Bridge and Structure Projects

Olive Road Bridge Over Indiana Toll Road Engineering ProjectIn the Olive Road Bridge Project, Design Engineer Lawson-Fisher Associates collaborated with the ITR, the City of South Bend and St. Joseph County to design one of the first “Gateway Structures” on the overall corridor. This structure serves as an entrance to the “Golden Dome” region for eastbound travelers on the ITR. The gentle curves of the main steel plate girders and the smooth transitions of the steel and concrete railing above are meant to be reminders of some of the architecture in the South Bend and Mishawaka area. Along with its strikingly unique and attractive design, the bridge is serving its structural function without exception. Users and observers alike have indicated that the bridge is serving its beautification role beyond expectations.

U.S. 24 Bridge Over Tippecannoe River Engineering ProjectLFA was selected by the Indiana Department of Transportation to design the bridge replacement and additional road improvements on U.S. 24 in White County. Major features include designing a new 5-span, 478 ft. replacement bridge, realigning U.S. 24 toward the north to correct an existing east bank roadway curve, sidewalks, decorative street lighting and other pertinent intersection improvements.

Through Monticello U.S. 24 is the main connection across the Tippecanoe River. Part of the project’s requirements was ensuring that the project’s Maintenance of Traffic plan minimized impacts to both the City of Monticello and the significant over-the-road truck traffic on U.S. 24. This was accomplished by establishing a proposed work sequence that minimizes the impacts to the existing bridge through construction.

LFA EGHC StructuralElkhart General Home Care is a new, freestanding medical office and retail building in Elkhart, Indiana. This 35,525 Sq. Ft. facility provides a much needed health care resource to the citizens of Elkhart County. At the facility individuals can receive comprehensive home care including nursing, therapy, home health aides, and home infusion.
LFA served as the lead structural engineering for this project, collaborating closely with Majority Builders and Cripe Design to design and construct this resource for Beacon Health Systems. With the rise in patient needs abbreviated project durations are critical in the health care field. As such, a design-build project delivery approach was utilized to quickly complete the project from beginning to end.
The building consists of a structural steel frame surrounded by non-load bearing masonry walls. The entry canopy utilizes curved steel members while a raised skylight creates a bright, open and inviting retail space for customers. The exposed structural steel and masonry were respectively painted and stained to match other buildings in the Beacon Health
Mishawaka Riverwalk Engineering ProjectThe Mishawaka Riverwalk Phase I project consisted of the design and construction inspection of a new landscaped walkway system that extended nearly 2,000 feet along the St. Joseph River near downtown Mishawaka. The handicapped accessible walkway connected two adjacent parks with a new user-friendly system of sidewalks, overlooks and stairs within a few feet of the River’s edge. The walkway is part of a system that provides easy pedestrian access to all areas of downtown while allowing the users to be close to nature along the landscaped and wooded trail.

LFA designed all the Civil and Structural components consisting of major stream bank reconstruction, erosion protection and significant retaining walls and structures. Other members of our design team assisted with the necessary landscaping and electrical requirements. We also coordinated collaboration with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Environmental Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accomplish the City’s goal as part of their downtown revitalization along with the permitting agencies’ goals of environmental protection and sustainable, long-term wildlife habitat.

Phases II and III of the Riverwalk Project consisted of the design and inspection of walkways connecting parks on the South Side of the St. Joseph River and a major signature pedestrian bridge over the river. The bridge is a two span cable stayed bridge that is visible from all areas of downtown. Nearly all of both sides of the St. Joseph River is accessible to pedestrians in the downtown Mishawaka area.

U.S. 24 Over Marsh Ditch Engineering ProjectConstruction of a new alignment for U.S. 24 between the Indiana-Ohio State Line and Fort Wayne, Indiana has been a high profile project within the State. As one of the leaders within this project, Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C. designed and prepared construction documents for twin single-span bridges that carry U.S. 24 over Marsh Ditch. Pre-stressed concrete bulb-tee beams were selected for their ability to span the crossing of more than one-hundred feet without the need for an interior support.
West 6th and Lilac Road over U.S. 31 Engineering ProjectIn 2008, Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C. performed the design and prepared construction documents for a new 2-span bridge over U.S. 31. The new bridge will satisfy an important objective of the State’s corridor improvements for U.S. 31 by replacing an at-grade intersection. The curved superstructure is supported by chorded pre-stressed concrete bulb-tee beams. Mechanically Stabilized Earth abutments provide aesthetic value to the site while adding to the cost-effectiveness of the project.
LFA Gaylord StructuralLFA performed the complete structural design and detailing of the new Gaylord High School in Gaylord, Michigan. This two-story building utilizes structural steel framing, interior and exterior masonry walls and long span joists to create a safe, open, attractive environment for the students and faculty for this large Michigan school district. Design features of this facility included an auditorium, greenhouse, and an open courtyard. This facility serves an enrollment of over 1,000 students with a faculty of approximately 70 members.

To complete the project LFA teamed with lead architect Fanning Howey Associates. Collaboration of the design was performed across multiple disciplines with other key team members. Close relationship between the project team members contributed to the successful completion of this signature facility for Gaylord.

Plymouth Goshen Trail Bridge Over U.S. 31 Engineering ProjectIn 2008, Lawson-Fisher Associates designed and prepared construction documents for a two-span bridge that carries Plymouth-Goshen Trail over U.S. 31. The 124’-6” span lengths are long enough to accommodate future U.S. 31 improvements that are currently in the planning stage. This portion of U.S. 31 is on a curved horizontal alignment. The bridge features steel plate girders with 62-inch web plates. A concrete wall pier and Mechanically Stabilized Earth abutments serve as the substructures for the bridge. To match other steel bridges within the county and Town of Plymouth, a red color was selected for the bridge girders.
Elm Road Bridge Engineering ProjectElm Road crosses Lateral No. 5 in the southern portion of St. Joseph County as it serves the rural population in that area. In 1999, Lawson-Fisher Associates performed the design and prepared construction documents for a replacement bridge at this location. With the assistance of Federal Funding, the bridge was replaced and is now servicing the residents in that area.
Patterson Road Bridge Engineering ProjectIn 1997, Lawson-Fisher Associates assisted St. Joseph County officials in designing a new structure for the failing bridge on Patterson Road, east of Wyatt. A three-sided precast concrete structure was selected and constructed at this rural site. By incorporating precast concrete wing walls and site grading around the structure, a pleasant transition was achieved in this rural portion of St. Joseph County.
LFA Angola StructuralAs the Metropolitan School District of Steuben County continued to grow, coupled with an aging infrastructure, the need for a replacement of the Angola High School in Angola, Indiana became apparent. The team selected for perform design services for the new high school included LFA.

As lead structural engineer for the new facility, LFA provided the complete structural design and detailing services. The structural elements consist of structural steel framing, interior and exterior masonry walls and long span joists. Design features of this facility included an auditorium, greenhouse, and various athletic fields. The new facility creates a safe and attractive environment with open areas for both students and faculty for this large Indiana school district. This facility serves an enrollment of just fewer than 1,000 students with approximately 60 faculty members.

LFA teamed with lead architect Fanning Howey Associates on the design of this high school. Various design team members across multiple disciplines collaborated throughout the design of this project. Close coordination among the project team members contributed to the successful completion of this signature facility for Angola.

Klintz Road Bridge Over Juday Creek Engineering ProjectJuday Creek remains one of the more pristine small waterways that traverse through the northern portions of St. Joseph County in Indiana. In collaboration with the County and State officials, Lawson-Fisher Associates prepared construction documents that resulted in the replacement of the aging Kintz Road Bridge with a new culvert in 1996. Coordination with adjacent property owners, IDNR officials and the County resulted in a new structure that was pleasing to all parties.
LFA Rice Field StructuralAfter years of continuous service and use by several schools, the football and track athletic facility at Rice Field was in need of a major rehabilitation. LFA led a design team that performed the design and construction monitoring of all of the items associated with the project. Major components of the nearly total rehabilitation consisted of:
– Concrete repair, restoration and remodeling of the main stadium and locker area.
– Remodeling of the main press box at the top of the stadium.
– New wood seating on both the stadium and visitors bleacher area.
– Steel repair and restoration of the visitors bleacher area.
– Remodeling of the concession building.
– Remodeling and adding space to the Athletic Conditioning Building.
– New high mast field lighting and fencing.
– Regrading and resodding of the complete football field.
– Rehabilitation of the adjacent river wall along the property.
The facility successfully served 2 major high school football and track programs as well as other high school and middle school band, performance and athletic activities.
Construction of a new alignment for U.S. 24 between the Indiana-Ohio state line and Fort Wayne, Indiana has been a high profile project within the State. As one of the leaders within this project, Lawson-Fisher Associates designed and prepared construction documents for twin single-span bridges that carry U.S. 24 over Viland Ditch. The U.S. 24 alignment is on a horizontal curve at the bridge location. To simplify construction, the bridge width was chosen such that the bridges could be constructed tangent to the horizontal curve. The prestressed concrete bulb-tee beams are 5’-6” tall and were selected for their ability to span the crossing of more than one hundred feet without the need for an interior support. Integral end bents were utilized on this project to eliminate bridge deck joints. The end bents are supported on 12” steel H-piles driven to bedrock. Due to the high volume of truck traffic on U.S. 24, concrete barrier rail with a 3’-9” height was constructed on both bridges.
This bridge is at the western end of the U.S. 24 Fort to Port, Phase 4 project. The bridge is part of the new interchange at State Road 101 and U.S. 24. In collaboration with INDOT officials, Lawson-Fisher Associates designed and prepared construction documents for this 2-span bulb-tee superstructure over the new U.S. 24 divided highway. The prestressed concrete bulb-tee beams are 5’-6” tall and will span 101’-0”. Aesthetic and cost-effective considerations lead to the selection of Mechanically Stabilized Earth abutments for this bridge. Integral end bents will be constructed for this bridge to eliminate bridge deck joints. The interior support for the bridge will be a 5-column frame bent with a crashwall. The substructures for this bridge will be supported on 12” steel H-piles driven to bedrock. The beams will be supported on elastomeric bearing pads at the interior support.
The Kamm Island Vehicular Bridge serves as the only vehicular connection to the latest recreational area being developed by the City of Mishawaka, Kamm Island. Although this 70-feet long by 13-feet wide prefabricated bridge is primarily used by pedestrians and other non-motorized traffic, it was designed to accommodate the occasional emergency, full-sized and various construction or specialized park equipment. It provides access from the 100 Center Complex to Kamm Island. The bridge now ties into the extensive riverwalk system throughout the area.

 

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