Over 175 years combined professional staff experience in timber bridges & structures
Collaborating with YBC
No matter when we are brought into the general design process, we are committed to providing the utmost due diligence and attention to detail to provide our clients with the right bridge, on time and on budget.
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What are the optimum times to bring YBC into the process?
Integrated Project Delivery
For integrated project delivery or a fast track project, we recommend talking to us the minute a bridge or significant culvert is a possibility. Show us a plan, photographs, survey, or early site analysis from designers, anything that we can use to establish length, width, and height expectations. Let our expertise really shine on the best custom bridge solution for the site.
Design Bid Build
For traditional design bid build, we strongly suggest inclusion in the budgeting phase. This helps clients make appropriate assertions regarding cost allowances, order of magnitudes, and/or refinements to the scope, so that these details can land in a bid package. Our goal is to account for what ifs but not inflate them, to give client’s a clear understanding of a bridge project. Not including these details can compromise budgets and/or responsible bidding; many times, if they’re not included it is unlikely YBC will participate in bidding.
When the concept of the bridge or culvert crossing(s) is anticipated or required, it is best to get us onto the team before construction documentation (if relevant to the project) or minimally several months before the site construction is commencing in the crossing area. This ensures that the design can be completed and is detailed for maximum efficiency. Our shop drawings are much more than the design, they also focus on the design’s engineering, construction, and longevity of the bridge; they are carefully crafted for each and every project.
In this initial pre-design phase, when project goals & program elements are being established, we can provide designers, contractors, and other industry professionals or owners with ballparks and order of magnitudes, to help give an idea of cost for a bridge.
Schematic Design Consultation & Design Development
When moving into schematic design, we can offer designers, contractors, and other industry professionals or owners with general scope and budget refinements (if we previously provided a ballpark) or provide an initial estimate based on the information available.
We know that projects never start with a fully defined idea or scope, we’re here to help figure that out. In the design development phase, we typically find ourselves defining a firm scope and a hard budget for clients.
Documentation, Engineering, & Pre-Construction
We are typically contracted by the time client’s shift into construction documentation so that, they can let our standards help in detailing the bridge. Our design build approach is geared to let us take that load on for you.
In addition to providing shop drawings, our dedicated design team also answers requests for information, they respond to comments from the permitting department, and they consult with an expert bridge engineering firm that we’ve partnered with for over 20 years!
The last step is pre-construction, here we discuss things like access, build equipment, and craftsmanship because they are the cornerstones to a successful project. Our construction experts coordinate with your contractors & on-site team to create a smooth transition from paper to site mobilization.
Construction, Protection, & Inspection
When we build, our on-site team is there to build the best bridge that they can, which is the best bridge in the industry. Our field crews are dedicated to maintaining a small footprint on the site, building out systematically and efficiently. In short, our crews have astonished our clients, they’ve said that it’s like poetry in motion seeing them in action.