March 30th 2021 Webinar

March 30, 2021 Webinar:

“Beyond Haunched Girders and Form Liners”


Presented by Fred Gottemoeller, P.E., A.I.A

Principal, Bridgescape LLC


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12Noon - 1PM EST

WEBINAR PLATFORM: Zoom

Presentation Topic:

What are the roots of our aesthetic enjoyment of bridges? This presentation answers that question by first looking at what are the roots of our aesthetic enjoyment of other art forms, like painting and sculpture. From that base we will examine what makes the enjoyment of bridges different. Those differences explain the appeal of haunched girders, and also the Swiss-Army-knife appeal of formliners. We will move on to review means of improving the aesthetic appeal of bridge piers and towers. Finally, we will finish with an application of these ideas to the impending project to widen the American Legion Bridge over the Potomac River.

Speaker Biography:

Fred Gottemoeller is considered America’s most distinguished expert on bridge aesthetics. Among his more than 30 bridges are crossings of the Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Potomac and Niagara Rivers and a crossing of a World Heritage waterway, Canada’s Rideau Canal. A recent bridge, the St. Croix River Crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin, resolved a 20 year controversy, and has won multiple design awards. Bridgescape, his book on bridge aesthetics, is a familiar reference for bridge designers. Now retired, Fred is continuing to share his ideas and knowledge through articles in bridge publications, and by presentations like this.