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The Calhoun Road Reconstruction project was recognized as one of the Wisconsin Public Works Projects of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association. This nearly $15 million project consisted of reconstructing the existing two-lane rural roadway to a four-lane divided urban roadway and replace the overhead IH 94 bridges. Bloom provided project management services during construction.
On May 13, 2010 this project was recognized as an Honorable Mention Project at the Wisconsin APWA Awards recognition ceremony. This project involved the rehabilitation of the historic structure which required extensive structural, mechanical, and electrical systems upgrades designed to meet current standards, but preserving historic features. Bloom was the prime consultant for the $15.5 million project that involved a detailed inspection of the bridge conditions and preparation of plans for its rehabilitation. On August 16, 2010 this project will be recognized by the American Public Works Association as one of their Public Works Projects of the Year during the 2010 International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts.
On April 28, 2010 AIA Wisconsin announced that this project was selected for Special Recognition. The restoration of the 144 year-old Milwaukee City Hall to its original appearance required four years of structural and facad analysis, design and planning, plus three years of physical restoration work. Blom performed existing foundation and water recharge system investigation and provided remediation recommendations, as well as inspection and structural design services for recommended upgrades to the fire escape, steel ladders, center column, and flat roof structure. Bloom also provided structural engineering services in association with the restoration of the clock faces, the roof top cresting, fire escape ladder supports, and structural repair to the south tower to include design of a steel armature for copper turret caps. Additional services included conducting an evaluation of the condition of existing 8th floor interior steel columns and design of the required reinforcement at the badly corroded member and extensive construction administration responsibilities for this $65.9 million project.
On August 31, 2009 Bloom Companies was awarded “Most Value Added Proposal” by the AASHTO Value Engineering Technical Committee for I-94 Rehabilitation in Dane and Jefferson Counties. The study looked at the proposed rehabilitation or reconstruction of approximately 33 miles of rural interstate highway between CTH N in Dane County and the Jefferson/Waukesha County line in south central Wisconsin. Forty-six overpass and underpass bridges were within the project limits and were affected to varying degrees by the project. The VE study reviewed the following needs: Life cycle costs associated with alternatives over 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years, including maintenance costs; areas with safety concerns; traffic control options for alternatives and costs of traffic control; bridge needs associated with proposed improvements; user delay costs during construction; timeline for needed capacity improvements, constructability and staging of alternatives; and maintenance of an acceptable level of service during construction.
In 2009 Roads and Bridges Magazine awarded the Maple-Oregon Bridge #4 on their Top Ten Bridges in America. This project involved the design of a new bridge crossing the ship canal in Sturgeon Bay. The new bridge is 1,057 feet long and is composed of a double leaf bascule span and eight fixed approach spans. The approach spans are prestressed concrete girder and concrete deck superstructure supported by concrete piers and abutments on steel H-pile foundations. The bascule span is a double leaf rolling lift steel superstructure supported by concrete piers on steel H-pile foundations. The design and plans were completed on a much accelerated schedule to meet the needs of the WisDOT NE Region to expedite the letting and the beginning of construction. Bloom was an integral part of the design team.
In 2006 the Marsupial Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge under the Holton Street Viaduct, over the Milwaukee River was awarded several prestigious awards. Bloom was awarded the Engineering Achievement Award from the Wisconsin section of ASCE, Mayor’s Urban Design Award, the AIA Design Honor Award and the Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence. Bloom provided services for this unique bicycle/pedestrian bridge that included structural analysis of the existing 80 year-old Holton Street Viaduct to determine its capacity to support the bicycle/pedestrian bridge, developed Marsupial Bridge alternatives, preliminary and final design, preparation of structural designs, plans, specifications, quantities and estimates for the bridge and approaches. The bridge has a cast-in-place post-tensioned concrete superstructure; steel cable-stays; structural steel supports at the column bent piers; mahogany handrails; hardwood riding/walking surface; stainless steel trim; and an integrated lighting system. An urban plaza and outdoor theater were constructed under the easterly end of the Holton Street Viaduct as part of the project.
Award received for the UW-Milwaukee Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex
Award received for the General Mitchell International Airport Baggage Claim
AASHTO National Value Engineering Award for Most Value Added Proposal, Project Delivery Category
Illinois Department of Transportation Exceptional Service Award
American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin Engineering Excellence Grand Award (2006) for theAASHTO National Value Engineering Award for Most Value Added Proposal, Pre-Construction Engineering Over $75 Million Category (2005) for early preliminary engineering of I-94 reconstruction; Detroit, MI
American Society of Civil Engineers Wisconsin Section Engineering Achievement Award – Construction Cost Over $20 Million