VTrans’ Programmatic Implementation of ABC

September 25, 2018 11:00 am

by Kristin Higgins, P.E., Structures Program Manager, Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans); Robert Young, P.E., Accelerated Bridge Program Manager, VTrans; Laura Stone, P.E., Structures Scoping Engineer, VTrans; Aaron Guyette, P.E., Transportation Market Lead, VHB; Mark Alexander, Vice President of Construction, Kubricky Construction Corp., Wilton, New York; Gordon Eastman, Chief Construction Inspector, WSP; Jim Lacroix, P.E., Structures Design Engineer, VTrans; Phillip B. Swanson, Municipal Manager, Town of Woodstock, VT; and Chad Contaldi, Project Manager, Cold River Bridges, Walpole, New Hampshire

The 2018 in-depth web training features the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) programmatic implementation of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). The VTrans Structures Division has widely implemented ABC and Accelerated Project Delivery through its Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP). The use of ABC is now common practice throughout the State of Vermont with over 50% of bridge projects using precast superstructure or substructure elements. The six modules of the 2018 in-depth web training provide a comprehensive description of Vermont’s ABC implementation through the ABP.

Module 1: Programmatic Approach to ABC – Structures Policy

by Kristin Higgins, P.E., Structures Program Manager, Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)

 

Kristin Higgins, P.E.
Structures Program Manager
Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Office: 802-498-3398
Email: Kristin.higgins@vermont.gov

Kristin is the Structures Program Manager for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. She began her career 25 years ago as a designer in the Structures section before becoming a Project Manager in 2006.   In 2012 Kristin accepted the leadership post within the newly created Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) where she oversaw the development of over 50 ABC projects.  The accelerated bridge program has been embraced by the Vermont Legislature and continues to thrive today as an established program within the structures section.   Kristin specializes in efficient Project delivery and has successfully managed several high profile projects including Vermont’s first Slide-In Bridge construction project completed in 2015. As Program Manager, Kristin continues to promote ABC as the first choice in bridge replacement for the State of Vermont with dozens of projects planned for the future.

Module 1 - pdf of presentation

  • Accelerated Bridge Program Overview
    • ABC Prior to the ABP
    • Origins of the ABP
    • Current State of the VTrans ABP

Module 2: Expediting Project Delivery

by Robert Young, P.E., Accelerated Bridge Program Manager, VTrans; and Laura Stone, P.E., Structures Scoping Engineer, VTrans

 

Robert Young, P.E.
Accelerated Bridge Program Manager
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Office: 802-595-2358
Email: rob.young@vermont.gov

Rob is the Structures Accelerated Bridge Program Manager at the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He has been with the Agency for 21 years; The first 15 years as a bridge designer, 5 years as a project manager in the VTrans Accelerated Bridge Program, and the last year as the Accelerated Bridge Program Manager.  Rob has been integrating ABC methodologies in all aspects of project delivery, including connection details, constructability, public outreach, project special provisions, and construction schedules.  Since 2008 Rob has been developing design details to meet the needs of several projects with bridge closure time frames ranging from 14 days to 50 days.  Rob enjoys the challenge of finding the right size ABC tools and techniques to meet the needs of project stakeholders.


Laura Stone, P.E.

Structures Scoping Engineer
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Office: 802-917-4996
Email: laura.stone@vermont.gov

Laura is the Structures Scoping Engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Structures Section.  She has been with the Agency for 11 years; the first 4 years as a bridge designer, 2 years in asset management, and 5 years as a scoping engineer.  During her time in the scoping unit, Laura has focused on implementing a standardized approach to consideration of ABC For Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation projects.  During that time, Laura was also involved in the SHPR2 C19: Expediting Project Delivery Initiative at the agency to improve the structures scoping process.

Module 2 - pdf of presentation

  • Scoping Process
    • Overview of the Project Initiation and Innovation Team
    • Stakeholder Collaboration and Participation at the Scoping Phase
  • Expedited Project Development Process
    • Project Schedules
    • Re-Defining the Right-of-Way Process
    • Mitigating Risks

Module 3: Innovative Contracting and ABC

by Kristin Higgins, P.E., Structures Program Manager, VTrans; Aaron Guyette, P.E., Transportation Market Lead, VHB; Mark Alexander, Vice President of Construction, Kubricky Construction Corp., Wilton, New York; Gordon Eastman, Chief Construction Inspector, WSP

Aaron Guyette, P.E.
Transportation Market Lead, VHB
Project Manager, Middlebury Tunnel Project
Phone: 802-497-6119
Email: aguyette@vhb.com

Aaron is VHB’s Vermont Transportation Market Lead with extensive experience in planning, design, and construction of transportation infrastructure projects. His qualifications include services for project and process management, quality management, structural design of bridges, and alternative delivery project services. He is the project manager for the Middlebury project currently under design and being delivered using CMGC.

 

Mark Alexander
Vice President of Construction
Kubricky Construction Corp.
Wilton, New York
Phone: 518-792-5864
Email: malexander@dacollins.com

As Vice President of Construction for Kubricky Construction Corp., Mark is highly experienced in all types of heavy highway/civil construction including bridges, highways, utilities, earthwork, foundations, and geo-technical related work. Mr. Alexander oversees day-to-day company operations, CMGC Project Management, and provides leadership to office administrators, estimators, project managers/engineers, and field personnel. He has managed many projects throughout the northeast, including numerous projects in the New York City and Washington D.C. area. Prior to joining Kubricky Construction, Mark served as Senior Vice President of Field Operations for a Heavy Civil Contractor based in Manhattan, NY.

 


Gordon Eastman

Chief Construction Inspector
WSP
Phone: 802-282-1545
Email: Gordon.Eastman@wsp.com

Gordon has over 40 years’ construction inspection, engineering and management experience on heavy civil, and transportation projects, from the mid-Atlantic region to northern New England.  He has progressed from performing survey layout and quality control to supervising trades, coordinating subs and managing all project phases from planning, scheduling to construction and closeout.  He has excellent communication skills demonstrated on public projects, successfully interfacing with agencies, designers, inspectors and abutters during the construction phase. Gordon has a keen understanding of NHDOT and VTrans standard specs, having spent the last two decades building bridges and roads in those states.  On behalf of owners and designers, he is frequently tapped to perform constructability reviews, analyze logic, and probable means and methods, as part of the pre-bid process. Gordon is a problem solver.

Module 3 - pdf of presentation

  • Construction Manager/General Contractor Overview (CM/GC)
  • Project Highlights
    • Hartford Bridge Replacement Project
    • Middlebury Tunnel Project
    • Colchester Interstate Deck Replacement Project
  • Lessons Learned

Module 4: Standardization / Innovations / Incentive-Disincentive

by Robert Young, P.E., Accelerated Bridge Program Manager, VTrans; and Jim Lacroix, P.E., Structures Design Engineer, VTrans

 

Jim Lacroix, P.E.
Structures Design Engineer
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Office: 802-917-8436
Email: james.lacroix@vermont.gov

Jim is the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Structures Design Engineer.  Jim has worked for the Agency of Transportation for 18 years.  Jim became a project manager overseeing the in-house design team in 2011 and was appointed as the Structures Design Engineer in 2015.  He has extensive experience in design and construction specifications and currently serves as a representative on T7 Bridge Rail and T15 Substructures and Retaining Walls for the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures.  Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University.

Module 4 - pdf of presentation

  • Standardization and Evolution of Details
  • Innovations
  • Incentive/Disincentive

Module 5: Public Outreach / ABC Results

by Laura Stone, P.E., Structures Scoping Engineer, VTrans; Robert Young, P.E., Accelerated Bridge Program Manager, VTrans; and Phillip B. Swanson, Municipal Manager, Town of Woodstock, VT

 

Phillip B. Swanson
Municipal Manager
Town of Woodstock, VT
Office: 802-457-3456
Email: phil@townofwoodstock.org

 

Phil has been the Municipal Manager for the Town and Village of Woodstock, Vermont for 33 years and is the longest currently-running town clerk in the state of Vermont.  The Municipal Manager is appointed by and is directly responsible to the Select Board and the Board of Village Trustees.  The Municipal Manager plans, organizes, coordinates and administers the daily functions of the Woodstock municipal government.

Module 5 - pdf of presentation

  • VTrans’ Road Closure Policy
    • Importance of Public Outreach
    • Legislation to Promote Road Closures
    • Public Outreach Methods
    • Outreach During Construction
  • ABC Results – Cost, Schedule and Customer Satisfaction Data
    • Case Study: Woodstock Village Bridge 51

Module 6: Project Highlights – Contractor Perspective

by Robert Young, P.E., Accelerated Bridge Program Manager, VTrans; and Chad Contaldi, Project Manager, Cold River Bridges, Walpole, New Hampshire

 

Chad Contaldi
Project Manager
Cold River Bridges
Walpole, New Hampshire
Email:  chad@coldriverbridges.com

Chad is the project manager for Cold River Bridges, LLC and has been in this role for the past 8 years.  Chad has been in the Bridge Construction Industry for over 20 years acting in a capacity ranging from project superintendent to project manager.  Cold River Bridges, LLC has completed numerous ABC projects for the Vermont AOT utilizing innovative construction techniques.  Cold River Bridges was the first contractor to utilize contractor fabricated pre-cast in the State of Vermont and has continued to use this method on their ABC projects.  Cold River Bridges has a successful track record on accelerated bridge projects and to date has finished all ABC project ahead of schedule.

Module 6 - pdf of presentation

  • Collaboration with Industry
  • Evolution of Contractor Involvement in ABC Projects
    • Case Studies
    • Contractor Fabricated Precast Structures
  • Lessons Learned

Presentation Photos / Graphics

Module 1

1-1. Damage from Tropical Storm Irene

1-2. ABC projects prior to the ABP

 Module 2

2-1. Project Initiation and Innovation Team Scoping Report

 

 

2-2. 6-week project delivery duration in Duxbury, VT

Module 3

3-1. Project Hartford lateral slide

3-2. Middlebury Tunnel project

 Module 4

4-1. Precast integral abutment

 

4-2. Prefabricated bridge unit

Module 5

5-1. Project factsheet

5-2. Planned bridge closure map

 Module 6

6-1. Contractor fabricated precast elements

6-2. Downtown Woodstock Village bridge closure