Barrientos Design was contracted to design a pedestrian bridge over Watertown Plank Road to connect the future parking garage at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and the Children’s Hospital parking garage. This key connection will allow visitor sot the RMH to safely pass over the road and directly access the skywalk to the hospital. Although the passage will not be fully enclosed, it will be covered overhead to screen and protect users from winter weather. The bridge will also connect the sidewalks along Watertown Plank Road to allow for a gentle sloping ramp over the street.
Two options for the bridge were developed during the design process. This option utilizes semi-custom truss members that span across the street. A key feature of the design are two flanking stair towers that are clad in an illuminated channel glass system which creates a lantern-like effect when viewed from a distance.