SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcat Pedestrian Bridge and Donovan Plaza
The State University Construction Fund selected C&S to design the reconstruction of the plaza in front of Donovan Hall and the replacement of the existing Wildcat Pedestrian Bridge at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute campus in 2019. The existing plaza hardscaping in front of Donovan Hall and the existing Wildcat Pedestrian Bridge were constructed in the mid-1980s and had deteriorated to the point that they were at the end of their useful lives.
Several areas within the project site were not universally accessible and the existing infrastructure was in need of rehabilitation.
The project consisted of rehabilitating an existing site electrical distribution system, sanitary, storm water system, improving the site lighting with dark sky compliant LED light fixtures, demolishing an existing pedestrian bridge and replacing that bridge with a newly constructed steel truss bridge that would span a 100-foot gorge and provide safe access for pedestrians crossing from one side of the campus to the other. This improved overall pedestrian and vehicular access to the area as well as other site amenities and landscaping.
The primary electrical service on campus ran through conduits suspended from the underside of the existing pedestrian bridge, due to this, the existing water line had to be relocated to construct the north abutment of the new bridge. A utility cutover plan was required to maintain services to the affected buildings.