Monthly Archives: November 2016

Chester County Color 5K Battles Opioid Epidemic

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The first Chester County Color 5K drew hundreds of participants and volunteers

On Saturday, November 5, hundreds of Chester County, PA residents gathered for the first Chester County Color 5K. The event kicked off in West Chester’s Everhart Park and was hosted by the Chester County Commissioners, District Attorney, the Department of Health, and the Department of Drug & Alcohol Services. The run/walk was hosted to generate awareness and raise funds to battle opioid and heroin addiction within Chester County.

The 5K involved more than 800 participants and numerous dedicated volunteers. Money raised will be devoted to funding hospitals throughout the County to study and coordinate a “warm hand-off” program, which would transition those who have been saved from an overdose into long-term treatment and counseling.

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McCormick Taylor volunteers pictured with Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone

McCormick Taylor was one of only three color station sponsors, and a group from our Exton office was joined by County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone to douse runners and walkers, including our own Jennifer Payne-McAleer and Susan Guisinger-Colón, with tinted corn starch as they passed through the purple and gold station.

The race featured three speakers: Chester County Commissioner Michele Kichline, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, and NOPE (Narcotive Overdose Prevention Education) Parent Volunteer Jackie Smiro. Participants and guests were invited to sign a special banner in remembrance of those who have lost their battle with addiction, as well as those who still struggle under its grip.

National Historic Bridge Awareness Month: Nicholson Bridge

historic-structuresNovember is National Historic Bridge Awareness Month! To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of the historic bridges we’ve worked on.

Nicholson Bridge is a lenticular truss bridge, originally designed and
constructed by the East Berlin Iron Bridge Company in 1881. The bridge is
located on SR 1029 over Tunkhannock Creek in Nicholson Township, Wyoming
County, Pennsylvania. The existing bridge was closed in 2005 due to structural deficiencies stemming largely from vehicular impact damage and gross deterioration of the floor system. The unique truss type and rarity, this being
one of only four lenticular truss bridges still existing in Pennsylvania, contribute to the large historic significance of this structure.

McCormick Taylor proposed to remove, dismantle, restore, relocate, and
assemble the bridge at a nearby park to be used primarily by pedestrian traffic.
To accomplish this, a detailed field inspection, truss analysis and rating, and
plans for the specific members that would need to be replaced or rehabilitated
to reopen the bridge, were completed. Restoration activities specified to preserve the truss
bridge include heat straightening, pack rust removal, and rivet replacement. To
complement the truss restoration, a historically accurate timber floor system,
consisting of timber stringers and a plank deck, was designed and detailed.
Furthermore, ornamental features on the bridge such as missing or cracked pin
caps, end post caps, and builders plaques were detailed to replicate the original
features. In addition to rehabilitating the truss bridge, new cast-in-place
abutments were designed and detailed for the bridge relocation site.