Located in North Charleston, SC, the Battery Park Pedestrian Bridge will be the primary feature connecting Riverfront Park with future development on the northside of Noisette Creek. Designed to be a destination of Chicora Park, the 800-linear foot curvilinear bridge will include an event venue space over the creek that will include seat walls, a shade structure, and landscaping. The bridge will feature two 55-foot tall iconic steel arches spanning 230 feet. Thomas & Hutton provided bridge design, structural engineering, landscape architecture, permitting, surveying, and construction phase services.
Thomas & Hutton assisted with the master planning of the surrounding areas, followed by concept development for the bridge. The development stage involved various meetings with stakeholders, obtaining opinions and input on constructability and cost estimates through permitting and design, with the assistance of the marine contractor and applicable subconsultants. Cost estimates were completed with a full schedule, ensuring the budget and schedule expectations were accurate.
Serving as agent throughout the permitting process, the team coordinated with the City of North Charleston, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM), United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the United States Coast Guard for permits for bridges, floating docks, boardwalks, and fishing pier.
After permits were secured, Thomas & Hutton provided surveying, landscape architecture, structural design, as well as oversight of subconsultants providing geotechnical and electric design. Thomas & Hutton led the City’s pre-qualification process and by the bidding and award of the construction project. The design team coordinated with the marine contractor regarding the necessary construction equipment, barge sizes, timing of each stage of the operation, crane reaches and durations. To-scale construction phase drawings were created showing barge positions and crane reaches to ensure design was consistent with construction capabilities. This effort also included working with the adjacent park, to ensure minimal disruption to their operations.