Construction Notebook


February 10, 2012


Bridge system proof-tested

San Diego-based ATA Engineering Inc. announced the completion of proof-testing the ARCS deployable bridge system.

Technologies incorporated in the ARCS bridge result from a three-year effort funded by the U.S. Army's TARDEC (Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center).

The prototype is a 7,000-pound bridge constructed from six segments of interleaved aluminum modules designed to accommodate crossing by a 30-ton vehicle over a 40-foot gap. Static testing was successfully performed up to 42 tons.

The reconfigurable design addresses several shortcomings of today's temporary bridging technologies: unlike other systems that require significant logistical support to deploy and are limited to a fixed span and load capacity, ARCS can be deployed rapidly while remaining adaptable to different gap widths and loads.

Fulfilling the need for a "bridge-in-a-box," a deployment-ready 80-foot bridge can be transported inside a standard shipping container.

Future development is expected to demonstrate the system's capability at spans exceeding 100 feet and for vehicles in excess of 75 tons.

PrimeCo awarded paint contract

PrimeCo Painting and Construction, has been awarded the contract to paint various components of the exteriors of Renaissance Capri, a 188-unit condominium community in La Jolla.

The current project is part of a three-phase renovation plan that will result in the entire community being repainted and having damaged wood replaced.

The condominium community is near the University Town Center and is professionally managed by Courtney Parvis, of The Prescott Companies in Carlsbad.

Board President Rob Campbell was assisted by board members Bill Boric, Janis Dean and Judy Thickston during the contract negotiations and contractor selection process.

Saber Guennoun, of Dunn-Edwards Paint, assisted the community with paint specifications and color selection.

PrimeCoís Octavio Partida will serve as the project manager for the community, assisted by on-site foreman Erazmo Garcia.

This phase of the renovation plan is expected to take about a month, according to Bill Butler, director of business development for PrimeCo.


February 10, 2012