Wyckoff Memorial Bridge
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle
Seattle firm SRG Partnership has opened the T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge, a pedestrian structure over a busy industrial road, linking the city’s Museum of Flight to a large lot across the street where the museum’s often-visited commercial aircraft are parked and where a retired Concord is especially popular. The museum is located south of downtown in the industrial area called Boeing Field. Made from steel, glass, and a lightweight extruded aluminum decking, the $6.3 million icon for the museum, paid for by private and public donations, helps educate visitors on aviation and technology.
Inspired by the vapor trails left by airplane engine exhaust, SRG worked closely with Tacoma-based Jesse Engineering to execute the structure, which is made of curving steel components woven into a tubular form. The bridge is also clad with glass, tilting at 15-degree angles to create a shimmering effect and to reinforce the lightness of the structure. The 200-foot and 160-foot sections of the bridge were prefabricated at Jesse’s warehouse, delivered to the site via barge and truck, and then welded to the bridge’s reinforced concrete piles within 24 hours of arrival. Future expansion plans for the museum are under consideration, in which case a third bridge section could be added.