Great to see Oakland Museum of CA making this one happen -
"Salvaged steel from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been awarded to five projects for public display, with more awards on the way, Oakland Museum of California officials announced."
Salvaged steel from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been awarded to five projects for public display, with more awards on the way, Oakland Museum of California officials announced Tuesday.
"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."
"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."
We are proud to announce the designs and presentation material for the Bay Bridge House.
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How can the old Bay Bridge scraps be recycled to create a modern, contemporary multi-use space?
Vote on your favorite design:
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...
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 BayBridgeHouse.org, an effort to recycle just a bit of the material into a house and multi-use space."
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.
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 - www.rael-sanfratello.com/
Daniel Krivens - LEED AP and senior designer at NicholsBooth - NicholsBooth.com
List of competing schools:
Academy of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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
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.
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...
"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.
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.
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."