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Two Big R Bridges connect community to Atlanta Braves’ new ballpark and The Battery Atlanta

May 23, 2017


Anchored by Sun Trust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, The Battery Atlanta is a luxurious 1.5-million-square-foot mix of culinary, entertainment, shopping, accommodation, commercial and residential experiences — dubbed ‘the South’s preeminent lifestyle destination’. A safe and efficient pedestrian connection was needed to connect the nearby community and baseball fans to this new ‘mini-city’ and stadium at the intersection of two major multi-lane parkways.


Make that two bridges, eight ramp sections and two stairways
Big R Bridge is proud to have been an integral partner with Reeves Young Contracting in the early stages helping to develop the final layout and aesthetics of the two bridges, eight connecting ramp sections and two stairways. We helped round out the balance of the Design-Build team by bringing in the experience of AECOM as the design partner and Massana Construction on installation and concrete work. Big R Bridge provided the final design and fabrication of all components.

The biggest challenge we faced was working within the small footprint and meeting ADA Compliance. Big R Engineers worked closely with AECOM on the final layout of the bridges and ramp system with integral landings built into the stairs to meet ADA Requirements. 

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Architectural features, lighting and integrated signage
The Real Estate Advisor firm, JLL (formerly known as Jones Lang Lasalle), provided the overall Project Management for the Braves Stadium and coordination of all the developers, architects, engineers and contractors on site. They were an integral part in making sure the bridges were designed to co-ordinate with the stadium’s architectural features, including lighting and integrated signage for the combined destinations. 

Modular sections placed in just a few days
All of the bridges, ramps and stairs were fully fabricated at our plant and broken down in sections for shipping. Each bridge was assembled and placed in one day. The three larger ramps had a longitudinal splice and took a half-day each to assemble and lift into place. The five smaller ramps and the two sets of stairs were shipped in one piece. This allowed them to be lifted off the trucks and set directly into place. All was ready in time for the big game with Hank Aaron throwing the opening pitch. Take a look at our bridges in action in this video clip from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Braves fans experience SunTrust Park on opening day »

Project at a glance:

Project Name: The Battery Atlanta
Location: Cobb County, Georgia
Owner: The Battery Atlanta  
Development Project Manager: Jones Lang Lasalle 
Design-Build Lead Contractor: Reeves Young 
Bridge Designer and Fabricator: Big R Bridge 
Engineer: Aecom 
Subcontractor: Massana Construction 
Product: Big R Signature Pedestrian Bridges and Ramps
Application: Overhead walkways for stadium
Dimensions: First Bridge 171.75' x 20.25', Second Bridge 123.83' x 20.25',
Five Ramps 64.83' x 12.88', Two Ramps 64.83' x 15.88', One Ramp 69.83' x 15.88'

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