The Horseshoe Project

Twin Arch Bridge over Trinity River in Dallas, Texas

Artist’s rendering of completed Margaret McDermott Bridge
Artist’s rendering of completed bridge

Tampa Steel Erecting Company was recently awarded a multi-year contract to build twin arch bridges over the Trinity River, in Dallas Texas, and has completed a quarter of the project thus far. Headed by President Robert Clark, Jr. (LTA 1997) and his brother John, with project oversight by Jeff Ames, VP-Operations (LTA 2011), Tampa Steel was selected due to its long history of successfully completing challenging and complex projects. The bridges will be 300 feet tall and 1125 feet long, suspended by steel cables from octagonal-shaped arches. Designed and engineered by world-renowned Santiago Calatrava Valls, a Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer, and Huitt-Zollars Inc., the bridges will be a signature landmark for the Dallas City skyline.

Dallas Arch Bridge
Full scale model of a section of the bridge arch,
shown with engineers from American Bridge, Huitt-Zollers, Santiago Calatrava, and Tampa Steel Representatives from right – Doug Haven, Project Manager; Jeff Ames, VP Operations; John Clark, VP; Bob Clark, President
Horseshoe Project Fabrication
Horseshoe Project Fabrication

Tampa Steel Erecting Company is Florida’s oldest “surviving” structural steel Erector-Fabricator. Certified by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Welding Society they specialize in construction of steel buidling structures, simple steel bridges, and major steel bridges. The Company has received several accolades and has been involved in many notable projects in its long and successful history. Some of the Company’s more notable projects include the fabrication and erection of structural steel for the 39-story One Tampa City Center, Spaceship Earth and The Living Seas at Disney’s EPCOT Center, and arched banana shaped pipe trusses for Airside F at Tampa International Airport. Some notable fabrication only projects are 14,000 tons of steel for Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station #4, 1.4 miles of elevated people mover girders for the Omni Extension in Dade County Florida and the Acosta Bridge approach ramps for the Florida Department of Transportation.