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ARC Towson Bridge
Todd Scharf
Position and Company:
Direction of Operations, ARC Construction Services, Inc.
ARC's Towson Bridge Project was a project which required hundred of hours of planning months in advance to complete the job in less than 36 hours. ARC had been selected by the client to perform this work because of the outstanding performance record for other projects at the property. ARC's record gave the owner the confidence that ARC could get this work done in a timely, efficient, and most of all safe manner.
The Towson Bridge project was the removal of a pedestrian bridge spanning Fairmount Avenue in Towson MD. The Bridge went from the Sheraton Hotel on the east side of Fairmount Ave. to Towson Town Center on the west side of Fairmount Ave. For months the Bridge had been closed to pedestrian traffic because of the deteriorating conditions of its support columns. The owners of the bridge had decided it was time to remove it completely and remove and public safety hazard which may exist due to the poor condition. The owners left it up to ARC to determine the best means and methods for getting this done.
Several constraints were placed on ARC to do this project:
  • Fairmount Avenue is a major thoroughfare in Towson and shut down of the roadway had to minimize the impact to traffic patterns as much as possible
  • Once start, the bridge demolition could not stop without putting the public at risk
  • The road way beneath the bridge needed to remain in tact
  • The Sheraton across the street and the mall would both remain open and active throughout the bridge removal process.
These constraints led ARC to the following plan of action.
  • The bridge removal work would need to be done on the weekends so as to mitigate the impact to business traffic
  • The bridge would need to be completely removed at one time so as to prevent any public risk of people driving under a partially demolished bridge
  • The bridge would need to be dissembled via the use of two 400 ton cranes, the same way it was put together, so as to prevent damage to the adjacent buildings and roadway.
The final result of all the planning and effort was that on a Friday night in August, ARC, and a team of 5 other contractors and over 50 workers mobilized to begin dissemble of the bridge. Less than 36 hours later, a full 21 hours ahead of schedule, the bridge and support columns would be gone, the road way swept, the ground top soiled and strawed, and it would appear as though a bridge was never there. Superior planning and coordination made this an extremely successfully project.

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I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support given to the Concrete Cutting Training Session held on October 13 and 14. Without your support the training exercise would not have been able to run as smoothly as it did. I look forward to working with you again in future training opportunities.

Robert D. Murray, Sr. | Captain, Baltimore County Fire Department

I want to thank you for sending ARC Construction Services to clean up the Kinship Road location. No other contractor has done such a thorough job. They cleaned the yard, secured a loose board on the front, boarded up the back garage window and secured the entire garage door. The entire crew were both fabulous people and workers. Great job at this site. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Lionel van Dommelen | Chief Baltimore County Bureau of Code Inspection & Enforcement

We would like to express our gratitude for the performance of ARC Construction Services during the renovation of Fourier Hall.

This particular project required your services for budgeting, hazardous material abatement, and general demolition. It also required a significant number of site visits for selective demolition, the majority of which were on short notice. All aspects of the project were handled professionally and completed in a timely manner.

David Grabowski | The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

I want to thank you for the great job your crew did aboard the USS Constellation. The lead paint stabilization project presented us with a couple of big problems. Being a museum, which relies on admissions for most of our funding, there was no way we could close the ship to visitors. ARC’s innovative construction of an airlock passage in the ship’s forward ladderway made it possible to have visitors on the upper decks while your team worked safely below.

Although the overall complexity of Constellation’s 1854 construction details was a huge challenge for ARC, you were able to remove the lead paint from areas that we thought were inaccessible. It is truly wonderful to have the entire ship open to the public again for the first time in a decade.

Paul G. Powichroski | Ship’s Manager, USS Constellation Museum

ARC Construction Services has performed subcontract work for us on a variety of large and small projects over the past several years. We have always found ARC to be very knowledgeable, responsible and easy to work with. You understand the challenges of fast track projects that we undertake and work in concert with our team, which is an essential element for the successful completion of these difficult projects.

Phillips Way is confident in the abilities of ARC and looks forward to working with you again on future projects.

Phillip C. Martien | President, Phillips Way, Inc.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend your company on a job well done. Your personnel did a great job on the HAZMAT abatement at the Camden Station/Babe Ruth Museum, finishing the abatement without delay. Without the expertise and experience of your team I believe the job would not have been completed on time.

It has been a pleasure and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Gary A. McGuigan | Maryland Stadium Authority

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