Tampa, Fla. – (May 12, 2014) – A major project to improve Gandy Blvd. from I-275 to east of 4th Street North in Pinellas County is underway. BCC Engineering, a full-service firm specializing in highly innovative design-build transportation projects, is part of the joint venture team of Condotte-de Moya JV/BCC Engineering, which is responsible for the project.
“The design-build concept is a team approach that starts from day one and continues every step of the project,” says Jose Munoz, president, BCC Engineering. “We’re finding solutions as a team, so when issues arise – as they are bound to in a project of this magnitude and complexity – there is no blame or finger pointing. We just roll up our sleeves and get to work in a collaborative, creative, and cooperative environment to make sure the project is completed safely, quickly, and without incurring unnecessary costs.”
Design-build means a single team of contractors and engineers is responsible for both design and construction of the project, which is proven to save time and money over the more traditional “design-bid-build” method where the design is completed first by engineers and then construction contractors are invited to bid for the opportunity to build the project. With design-build, project engineers and contractors work in partnership to deliver a high-quality project at the lowest possible price, with an expedited schedule.
Improving traffic on Gandy Blvd.
“When BCC Engineering designs a road, you know you’re going to see an innovative design that is clean and highly functional,” says Christopher Roberts, PE, BCC Engineering regional office manager and director of transportation for West Central Florida. Roberts opened BCC Engineering’s Tampa office a year ago, with the Gandy Blvd. project being his first major road work undertaking for BCC Engineering.
“For this project, we re-engineered the design to allow the ramps, frontage roads, and side streets to interface with one another in a safer and more efficient way. Our inventive design reduces costs for this extremely complex project and will provide a better end product for drivers.”
Roberts says the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is making these improvements possible by its willingness to allow engineers to “think outside the box” and take unique approaches. Benefits of BCC Engineering’s redesign include:
• A less expensive and better designed project
• Drivers will move through the corridor in a safer manner with less “stop and go”
• Reduced capital construction costs
• Reduced short term and long term maintenance costs
• Improved local access
• Increased level of service
“Our approach may be innovative, but it’s not just futuristic thinking. It’s highly necessary now,” says BCC Engineering president Munoz. “With 46,000 cars a day passing through the Gandy intersection at 4th Street North, we owe it to those drivers – whose tax dollars are making this improvement a reality – to quickly and efficiently create the most effective roadways possible. It’s our company philosophy to be sure we’re leaving no possible better solutions unexplored.”
The three-year, estimated $83 million project will eliminate traffic signals and add overpasses, so that traffic will be free-flowing from I-275 to east of 4th Street North. There will be no more stopping at 16th Street North, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, Roosevelt Boulevard North, or 4th Street North. Cars that need to exit at those streets will be diverted to frontage roads alongside new bridges, creating a better distribution of traffic.
This work is similar to the recent improvements along U.S. 19 in Clearwater, which Pinellas County drivers have seen make an amazing difference in traffic flow on that roadway. On Gandy, the medians are wide enough to allow bridge construction to begin immediately.
“This is an important, outstanding project that the City of St. Petersburg has been looking forward to for quite some time,” says Joe Kubicki, former director of transportation for the city. “We’re pleased that FDOT hired the Condotte-de Moya/BCC Engineering team to advance this redesign, as we all work closely together on this complex project.”
About BCC Engineering
BCC Engineering specializes in providing innovative planning, design, and construction management services for civil, structural, transportation and land development projects. The firm is a full-service provider for major transportation, local government, and private clients throughout Florida. Clients include FDOT Districts and Expressway Authorities, and a number of local governments and authorities, as well as the nation’s largest healthcare systems, developers, and the federal government.
The firm is one of the fastest growing civil engineering firms in Florida with four regional offices (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Maitland, and Tampa). During the last five years, BCC has become a design-build leader in the state, having provided design and CEI services for 14 design-build contracts with a construction value of over $1.3 billion. Many of these projects are some of the most high profile and complex projects in Florida.
The firm’s principals and senior engineers bring personal commitment and a wealth of experience to their work on major civil engineering projects throughout the State. For more information about BCC Engineering, please visit http://www.bcceng.com or call the Tampa office at 813.637.0000.