Oct '11 - Apr '14
Months of designing, planning, and construction came together today as we craned the bridge into place. It took us all day, but each piece of the bridge has been placed and bolted!
The old bridge was removed yesterday and carted away to its new home today, making room for the ramp to be installed. It took a bit of work to get it into place, but the ramp successfully made it into its proper location.
Pumped up on an adrenaline rush from successfully placing the ramp, we moved on to placing the stair and preparing the town side retaining wall for the bridge. The stair was soon bolted into place, and we focused our efforts onto getting the bridge in place as well.
Seeing the bridge in the air was surreal- All of us have studied the CDs and know the construction of the bridge like the backs of our gloved hands, but watching it fly through the air and then span Smith Creek blew us away. Our design for the Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge is now a reality.
For the next few days, we will finish all of the little tasks that will make the bridge complete- lighting, landscaping, installing the cable rail system, and completely bolting everything into place. We expect to be finished with the project this Friday. Join us at 7:30 at the Masonic Amphitheatre this Friday for the Welcome to Hoonah concert and the presentation of the finished bridge!
The Virginia Tech design/buildLAB is a Project Based Experiential Learning program focused on the research, development and implementation of innovative construction methods and architectural designs. Students collaborate with local communities and industry experts to conceive and realize built architecture projects that are both educational and charitable in nature. The blog is run by design/buildLAB students who are designing and building a fieldhouse for the Clifton Forge Little League.