MTA Universal Pedestrian Bridge

Client: Thompson Metal Fab
Capex: $19.5 Million
Location: Universal City, California
Completion Date: 2014-2016

The MTA Universal Pedestrian Bridge is a 400-ft, L-shaped bridge that connects L.A. Metro’s Universal City Red Line Station to NBC Universal Studios.
Scope of Work:
  • 3D BrIM modeling and shop detailing of approximately 366 tons of structural steel for the new pedestrian bridge

Project Stats:

  • The MTA Universal Pedestrian Bridge consists of an exposed V-section steel through-truss supported by four HSS columns with a span of nearly 150ft across Lankershim Boulvard.

Highlights & Challenges:

  • Design for towers and stairs delayed significantly, which created layout issues for interface with the walkway structure.
  • Complexity of design was too ambitious, as modeling progressed connections were reconfigured to suit what was more practical for the shop and to more sound connections.
  • As mentioned above, the structure was “V” shaped and spanned between (3) street corners, basically made up of pipes most with multiple diagonal cuts. These pipes also required “T-Y-K Welds” (Pipe Prep Transition welds) and a lot of experimentation with electronic files that would work for the fabricator.
  • To add to the shop weld & field connection challenges; many portions of the structure had stringent AESS requirements that had to be met.
“DBM Vircon was our detailer of choice on the Maitland Pedestrian Arch in Florida. They had the capacity to manage the project schedule needed to keep the fabrication processes efficient. Their efforts in 3D coordination and engineering expertise were unmatched on this project. They were a driving force for identifying and resolving design concerns and trade coordination issues with the team long before reaching the fabrication stages of the project saving potential hours of rework in the shop and field.”

Jeremy Duckett Project Manager Veritas Steel