Bridging the gap
July 14, 2017 · Community, Projects
The GMC Mobile team recently partnered with our clients at Belforest Water System on a community project to benefit the City of Daphne and Daphne East Elementary School. This project was conceived and pursued by the Belforest Water System Board of Directors and consisted of the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge across an existing drainage ditch that lies between Daphne East Elementary and the City of Daphne’s Al Trione Sports Complex.
Prior to construction of this bridge, students often had to be transported by bus from the elementary school to the sports complex because of stormwater runoff in the ditch. Providing pedestrian access to the complex, which features baseball, softball and soccer fields, creates many new opportunities for Daphne East’s physical education program and other extracurricular activities for students.
Belforest Water System donated all of the materials and provided the construction equipment, while GMC engineers and survey staff donated time to design the bridge, and even helped BWS personnel construct the bridge over a weekend in April.
“Knowing the positive impact this project will have on the students and faculty at Daphne East, and the community as a whole, is extremely rewarding. We’re grateful to Belforest Water System for coming up with this concept and allowing GMC to play a part in making the project happen,” said GMC project manager Corley Lauderdale, PE.