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House Plan Made of Old Bay Bridge

Friday, February 28, 2014

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Pieces of the 77-year-old, 1.97-mile-long eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge may be recycled to build a house.

Well, that’s if David Grieshaber, co-founder of Bay Bridge House project, has anything to say about it.

Grieshaber has been working on a bridge-turned-house plan since June 2012 when he said he learned that transportation officials planned to scrap a majority of the bridge after demolition.

Bay Bridge House
Image courtesy of Bay Bridge House Project

The Bay Bridge House project would use a few small sections of the historic San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to build a modern self-sustaining house.

“Let’s save a piece for us,” he writes on the organization’s website. The project would need roughly 1.32 percent of the structure.

Design and Approvals

Bay Bridge House project held a global design competition among architecture students to create a home made from the steel structure that would overlook the new Bay Bridge.

The result of the competition was a 19,000-square-foot modern, self-sustaining house that features a hanging loft.

another view of house
Image courtesy of Bay Bridge House Project

The house, if built, would overlook the new Bay Bridge, according to project plans.

Grieshaber said he is still working with officials to get the approval necessary for the dream repurposing project, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

However, he has admitted the process has figured to be a “bureaucratic nightmare.”

Work Progresses

The original Bay Bridge opened in November 1936 and was severely damaged in an 1989 earthquake.

“A piece of history will be gone forever. Some of the bridge should remain behind for future generations to enjoy,” Grieshaber notes.

New bridge construction
©string_bass_dave via Flickr

The Bay Bridge opened in November 1936 and was replaced by a new bridge last year due to seismic risks.

Crews began demolishing the bridge last November and have plans to ship the hundreds of thousands of tons of steel and concrete to recycling plants and steel mills around the world, reports have said.

Grieshaber told D+D News the particular pieces needed to construct the home may not be torn down for another year.

Demolition of the entire bridge is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Meanwhile, the historic span’s more than $6 billion replacement has faced a series of issues since its grand opening last fall, including broken bolts and leaking. The replacement span took over a decade to construct.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Bridges; Concrete; Construction; Design; Steel

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