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"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."
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?
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I really like these. Great idea. May other parts could be redeployed to other sites, as well.
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
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.
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.
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...
Just reached out to David-- here is his web site where you can follow this project: baybridgehouse.org/
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.
"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."
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."
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...
Worth a read ...
"Caltrans ... is waiting to make a final decision on the new Bay Bridge opening until engineers have tested 192 giant steel bolts that could break because they may be too hard and brittle. The quality of these bolts was thrown into doubt after 32 others already installed on the bridge snapped, even though they had been tightened to just 70 percent of their supposed capacity.
Caltrans officials have sought to downplay the investigative reports ... Chronicle investigative reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken produced perhaps the most troubling report so far. He discovered that Caltrans had circumvented its own safety rules when establishing specifications for the big bolts and had skirted federal standards that ban the use of such bolts in bridges because they're vulnerable to cracking."