Leadership / David Ruggles, PE

Q & A with David Ruggles, PE

What was your first job?

I was a counselor at a YMCA camp, and led 6- to 9-year-old kids in activities including archery, swimming, arts & crafts, nature hikes, etc.

What is your favorite project you've worked on and why?

The Cooper River (Ravenel) bridge in Charleston SC was a high profile (over $500 million) major engineering project and really interesting to work on, with significant engineering challenges. The four level interchange of I-485 and I-77 south of Charlotte is a close second- you don’t see bridges crossing over bridges crossing over bridges that often.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Stay in the present.

If there were 25 hours in a day, what would you spend the extra hour doing?

I would try to figure out where the extra hour came from and set up my own time expanding business.

David Ruggles, PE

David Ruggles, PE

VP | Manager of Bridge Design

David has practiced civil engineering for over 40 years. He has an extensive background in bridge and roadway design and has managed a large number of complex projects including multi-level interchanges, bridge rehabilitations and ratings, bridge and roadway widenings, steel curved continuous plate girders, and prestressed concrete girders. David has managed several complex pedestrian bridge projects. David led the design effort for Neuse River Trail Project, which included seven bridges spanning the Neuse River, two of which were custom suspension bridge designs. He has extensive experience in coordination with NCDOT.

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