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OBITUARY
Bridge Engineer Lou Silano Dies
 
By ENR Staff
Silano

Louis G. Silano, a senior vice president and technical director for structures at Parsons Brinckerhoff, died on July 24 in Southampton, N.Y., from a stroke. He was 80. Silano played a major role in designing or managing a number of notable U.S. bridges and tunnels in 55 years at the New York City engineering–construction management firm.

Silano served as project engineer for the Newport/Pell suspension bridge across Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, which opened in 1969 and was pioneering for its use of prefabricated, parallel-wire strands and “rocket launcher” anchorages. From 1986 to 1990, he was PB engineering manager on Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel project, where he developed conceptual designs for the Ted Williams Tunnel and the Fort Point Channel Tunnel under Boston Harbor.  Silano joined PB in 1951 and retired in January 2007 as the longest–serving employee in its history.

The American Society of Civil Engineers honored Silano twice, in 2005 with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Design  and in 1994 with the Roebling Award for lifetime achievement in bridge engineering. He also received a Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Columbia University School of Engineering’s Class of 1951.

 


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