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On July 23, Jimmy Shumock, CEO of Thompson Engineering, Pat Hickox, bridge and structures director of HDR, and Kendall Kilpatrick, vice president of Hatch Mott MacDonald, finished their presentation for the design contract on the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project to the Alabama Department of Transportation and went to lunch together.
“We decided since we were going to find out who won, we would do it together,” said Shumock.
The three men formed a unique partnership, Mobile Bay Gateway Partners, 20 months ago, with the goal of being “as local as possible while having the strength and capability to do the project,” said Shumock.
“It’s like the barriers of our three firms went down, and we started collaborating on this,” he added. They brought 11 other companies on board as well.
The news that the Thompson-led team won the project came by text during the post-presentation lunch. The final selection was made by a panel of Mobile-area elected officials and community leaders who listened to the three finalists.
“Thompson Engineering was chosen because the selection panel liked their ideas and felt they were the best fit to design this project,” said ALDOT’s Mobile Region Engineer Vince Calametti.
To keep the project moving, the state agency fast-tracked the contract, allowing Thompson Engineering to start its work immediately. Design work will include decisions on a multitude of details, from the visual appeal of the cable stay bridge to pedestrian access points and lighting that complements Mobile’s skyline.
Mobile-based Thompson Engineering, the prime consultant, will take the design lead for Project West, referring to the Mobile side of the bridge, as well as geotechnical and environmental services.
HDR Engineering is the design lead on the main span and high-level bridge. Founded in 1917 in Omaha, Neb., the firm has two local offices – in Mobile and Daphne.
Hatch Mott MacDonald has the design lead on Project East, referring to the Baldwin County side, as well as surge and wave analysis. The firm’s parent companies have roots in Croydon, England, and Mississauga, Canada, as well as local offices in Mobile and Daphne.
The team submitted four designs as part of its proposal. Shumock said the final design may be one of those submitted or something completely different, and will depend on the community, ALDOT’s parameters and the final budget.
Click here to read The Business View – October 2015