Completed in late April, ahead of the 30-day construction deadline, York Bridge Concepts, Inc. (YBC) has designed and built a 5-ton GVW capacity timber vehicular bridge for Global Energy Services, Inc. (GES) in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Founded in Spain in 1982, GES is a global, independent service provider for wind and solar projects. As the leading operator in the renewable energies sector and the leading company in the installation and maintenance of wind farms, GES has almost 30 years of experience and has operations in America, Europe and North Africa. GES has provided more than ten percent of the cumulative wind power capacity in the world.
As stated by Global Energy Services’ Professional Engineer, Juan Rodriguez, “GES chose YBC to build our bridge because they have a successful track record and have the ability to deliver a solid, well-finished product.” Along with this, YBC was very capable of meeting the “green” requirements that GES desired: “Our renewable project and company encourages the use of green-friendly solutions that can be implemented in conjunction with nature. GES was looking to have a solid structure that reduces contamination and pollution to the environment. GES tries to minimize the consumption of concrete, steel and other products that release CO2 emissions into the air,” states Rodriguez. — YBC uses primarily Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir for all of their timber structures. Wood is the only renewable and sustainable building material. It makes up 47 percent of all raw materials made in the United States with its share of energy consumption (during production) being only four percent of all manufactured materials.
GES focuses on reducing the overall carbon footprint and York Bridge Concepts contributes with the use of their environmentally-friendly products along with their green construction methods. On this particular project,YBC placed glulaminated beams over a section of an intermittent creek, requiring zero impact. The beams were placed from a flatbed truck, by a crane, directly over the intermittent creek. The full span of the glulaminated beams reach almost 80 feet. GES’ bridge was built with the latest applications: YBC’s sealant and other applications help to protect the bridge from harsh, natural elements which maximizes the longevity of the bridge and minimizes maintenance, eventually reducing the need for additional bridge construction or premature repairs. Along with their green construction methods and environmentally-friendly products, YBC provides all of their clients with a detail maintenance plan. With proper maintenance, a York timber vehicular bridge will last for generations.
Because York built the single-lane, 17-foot wide by 79-foot long bridge on site, mobilization of equipment and materials overseas and through inspections lent to a tough start to the project, yet the bridge was built with virtually no construction challenges. The bridge can be found providing a “great access connection between two distant points” on their site. The bridge creates an access that is extremely necessary because otherwise, “there would be increased operational costs,” states Rodriguez. The costs would accumulate on a daily bases.
About York Bridge Concepts
York Bridge Concepts, Inc. (YBC) is the nation's largest on-site timber vehicular bridge builder. YBC works with industry-leading owners and developers on prestigious projects throughout the U.S. and Internationally, creating more than just a solution for crossing lakes, streams, creeks, wetlands or ravines. In this competitive real estate market, developers who want to ensure that their project stands apart from the competition use York Bridges to add value and create a feeling of exclusivity, warmth, and quality for their customers. Based in Lutz, Florida, with 28 years of experience, YBC has become well-known for their expertise and cutting-edge innovation in timber bridge design and on-site construction.
YBC’s Vehicular Bridges
York Bridge Concepts has been selected for many prestigious projects such as the Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico, Mt. Washington Resort in New Hampshire and Laughlin Ranch Development in Nevada. YBC’s endless designs can give each client their very own unique bridge that they can truly call their own while utilizing a wide range of high-grade materials. YBC’s expert teams of installers are known for their on-site craftsmanship, building each vehicular bridge one board at a time. A York vehicular bridge is an asset to any project and will last for generations.