JBC is the Prime consultant providing construction inspection services during the $65 million replacement of seven existing structurally deficient bridge superstructures over the Vine Street Expressway, SR 0676 PAB, in Philadelphia. The replacements, which were planned to take place over a four (4) year period, take into account the needs of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. The project was designed to be completed in two stages. The first stage began in March 2015 and will be complete in time for the City’s planned Parkway Centennial Celebration starting in July 2017. The first stage includes four of the seven bridges over Interstate 676 in Center City Philadelphia; the 20th Street /Benjamin Franklin Parkway Bridge, the Pedestrian Bridge connecting Logan Circle and Vine Street at the Philadelphia Free Library, the 19th Street Bridge, and the Pedestrian Bridge connecting Logan Circle and Vine Street at the former Family Court Building. It also includes the realignment of Winter Street. Stage 2 was scheduled to start after the completion of Stage 1 and was to complete by November 2019. However, the Contractor has proposed to start Stage 2 early and agreed to advance the completion of Stage 2 to November 2018, one year earlier. Stage 2 includes the superstructure replacements on the 18th Street Bridge, the 21st Street Bridge and the 22nd Street Bridge.
Under a separate agreement with the Construction Management team for the project, JBC is providing the CPM Scheduling services during construction. Associated project work also includes new bridge approach paving; landscaping improvements; new traffic signals; new drainage; ITS elements; new pavement markings and signing; and other miscellaneous construction.
It’s no secret the City of Philadelphia has a rich history. Think 1776, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, to name a few. But did you know that our history expands beyond our founding fathers? It appears in local architecture and area bridge structures. For example, let’s take a look at the 110 year old Walnut Lane Bridge, located in Northwest Philadelphia. The bridge, which runs over the Wissahickon Creek, connects the neighborhoods of Germantown and Roxborough and dates back to 1908. At one time it was the world’s longest concrete bridge. Another local bridge is the 116 year old Adams Avenue Bridge which carries Adams Avenue over Tacony Creek in the Tacony Creek Park section of Philadelphia.
Thanks in part to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) commitment to restoring and preserving historic bridges, both bridges recently underwent multimillion dollar renovations in 2016. The six-span Walnut Lane Bridge built in 1906 received a new deck, sidewalk, sidewalk supports and balustrade railing. The concrete arch was repaired along with support abutments and piers to match the architectural line and texture of the preexisting structural abutments and piers. New lighting was also installed.
Work also began on the structurally-deficient stone-arch Adams Avenue Bridge which was built in 1901. JBC provided the sole on-site Construction Inspection of the project. Repairs included strengthening the three-span structure by resetting and repointing stones and reconstructing portions of the stone masonry walls. Other repairs included removing fill inside the structure and replacing it with lightweight concrete; repairing bridge foundations; rebuilding existing wing walls which extend from the support abutments and widening the right turn lane onto Crescentville Road, which will improve traffic flow within the intersection. Scour protection was also added around the support abutments and piers.
The $14.7 million Walnut Lane Bridge project was financed with 100 percent federal funds, while the Adams Avenue Bridge rehabilitation was 100 percent state funded.
PennDOT received the 2017 Preservation Alliance Grand Jury Awards for the two projects at an awards ceremony held on June 7. Thanks to PennDOT’s bridge preservation efforts, we will be able to enjoy these historic structures for years, or shall we say centuries, to come.
JBC Associates, Inc. was honored to receive the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter 2017 Project Achievement Award for LEED/ Sustainable project for the new Pennsylvania State Police Philadelphia Headquarters and Garage. JBC Associates was the Construction Manager on the project for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. The new facility was designed by architects, Buell Kratzer Powell, and incorporates a variety of sustainable features including ground-sourced heat pumps and a ventilated curtain wall system, an advanced storm water management system and green roof resulting in zero storm water site impact.
The awards ceremony was held at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden on June 6th and also recognized Dr. Ali A. Housmand, President of Rowan University, as the Chapter’s Person of the Year for his leadership during a period of unprecedented growth and opportunity at the University.
The CMAA’s annual Construction Management Project Achievement Awards Program recognizes outstanding achievement in construction management. Designed to recognize and promote professionalism and excellence in managing the construction process, the awards are given to construction management firms for projects and programs that reflect this mission. View Project Details
JBC Associates is providing Construction Management and Construction Inspection Services on behalf of PAID (Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development) for the Langley Avenue Reconstruction project at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Part of a larger comprehensive redesign of the Broad Street Gate, the $10 million project involves the reconstruction and partial realignment of the eastern portion of Langley Avenue from Broad Street to 26th Street for approximately 1 mile. The realignment culminates in a new 4‐way signalized intersection at Broad Street and League Island Boulevard, just north of the Navy Yard Main Gate. The project incorporates drainage and utility improvements, an electrical duct bank, an outflow headwall, 12” PGW gas main, streetscape items, sidewalk enhancements and other miscellaneous construction. The project began construction in March of 2017 and is anticipated to last 18 months.
JBC Associates is pleased to announce that the firm has been awarded its first Prime On-Call Project Management and Construction Management Services agreement at Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport with the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation (DOA). Previously, JBC provided on-call PM/CM services as a sub-consultant on several On-Call PMCM agreements for terminal, airfield and landside construction projects totaling over $300 million in construction. JBC services consisted of construction schedule review and analysis, progress monitoring, and construction inspection for new and renovated airport facility and tenant projects, as well as airfield runway and taxiway projects.
This contract award continues JBC’s twenty-five (25) year history of a strong working relationship with the DOA to ensure successful outcomes in project delivery.