Pick a bridge and sell the idea

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

What: Bridge Design + Bridge Presentations

Where: VOA Associates, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400

When: Thursday, January 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Why: The Bridge Design/ Redesign and Construction Challenge begins with a competition between the Wacker Drive bridge groups. These are some of the questions that were addressed in the presentations: How should it move? What might it look like? What is it built out of? And more importantly…WHY should we use your groups bridge? How does it connect to the area around it? What spaces around it might make it more successful than the other bridges over the Chicago River? Could we get money from the city because we’re preserving a historic landmark? Essentially, why is your groups bridge the best bridge to renovate or rebuild?

And the WINNER is… State Street Bridge!

No worries everyone! All of the design ideas were really cool and we will be able to incorporate bits and pieces from each idea into one really amazing hybrid design!



-Deadline: Friday, February 12

Important Files:

Site Photos link (email lboley@voa.com with link issues):


Bridge Ideas Boards (email lboley@voa.com with link issues):


Blog Quiz:

Describe a situation that made you realize why you want to be a _______ or what caused your interest in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering?

*Note: Answer this question by next Thursday to possibly receive a prize. Answer by emailing your response to lboley@voa.com. We would love to hear your thoughts! It can be brief, and do not be afraid to speak up!!

Next Meeting Where: VOA Associates, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400

Next Meeting When: Thursday, Jan 28, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

For this meeting, we will bring all of our heads together to design the state street bridge of the future into something spectacular!

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