The Oregon Health and Sciences University (“OHSU”) Marquam Hill campus has many challenges due to the site’s steep grades. When replacement options for the aging, circa 1919 maze of basement tunnels connecting OHSU and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (“VAMC”) were needed, a bridge seemed the most effective option.
Five structural configurations were evaluated before a final design was selected for the bridge – which now spans 660-feet over a deep ravine to connect the OHSU University South Hospital to the adjacent VAMC. With towers supporting the bridge at each end, the steel, glass-enclosed, cable-stayed bridge is the longest pedestrian skybridge of its type in North America.
The completed bridge provides an efficient route to transport patients between the two medical facilities and is a visual reminder of the important connection between academics, research, and hands-on clinical work.