sbp was thrilled to join the 16 Tech Community Corporation to celebrate the groundbreaking of its new 16 Tech Innovation District Bridge. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Councillor Vop Osili were on hand along with 16 Tech’s CEO Emily Krueger and the design team to announce the start of construction for this first of its kind bridge.
Designed by schlaich bergermann partner (sbp) and Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), this innovative bridge structure reinterprets the principles of a classic suspension bridge by using flat steel plates and fan-type masts to create an entirely new form – a first of its kind in the United States. The bridge also prioritizes accessibility and pedestrian and cyclist access with protected pathways separated from vehicular traffic, and more than half of its square footage dedicated to non-vehicular use.
“The design team is thrilled to see this innovative and ambitious bridge come to life,” said Michael Stein, Board and Managing Director of sbp’s New York office. “The creativity embodied in this project is a product of our collaborative design approach with PAU and the rest of the team, 16 Tech’s unwavering support for a landmark structure, and feedback from a thoughtful and engaged community. We look forward to the bridge’s completion next year when Indianapolis can enjoy this iconic new crossing.”
The bridge will span Indianapolis’ Fall Creek at West 10th Street and Riley Hospital Drive to connect the 16 Tech Innovation District to Indianapolis’ research and medical corridor and the downtown community. The bridge will also link the 16 Tech Innovation District and the city’s wider trail and greenway network, including the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
The new suspension bridge is scheduled to be complete by summer of 2024.
For additional information on the groundbreaking event and bridge, please visit 16 Tech’s Press Room.