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Student Steel Bridge Competition

Student Steel Bridge Competition with AISC and ASCE logos

This year’s competition challenged students to design, fabricate, and construct a conceptual scaled steel bridge to serve as a hypothetical wildlife crossing over I-90 in Washington State. The bridges must have a deck truss design (so as not to deter wildlife with design elements above the surface), and they must have skewed piers and include a cantilever. They must be designed to support the weight of the green surface, wildlife, pedestrians, and maintenance and park vehicles. The rules did not allow any construction activity within the highway confines, to limit traffic interference.

Students across the country rose to the challenge and designed a broad array of ideas that would help wildlife safely cross I-90. After a series of regional competitions throughout the school year, 34 teams gathered over Memorial Day weekend to put their bridges to the test in the first in-person finals since 2019. 

Without further ado, the overall winners are:

First place: University of Florida
Second place: University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Third place: Lafayette College

View the full results

2022 special awards

Team Engagement Award: University of British Columbia

Robert E. Shaw, Jr. Spirit of the Competition Award: University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez

Frank J. Hatfield Ingenuity Award: University of Florida

Video awards:
First place: University of British Columbia
Second place: Louisiana State University
Third place: University of California, Berkeley

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