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BUSINESS NEWS BLOOMFIELD AVENUE BRIDGE REHABILITATION RECEIVES NORTH JERSEY BRANCH ASCE AWARD Dewberry , a privately held professional services firm, has announced that it was presented with an Honorable Mention Award – Project of the Year, by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), North Jersey Branch, for its engineering and design services on the Bloomfield Avenue Bridge (County Route 506) rehabilitation project. Dewberry provided preliminary engineering, final design, and construction support services to rehabilitate this circa-1911, single-span, concrete T-beam bridge carrying Bloomfield Avenue over NJ TRANSIT’s railroad system. The design restored the bridge’s structural integrity while minimizing impacts to motorists, pedestrians, and railroad operations. The physical constraints imposed by the bridge site, the skew at which Bloomfield Avenue crosses NJ TRANSIT’s tracks, the non-redundant structural framing of the original concrete T-beam superstructure, the connection of NJ TRANSIT’s catenary system to the bridge,

and the presence of critical utility lines all complicated the rehabilitation. The solution utilized prefabricated superstructure units to improve the vertical clearance over the tracks, improve the quality of the completed product, reduce the duration of track outages, and shortened the overall construction duration. To facilitate the staged replacement of the deficient superstructure, a strong-back girder was designed to temporarily support the loads imposed on the portion of the original superstructure, which remained in service during the initial construction stage. Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and more than 2,000 professionals nationwide.

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We were able to bundle our specialized skills and make them more portable. New clients located outside our normal market limits were suddenly available as they too projected into new geographic markets and were open to strong regional partners. Such new opportunities will reinforce your entrepreneurial spirit if you are open to thinking beyond the status quo. 5)Sharing time and listening better. Deepening the relationships with your clients is always important. In many ways, the past year has enabled us to get to know our clients better as we mutually shared our biggest challenges and expectations. Time became our ally as we listened better and became closer advisors. By being available and candid, our clients have reached out to us more frequently leading to stronger relationships. Similarly, enhanced two-way communication with our staff has reinforced that we are mutually reliant and in this together. The perceived “them versus us” has been more easily eliminated as we listened, had conversations, and then worked together to chart a path through the unknown. 6)Solidifying your mission and business decisions. There is no greater test of a firm’s leadership and capabilities than working through a crisis. Every past planning decision is tested and exposed to all when rapid business decisions have to be made to preserve clients, employees and revenue. The stress can also highlight decisions made which do not fit within the firm’s mission and goals. 2020 helped clarify our mission statement – achieving excellence in the pursuit of a better community – which is inclusive of staff, client, and societal communities. We have increased our workload, maintained our work quality, reinforced our market diversity, and emphasized treating everyone with respect while prioritizing safety and the economic, health, and mental well-being of all. We truly have all been in this together. We all adjusted during 2020, but the opportunities that arose from being more flexible, innovative, and technology-driven will continue to provide a strong foundation for growth. So, as we put 2020 in the rearview mirror, let’s also commit to a continuous process of assessment and forward thinking improvement as none of us want to relive the past. STEPHEN LUCY is CEO of JQ with offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio, Texas. Contact him at


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