THE ELEANOR SCHONELL BRIDGE

THE ELEANOR SCHONELL BRIDGE


The award-winning Eleanor Schonell Bridge across the Brisbane River in Australia connects Dutton Park to the University of Queensland campus. The 20 m (66 ft) wide bridge carries two lanes of traffic and two sidewalks with canopies for pedestrians and bicycles. It is designed to accommodate a future light rail track.

The main cable-stayed bridge consists of a 183 m (600 ft) main span and 30 m (98 ft) and 73 m (240 ft) side spans. Two planes of stay cables in a “harp” arrangement support the steel-concrete composite superstructure. The concrete pylons rest on concrete pile caps at water level. The pile caps are supported by 1.5 m (4.9 ft) diameter bored piles.

SYSTRA IBT developed the structural design for the cable-stayed spans in association with GHD. This design-build project was completed on an accelerated schedule with design starting in February 2005 and construction substantially complete in September 2006.

This project received numerous awards including the 2008 Golden State Award, ACEC’s (CELSOC’s) highest honor for projects engineered in the State of California, and the ACEC 2008 Excellence in Engineering Design Honor Award.

Additional Awards:
2006 Major Contractors Association Queensland – Safety Excellence Award
2007 Association of Consulting Engineers Australia – Excellence Gold Award
2007 Engineers Australia Queensland Division – Award of Excellence
2007 Institute of Public Works Administration Queensland Division – Award of Excellence
2007 Finalist for the Australian Construction Achievement Award
2007 Civil Contractors Federation – Case Earth Award Finalist
2008 CELSOC Small Firm Honor Award – Engineering Excellence
2008 Institute of Public Works Engineering AU, Queensland – Excellence Award Overall Winner

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