Flowers to Receive ASCE’s Roebling Award

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June 25, 2014

Michael D. Flowers, P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Roebling Award for  outstanding leadership in construction of the most challenging bridge projects ever attempted by civil engineers in the modern era, particularly the record-setting, single-tower, asymmetrical self-anchored suspension bridge spanning San Francisco–Oakland Bay. CEO of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania–headquartered American Bridge Company, Flowers has been associated with construction of a series of bridges and bridge retrofits throughout his career. His penultimate achievement was the construction of the newly completed Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) Bay Bridge tying Oakland and San Francisco together. With a length of 2,047 feet the SAS Bay Bridge is the longest self-anchored suspension span bridge in the world. A graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and the University of Pittsburgh with a master’s degree civil engineering, Flowers led the team as it developed solutions to exceptional construction challenges, including how to erect the world’s largest cable saddle on top of the steel tower at 495 feet above the water and install the main cable strands tying the bridge together. The American Bridge / Fluor joint venture to construct the SAS Bay Bridge began in 2006 and was officially opened to traffic on September 2, 2013.

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