When the former Coliseum Mall in Hampton, Virginia, was leveled, construction began on the most significant new development project in over 30 years, Peninsula Town Center. This mixed use community, approximately 1 million square feet in size, features fashion and specialty stores, five public parks and plazas, offices, a movie theater, luxury apartments and townhomes. In order to honor the city’s rich 400 year old history, the streets and parks were named after historically significant community members.
A pedestrian bridge was needed to connect the above ground parking garage to an apartment building. The bridge needed to accommodate the existing conditions of the buildings and the roadway below and be built exactly to the measurements specified so that it would fit between two buildings and be supported on prefabricated towers. In addition, the owners wanted a decorative bridge that was consistent with the architecture of the surrounding development.
The project’s owner/architect, Steiner and Associates, located in Columbus, Ohio, selected a 10’ x 49’ pre- fabricated Continental® steel beam bridge to meet the project challenges. The final structure was installed in just a few hours, provided pedestrians with a safe, aesthetically pleasing crossing and, because it was a pre- engineered, pre-fabricated structure, resulted in a lower cost for the owner.
“We were able to work closely with the Contech engineers at the Design Development stage” states Chuck Busch, AIA, Senior Project Architect for Meacham & Apel Architects, Inc. “We were also able to work with Contech on the details of the bridge as well and cost considerations in order to stay within the owner’s original budget. The finished product arrived on site and on schedule. Because it was all constructed within the shop, it was of a very high level of detail and finish. The bridge itself was erected in about four hours and, in the following weeks, the floor and roof were installed. Using Contech saved significant time and money for the project. Without Contech, a similar bridge would not have been possible”