Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

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Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

New Californian Architecture in CA, USA – design by SPF:architects (SPF:a)

Oct 17, 2018

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge

Design: SPF:architects (SPF:a)

Location: Long Beach, California, USA

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge named ENR’s Southern California Project of the Year

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

SPF:architects (SPF:a) is pleased to announce that the Long Beach Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge (less formally known as the Rainbow Bridge) was named the Southern California Project of the Year at the annual Engineering News-Record California Best Project Awards, held last Thursday morning at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Sharing the award with SPF:a was international engineering firm Arup, the project team’s structural and civil engineer.

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

“We are grateful to the Engineering News-Record for the recognition, and are honored to share the award with Arup,” said SPF:a Founder and Creative Director, Judit M. Fekete-Pali, LEED AP. “This complicated project required a high degree of technical and design skill, and the bridge’s success is primarily due to the true collaborative spirit present on all sides.”

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

Completed in late 2017, the dynamic 600-foot pedestrian bridge creates a much-needed direct, public connection between the Long Beach Convention Center and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. “Once we imagined that the connection between the Performing Arts and Convention Centers could be an experience, it became very exciting,” said Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA SPF:a’s founder and design principal. “Creating architecture out of infrastructure is quite rewarding.”

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

The bridge is perhaps most notable for its wave-inspired steel frame, made up of 76 custom-welded bent-steel ribs and approximately 1,200 cu yards of poured-in-place concrete at its base. The bridge canopy features 3,500 color-changing LED node lights, 100 downlights, and 70 floodlights, all of which can be programmed and synched to music to create different effects.

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

Three panels of judges reviewed more than 100 projects to determine the initial list of winners before choosing by consensus one project from Northern California and Southern California to stand as Projects of the Year—entries that “clearly outdistanced other winners.” ENR holds regional awards throughout the country, as well as a Best of the Best Ceremony that will take place this April in Manhattan. All Regional Best Project of the Year winners are nominated for the award, with an announcement of the national winners expected early in 2019.

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

The Rainbow Bridge also received an award for Best Landscape/ Urban Development Project at Thursday’s ceremony. Hood Design Group was the project’s landscape architect. The general contractor was Powell Constructors, with electrical work by Elecnor-Belco Electric. Carl Stahl Architekur provided SPF:a with additional input in designing the bridge’s custom lighting fixture.

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

The Rainbow Bridge has now received 8 regional, national, and international awards for its architecture, engineering and landscaping design, including a California Council of Engineering Honor Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award for Transportation Infrastructure.

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Long Beach Rainbow Bridge, California – Building Information

Long Beach Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge
Location: Long Beach, CA
Size: Length 604 feet, Bridge Deck Area: 11,500 SF
Owner: City of Long Beach
Lead Design Firm: SPF:a (Team: Zoltan Pali, FAIA, Judit Fekete-Pali, LEED AP, Siddhartha Majumdar, AIA, Adam Sauer, AIA)
General Contractor: Powell Constructors
Civil/Structural Engineer: Arup
Electrical: Elecnor-Belco Electric
Landscape Architect: Hood Design Studio

Long Beach Rainbow Bridge in California

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