Troost Bridge

A glass bridge that sutures and reimagines Kansas City’s racial divide.

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*Collaboration with artist Derek Porter* Troost Bridge is located at the intersection of Troost Avenue and Brush Creek along the historic, and persisting, segregation line of Kansas City. Troost Avenue has seen both devastating poverty and incredible wealth, once rivaling downtown as the primary hub for commerce. As a result of its actionable disrepair, a new bridge was planned in conjunction with the Brush Creek Flood Control and Beautification Project. Both elegant and utilitarian, this project aimed to reanimate some of Troost Avenue’s former glory while embracing its specific and diverse cultures. Ten-feet-tall glass panels line the span of the bridge acting as an invisible guardrail. LED lighting concealed in a concrete barrier between pedestrians and vehicles illuminates the panels at night. The barrier also holds a series of stainless steel panels that fold and billow, activating artificial and natural light.
  • 2012
  • Architect, Fabricator
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 152’ x 90’ x 9’; 13,651 SF

Client

  • City of KCMO

Eldo Team

  • Principal: David Dowell, AIA
  • Project Manager: Chris Burk

Artist

  • Derek Porter

Collaborators

  • Contractor: Pyramid Contractors
  • Bridge Contractor: Mark Holmes
  • Railings Contractor: W Carter & Associates
  • Barrier Contractor: Zahner
  • Bridge Engineer: HNTB
  • Structural Engineer: Genesis Structures

Awards

  • 2013 Illuminating Engineering Society
  • Merit Award\n- 2013 AZURE Magazine
  • AZ Award for Landscape Architecture, Finalist
  • 2012 Interior Design
  • Best of Year Award
  • 2012 ARCHITECT Magazine Annual Design Review
  • Move Award\n- 2012 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Merit Award
  • 2012 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Honor Award\n\n### Press
  • Azure Magazine, David Dick-Agnew, PDF, 2013
  • Archdaily, Alison Furuto, "2012 AIA Central States Design Award Winners", 2012
  • Architect Magazine, Katie Gerfen, "2012 Annual Design Review, Move Category, Award: Troost Bridge", 2013
  • Interior Design Magazine, Craig Kellogg, "2012 Best of Year Awards: Projects" (PDF), 2012\n\n- Metropolis, "Building Bridges" (PDF), 2012\n\n- Kansas City Star, Steve Paul, PDF, 2012\n\n- Roads and Bridges, Wayne Feuerborn, "Wall Now A Flower" (PDF), 2012\n\n- Omaha World Herald, [PDF (//downloads.ctfassets.net/7ceafwpo4r5g/5x0fFssw93zpdg4GzLTeib/c7d5a9bf9fce5bc7bccfa1f2f5f81a68/2012-Omaha_World_Herald-Central_States_Regional_Awards.pdf "Download PDF: AIA Nebraska Honors Excellence in Design Winners"), 2012
  • Kansas City Star, Matt Campbell, PDF, 2009
  • Kansas City Star, Matt Campbell, PDF, 2007
  • The Brush Creek Bulletin, PDF, 2004\n\n### Photography by\n- Mike Sinclair

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