T.Y. Lin International Wins 2014 fib Outstanding Concrete Structures Special Mention for Hoover Dam Bypass Project


T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces that the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, which includes the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge) designed by TYLI, has been awarded a prestigious Special Mention for Outstanding Concrete Structures by the Fédération Internationale du Béton (fib). Also known as the International Federation for Structural Concrete, fib presents its highly-prized awards every four years. The 2014 award ceremony took place on February 10th at the fib Congress and Exhibition in Mumbai, India.

The fib Special Mention is the 15th major industry award won by the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, the centerpiece of which is the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. The landmark bridge is the highest and longest soaring concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. Ranking as the second-highest bridge of any kind in the United States, it also features the tallest concrete segmental columns of any bridge on the planet. The Hoover Dam Bypass Project consisted of the 1,900-foot-long bridge, found 1,500 feet downstream of the Hoover Dam, with 1.2 miles of approach roadway in Arizona and 2.3 miles of roadway in Nevada.

“We are honored that the Hoover Dam Bypass Project has been awarded the 2014 fib Special Mention for Outstanding Concrete Structures,” said David Goodyear, P.E., S.E., Senior Vice President and Chief Bridge Engineer for TYLI’s Americas Region, and the designer of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. “We are proud that T. Y. Lin International led the design process for the unique, concrete-steel hybrid bridge that now spans the Colorado River at Hoover Dam.”

The design team for the Hoover Dam Bypass Project included HDR, TYLI and Jacobs Engineering (formerly Sverdrup). The firms were selected for the project by the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in consultation with the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation.

The goal of the fib Awards for Outstanding Concrete Structures is to encourage international recognition of structures that demonstrate the versatility of concrete as a structural medium. The 44 structures entered for fib’s 2014 awards program were judged in Buildings and Civil Engineering Structures categories. The jury took into account important criteria such as design aspects, including aesthetics and design detailing; construction practice and quality of work; environmental aspects of the design and its construction; durability and sustainability aspects; and the significance of the contribution made by the entry to the development and improvement of concrete construction.

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