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West End Bridge (The Glowbridge)
Winner - Platinum
Designer: Thornton Tomasetti
Design Type: Architecture, Engineering Design
Company / Organization / School: 4240 Architecture
With a nod to the past and a bridge to the future, this project posits a series of connections across the 3 rivers of Pittsburgh, consisting of pedestrian additions to the West End, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne bridges and a new stand-alone Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Pedestrian Bridge. These connections will stitch the city together across the rivers and enable the developing riverfront district. The design at each bridge employs an innovative composite material, with an extremely lightweight structure and surface, manufactured as layers of FRP. Within these component layers a luminescent pigment is included which absorbs direct and ambient sunlight emitting an iconic yet subtle glow each evening.