Generation Park West Lake Houston Bridge

Houston, Texas

Binkley & Barfield, Inc. was the design engineer and performed construction services for the northbound and southbound bridges for the Generation Park development.  More than just a bridge, the design communicates that visitors are entering a best-in-class business environment.  Throughout Generation Park, you will notice a host of architectural details including wide, raised sidewalks, elegant pavers, and a seamless and safe experience for pedestrians and bicyclists.  The pedestrian crossing on the bridge is connected to the S.PA, Generation Park’s 52-acre urban core complete with parks, amenities & restaurants, and a near mile-long loop around the 19-acre West Lake.
 
The bridges are each span approximately 110’ over the P127-00-00 channel. Aesthetic enhancements to the bridge included the use of pedestrian rated red brick pavers and rails that are specially designed by The Office of James Burnett Landscape architects. Binkley & Barfield, Inc. worked closely with the architects to design the special features requested by the client.   

Some of the challenges of this project included incorporating the architectural features creating job specific structural details to include the aesthetic features.  The engineers also modified the TxDOT box beam standards to accommodate the 45 degree skew. The left turn lane also began on the southbound bridge due to a lack of space on the roadway.  To solve this problem, instead of flaring the bridge width, Binkley & Barfield, Inc. widened the bridge to the widest point necessary to accommodate a small portion of the left turn lane.  The bridges are on a curved portion of the alignment so our team created new straight alignments for each bridge to simplify the design.