Monday, August 3, 2015

Finishing touches are being applied with installation of glass panels to new Shoemaker Center pedestrian bridge

The finishing touches are being applied to the new Shoemaker Center pedestrian bridge with the installation of laminated glass panels with the campus’ name and logo. The bridge is visible from various locations, and the new structure’s appearance will serve as an attractive focal point of campus.

The 70-foot-long span includes a steel covering and roof to protect individuals from the elements and reduce the need to apply salt, which can corrode the structure.

The bridge, which connects the Shoemaker Center with upper-level parking lots, was built in 1979 and reinforced in 2005. The current construction project began in mid-November 2014. The bridge is heavily used by individuals from the campus and community.

The Shoemaker Center, in addition to its everyday campus-related functions, is used by the Chillicothe community for its walking track, wellness center, attending OU-C men’s and women’s basketball games as well as volleyball matches, various expos, and special events. The parking lot served by the pedestrian bridge is a popular parking location to gain easy access to the center for those activities.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the fall, and details will be shared as plans are finalized.

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