We’re designing a bridge!
About the Bridge
We know some basic information about the project: where the bridge will be, why a bridge is needed, and when the design and construction work are projected to occur.
But there’s a lot we still have to develop – and we need your input.
Where will it be?
Over 10th Street and Fall Creek from the IUPUI medical/research corridor to the 16 Tech Innovation District.
Why a bridge?
The bridge will span Fall Creek to create a direct physical connection between 16 Tech, the IUPUI-hospital district and downtown Indy.
When will this happen?
The design process started in January and is expected to be complete in September 2021. Construction is projected to occur from Spring of 2022 into 2023.
January – February 2021
In this phase, we will seek community ideas and feedback to develop three proposals for a bridge connecting 16 Tech with the IUPUI medical/ research corridor and Downtown Indianapolis.
Concept design will explore elements including site history, stakeholder needs, surrounding context, and materiality.
March – May 2021
In schematic design, we will work with feedback from 16 Tech and community members to develop the three bridge proposals in greater detail.
June – September 2021
Following schematic design, one bridge concept will be selected and advanced further through design development.
This proposal will be developed in intensive detail in advance of preparing necessary construction drawings.
What will it look like?
That’s where you come in.
To begin, there are a few values we really care about:
Connecting with people
At the end of the day, the bridge will be successful if people want to use it – to walk across it, to meet friends and colleagues on it, to share conversation and enjoy the views of Fall Creek. This is why stakeholder input is so important.
Thoughtful design decisions
We care about how this bridge will impact the surrounding area. We prioritize the design of lightweight structures in order to minimize our material and environmental impacts.
Connecting with place
We believe in honoring surrounding communities through the project; learning from community members allows us to better understand and affirm the values and identities of the many stakeholders around 16 Tech.
What we know
Across Fall Creek – connecting the 16 Tech Innovation District to the IUPUI medical/research corridor off 10th Street.
What we’re exploring
Understanding place means understanding a multitude of histories, experiences, and stories.
As a design team, we are committed to learning about the lived experiences of community members; we believe in asking questions including:
‘What assets and values in your neighborhood are you most proud of?’ ‘What marks the heart of your community?’ ‘How can design affirm the assets and knowledge that community members have cultivated?’
The energy of any place comes from its people – its stewards and caretakers. The bridge can both support and be informed by connections among community members.
We are committed to an iterative design process centered around deep listening, accessible information, and thoughtful conversations with community members.
Concept Design Updates (March 2021)
What we‘re hearing
In Concept Design, we hosted two community conversations, a month-long survey, an ongoing hotline, and a webpage feedback form to listen to community ideas, feedback, and questions.
From these two months of conversation, we‘ve heard these four design priorities for the 16 Tech Bridge:
History and Heritage
Respond to the history, heritage, and visions for the future of adjacent neighborhoods and the mission of 16 Tech through the design.
Safety and Accessibility
Create a space that is safe and accessible to all methods of mobility (pedestrians, scooters, wheelchairs, cyclists, people of diﬀerent ages).
Trails and Connections
Build upon ongoing eﬀorts in Indianapolis to connect city and nature with trails for walking and cycling.
Programming and Events
Integrate community programming into the bridge.
How we‘re responding
We are exploring how the bridge can connect to history and 16 Tech’s mission through elements including:
- Historic markers
- Viewpoints to appreciate the social and natural history of the site
- Materials symbolic of history
We are emphasizing designs with dedicated space for bikes and pedestrians.
We are prioritizing how the 16 Tech Bridge will safely link to neighboring trails, share common design experiences, and also develop its own character.
We are exploring people-focused space so that programming/ events can be an opportunity for the bridge.
Next Steps in Schematic Design (March – May 2021)
These four topics are our priority for Schematic Design. In the coming months, please join us at our community conversation (April 19) and ﬁll out the survey so that we can hear your priorities for safety, accessibility, and community programming.
Community Conversation (on Zoom)
April 19 at 6 p.m.
Feedback, Questions, Ideas?
We would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, or concerns.
This survey will be online from March 31– April 30. On April 19, we will share an update to ask some additional questions regarding preferences for materials. Through your responses to these questions, we hope to better understand three topics:
What does a genuine recognition of history mean to you and how should the design reflect this perspective?
Leisure and Activities in the District:
How do you hope to spend time at 16 Tech and how can certain designs (shading, planting, places to sit) make your experiences enjoyable?
Bridge Design Elements:
What features of the bridge can allow the bridge to be both a functional space and a well-used community asset?
This survey should take you 5-10 minutes to complete. Please complete it all in one session, as your answers will not save! Thank you.
The team led by schlaich bergermann partner includes highly-experienced and diverse partners that bring world-class global and local expertise together. More than 50% of the design contract is with MBE/ Minority Business Enterprise (PAU, Shrewsberry), disadvantaged, or women-owned/ led businesses and organizations (Moniteurs, People for Urban Progress, Martha Schwartz Partners).
List of Bridge Advisory Committee Members:
Marya Rose (Chief Administrative Officer, Cummins), Vop Osili (City County Council President), Dan Parker (Director, DPW, City of Indianapolis), Adam Thies (Associate Vice President, Capital Planning, IU), Bob Coy (President and CEO, 16 Tech Community Corporation), Sherron Rogers (Chief Financial Officer & Chief Strategy Officer, Eskenazi Health), Phyllis Boyd (Executive Director, Groundwork Indy), Carlette Duffy (Flanner Homes Resident), Kären Haley (Executive Director, Indianapolis Cultural Trail)