Located on either side of the Reedy River, just six miles south of downtown Greenville, SC, Lake consists of approximately 400 acres of carefully-preserved natural habitat. The park contains both hardwood and evergreen forests, extensive wetlands and a rich diversity of wildlife habitat — including more than 160 bird species.
When Big R was asked to design and manufacture a 215′ pedestrian bridge across the river to connect the two areas, it was essential that the passage enhance the view, and come in on budget.
Lake Conestee Nature Park is managed by the Conestee Foundation, an eco-conscious, non-profit organization with limited funding, and two specific design requirements. First, our bridge had to be easy-to-install, with a minimal impact on the surrounding environment; and second, it had to be priced right.
At Big R we always consider the environmental impacts of our solutions, and that’s why many are made from naturally-weathering recycled steel. We also knew that coming in on budget wouldn’t be a problem, because Big R can value-engineer our bridges to meet almost any price point. The project was modified from the original design — a suspension type pedestrian bridge – to a truss assembly bridge. This economical alternative saved the Foundation more than $200k.
“We were extremely pleased with the final product,” says Drew Gonick, the Foundation’s Project Coordinator. “Big R’s prefabricated steel bridge is a beautiful structure and a centerpiece of Lake Conestee Nature Park.”