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Longest US-Based Skywalk Planned in MI

Friday, March 6, 2020

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A wholesale mortgage lending company based out of Pontiac, Michigan, has announced its plans to build an enclosed pedestrian bridge between two buildings on its 1.5 million square-foot campus.

The endeavor is slated to become the longest enclosed skywalk in the United States.

About the Project

Located off the South Boulevard, United Shore intends to have a pedestrian bridge built, totaling 1,000 feet long. Previously, the firm had its former Hewlett Packard building renovated for $85 million.

In addition to building the skybridge, the company also plans to renovate a second building, pushing the project total closer to $250 million.

The reason behind all the upgrades? United Shore has announced it intends to hire at least 2,500 new employees. When first opened, United Shore started with 2,600 employees, but that number grew to 3,000 in 2019, when the company had planned to hire about 800 more.

“We’re really big on team and people and our campus reflects that with the amenities that we have in our current building,” Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage, said. “Now with the addition of a second building and connecting the entire campus with a bridge, we’ll keep this amazing culture alive and continue to create a great place to work for anyone who wants to join our family.”

Other Notable Pedestrian Bridges

At the beginning of 2019, the world’s longest 3D-printed concrete pedestrian bridge was completed in Shanghai’s Wisdom Bay Industrial Park. The project was designed and developed by professor Xu Weiguo, from Tsinghua University (School of Architecture)—Zoina Land Joint Research Center for Digital Architecture.

The 26.3-meter-long (86.2-foot-long), 3.6-meter-wide bridge was built in collaboration with Shanghai Wisdom Bay Investment Management Company, was inspired by the ancient Anji Bridge in Zhaoxian, China.

To create the single-arch bridge, Weiguo’s team developed a 3D-printing concrete system that implemented digital design and smart technology, according to Tsinghua University.

In May, the longest suspension pedestrian bridge in the U.S., located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was set to open in a couple of weeks, running 680 feet across a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains. The ground falls away 140 feet below, roughly around the structure’s midpoint.

What has been dubbed the SkyBridge, which belongs to Skylift Park, will open May 17. The bridge was designed and installed by ERi (Dayton, Ohio) for Boyne USA (Boyne Falls, Michigan).

According to CNN, the span features glass panels along the center of the walkway to allow visitors to see the ground beneath them. Skylift Park also features a chairlift that takes passengers up 500 feet, from Gatlinburg to the top of Crockett Mountain. Once the bridge opens, visitors will be able to take the chairlift up to the bridge, enjoying the view. Plans also include an observation area and snack shop, as well as a bar and gift shop.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Construction; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair; Renovation; Upcoming projects

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