Providence, Rhode Island
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Commonwealth Development Group
Friedrich St.Florian Architects
O. Ahlborg & Sons, Inc.
November 01, 2002
The City of Providence tried for years to revitalize a lacking downtown area. A decision was made to build an upscale mall to bring life and business back in to the city. The City asked world- famous architecht Friedrich St. Florian to design the mall. It is the largest construction project ever undertaken in Rhode Island.
The new mall needed to be easily accessible to the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Westin Hotel. A pedestrian overpass was needed to connect the mall to the hotel and convention center to move people across the busy highways below. The structure also needed to be aesthetically pleasing and fit into the overall design of the mall.
Commonwealth Development Group chose a 180’ long Capstone® truss bridge to meet this criteria. This unique glass-enclosed bridge featured a 22’ truss height to achieve the visual appeal the architect wanted. It was supported by two piers spaced apart 128’ with cantilevered ends.
Providence Place Mall is one of the largest retail complexes in the country. It is the ideal venue for tour de force shopping excursions, family outings and intimate rendezvous. With more than 170 stores, eight restaurants and entertainment venues, there is something for every age, taste and style.
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