Fred Gottemoeller has more than 42 years of experience in bridge and highway design, transportation planning, transportation management, and citizen participation. Using his skills as both an architect and engineer he creates transportation projects that incorporate the goals and aspirations of their communities while integrating both visual and technical criteria. His goal is to work with communities to develop transportation facilities that are as elegant as they are cost effective.
His projects cover a wide range, from 24 miles of urban toll road for Pittsburgh's MonFayette Expressway to 400 feet of pedestrian bridge for Greenville, South Carolina's prize-winning Liberty Bridge. His projects usually incorporate community consensus-building as well as signature bridge design. His competition-winning concept for the replacement of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington, D.C. was based on an extensive and innovative community participation process. This bridge, which is considered part of Washington's monumental core, will carry 12 lanes of I-95 across the Potomac River. It is now under construction.
In 1998 Mr. Gottemoeller co-organized Thinking Beyond the Pavement, the national conference that initiated the Context Sensitive Design movement. He has developed aesthetic design guidelines for the states of Maryland and Ohio, and conducted seminars on bridge aesthetics for Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado North Carolina and a number of professional organizations. He has served on juries for the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Portland Cement Association, and organized the Severn River Bridge Design Competition for the Maryland Highway Administration. Bridgescape, his book on bridge aesthetics, is a familiar reference for many bridge designers.