INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – The 16 Tech Community Corp. in Indianapolis has selected a design team for the signature piece of the $ 500 million 16 Tech Innovation District. The nonprofit that oversees the development of the project says Germany-based Schlaich Bergermann will work with the New York Architecture and Urbanism practice to lead the team to design the $ 14.5 million bridge , which will connect the district to the city’s research corridor, including the medical and educational campus.
The bridge will span Fall Creek from 10th Street and Riley Hospital Drive. 16 Tech says the project will serve as the architectural centerpiece for the city.
sbp was selected from a group of six finalists for the project. The 40-year-old company has a history of notable bridge projects, including six bridges for the Ports Landing project in Toronto and a pedestrian bridge for Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park in Buffalo, New York.
“Sbp has assembled a coherent and diverse team that combines engineering, architectural design thinking and community innovation,” said Bob Coy, 16 Tech’s chief executive officer, in a press release. “The sbp team shares our vision of creating a symbol of innovation for downtown Indianapolis and we look forward to working with them.”
In addition to PAU, 16 Tech says minority, disadvantaged, or women-run businesses account for more than 50% of the design contract. Several Indianapolis companies are included, such as People for Urban Progress, CTL Engineering, and Circle Design Group.
The design team will begin a nine-month community engagement process early next year. 16 Tech says the effort will include opportunities for input and feedback from stakeholders.
“I’m excited to begin designing the 16 Tech Bridge and that the 16 Tech communities have an active voice in the process,” said Vop Osili, president of the Indianapolis City County Council representing the district in the 16 tech is located. “The sbp team has shown a clear commitment to community engagement and diversity in its overall project approach, and the design process will involve the surrounding communities so that the neighbors are heard and welcomed in the final product.”
Funding for the bridge project comes from the city as well as a grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. 16 Tech says the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
In February, Emily Krueger, 16 Tech Chief Operating Officer, appeared at Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick to talk about the project she called “much more than a physical structure.” You can watch the full interview here.