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Take it to the bridge

Posted on May 16, 2008 by Shane Epping

It required about six months and 1,600 hours of sweat equity for a group of civil engineering students to design and construct two bridges for the 2008 National Timber Bridge Design Competition. The combination of 100 2x4s, 75 1x4s, 21 sheets of plywood, 20 gallons of glue and 300 gallons of sawdust measured their success. At about 13 feet long and 54 inches wide, each bridge ended up being long and strong enough to avoid troubled water.

Final results for both structures included: second place for best overall design, first place for best support structure and first place for most innovative design. A top-three finish in each of the remaining three categories helped the team earn $2,250 overall, more prize money than any other school.

The team was grateful for local help. “Not only did MU come together and support our Timber Bridge Team, but Columbia’s hometown lumber companies did, too,” says Josh Long, vice president of the group.


Above, the Timber Bridge Team memorializes its bridge work on Francis Quadrangle. From left to right, members include Adam J. Kral, president; Ardie Mansouri, treasurer; Al-Barrae Shebib; Jeremy Welschmeyer; Josh Long, vice president; Derek Zimmerschied; and Jin Lin. Not pictured are Ryan Moats, JC Sellers, Jonah Sprehe-Costello, Trevor McWilliams, Jake Pressler, Ryan Fitzpatrick and faculty adviser Hani Salim. Photo by Shane Epping.

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