Over the course of his career, Ammann was commissioned in the design and construction of over 16 major bridge projects, founded two public port agencies and launched two private engineering firms, the latter of which, Ammann & Whitney, still stands today, 50 years after his death.
His designs were the result of innovation upon innovation, culminating in record-breaking and aesthetically beautiful structures, including the iconic George Washington Bridge (GWB). Seeing the great potential of “motor-cars,” Ammann designed the GWB with future needs in mind. Originally constructed with six lanes and two sidewalks, Ammann left a 32-foot wide unpaved strip in the center of the GWB and provided enough capacity to accommodate a second, lower roadway, which were both utilized, in 1946 and 1958 respectively. At the time of its completion, it was the longest bridge span in the world.
Until about the time of the GWB, bridge approaches were constructed such that traffic fed directly into local street networks. Recognizing that a distribution system of ramps and connecting roadways would be needed to disperse traffic, Ammann provided some of these more complex connections, and provided the capacity for even more, into his design of the GWB.
From the monolithic plate steel on the Bronx-Whitestone towers, to the innovative truss system of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which took into account the curvature of the earth and was the longest suspension bridge in the world for almost 20 years, Othmar Ammann pushed the limits of possibility to deliver functional, forward-thinking and awe inspiring structures that today define America’s landscape.
McCormick, a registered professional engineer, has nearly 50 years of varied transportation experience, encompassing planning, design, construction and operations in both the public and private sectors. He has been Parsons Brinckerhoff’s (PB) principal-in-charge or project manager on highway, bridge and airport projects across America and the world. He spent nearly seven years as project manager during the design and construction activities relating to the new 12-lane Woodrow Wilson Bridge near Washington, D.C. The $2.5 billion project was on time and on budget.
Prior to joining PB, McCormick had a distinguished career in public service. From 1989-93, he was Federal Highway deputy administrator under President George H.W. Bush. He spearheaded development of the Bush Administration’s highway/transit reauthorization proposal, signed into law in 1991 and known as the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. McCormick also spent 25 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation, serving as deputy transportation secretary and director of the office of planning and programming.
His ARTBA leadership positions put him in an elite class: 2005 chairman, senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, northeastern region vice chairman, chairman of the Highway Advisory Council, co-chair of the ARTBA-AASHTO-AGC Joint Committee, and current trustee on the ARTBA Foundation. He also was co-chairman of the ARTBA “TEA-21 Task Force,” which developed the association’s legislative blueprint for the surface transportation reauthorization bill—SAFETEA-LU—signed by President Bush in August 2005.
Bob Briant, Sr. (1937-2013),
Bob Briant, Senior, was a New Jersey construction industry legend and tireless advocate. In 1972, he was named the first full-time executive director of the fledgling Utility Contractors Association of New Jersey. He was guided by a simple principle. His organization should be the home for “those who strive to be the best.”