A bridge connecting a science park with the centre of the US city of Indianapolis has reached a milestone with the installation of a steel wave structure shipped in from Italy.

The undulating steel ribbon structure was fabricated in Italy by Cimolai and brought to the US for installation on the road bridge which spans Fall Creek to connect 16 Tech Innovation District to Indianapolis’ Research Corridor and Downtown. The tree-like design of the piers mimic the natural setting and the structure is a reinterpretation of a classic suspension bridge, with flat steel plates replacing traditional cables.

Work continues to install the undulating steel structure of the 16 Tech Innovation bridge. Credit: SBP

The project’s design lead and structural engineer is Schlaich Bergermann Partner (SBP). Shrewsberry & Associates, Indianapolis is the civil engineer. The design architect is Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), New York (design architect), while Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP), New York is the landscape architect. Moniteurs, Berlin provided wayfinding services, while People for Urban Progress (PUP), Indianapolis handled community engagement.

The next stage of work will see the pouring of the concrete deck, and then installation of the handrail, lighting and other architectural features.