The Ravenel Bridge (2002 - 2005) was a
design-build project where the
design and construction aspects of the project overlap.
From August 23, 2003 until July 16, 2005,
I tracked the construction of the Ravenel Bridge than this web site
evolved from a so-so grandkids project to a passion. SCDOT (Bobby Clair),
PBC (Wade Watson, Peo Halvarsson, Marvin Tallent), High Steel
(Bill Mankin) and Freyssinet (Olivier Forget) opened many doors for me.
has provided an excellent summary of the major innovations of our bridge. The Ravenel Bridge replaces the Grace Bridge (1929 - 2007) and
the Pearman Bridge (1966 - 2007).
It was a privilege to look inside the project
and, with photo essays, document many
of the bridge construction processes. While the building is
complete, the story of the builders and the Charleston Community continues.
I moved to Sinapore in March of 2006. In Singapore, my
photo interests have shifted from construction processes to behavior of
small insects and spiders.
Without parents, books or the Internet, how do they learn
to weave and repair a web, capture prey and reproduce?
No design-build here, just plain building life. And speaking of
life, T. S. Eliot, in the Four Quartets,
captured the essence of our adventure:
Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
A big thanks to the folks at SCDOT, PBC, High Steel, Freyssinet -
and many many
who others opened doors
in order to help me better understand what all of us saw from a distance - but
few had an opportunity to view up close and personal. Web
pages seemed like a good way to share both what I saw as well as
the experiences that I had.
I not only learned a lot about bridge building but also about building
web pages that enable learning and sharing. All
these experiences feed back to learning strategies we are developing
at universities where I have worked. Visit the
pages on the menu bar above - if you would like to see more
click on the archive of all the web page segments (on the left border of
the top photo) I built over the lifetime of the construction phases.