What Is Bridging in Construction?

March 9, 2024

Bridging is a critical construction technique that enhances the stability, load-bearing capacity, and longevity of structures. Whether solid, cross, herringbone, or X-bridging, each type plays an integral role in ensuring the safety and integrity of construction projects.

In this article, we explore the ins and outs of bridging and discuss how it can be used to improve the efficiency of building design and construction. We also offer tips for implementing bridging on projects of all sizes.

A bridging project delivery method involves a single contract between the design-build contractor and the designer, rather than separate contracts between the designer and the builder. This arrangement eliminates the liability gap created by the traditional design-bid-build (DBB) and design-build (DB) project delivery methods.

Generally speaking, a bridging project requires fewer stages than a D-B or DB project. However, it still requires a Schematic Design and Site-Related Permits. The Project Manager will coordinate the scheduling of these phases with all stakeholders, including the design-builder, to ensure the schedule is followed.

If you decide to go with a bridging project delivery method, it is important that all stakeholders agree on the project’s goals and scope. This will allow the bridging team to create an efficient design and minimize the impact of changes on the overall project budget. Furthermore, establishing performance criteria early on will encourage innovation and increase the flexibility of the bridging design-build team. For example, reducing thermal bridging through concrete masonry unit webs can be accomplished by using thinner units with reduced cross-web size or by installing insulation in the walls and roof assemblies.

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