Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sky Bridge Under Construction At Children's Hospital

A sky bridge is currently under construction at the Children's Hospital construction site, connecting the existing building to the new expansion across five floors.

The Hospital Construction Blog says of the sky bridge:
Designing it was a challenge for a variety of reasons : the slope Seattle Children’s is built on; creating fire lane access below the sky bridge; working around multiple underground utilities; and accommodating very different earthquake movements of the two connected buildings.
After considering many options, it was determined that the best solution was to design the sky bridge as a floating structure, with joints at each floor level between the adjacent buildings. The design also incorporates a sloped steel truss that allows the eastern half of the sky bridge at each floor level to hang from a pair of diagonal columns.
For more information phone 206-987-6197.

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