The Design-Build Institute of America – Upper Mid-West Region (DBIA-UMR) is pleased to announce the program for the July 17, 2014 Boat Tour. Kevin Western, PE, St. Croix Crossing Design Manager, MnDOT, will discuss how the St. Croix Crossing project balances an aggressive construction schedule with the challenges of design requirements, federal regulation, two-state collaboration, environmental standards and an extremely engaged stakeholder community/general public, while on a boat tour by St. Croix Boat & Packet, Co.

Kevin Western is the Bridge Design Manager for the St. Croix Crossing project. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Structures from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He has 27 years of experience in bridge design, standards and construction. He has also served as MnDOT’s Assistant State Bridge Engineer in charge of the Design Area, as well as the Deputy Project Manager for Design on the I-35W Bridge project in Minneapolis. Kevin serves as Vice Chair of AASTHO Bridge T-13 Culvert Committee.    
The St. Croix Crossing bridge connecting Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, with Houlton, Wisconsin will open to traffic in fall 2016. The new bridge will be one of two extradosed bridges in the United States. The merge between cable-stay and box-girder design principles creates distinct benefits, allowing fewer piers in the water—600 feet between piers—and shorter tower heights—60 feet.

The deadline to pre-register for the DBIA-UMR July Boat Tour is Monday, July 14, 2014. Boarding will begin at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 at the St. Croix Boat & Packet, Co., 525 South Main Street, Stillwater, MN 55082, and will include appetizers and one drink ticket per person. The seminar cost for DBIA members and DBIA-UMR sponsors is $55, non-members pay $60, and students and owners pay $30. The program will provide 3 hours of Continuing Education credits. For more information or to register, contact the DBIA-UMR office at (952) 928-7471 or
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry utilizing design-build and integrated project delivery methods to achieve high performance projects. Founded in 1993 and headquartered today in Washington, DC, DBIA offers its members opportunities for education, networking, information, and advocacy. There are 14 regional offices to make information and education available throughout the nation. The Upper Midwest Region represents Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota for the Design-Build Institute of America.