaced  Editor: Allison Braswell Since the construction of Portal Bridge in 1910, it has become the busiest rail line in the entire Western Hemisphere. This swing-style rail bridge that spans the Hackensack River from Kearney to Secaucus, NJ has been working on her last legs. One out of seven times the bridge opens, it fails to close properly. Operational issues like this have been the culprit ... Read more

Shrewsbury River Bridge Replacement

Shrewsbury River Bridge Replacement  Editor: Allison Braswell    One of the two emergency evacuation routes in Rumson, NJ utilized in times of flooding and coastal storms is deemed unsafe for use. The Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge stretches over the Shrewsbury River between the Borough of Rumson and the Borough of Sea Bright in Monmouth County, NJ. Built in 1950, the drawbridge's structural and functional limitations do not meet today's design standards and is ... Read more

Caught, in an Act of Kindness

Inspiring Act Regional Sales and Service Manager, Rick Sadler, was invited to attend a client's Labor Day cookout. He was so thankful for the invite and further amazed that this team entered him into their employee raffle. To Rick's astonishment, he won the grand prize: a 43" 4K TV.  On his way out, Rick noticed that one of the senior mechanics had not picked up his name badge and had missed the party. Turns out this guy was holding down the fort on the Fenway Center Proje ... Read more

Big Hammer to Stimulate NOLA

Big Hammer to Stimulate NOLA Editor: Allison Braswell Louisiana's transportation system, like every roadway in the USA, is the backbone of the state's economy. Maintaining aging bridges has become more difficult for all State DOTs (Department of Transportation) with the increase in personal vehicles. Built in 1960, the swing bridge over Amite River in French Settlement, LA has seen its fair share of motorists. In fact, it is no longer considered structurally capable of supporting its ... Read more

New Fenway: A Gateway into Boston

New Fenway: A Gateway into Boston Editor: Allison Braswell One of the first over-the-Pike projects to be built in Boston in nearly 40 years, the Fenway Center Project in Boston, MA plans for a 2.1 million-square-foot multipurpose development across 5.32 acres (about twice the area of a Manhattan city block) surrounding Fenway Park. The City of Boston is excited to create more year-round activity in the area and plans to put a two-acre deck, followed by a 350-foot (107-meter) tower, a ... Read more

ICE® 50B Protects the Environment

ICE® 50B Protects the Environment    Cofferdam at Casco Bay Editor: Allison Braswell  Over 80% of lobsters sold in the USA come from the adjacent waters of Maine. The state's lobster harvesters bring in more than 100 million pounds (about 45359200 kg) of lobster per year, mostly at Casco Bay--an inlet busy with commercial fishing vessels, cargo ships, and cruise liners. North of the bay is Back Cove, where there is a loop trail offering grand views of the city skyline ... Read more

Hurricane Michael: Rebuilding the Panhandle

Hurricane Michael: Rebuilding the Panhandle Editor: Allison Braswell In 2022, the Florida Panhandle is still recovering from the devastating 2018 Category-5 Hurricane, Michael, with Mexico Beach suffering the brunt of its fury. Nearly every house within this beach community was flattened, turning the coast into a 3-mile field of debris and ruins. Although the beach's recovery has come a long way in the past 4 years, there is still a long way to go before the area is fully restored. D ... Read more