Jul 29th 2021 Webinar

July 29, 2021 Webinar:

“Accelerated Bridge Construction Using Precast Concrete”

Presented by Dawn Decker

Executive Director, PCI Mid-Atlantic


Greg Gorman

Senior VP and COO, PennStress

Receive (1.0) PDH / AIA LU

12Noon - 1PM EST


Presentation Topic:

Since its introduction in the United States in 1949, precast, prestressed concrete has rapidly become the preferred composite material for bridge design and construction as well as many other transportation related projects. Today, it remains the solution of choice for transportation agencies and their designers across the country. This growth came, and will continue to come, from the commitment of precast producers to develop, improve, and implement advanced materials, products, and technology all aimed at enhancing the performance of bridges and transportation structures. Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) is a unique approach to project planning, material acquisition, and on-site work for bridge construction, rehabilitation, and replacement. A trusted method that professionals all over the world have employed for more than twenty years, ABC uses prefabricated road and bridge elements to support cost-effective and fast project completion.

Course Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss PCI resources available for designers related to transportation project and bridge design.

2. Review the design of prestressed bridge elements and how they work related to ABC construction.

3. Define bridge elements and how to select them for ABC construction.

4. Explain the production, shipping and handling of precast elements related to precast substructures.

5. Highlight regional projects that have been built using ABC.

Speaker Biography:

Since September 2020, Dawn has served as the executive director for the PCI Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She is responsible for association management with key emphasis on educational, technical and marketing promotion of solutions to advance the design, manufacture and use of precast/prestressed concrete products in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Previously, she was the Director of Marketing for High Concrete Group in Denver, PA. High Concrete Group produces architectural and structural precast products primarily serving Central and Eastern PA, NJ, DE and Maryland markets.

Dawn has 25 years of progressive sales, marketing, R&D, and executive leadership experience.

Greg has 39 years of experience in the construction industry, with the 20 most recent years in the prestressed/precast concrete sector at PennStress and Newcrete Products.

In addition to precast, he has been fortunate to experience construction from multiple vantage points, including project management and business development with a general contractor; engineering and construction management with a consulting firm; and an owner representative as a US Naval Officer.