Pleasant Hill, California

Donald MacDonald Architects provided consultation to ARUP engineers on aesthetic detailing of the proposed bridge. The DMD/ARUP team collaborated with the Redevelopment Agency of Contra Costa County, incorporating extensive community input.

The Bridge is part of the Pleasant Hill BART Station Specific Plan, including refined designs for streets and parking lots, public open spaces, building massing, and character, and allowed uses. The design’s specific features address the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians in the major transportation and commercial hub of Pleasant Hill.

DMD was active in the charrette process involving all key participants, including designers, local citizens, land and business owners, agencies, and officials, all of whom contributed to the development of a detailed and finished design. This shared experience has created a momentum that enabled the project to survive political and economic challenges.

This bridge received many awards including the IDEAS2 Award: American Institute of Steel Construction (2012); Award of Merit: Transportation, Engineering News Record (2011), Outstanding Public Facility Project for Beauty of Environment: Walnut Creek Action for Beauty Council Community Awards (2011); and the Project of the Year Award: California Transportation Foundation Awards (2011).