Tuesday, March 20, 2018

FIU Bridge ... Official statement from President Mark B. Rosenberg

You will continue to see a lot of speculation about how this happened, and we know you have a lot of questions, so we want to address a few right here:

How did this happen and what is being done to find out?

We have a sense of urgency about getting to the bottom of the incident, and we are cooperating with and assisting the authorities fully. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting a thorough investigation. It will take some time, but we are confident that their report will explain what happened and how something like this can be prevented in the future.

Did FIU design and build the bridge?

As part of a 2013 US Department of Transportation TIGER grant, FIU awarded a Design-Build contract for the bridge through a competitive, public process, but FIU did not design or build the bridge. The bridge was designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers and built by MCM Construction. Barnhart Crane and Rigging operated the equipment that placed the bridge on its supports.

How does FIU ensure it follows all proper procedures and protocols for construction projects?

FIU has a thorough process for hiring contractors for building projects and works with all appropriate authorities to follow the legal and regulatory requirements. For this project, FIU also awarded a contract through a competitive process to Bolton Perez and Associates to provide Construction, Engineering and Inspection services. This project also was administered as an FDOT Local Agency Program (LAP) with additional requirements. We are confident that FIU followed all proper procedures and protocols. (Read full text at FIU News' website)

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