Eugene's Willamette River Greenway and bike path system is an extremely popular recreation destination for citizens of Eugene and Springfield, and the DeFazio Pedestrian Bridge provides a vital link between Alton Baker Park and downtown Eugene.
The 590-foot-long suspension bridge is an aesthetically pleasing signature structure and provides a clear span of the Willamette River, which was important to meet hydraulic and environmental concerns in the sensitive waterway.
OBEC designed this state-of-the-art structure to incorporate unique technology that was utilized for the first time in the United States, including cable strands encased in galvanized carrier pipes and an extremely efficient deck constructed from precast concrete sections that were slid out across the river on temporary cables supported by the bridge's main towers.
OBEC has since used this innovative design on numerous other signature bridges, including the I-5 Beltline Gateway Pedestrian Bridge and the Delta Ponds Pedestrian Bridge in the Eugene/Springfield area.
This project was recognized for its innovation and context-sensitive design and received the ACI/OCAPA 2000 Excellence in Concrete Award; the American Council of Engineering Companies 2001 National Award of Merit; and CECO 2001 Engineering Excellence Award and 2001 Grand Award.