Building the Golden Gate Bridge
The early twentieth century was the golden age of long-span suspension bridges, yet the spanning of the Golden Gate Strait was thought to be impossible by many. Working in the shadow of the Great Depression, the builders of the bridge had to overcome daunting political, financial, and technical challenges to construct the longest bridge in the world in one of the harshest marine environments in the world. Eager to meet these challenges, extraordinary engineers and construction workers would converge on San Francisco in the early days of 1933 to span the Gate. Utilizing a combination of historic photographs and dynamic animation techniques, Paul Giroux brings the construction of the bridge to life providing a unique learning opportunity. Paul received his BS in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University in 1979. Since then, Paul has been with Kiewit Corporation for the past 32 years working on a wide variety of heavy civil engineering mega projects throughout the United States including Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, several projects on the Big Dig in Boston including the new Zakim / Bunker Hill Bridge, and most recently, the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span. He is currently the District Quality Manager and ERP Deployment Manager for Northern California. He is member of the Iowa State University Civil Engineering Advisory Board, the Transportation Research Board, and is a Corresponding Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering History and Heritage Committee. Paul is currently serving as ASCE Chairman for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary. In 2008 he was the ASCE Chairman and featured speaker for Brooklyn Bridge 125th Celebration in New York and in 2010 he presented the closing speech at the Hoover Dam 75th Anniversary Symposium in Las Vegas. Paul is the author of several bridge design and civil engineering history papers and presented nearly 150 guest lectures at over 30 engineering schools throughout the United States.
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
District Quality Manager