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PAGE B8 JUNE 2004 The Washington Construction News

FREYSSINET: A Worldwide Player in Civil Engineering

on design techniques and hardware, but little by tensioning and strengthen the girders,” says
JEFF ROBERTS little, as contractors needed technical assistance, Micklus.
The Washington Construction News Special Feature Freyssinet would be onsite to assist. Finally con- Freyssinet LLC has employed similarly inno-
tractors preferred that Freyssinet perform the spe- vative techniques in replacing or restoring struc-
Freyssinet’s commitment to innovation and cialty prestressing work as a turn-key subcontrac- tures around Washington, D.C. According to
ambitious technical developments is so revolu- tor” says Baruch Gedalia, structural repairs man- Micklus, “We recently completed a job for Metro
tionary that its specialized skills have been used ager of Freyssinet LLC. “So, instead of instruct- at its Shady Grove maintenance station. We
to advance nuclear power programs in France and ing contractors how to apply prestressing tech- jacked up the bridges and replaced the bearings,
the United Kingdom; relocate a 725-year old niques, Freyssinet began executing the work utilizing an alternative scheme for raising the
ancient Egyptian temple; facilitate oil drilling in itself. And that’s how Freyssinet went from superstructure. Freyssinet’s alternate jacking
the icy waters off the coast of Newfoundland and designer to a mix of designer and specialty con- scheme ultimately saved time, money and had
the North Sea; lift the roof off an Italian casino in tractor.” virtually no environmental impact on a local
Campione; create a state-of-the-art stadiums in Freyssinet’s expertise in strengthening struc- stream, which would have been disturbed, based
Turkey and Wales. Moreover, its bridges span tures does not end with prestressing. The firm’s had the original jacking scheme shown in the bid
valleys and waterways in exotic locales that techniques also include the use of stay cables, documents been used. We also replaced damaged
include South Africa, Australia, Venezuela, which gracefully support the longer bridge expansion joints with Freyssinet’s CIPEC Joint
Romania, and Hong Kong. However, Freyssinet spans; conventional post-tensioning of a variety System and provided up to a 5 Year warranty. The
is more interested in the scope of a particular of structures including bridges, industrial tanks, warranty was not a contractual requirement but
project than in its location. reservoirs, buildings and special structures; soil offered by Freyssinet as evidence of our confi-
An organization teeming with experience and reinforcement and improvement, use of mechani- dence in our products.”
intelligence, Freyssinet was behind many innova- cally stabilized earth retaining walls and bridge Freyssinet has just launched the re-introduc-
tions that have marked the world of civil engi- abutments; and repair and maintenance of exist- tion of its CIPEC line expansion joints in the U.S.
neering including: development of the prestress- ing structures, utilizing Freyssinet’s wide arsenal market and is optimistic the joints will well
ing technique, revolutionized the state of the art of technologies and products in an effort to pre- received.
for stay cables, concrete regeneration, soil rein- serve the beauty and functionality of aging struc- A long and decorated history of research and
forcement and improvement, and in the fields of tures, thus allowing future generations to enjoy development is what distinguishes Freyssinet
repair, maintenance, strengthening and monitor- their splendor. from its competition and allows the company to
ing of structures. For example, Freyssinet Portugal (Terra set, rather than follow the standards within the
Freyssinet LLC is a Chantilly, Va. - based Armata) installed 192 stay cables, 11,000 tons of civil engineering and construction industries. In
civil engineering and specialty construction firm steel post-tensioning cables, and large movement keeping with its mission of constant innovation,
focused on the design, construction, and long- expansion joints during construction of the Vasco the Freyssinet Group allocated €4.35 million
term durability of structures ranging from bridges de Gama Bridge, located in the seismically ($5.2 million USD) to research and development
and tunnels to soccer stadiums, oil platforms, and volatile region outside Lisbon, Portugal. last year alone.
parking garages. Freyssinet, named for its Three companies represent Freyssinet in the Freyssinet Poland, participating in the construc- For Gedalia, the formula for success is clear,
founder and inventor of the prestressing tech- United States: The Reinforced Earth Company tion of the Wolin Bridge in northwestern Poland, “When you bring to the table good ideas, clients
nique Eugène Freyssinet, is a subsidiary of (RECO), a world leader in the mechanically sta- the largest steel arch bridge in that country, used see them and begin to have more confidence in
France-based Vinci Construction Group, which, bilized earth market; Freyssinet LLC; and DGI 104 stay cables and 180 tons of steel to span the the company and overall quality of the structure.
consisting of approximately 2,500 companies in Menard, a world specialist in soil improvement. Dziwna River. And, next time, instead of engineering all the
more than 100 countries, is the largest construc- The first industrial applications of prestressing According to Freyssinet LLC Chief Operating details of the structure, they may leave specialty
tion group in the world. Freyssinet itself is organ- did not occur until 1932 but the technique was Officer Andrew Micklus, the Cooper River portions for specialty contractors such as
ized into a network of 70 bases of operation in invented in 1903. “Just after World War II, Bridge in Charleston, S.C., a $550 million Freyssinet.”
more than 50 countries. Freyssinet was more of a consulting firm focused design/build job, is the longest span cable stayed Perhaps the only thing more impressive than
bridge in the United States. Freyssinet won a $9 Freyssinet LLC’s innovative designs or state-of-
million subcontract to design, test and install all the-art technology and construction, is the com-

Congratulations to Freyssinet. stay cables as well as stay cable vibration sup-

pression systems. The stay cable work should be
complete by February 2005, and the bridge
pany’s safety record. Despite being a leader in
one of the most dangerous fields within the con-
struction industry, the company has had only one
scheduled to open to traffic mid March 2005. minor accident and no lost time since 2000.
Recently Freyssinet LLC completed stay When pressed to pin down that one thing that
cable work on the widest cable stayed bridge in makes Freyssinet LLC unique, Andre Coudret
the United States, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker answers, “All our work is based on invention.
Hill Bridge over the Charles River in Boston, At Freyssinet, one out of every three people in
Mass. This structure was the first cable stayed the company is an engineer. Every time we repair
bridge in the U.S. to utilize ungrouted stays, a something we try to improve by coming up with
technology developed by Freyssinet and now an inventive solution. For us, the cost savings is
being adopted by nearly all current and upcoming not in doing something more quickly or cutting
US cable stayed bridges. corners, the cost-savings is in developing an
“Using a specialist for building the special inventive or alternative solution that is more suit-
portions of bridges and other structures is advan- ed to the particular situation. Then, it is a win-
tageous for the main contractor as well as the win game: We can do the job with an inventive
owner,” says Andre Coudret, chief executive offi- solution, the client can save time and/or money
cer of Freyssinet LLC. “We think it [stay cables and has a final product as good and in many cases
and post-tensioning] is something really special better than originally anticipated.”
and after all, it is what holds the bridge together. Gedalia adds, “We want people to associate
What is more important than that?” Freyssinet with effective problem solving. We
Freyssinet also has a strong presence in the want to use our investment in highly skilled
Washington, D.C. metropolitan area having field crews to do things better; implement value-
worked on several projects in the region, includ- engineering; find alternative designs to make us
ing a number of bridge projects. According to as competitive as possible.”
Center Hole Ram (up to 500 tons), Bar Stressing Rams, Micklus, “We had two contracts in the Suitland Micklus is hopeful that the company’s unique
Md. area that included all post-tensioning work business strategy, intelligent staff of engineers,
Monostran Rams and Pulling Rams. for the Branch Avenue and Naylor Road Station and creative designs will set Freyssinet apart
and Line Structures for WMATA. There were from its competition.
Post Tensioning – Hydraulic Cylinder pre-cast span-by-span segmental concrete bridges
as well as more conventional cast-in-place box
Gedalia anticipates primary contractors con-
tinue to see Freyssinet LLC as valuable contribu-
Prototype & Production girder bridge work.” The extensions of the
Branch Avenue Line won several awards for aes-
tors on challenging projects: “We are not just
builders; we are complete problem-solvers. We
“No Job Too Small” thetics for its novel design, which parallels the are building our market by bringing some intel-
Suitland Parkway and crosses Route 5. lectual added value to the project by implement-
Freyssinet also furnished and installed the ing innovative solutions,”
Crowder Machine post-tensioning on the first and to date, the only
segmental concrete bridge in Washington D.C.
Freyssinet has experience, intelligence, a
proven track record, and the full technical support
where the firm worked with Dick Enterprises on of the largest construction organizations in the
and Hydraulics the Whitehurst Freeway.
Another D.C.-area project was at the National
world; it is no stretch of the imagination to
believe that the success enjoyed thus far by
Airport Metro station, where Freyssinet strength- Freyssinet is just the tip of the iceberg for this
5600 Monument Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526 ened the structures to allow the addition of rising star. For more information, visit Freyssinet
Phone: (541) 471-2274 Fax: (541) 471-2486 canopies at the station. “We had an approximate LLC online at or phone
$400,000 subcontract to provide external post- (703) 378-2500.