Launch Slideshow

Troost Bridge.

Troost Bridge, by El Dorado

Troost Bridge, by El Dorado

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    Troost Bridge.

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    View from the river below.

  • Glass panels allow for uninterrupted views from the walkway.

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    Glass panels allow for uninterrupted views from the walkway.

  • Bent metal plates distort reflections.

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  • Bridge diagram.

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    Bridge diagram.

  • Reflections diagram.

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    Reflections diagram.

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    Bent metal plates distort reflections.

  • Glass panels in lieu of typical handrails allow for uninterrupted views.

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    Glass panels in lieu of typical handrails allow for uninterrupted views.

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    Mockup of glass panels.

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    Reflections in the glass panels.

  • Lighting  is integrated into the structure forthe  pedestrian walkway.

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    Lighting is integrated into the structure forthe pedestrian walkway.

Category: Move
Award

More than just another city street, Troost Avenue is the racial and economic dividing line of Kansas City, Mo. So when it came time to replace the 150-foot-long bridge spanning Brush Creek, the city and the Kansas City Area Transit Authority turned to El Dorado. Along with local lighting designer Derek Porter, the firm created a pedestrian experience—part infrastructure, part public art—that connects the communities on either side of the waterway.

By enhancing the barrier that separates cars from people, the team was able to break down the barrier between people and the surrounding site. To that end, the architects lined the perimeter of the bridge with 10-foot-tall, five-ply laminated glass panels—held in place by embedded stainless steel hardware and compression clamp plates—enclosing an 8-foot-wide poured-in-place sidewalk on the western edge, and a 10-foot-wide walkway to the east. Animating the experience, convex reflective stainless steel panels are affixed at ground level to heavy concrete dividing walls that separate these pedestrian zones from the central traffic lanes and create a fun-house mirror effect, which bus passengers see reflected in the glass panels from their elevated seats. Embedded linear LEDs provide pedestrian lighting—their effect amplified by the glass and steel panels at night.

“A remarkably subtle job for this big hunk of infrastructure. You could pass by this and could see this multiple times, and see something different each time.” —G. Martin Moeller Jr.


Project Credits

Project  Troost Bridge, Kansas City, Mo.
Client  City of Kansas City, Mo. (glass panels); Kansas City Area Transit Authority (stainless steel panels)
Architect  El Dorado, Kansas City, Mo.—David Dowell, AIA, Chris Burk
Artist  Derek Porter
Engineer  Genesis Structures—Dave Rogowski
GlassPanels  Carter Glass—Bill Carter
StainlessSteelPanels  Zahner—Bill Zahner, Tom Zahner, Don Kirby
BridgeEngineer  HNTB—Jim Truesdell, Wayne Feuerborn, Robert Krewson
BridgeLightingDesigning  Light Works—Kathi Vandel
Bridge  Contractor Pyramid—Mark Holmes
CommunityLiaison  Brush Creek Community Partners—Carol Grimaldi
Size  80 linear feet (west side); 110 linear feet (east side)
Cost  $580,500 for glass panels; $89,780 for stainless steel panels
Photographer  Mike Sinclair