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Michael Gould

Senior Vice President of Infrastructure

James McHugh Construction Co.

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James McHugh Construction Co.

1737 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60616

United States

Company Description

James McHugh Construction Co. is a full-service construction company offering a range of services including: General contracting Pre-construction services Construction consulting Program management Construction management Design-build Concrete construct ... more

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Newberg Perini

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McHugh Construction -::- Chicago

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The learning curve developed from building the first bridge helped McHugh complete the work so early, said Michael Gould, McHugh vice president of infrastructure, as did a good rapport with the Tollway. "We had an excellent relationship with the Tollway, built during construction of the first bridge, and that made a difference," Gould said.

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McHugh worked from the river's banks and built temporary access structures, including a temporary bridge, to deliver materials and perform work while maintaining the river's flow, said Gould. While building the new eastbound span, McHugh persevered through a 500-year flood event and two 100-year flood events. As a result, the team was better prepared for the changing dynamics of the Fox River during construction of the westbound bridge.
Demolition, which was not a part of the first bridge, posed an even greater challenge. To keep the bridge balanced and stable during demolition, McHugh had to reduce the weight on the bridge deck as much as possible, and then demolish each arch "barrel" from north to south, carefully reducing the width of each arch while maintaining its stability, Gould said.


The learning curve developed from ...

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The learning curve developed from building the first bridge helped McHugh complete the work so early, said Michael Gould, McHugh vice president of infrastructure, as did a good rapport with the Tollway. "We also worked to compress the schedule and really pushed ourselves as much as possible," Gould said.


International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association - News - News Roundup

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The design of the new bridge has a similar design to that of the new Fulton Road Bridge in Cleveland, but with substantial modification, according to McHugh's vice president of infrastructure, Mike Gould. "That bridge has three pieces (each arch rib has three arch segments placed end-to-end) and this one has two," he says. "Also, that bridge is post-tensioned, whereas we are conventionally reinforcing this arch structure. The bridge, which began construction in October of last year, is more than 70 percent complete now, and the contractor says operations have gone smoothly thus far. Among the challenges McHugh had to deal with were accommodating industrial traffic among State Route 25 and working amid some venerable industrial infrastructure, including unearthing unmapped utilities that were over 100 years old. In addition to demolishing two old gas buildings on the site, the project had to work around numerous existing businesses as well an active railroad line and bicycle path, and it had to deal with the strong currents and rapid flows in the river itself. The fact that the bridge is an arch bridge presented some issues as well, says Gould: "An arch bridge is a unique structure, so therefore there is a lot more engineering and monitoring that goes on during the different phases of the project.


AEC Daily - Industry News

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An unusual blend of a self-anchored suspension bridge and a cable-stayed bridge, the North Avenue Bridge will be one of the first such hybrid systems in the country, according to Mike Gould, McHugh senior vice president of infrastructure construction.


In the News

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If a standard general contracting method had been used, the bridge may have taken three times as long to build, according to Mike Gould, McHugh project manager.The project also required significant coordination between the city, Knight, McHugh and six different property owners, Gould added.

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