FLINT — The Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) chose ROWE Professional Services Company’s I-475 design/reconstruction project in Genesee County for an Award of Excellence. This is the fourth Award of Excellence ROWE has received from the MCA in the past three years.
ROWE teamed with Interstate Highway Construction, Inc. of Owosso to complete the design and construction of the Michigan Department of Transportation project. It was a design/build project, an innovative construction contracting process that requires the design engineer, contractor, and project owner to work closely during the project’s progression — ultimately leading to a better product. The I-475 project was one of more than 60 entries in the awards program.
Construction of the $19 million project was completed in spring 2010 — about half the time of a typical project of this size. The project spans from I-75 to I-69 and included the reconstruction of 3.5 miles of the four-lane divided highway (two lanes in each direction) including ramp upgrades, the rehabilitation of four bridges, and new concrete pavement.
The awarded project, which is for the divided highways (urban) category, will now proceed to the national awards competition, in which ROWE has received awards for the past two years.
The MCA is the state branch of the national trade association for the concrete pavement industry, which has a primary mission of creating and maintaining a strong national presence through dynamic, strategic leadership; effective technical expertise and resources; and persuasive advocacy on behalf of the industry.
ROWE’s headquarters is in Flint; additional offices are located in Lapeer, Mt. Pleasant, Grayling, and the tri-cities area, and Myrtle Beach, SC.
ROWE Professional Services Company is a full-service professional consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, surveying, aerial photography/mapping, landscape architecture, planning, and land development services. — G.G.