News and Announcements
The SUNY at Buffalo Student Steel Bridge Team (Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Department) competed over the 2012-2013 school year in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition. Over 200 schools and 3,000 students from colleges and university across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico competed in the year long event.
The Association for Bridge Construction and Design would like to thank Tom Mialki of NYSDOT Region 4 and Frank Fisher of Crane Hogan for an interesting presentation on the Rehabilitation of the Irondequoit Bay Bridge. The event was held at the Monroe County Office Building and the delicious lunch was catered by the Dinosaur Barbeque. Approximately 60 attendees each earned 1 pdh credit.
The February Dinner Meeting was held at the Classics V Banquet Center and featured speakers from Hatch Mott MacDonald. Ronald Klinczar PE, Donald Lazzarro PE and Mark Mruk PE presented “Tips, Techniques and Pitfalls of Bridge Preservation”. Over 50 people attended. Some of those who were given recognition during the meeting included Greg Phattanachitanon of UB (winner of one of the ABCD Scholarships), Hanjin Hu of UB (winner of the ABCD Fellowship) and several UB students who helped with the ABCD Model Bridge Contest held earlier in the day.
The annual Kenneth T. Rybarczyk Model Bridge Contest was held at the Classics V Banquet Center on February 28, 2013. Four high schools participated: North Tonawanda High School, The Gow School, John F. Kennedy High School and Pioneer High School. 80 students participated and 45 bridges were put to the test.
We are saddened to inform you that former Erie County Commissioner of Public Works and founding president of the Western New York Chapter of ABCD, Philip Frandina passed away on February 26, 2013. His leadership and insight brought many individuals together for the good of the bridge industry. ABCD would like to extend our condolences to Mr. Frandina's family and friends.