BNIM – Freight House Bridge
Once located at the riverfront in Kansas City, MO, the 250 foot long Pencoyd Railroad Bridge was built in 1892 and closed in 1970. BNIM worked to relocate the historic bridge to a new home in Kansas City’s Freight House District, where it serves as a pedestrian link spanning the railroad artery that separates the Freight House and Crossroads Art Districts from popular civic destinations to the south including Union Station, Crown Center Plaza and Liberty Memorial.
BNIM worked with a number of advisors and stakeholders to coordinate the move and to develop a design for the new pedestrian bridge that would both respect the historic integrity of the existing trusses and also integrate a modern walkway component for pedestrian traffic. The view of the bridge from any angle, day or night, introduces a dynamic element into the urban context. Though, undeniably, its most important attribute is its connection to the community where it provides safe and easy pedestrian passage to the area’s vibrant commercial, civic, retail and residential destinations.