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Oklahoma City’s landmark bridge, Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge, is a 380-foot-long pedestrian bridge, weighs 105 tons and is a 197- foot-tall sculpture, that spans Interstate 40 near Robinson Avenue south of downtown. The bridge’s architecture was inspired by Oklahoma’s state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher.

The SkyDance Bridge design and structural engineering was performed by S-X-L (Spatial Experiments Laboratory). Civil engineering was performed by MKEC engineering. SXL is a collaboration of architects, engineers, university professors and designers that include Laurent Massenat, Professor Hans Butzer, Professor Stan Carroll, Ken Fitzsimmons, Professor Chris Ramseyer, David Wanzer, Jeremy Gardner, and Brett Johnson.

The SXL Design Team Right to left the team members are: Hans Butzer, AIA, AKNW, LEED AP, Assoc. Professor OU Chris Ramseyer, Ph.D., P.E., Asst. Professor OU Jeremy Gardner, AIA David Wanzer Stan Carroll, AIA Ken Fitzsimmons, AIA Laurent Massenat, P.E.

The SXL Design Team Right to left the team members are: Hans Butzer, AIA, AKNW, LEED AP, Assoc. Professor OU Chris Ramseyer, Ph.D., P.E., Asst. Professor OU Jeremy Gardner, AIA David Wanzer Stan Carroll, AIA Ken Fitzsimmons, AIA Laurent Massenat, P.E.

 

W&W Steel fabricated the structural steel and Swanda Brothers fabricated the stainless steel feathers.

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“The scissor-tailed flycatcher seems to embody the most beautiful ideas that relate to engineering, the Oklahoma wind and our love for the Oklahoma landscape and wildlife,” Butzer said.

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“We are very excited about the bridge. I think it will capture a lot of attention because it is a huge work of art, not just a bridge. It is very special for the city,” said Robbie Kienzel, head of urban redevelopment for city planning.

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The bridge is illuminated nightly with LED lights to welcome visitors to downtown. The color of light can be changed remotely, depending on the event or holiday.

DVAM with Scissortale Image

 

References

Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.okc.gov/skybridge/

SkyDance Bridge. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://congress.ou.edu/content/coe/fears/structural_faculty/chris_ramseyer/skydance_bridge.html

STRUCTURE magazine | Reaching for the Sky. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.structuremag.org/?p=5406

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