Chris Price, PE

Chris Price, PE, is an expert on many facets of bridge design and construction. With 32 years of experience, his leadership experience includes oversight for many engineering disciplines within complex projects, including geotechnical service, railway track design, street design and traffic analysis. 

Price has served as the principal in charge and project manager on many large and complex bridge projects throughout the Midwest and the country.

Professional affiliations: 
•    American Council of Engineering Companies
•    American Society of Civil Engineers
•    National Society of Professional Engineers
•    Kansas Society of Professional Engineers

30 seconds with Chris Price …

Q. What role does design-build play today in the U.S. bridge industry? 

A. We’re transitioning from a time when the majority of complex bridge work was delivered via traditional approaches, such as design-bid-build. The industry is quickly moving, and in most places already there, where the majority of complex bridges will be developed through alternative delivery methods, such as design-build. This is not a phase because of the advantages to owners and design build teams that alternative delivery offers. Contractors are always seeking ways to positively impact three features of a project: cost, schedule and quality. Design-build as an alternative delivery method can dramatically impact project schedule, thus saving significant construction costs and reducing risk.

Q. How important is the shift toward accelerated bridge delivery methods?
We are witnessing a rapid metamorphosis in bridge design and construction. And, undoubtedly, the industry will continue to evolve to reflect funding dynamics. Adopting these best practices now will allow an owner to take full advantage of today’s accelerated delivery methods and better position itself for those sure to come in the future.

Q. How do owners tackle the issue of deteriorating bridges? 
Nearly 60,000 bridges across the country have been rated as “structurally deficient.” The combination of FAST Act bridge funding and incentives to use new, innovative delivery strategies are making this the best time in decades for infrastructure owners to make headway with long-delayed bridge improvements and replacements. As a first step, owners should work with partners to analyze existing at-risk bridges and prioritize those that can offer the most immediate returns on investment. The mandate for improving America’s bridges is strong. And, now, federal funding and policies are better aligned to achieve quick progress. This is no time for delay – our bridges aren’t getting any younger.

•    M.B.A., University of Missouri, 1991
•    Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Missouri, 1984