ENR’s SoCal Project of 2018: Long Beach Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge

Learn about Long Beach’s new Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge.

While the plan to build an elevated sidewalk connecting the Long Beach Convention Center and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center started out very simply, the project quickly evolved into a dramatic and impressive addition to the city. The project, officially named the Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge, was managed by lead design firm SPF:architects working alongside general contractor Powell Constructors, structural engineer Arup, and electrical specialist Elecnor-Belco Electric.

With its design mimicking a breaking wave, the 600-foot-long Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge required 76 custom welded steel ribs and 1,200 yd3 of poured concrete. The bridge also features a canopy made up of 3,500 color-changing LED lights, 100 downlights, and 70 floodlights. The canopy can be programmed and synced with music to create different effects.

In addition to architectural and design concerns, building teams also had to worry about safety during the construction process. Because crews were working 25-feet above the roadway, project managers had to consider fall risks and also dangers to the public below. In order to safely weld the steel beams into place, Powell Constructors created custom welding shields that could be attached to the bridge’s steel canopy and moved to new sections when necessary. This innovation allowed the team to complete the project safely and efficiently.

The finished bridge is designed to mimic a boardwalk in its paving, seating, and landscape design. To add a unique touch, a park was designed on the bridge as a continuation of the landscaping.

In addition to serving its purpose of connecting the Convention and Performing Arts centers, the design of the bridge has also created additional space that can be used for things like hosting events. From a simple bridge to an important piece of design and cultural infrastructure, the Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge will offer benefits to the people of Long Beach for years to come.

This is what you need to know about the Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge, ENR’s Southern California Project of the Year 2018. Inspired by this architectural marvel and interested in moving your business into a new and improved commercial space?   If so, contact the experts at California Commercial Realty Advisors, Inc. We are ready to assist you with all your industrial or commercial real estate needs today.

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