In bridge design, sustainability is a design philosophy that considers the long-term impact of the bridge not only on the environment and climate but also on society, and the economy. When the primary consideration a few decades ago was ‘low cost’ and ‘fast development', the focus is gradually shifting to sustainability priorities which start with extending the lifespan of the structure.
The Glamis Road Bascule Bridge was constructed in East London in the 1930s. Commissioned by the Port of London Authority (PLA), this movable bridge has become a distinctive landmark. Its bascule function enabled the bridge to roll back on its base allowing ships to pass underneath. Surviving World War II, the fully-functioning movable bridge was finally restored as a fixed bridge in the 1980s. Yet, the bridge was degraded and in need of repair to restore it to its former iconic hue.
In Littlehampton, a civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England, sits the Ferry Footbridge. Known fondly as "the Red Bridge," the retractable bridge was in desperate need of repair. A FEVE fluoropolymer paint system was specified to ensure the longevity of the refurbishment and to lower life cycle costs. Before Image via ©A&I Coatings As part of the county's carbon neutr...
The Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park is a $6 million project in Ocala, Florida. Rachel Slocumb from the city’s Water Resources Department describes, “One of the purposes is to have a place where the community can enjoy nature. It will be a nature oasis definitely unique to Ocala. There aren’t many wetland parks in Florida.”
FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats have been used in Japan for nearly four decades. Over the years, the material has been seen as the superior topcoat system in the bridge market due to numerous advantages. As a result, most bridges in Japan are coated with this technology. Some of these bridges, which were coated over 30 years ago, still showcase excellent color and gloss retention. Gaining momentum, this technology is utilized on bridges around the world.