NEW YORK AND MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam has been selected by Engineering News-Record (ENR) for a 2014 Global Best Project Award. The structure was recognized as the best project in the Bridges/Tunnels category in the second annual competition.

Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam
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“It is a great honor to be recognized in this global competition,” said Nick Ivanoff, president and CEO of Ammann & Whitney. “Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney set out to deliver a bold yet elegant design that would be culturally significant for the city of Da Nang – the result was a fire-breathing dragon. We are extremely proud that this bridge has become a major tourist attraction in the city of Da Nang and has spurred economic growth in the region."

Since opening on March 29, 2013, the Dragon Bridge has not only become an important transportation link, but also a major tourist attraction in Da Nang. It draws thousands of visitors to its weekend fire- and water-breathing shows and has raised the city’s profile globally, having been covered by hundreds of local and international media outlets.

Louis Berger and Ammann & Whitney served as the primary designers of the 666-meter bridge, which is modeled after a dragon flying across the Han River. Local firms TDIC JSC 533 and PICON (formerly BAECCO) served as design subconsultants, and construction was carried out by Vietnamese contractors CIENCO1, Company 508 and Bridge Construction Company No. 75. An animation of the construction sequence can be viewed here.

ENR’s Global Best Projects Awards honor the best new construction projects around the world. Projects are judged on construction safety, engineering innovation, contribution to the global community, aesthetic merit, and the global diversity of the project team.

About Louis Berger
Louis Berger is a $1 billion global professional services corporation that helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges. We are a trusted partner to national, state and local government agencies; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry clients worldwide. By focusing on client needs to deliver quality, safe, financially-successful projects with integrity, we are committed to deliver on our promise to provide Solutions for a better world.

Louis Berger operates on every habitable continent. We have a long-standing presence in more than 50 nations, represented by the multidisciplinary expertise of nearly 6,000 engineers, economists, scientists, managers and planners.

About Ammann & Whitney
Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers, PC is a structural engineering, architecture and construction services firm serving public and private sector clients worldwide. Founded in New York City in 1946, the firm has received hundreds of awards for engineering and design excellence, and has been consistently recognized for technical innovation, integrity and achievement, with an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. Ammann & Whitney is privileged to have been associated with the design and upgrade of many of our nation’s most notable landmarks, including the Verrazano Narrows, George Washington, Triborough and Golden Gate Bridges; Statue of Liberty; U.S. Capitol Building; Lincoln Center; Washington, D.C. Metro; and Washington Dulles and JFK International Airports.