Friday, March 18, 2011

Two Projects Win ACEC of Arkansas Awards

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas honored Garver with two Engineering Excellence Awards at its annual banquet March 17.

Garver's War Eagle Bridge Rehabilitation Project won in the Structural Systems category. Built in 1907, the bridge was in dire need of repair, and Garver provided services to rehabilitate the main truss span and the approach spans. The project also included restoring the stone piers, timber deck, steel stringers, floor beams, and approach span bearing assembly. Because the single-lane bridge is recognized as a historic place, the integrity of its appearance had to be conserved. Throughout the renovation process, Garver maintained communication and consulted with the State Historic Preservation Officer, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, and the Federal Highway Administration.

Garver's Arkansas International Airport Electrical Vault Rehabilitation Project won in the Building/Technology Systems category. Garver worked with the airport to upgrade an old electrical vault. The building’s 2,400-volt exposed wire bus and equipment endangered the maintenance staff because the equipment was within easy reach and didn’t protect against accidental contact. A safer, more secure vault was constructed. In addition, a state-of-the-art airfield lighting control system provides reliable controls via fiber optic network and an intelligent controller to assist in proactive maintenance.

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