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techniques »Accelerated bridge construction succeed on allowed Ralph L. Wadsworth to the South Layton Interchange project. Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC Bridging Gaps www.wadsco.com • 2010 revenue: $182 million • Headquarters: Draper, Utah • Employees: 350 • Specialty: Heavy highway construction D RALPH L. WADSWORTH IS CELEBRATING 35 YEARS WITH ITS SECOND GENERATION OF FAMILY MANAGEMENT. BY RUSS GAGER for our success. We have … a work ethic that is inspiring to those that come aboard and want to get on the team.” “We’re known for our ability to provide aesthetic design to each of these structures.” –Tod Wadsworth, director of business development broke ground in June 2009 and was completed on schedule in November 2010. “We had to develop a procedure to install this structure over the I-15 freeway,” Wadsworth explains. “We had a five-hour window southbound and another five-hour window northbound to push this single point urban interchange – a giant structure compared to other structures – into place.” In aerial views, the structure has an hourglass shape rather than being just parallel lanes. “It’s got wings on the bottom and top that allows traffic on the ramp to move across the structure,” Wadsworth explains. “It makes it a lot heavier to construct and build and slide and push out over the freeway.” irector of Business Development Tod Wadsworth attributes the morethan-35-year longevity of Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC (RLW) – founded by his father in 1975 – to the work ethic he passed down to his four sons who now manage the company. He cites “hard work and commitment by all our people and loyalty from a lot of staff willing to work to do whatever it takes to get the job done – a lot of field experience.” Wadsworth adds that MILESTONE the company has a strong will to succeed and is not afraid to do the tough jobs that may require difficult engineering techniques and creative design methods. “We’ve got a good design-build team and a great group of engineers that we’ve teamed up with that have a lot of experience, a lot of common sense and a can-do attitude,” he says. “They work together as a team and listen to ideas and give ideas.” Wadsworth traces this to his father’s “hard-nosed work ethic that’s been disciplined to the core of people, and I think carrying that forth is one of the biggest reasons Moving the Bridge That willingness to do whatever it takes was on display in a recent $61 million concrete bridge construction project at the South Layton Interchange of I-15, approximately 15 miles north of Salt Lake City. The hourglass-shaped bridge, a single point urban interchange (SPUI) over I15, utilized accelerated bridge construction techniques to build the bridge adjacent to the final location and “launch” it into place. This launch method involved sliding the bridge from the abutments to the piers, and then lowering each bridge section into position. This is the first multi-span bridge to use this technique in Utah. This technique allows bridges to be constructed with greater safety because they do not have to be built on or over existing roadways. Depending on the area’s topography, bridges can be built next to the roadway or a mile away as long as they can be moved into place efficiently. This also reduces highway shutdowns to a single day or weekend when a bridge is installed. The South Layton interchange project YEARS 35 New Technology RLW has used a variety of innovative bridge moving techniques on as many as 16 projects in the past four years, Wadsworth estimates. For many of them, incentives or penalties of up to $100,000 hourly are charged if a company exceeds its deadline or finishes the job ahead of time. “We’ve attained each time frame allowed to us,” Business Manager Doug Clements points out. MARCH 2011 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM 45 Commercial | RALPH L. WADSWORTH CONSTRUCTION CO. LLC http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2011
Table of Contents
Social Media
Exploring BIM
Best Practices
Urban Construction
Building Growth
Commercial
Bermúdez, Longo, Díaz-Massó (BLDM), S.E.
Wadman Corp.
Universal Builders Supply Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Dana B. Kenyon Co. – Florida State College at Jacksonville
Kaback Enterprises
Hyder Construction
On Site Management Inc.
Retail Developers in Ontario
Morguard Investments Ltd. – Bramalea City Centre and Expansion
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc.
Institutional
DZSP 21 LLC
Rudolph and Sletten
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
MW Builders – Fort Leonard Wood AIT Barracks, Phase 1
Thor Construction
Weir Welding Co.
JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital
Manhattan Kraft Construction Co. – Sarasota Police Department Headquarters
P.J. Hoerr Inc. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Poettker Construction – Watterson Towers Renovations
Residential
Merit Kitchens
BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
Reliable Builders Inc.
Joe Hall Roofing
Civil
ECM International Inc.
Branch Highways Inc.
GCC America Inc.
HOK: NOAA Pacific Regional Center
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