Garcia Bridge Engineers, P.A.
Capitol Cascades Park Revitalization
Capitol Cascades Park Revitalization- Segment Two of Cascades Trail Project

Capitol Cascades Park follows along the St. Augustine Branch stream bed in Tallahassee, Florida. Segment Two of the Capitol Cascades Trail greenway project is located on the southeast end of downtown and is about 0.66 miles in length. This park will serve dual purposes; to increase storm water storage capacity and provide green space for downtown residents. Segment Two has been recognized as the centerpiece of the Capitol Cascades Trail greenway project and is bordered by the Franklin Boulevard and Pensacola Street intersection on the north, and South Monroe Street on the southwest.

Garcia Bridge Engineers, as part of the design team, was tasked with the design of all the project's structural components. These include the Boca Chuba channel shown in the photo with the steel sheet piling, numerous reinforced concrete cantilevered walls, two signature pedestrian bridges, and the amphitheater area between the two bridges.

The photographs show the construction, as of April 2011, of some of the walls and the Boca Chuba drainage channel.

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crane building a bridge
For the Doctor's Inlet project, near Jacksonville, FL, GBE provided the FDOT with the necessary calculations showing that the existing AASHTO girder bridge, with a 7 1/2" reinforced concrete deck, was capable of resisting Archer Western's extremely large crane, weighing 200 tons, used to drive piles and set beams for the widening of the existing bridge to the inside.

For the widening of I-95 in the Lake Worth area, Astaldi Construction Corporation desired using a Mi-Jack gantry to deliver beams for the widening of I-95 to the interior. The total weight of the gantry, including an erection girder, placed a load of 77,600 lbs under each tire. The thickness of the existing bridge deck is 7 inches and the distance between the supporting AASHTO IV girders ranged from 7 to 11 feet. GBE provided all the analysis to the FDOT showing that the loads could be handled adequately by the existing deck. GBE also designed the erection girder shown in the photo. The project was successfully completed in the summer of 2007.