PULLMAN, Wash. — The Gannon/Goldsworthy Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the main arterial through the Washington State University campus, has won a national 1997 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Award for its functional and aesthetic qualities.
The bridge was designed by PPL Coffman Engineers in Spokane. G. Craig Lee, P.E., S.E., one of the owners/principles of PPL Coffman Engineers involved with the project, is a graduate of WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture.
The $280,000 pedestrian bridge was built in 1995 to replace an existing bridge with a low clearance that subjected it to damage by large trucks. Completion of the 118-foot span fulfilled WSU’s requirements that it be a high quality, aesthetically pleasing, functional structure constructed within budget and with minimal disruption to traffic.
Richard L. Ames, structural engineer at PPL Coffman Engineers, said, “The sleek and graceful lines flowing between the buildings on either side of the street draw you in as you enter the campus, and this bridge blends with that scenery perfectly.”
The project was coordinated by WSU’s Department of Facilities Development.