4mile Run Pedestrian-Cyclist Bridge Professional Competition

Sponsors: nvrc, VDOT, Virginia Tech

Type: Open, 1-stage

Language: English

Eligibility: Teams of professionals including Architects, Landscape Architects and Structural Engineers.  Professional licensure in Virginia is required of the selected team either by association with a Virginia firm or inherent professional credentials of team members.

Registration Fee: none

Awards: not listed

7 December 2009 – submission deadline

Jury: To be announced

Design Challenge:
For years, Northern Virginia’s Four Mile Run has functioned as a flood control channel and a border between the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. The plan outlines a broad range of ambitious, feasible goals to restore the ecology of the Run while re-establishing it as a cherished park space and a means of stitching together communities.

Bridges are built to connect, traverse, and inspire. The pedestrian and cyclist bridges planned to reach across the run will be the defining elements in bringing people to the shores of the stream and to each other. As pieces of transit infrastructure, the bridges will also link neighborhoods, streets, and pathways, thus providing a more accessible and desirable means to walk or bike across the region. The first of these bridges is to establish the design language for the others to follow, and is the subject of this professional competition. Taking inspiration from its surrounding natural and industrial elements, the bridge is to be a modern, sustainable, and sculptural piece, spanning clear across the run with minimal impact to the streambed.

Submission Requirements
: Each team is to submit one hard-copy packed and a CD with a PDF version including: proof of qualifications, history and philosophy of each firm, a portfolio of work by each firm including a bridge design projects, resumes of each team member, a list of professional awards and recognitions

For more information, go to: http://www.4milerun.org/