Continuing an annual tradition since 2007, on Nov. 4, Rensselaer structural engineering students, accompanied by Chris Letchford, professor and head of civil and environmental engineering, traveled down to New York City for an in-depth engineer’s tour of the George Washington Bridge (GWB). The group was hosted by Hector Eugui ’96, the GWB physical plant manager at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. After a discussion of the history and construction of the historic span, Eugui took the students outside to examine the bridge’s anchorage, roadway decks, and then inside the towers. They ended the tour with the annual group photo at the top of the New Jersey tower, 640 feet above the Hudson River, overlooking Upper Manhattan and the Bronx from New Jersey.
Eugui was recently named manager of maintenance for the Port Authority’s La Guardia Airport Terminal upgrade. This $4 billion project is scheduled to break ground in the beginning of 2016.