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The High Line was an abandoned freight train line on the Lower West Side in NYC that got turned into a park.

How about turning the soon-to-be-replaced Bay Bridge span into a park?

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Alan Joseph Williams
Amy Widdowson
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Colin Mutchler
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Matthew Hall
Ben Blumenfeld
Elizabeth Hunt
Mick Hagen
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Chris Messina
Anne Driscoll
Catherine Bracy
Patrick Keenan
Kevin Lo


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"The Bay Bridge Steel Program, being administered by Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), was created in response to significant public interest from Bay Area artists and creative communities in making steel from the bridge available for repurposing and reuse. The program’s intent is to preserve elements of the original 1936 East Span of the Bay Bridge, as well as its legacy as a major landmark and historic icon, by making salvaged steel available for incorporation into public and civic art projects throughout the State of California."

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Interesting development:

"Bay Bridge officials want to keep some of the old eastern span’s concrete piers in place — a plan they say would save on demolition costs and create a memorial for the historic structure.

The eastern span project is running over its $6.4 billion budget, so to save money, bridge officials are trying to cut costs where they can. One idea, backed by Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, is to keep several of the old span’s concrete piers in place near the Port of Oakland.

The idea is to preserve and remember a portion of the old span as part of the planned Gateway Park. The 170-acre park would be built on Caltrans land near the span as an approach for the bike path to the bridge."

Dec 2, 2014

Cormorants, future archaeologists and people who enjoy open space have common ground here.
Why not adapt the design which has cost so unforseeably more to build to one that preserves a piece of the built environment that worked really well for a very long time, cost less in time and money and is emblematic of home-grown can-do spirit of working class Bay Area? Why not?

Posted by Kasey on Dec 2, 2014
Dec 2, 2014

Here's an updated link -

Posted by Dan on Dec 2, 2014
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Bay Bridge House

We are proud to announce the designs and presentation material for the Bay Bridge House.

Please let us know your thoughts.

Eckhart Beatty
Eckhart Beatty
Jul 13, 2014

I really like these. Great idea. May other parts could be redeployed to other sites, as well.

Posted by Eckhart Beatty on Jul 13, 2014
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How can the old Bay Bridge scraps be recycled to create a modern, contemporary multi-use space?

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How can the old Bay Bridge scraps be recycled to create a modern, contemporary multi-use space?

The Goal To promote a community project to save pieces of the historic Oakland span of the Bay Bridge and create a modern contemporary self-sustaining eco housing and cowork multi-use space. How It WorksBay Bridge House is holding a design competition between students in school for Design and Architecture to come up with the most unique design...

Bay Bridge House
Bay Bridge House
Oct 31, 2013

Winners announcement:

Posted by Bay Bridge House on Oct 31, 2013
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Tom K.

Cool to see David's project in boing boing:

"When the newly-replaced Oakland span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is demolished in the next few years, the scrap will be sent to China. David Grieshaber has other plans for it. He's launched, an effort to recycle just a bit of the material into a house and multi-use space."


Effort to make a house from the SF Bay Bridge scrap

When the newly-replaced Oakland span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is demolished in the next few years, the scrap will be sent to China.

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Competition update:

Weighting of Judges...

33% judging online in cooperation with Neighborland

33% from Bay Bridge House Board judges.

33% from Industry Expert Judges:
Ronald Rael - Associate Professor of Architecture, UC Berkeley, Principal @ Rael San Fratello Architects -
Daniel Krivens - LEED AP and senior designer at NicholsBooth -

List of competing schools:

Academy of Art
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kansas University
Fakulteti Arkitektures dhe Urbanistikes, Albania
Universidad Privada del Norte de Trujillo, Peru
Ryerson University, Canada
School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India
National superior school of architecture of Paris Val de Seine, France
University of Melbourne, Australia
Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Eckhart Beatty
Eckhart Beatty
Sep 26, 2013

Very resourceful. I'm curious if this project assume the use of the entire span of the old bridge made obsolete by its replacement span--or just a section of that. It probably would save a lot of money in terms of demolition costs--not to mention the negative ecological impacts of the dismemberment process, no matter how carefully it is carried out.

Posted by Eckhart Beatty on Sep 26, 2013
Bay Bridge House
Bay Bridge House
Sep 27, 2013

Hello Eckhart, the bridge is slated for demolition and it has already started. Other plans have been proposed to save the whole structure, but the upkeep and instability of the bridge make it impossible to justify. We plan to use approximately 1/4th of 1% of the bridge parts, which would be about a 10,000 sqft building structure.

Posted by Bay Bridge House on Sep 27, 2013
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Tom K.

Pretty cool development:

The project would include the use of recycled pieces of the bridge as the structure of the building, as well as concrete, steel and glass. No wood or plaster is being deemed useful to the project, Grieshaber said.

His idea for the project arose months ago when Grieshaber and his wife were driving across the bridge.

"I asked my wife what she thought they were going to do with the scraps of the Bay Bridge and she suggested calling Caltrans to find out," he said.

Grieshaber said he was shocked when he called and was told that most of the material would be sold to a company in China.

"I was told they were recycling some and selling the rest to China," he said. "I was hoping it would stay in America" since the Bay Bridge is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Contest to design home out of Bay Bridge pieces launched

A Brisbane man hoping to build self-sustaining structures out of scraps from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge says he plans to hold a competition for architecture students who believe they can create a winning design. David Grieshaber, a technology entrepreneur, was featured in The San Francisco Examiner last week about his a proposed...

Tom K.
Tom K.
Sep 16, 2013

Just reached out to David-- here is his web site where you can follow this project:

Posted by Tom K. on Sep 16, 2013
Bay Bridge House
Bay Bridge House
Sep 20, 2013

Thank you for the post Tom! I know with your support and the support of the community we can see this project through to fruition.

Posted by Bay Bridge House on Sep 20, 2013
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Tom K.

"There is risk to the public, there is risk to all of us, keeping people on the old bridge," California Department of Transportation principal engineer Brian Maroney told the committee. "My advice to all the decision-makers is get people on the new safe bridge."

Is there any evidence the bridge *is* safe? It seems like that's necessary in order for anything to move forward to let the public use it for something other than vehicle traffic.


Bay Bridge span now scheduled to open around Labor Day weekend

OAKLAND — A state-sanctioned oversight panel on Thursday announced that officials would press ahead with plans to open the troubled eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to traffic around Labor Day weekend.

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Tom K.

Caltrans principal bridge engineer Brian Maroney on the old bridge vs. the new bridge:

"It's like comparing a 1930s Model A Ford to a 2000 Volvo,' said Maroney earlier this week during a two-hour preview. 'The Model A was the first car in the U.S. to have safety glass in the windows. It had windshield wipers. A rearview mirror was optional."

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Tom K.

Is there a safety issue in keeping the Old Bay Bridge standing? Many seem to think so.

"This old bridge is the biggest problem we've got,' said Steve Heminger, the transportation commission's executive director. 'There is no fix to it, other than moving traffic onto the new span. That's why we feel such a sense of urgency.'

The seismic threat to the existing bridge is undeniable. The structure - considered an engineering marvel when it opened during the Great Depression after just three years of construction - was stretched beyond its limits when the San Andreas Fault ruptured outside Santa Cruz on Oct. 17, 1989, unleashing a 6.9-magnitude earthquake."


Bay Bridge's old span risky, engineers say

Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission must weigh that risk in deciding whether to delay the scheduled Labor Day weekend opening of the new eastern span while dealing with suspect steel rods - something Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials have suggested might happen. Any delay in the opening of the $6.4 billion bridge...

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