Geiger Brothers completes new pedestrian bridge at Ohio University-Chillicothe

OUC Bridge Night

Geiger Brothers has completed replacement of the pedestrian bridge on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University.

While the project was completed in August and the structure has been in use, campus administrators and Chillicothe city officials led a ribbon-cutting ceremony October 7 to officially “open” the new Shoemaker Center bridge to pedestrian traffic.

The new bridge connects the Shoemaker Center with upper-level parking lots on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus and replaces the original bridge, built in 1979, that had degraded such that replacement was crucial.

Shoemaker Center, in addition to daily campus-related functions, is heavily used by the Chillicothe community for its walking track, attendance at OU-C men’s and women’s basketball games, various expositions and special events. The parking lot served by the pedestrian bridge provides easy access to the center for those activities.

Geiger Brothers began work last winter with demolition of the current bridge. The base of the new span is foundations setting on auger cast piles poured to bedrock and then precast prestressed steel beams set on the new abutments.

The structural steel and glass serve both aesthetics and as functional safety containment. The 70-foot-long span also includes a steel covering and roof to protect individuals from the elements and reduce the need for deicing.  The laminated glass panels are digitally printed with the campus name and logo.

The bridge is visible from various locations throughout the site. The goal of campus officials was a highly functional span that will serve as a landmark and appealing focal point on campus.

Geiger Brothers prepared and implemented a comprehensive Site Logistics Plan to ensure Shoemaker Center remained fully accessible during the work with normal operations in classrooms, offices, and the gym and wellness facilities.

OUC Pedestrian Bridge Interior

Geiger Brothers begins new pedestrian bridge work at Ohio University-Chillicothe

As the Design-Build contractor for pedestrian bridge improvements on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University, Geiger Brothers has started direct construction work by demolition of the current bridge that leads from the upper parking lot of the campus to the upper level of Shoemaker Center.

Geiger Brothers will build a new covered pedestrian bridge. The scheduled completion is early May 2015.

Inspectors found the current bridge had degraded such that replacement was crucial. The bridge was original to building construction in 1979. Reinforcements were installed in 2005. Inspectors recently removed the existing soffit system and completely exposed the existing framing, and required temporary blocking and shoring for continued pedestrian use.

Campus officials say the project will result in a highly functional span that will serve as a landmark and focal point on campus. The bridge is visible from all directions, and new architecture and other features will complement the look of the rest of the campus.

The new bridge is one element of renovations under way on the OU-C campus to support current operations and to position the campus for its mission in the years to come.

As the Design-Build contractor, Geiger Brothers is responsible for developing and maintaining estimates of probable construction cost, value engineering and schedules; for leading and managing the schematic design, design development, and subcontractor prequalification and bidding process; and for the construction documents and closeout stages. Geiger Brothers provided several different schemes for the pedestrian bridge replacement, submitted alternates for the covered walkway, and designed a temporary stairway from the second floor to existing grade.

Shoemaker Center, in addition to daily campus-related functions, is heavily used by the Chillicothe community for its walking track, attendance at OU-C men’s and women’s basketball games, various expositions and special events. The parking lot served by the pedestrian bridge provides easy access to the center for those activities.

The project will impact campus traffic driving patterns and access to the Shoemaker Center from the parking lot. The lower road and access to the bridge from the upper level also are blocked.

Geiger Brothers prepared and implemented a Site Logistics Plan to manage on-site work, construction site access and material staging, road closure barricades and temporary student egress. The plan accounts for control of personnel, equipment and materials, with consideration for working relationships among all participants in the project – OU-C faculty, staff and students; Geiger Brothers personnel; and all subcontractors and suppliers of services and products.

As such, Shoemaker Center will remain fully functional during the work with normal operations for classrooms, offices, and the gym and wellness facilities.