• Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge (BoyScouts Bridge)

Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge (Boy Scouts Bridge)

Glen Jean, West Virginia, USA, 2013

The Boy Scouts Bridge is a footbridge on the new site of the “Boy Scouts of America Jamboree”, a gathering of thousands of Boy Scouts usually held every four years at another location. The “Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve” will from now on be the permanent home for the Jamboree and as such required a signature structure to act as a symbol for the camp. The design of the bridge was to be adventurous and the crossing of the bridge was to be an experience in itself. To that end, the scouts are able to walk not only on the bridge deck but also along the cables of the bridge on a steel walkway. The cables pass over the tops of the masts and below the main deck of the bridge allowing the scouts to see the bridge from multiple perspectives. The masts are spread to form a V in section which evokes the tips of eagle’s wings, the symbol of the Boy Scouts.

  • Location

    Glen Jean, West Virginia, USA

  • Architect

    schlaich bergermann partner; Hatch Mott MacDonald, Charleston

  • Awards

    2014 SEAoNY Excellence in Structural Engineering, category other structures

  • Client

    Trinity Works, Beckley

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, technical spots check, lighting design

This pedestrian bridge is designed for low maintenance and durability. The V-shaped masts feature steel casting and support the fully locked steel cables at the top, which are characterized by specially shaped wires on the exterior to provide durability. 

The cables are required to support a hybrid arrangement of tension and compression elements demanded for the 75 cm wide lateral hanging walkways that are directly supported by the suspension cables. Steel plate frames act as the hangers above and beneath the 4,5 m deck, whose load is essentially beared by the cables. It is made of untreated wood to blend easily into the natural surroundings.

  • Total length 239.6 m (786 ft)
  • Deck width 4.6 m (15 ft)
  • Mast length 13.5 m (44 ft)
  • Main span 177.4 m (582 ft)
  • Walkway width 0.8 m (3 ft)
  • Total cable sag 10.7 m (35 ft)
  • Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge (BoyScouts Bridge) © 2013 BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
  • Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge (BoyScouts Bridge)
  • Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge (BoyScouts Bridge) © 2013 BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
  • Consol Energy Wingtip Bridge (BoyScouts Bridge) © 2013 BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

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