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Structural Inspectors Take Work to New Heights

Trapeze artist. Stuntperson. Mountain climber. Spider-Man. Pick a career for comparison. The fact remains – it takes exceptional skill, bravery, and an iron stomach for Ayres Associates’ rope access structural inspectors to do what they do. For example, inspecting a structure like the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in New Mexico can take days. The steel… Read More »

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Sagging Saga: State Sums Up Bridge’s Dip

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has released a draft executive summary of its report on the sagging of Green Bay’s signature bridge, the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge, which carries traffic on Interstate 43 over the Fox River near the bay. When a section of the bridge dipped about 2 feet a year ago on… Read More »

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Landfill-ed to the Brim — Now What?

You put your garbage at the curb, and by the time you come home, it’s been whisked away to a landfill somewhere nearby. Your neighbors are all doing the same thing – so what happens when all that trash adds up? Very few landfills are officially closed, says solid waste engineer Erik Lietz. Instead, older… Read More »

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Roundabouts: A New Way Through

To the uninitiated, driving through a roundabout for the first time can be a little intimidating and confusing. Or it can just plain make you dizzy (but only if you forget to exit). The fact is, roundabouts are growing in popularity as people realize their many benefits. According to the website RoundaboutsUSA, the number of… Read More »

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Leader in Roundabout Design Joins Ayres

Kevin Kuhlow, PE, has joined Ayres Associates’ transportation engineering staff as a project manager and lead roundabout designer. Kevin has over 19 years of transportation design and project management experience, and for the past eight years he has focused entirely on roundabouts, including operational analysis, feasibility studies, design, review, construction observation assistance, and training. Kevin… Read More »

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The Bridges of Wisconsin

Our Wisconsin structural design group is on a mission: design a new structure or repairs to an existing structure in every county in Wisconsin. After digging through our records, we found we’re oh-so-close to meeting this goal. Of the 72 counties in Wisconsin, Adams County is the only one where our structural designers have not… Read More »

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Hospital Grows a Healing Space

Gardens are in full bloom this summer – including the healing garden at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. A few years ago hospital representatives sought the services of Ayres Associates’ landscape architect Phil Johnson to help them design a therapeutic garden on their grounds. With substantial input from colleagues, Phil designed an award-winning… Read More »

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Interns Build Resumes with Real-World Experience (Part 2)

This year four university students are getting their feet wet as summer interns and co-op students in three of Ayres Associates’ offices. Today’s post is the second of two installments introducing you to our current student staff. Summer interns work from mid-May to mid-August and can be at any level in their college careers. Co-op… Read More »

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Interns Build Resumes with Real-World Experience (Part 1)

Four university students are getting their hands dirty – sometimes literally – as summer interns and co-op students in three of Ayres Associates’ offices. A summer intern works from mid-May to mid-August and can be at any level in his or her college career. Co-op students work a summer and a semester and need to… Read More »

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Breaking the Hard Hat Color Code

Look around any construction site, and you’ll see a lot of protective gear – reflective vests, steel-toed boots, and, of course, hard hats. Look close enough, and you’ll see that those hard hats come in a variety of colors. That’s generally not an indication of individual fashion statements, however. Often the colors are a shorthand… Read More »

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