Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Links Bridges: The Wedding Bridge

Every bridge project we ever do has its own interesting story. This story is about a gentleman who needed a bridge to access his man-made island so his daughter could have her wedding ceremony on the island. The interesting twist to this story is how his insistence on a certain bridge feature led to an innovation that is now an integral part of the Links Bridges’ menu offering.

The requirement was for a 35’ long simple arched bridge – The Woody without the curbs. After checking several other options, the customer decided Links Bridges’ Woody was the best choice. When we provided the initial drawing set, he was surprised – and disappointed – to see that the bottom of the bridge beams were flat and it was only the deck and top of the beams that were arched.

That style of beam had been designed by our engineers as the optimal for structural qualities. It had always been in our plans to find the right formula to move to completely arched beams and we had already done a lot of the testing – just not enough to ‘finish the job’. This gentleman’s requirement for that feature was all the impetus that we needed to get moving.

Sophisticated fiberglass production requires the fabricator to design/engineer the style of structural cloths that will achieve the structural, tensile, flexibility and other qualities for the end product. Our engineers and technicians resumed their calculations and testing and actually came up with a formula for fully arched beams that even out-performed its ‘theoretical’ capacities.

We are extremely happy with the result and the nice clean look it gives the bridge. We are now incorporating this beam design into all of our arched bridges where the beam is visible. Besides what we think is a nicer ‘look’, this also provides the advantage of increased clearance in the event of minor flooding.

The ‘Wedding Bridge’ was delivered on time and installed by Links Bridges’ field team. There were happy endings all around.
I am sure that we can say confidently the buyer’s expectations were exceeded. Like all of our Woody-style bridges, they are 100% fiberglass but you really can’t tell them from ‘real’ wood. We even got a picture of the wedding party – a very good looking group.

Stay tuned for our continuing series of Bridge Stories. More to come…

The Hogan bridge
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Bridge Transformation

While we believe that it is always better to be humble, sometimes you earn the right to ‘toot your horn’ as the saying goes.  This is a story that we are very proud about from a number of perspectives.

A very successful and reputable construction company out of Connecticut – O & G, Inc. – asked us to come and look at a bridge they wanted to replace on the Torrington Golf Club in Goshen, CT.  Torrington is a beautiful golf club with a rich history, including hosting several major regional and national competitions.

The bridge in question was 20’ X 12’ and was used for equipment weighing up to 14,000 lbs.  O & G was donating the bridge to Torrington as a memorial bridge in honor of 3 deceased brothers who were founding partners of O & G and had spent many enjoyable days at Torrington GC.

After supplying an initial quote, we went to examine the old bridge – wood planks on 3 steel beams.  Based on our analysis of the bridge, we determined that the steel beams were in great shape and that we could reduce the cost considerably by incorporating these into the new design.

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The original bridge

The particular challenge presented to us was that O & G wanted something very special as a memorial bridge.  Working with our Design Team, O & G decided on a ‘Hogan’ style bridge which has an arched deck and ‘rubble’ stone fascia on each side.  We had to design and engineer a solution that arched the deck, accommodated Vehicular Live Loads of 14,000 lbs. and had a fascia on each side.

The solution started with making structural deck panels with progressively deeper beams to create the arched deck.  We custom fabricated 5 – 4’ panels, each the full width of the bridge, and these were attached to the steel beams to make the ‘structural-arched deck’.

Deck panels being fitted over the steel beams.

From there, we attached the ‘stone’ fascia to the deck beams and capped it with a curb.  The curbs on each side of the bridge deck have inscriptions denoting the memorial tribute that was the inspiration for the bridge.

 The finish product look like this Hogan Bridge. (We are waiting for a picture of the installed bridge at O & G Inc.)The Hogan Bridge

To anyone looking at this bridge, it appears to have a concrete deck, granite curbs and ‘rubble’ stone with mortar as a structural arch on the sides.  In reality, all of the components added to the steel beams that were retained were made of 100% fiberglass.

We started this story by telling you that our team was particularly proud about this project.  Let us close by telling you why:

  • Our association with the O & G and Torrington GC Teams – a more professional group of people would be hard to find. Their thoroughness and attention to detail made them a pleasure to work with.

  • Our efforts to help our client save money by retaining and re-using steel beams that have another 25+ years of useful life left in them. We credit our Design Team with engineering a method to create an arched deck on flat steel.

  • The final product is really a ‘work of art’ that will serve the members of the Torrington GC for many generations to come and provide a lasting tribute to the 3 deceased brothers who are honored with inscriptions on the bridge.

 

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Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Links Bridges & The Fighting Irish

This bridge story is about another milestone in the Links Bridges legacy.  We want our bridges to be widely available to all that would benefit from their unique properties – regardless of budgets and applications.  At the same time, we like seeing our bridges on TV and to achieve that we need to work with buyers – particularly golf courses – that attract TV coverage.

Our bridges really are world-class in looks and performance.  No other golf course bridge will look as good and retain those good looks for many decades without any kind of maintenance.  In addition, the ease of installation and choice of finishes really makes it an ideal bridge for any golf course setting.  (The writer apologizes for that shameless plug.)

The Warren Golf Course is on the campus of the world-famous University of Notre Dame.  It was recently announced that The Warren Golf Course has been selected as the host for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship.  This is obviously a major, prestigious event that will attract major crowds and a world-wide TV audience.

The team at The Warren Golf Course determined that they needed a couple of bridges to provide some more crossings of the water ways on the course to accommodate the expected crowds.  They chose 2 ‘Timber’ model bridges in the ‘weathered wood’ finish we offer.  We are not habitual ‘name-droppers’ but we were told that this finish was selected Ben Crenshaw, who along with Bill Coore are the architects of The Warren GC.

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2 Bridges sitting in our factory while waiting shipment to The Warren GC

Don’t be fooled by the appearance – these bridges are made of 100% fiberglass – structural beams and deck.  The curbs are made of re-cycled material that has the same long-lasting properties as fiberglass.

Installation of these bridges has been delayed while the course team deals with the impact of some flooding damage.  We will be back to update this bridge story with some new pictures once the bridges are installed.

 

Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Bridge Renewal

This bridge story is about what we consider to be one of the most important innovations that will impact on what we can offer for golf courses, municipalities and other organizations with bridges over the next few years.  It is about how we have developed a method to manufacture a simple fiberglass ‘skin’ (in a wood or other finish) to make old bridges ‘new’ and extend their lives by decades in some cases.

We have to give credit where it is due and acknowledge that this innovation was developed to respond to needs identified by some wonderful people at the Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta.  They were the first to push us in this direction.  We first heard from Dean Clarke the Superintendent at Sirocco and later from Tom Ellison the General Manager at Sirocco.

They identified that they had 9 bridges that were still OK but going relatively fast.  The substructures were fine but the decks were on the verge of needing replacement.  Working together, we came up with the idea of smoothing the decks to the point where we could bond and seal a thin, custom-manufactured fiberglass skin (in a wood finish) to the existing decks.  The process also involves sealing the joints of the ‘skins’ – which were made in sections to custom-fit over the entire deck.

This achieves a number of really important things:

  • The bridge looks ‘new’. Everything you can see is in fact new and the remainder is hidden.

  • The deck is now a low-maintenance, long-lasting fiberglass surface.

  • The deck and substructure are now sealed from any further moisture or UV exposure or penetration. The deterioration of the substructure will now virtually stop.

RenewalSirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta

Pre & post coating shows the dramatic difference between the ‘before’ and ‘after’.

We are now working with the Sirocco team to complete the process on their remaining bridges.   At the same time, we are extended the offer for this product and service to the broader market as our research tells us that there is substantial potential for this to be a huge benefit to many of our customers to allow them to save a lot of money.

 

Brenner Builder
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

“Make me one of these, please”

At times we drive our factory technicians ‘around the bend’ by taking on “replica” of some pretty non-standard bridge projects.  The factory team loves the challenge, but at the same time, they take great pride in the volume of their output and some projects really do slow them down.

A very reputable construction company, Brenner Builders from Bedford, NY approached us with a challenge.  They had a client who had a bridge that they really liked but it was ‘finished’.  They wanted to replace it with another one just like it – but in FRP so they would never have to replace it again.

Brenner Builders sent us these 2 pictures.

Old bridgeold wood bridge

This was obviously a very unique bridge and did not match any of the models that we have tooled up to supply.  However, we love a challenge.

Our factory technicians take a lot of pride in producing bridges that are architecturally accurate and, in the case of a ‘replica’ like this one, in attention to all of the details.  It took a little longer than we would have hoped but the picture below – which shows the bridge in the factory crated for shipment – shows an incredibly accurate reproduction.

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Brenner Builder’s client was apparently very privacy-conscious so we never did get a picture of the final installation.  We did however hear that they were ‘in awe’ of the result – so true to the original.

Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Top 5 Reasons to Choose “The Limestone” Bridge

Top 5 Reasons to Choose “The Limestone” Bridge

Links Bridges prides itself on being an innovator in the special application bridge business. Our arched Limestone Bridge is renowned for its simple elegance. It is designed and customized to blend into nature, available with various tints to compliment the indigenous stones that occupy its surroundings.

Here are our top five reasons to choose the Limestone Bridge from our collection of bridge styles and designs for your commercial or residential project.

Longest-lasting

Every pedestrian bridge from Links Bridges will retain its structural integrity and appearance for 50+ years, far superior to any alternative using wood or metal components.

No-Maintenance

Our Limestone Bridge requires no maintenance at all! Say goodbye to painting, rust removal or renovation of decaying and rotting boards.

Eco-Friendly Materials

The Limestone Bridge is designed with all eco-friendly materials, to ensure sustainability of the environment and the product. From our scratch resistant gel-coat to fire retardant resin and beyond, all of our materials are safe and sustainable.

Customizable

This custom-manufactured bridge comes in custom lengths up to 50’ and standard widths of 4’, 6’ and 8’ or a customizable width of your choosing.

Branding Options

Get your logo embossed on the bridge deck and promote your unique brand to all passersby. Our team will professionally emboss your logo

If your golf course, community, park or home residence is in the market for a customizable, 100% RFP low-maintenance, tailor-made Limestone Bridge, contact our team at Links Bridges today to learn more. We have installed thousands of bridges across North America and are eager to help you install bridge of your dreams.

Hogan
Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Top 5 Reasons to Choose “The Hogan” Bridge

Links Bridges prides itself on being an innovator in the special application bridge business. Our avant-garde Hogan Bridge is designed and inspired by the famous Hogan Bridge that we see every April at the Masters. The functional and aesthetic nature of this bridge will enhance the richness of its surroundings and out-perform all alternatives. We believe that we are the first and only company that is offering custom bridges made of 100% FRP.

Here are our top five reasons to choose the Hogan Bridge from our collection of bridge styles and designs.

Longest-lasting

Bridges will retain their structural integrity and appearance for 50+ years, far superior to any alternative using wood or metal components.

No-Maintenance

Our Hogan Bridge requires no maintenance at all! Say goodbye to painting, rust removal or renovation of decaying and rotting boards.

Easy Installation

Bridges up to 50′ are delivered in one piece ready for immediate installation and use.

Customizable

This custom-manufactured bridge comes in custom lengths from 25’ to 50’ and completely customizable widths. We deliver everything from finer reinforced polymers including gelcoat, resin, glass, fine aggregates for slip resistant deck surfaces, stainless steel bolts and high density polyethylene for guard rail construction.

Affordable

Our bridges are constructed using the highest quality of materials, the most efficient workmanship and are available at comparable and affordable prices. Contact us for a quote for your personalized Hogan Bridge.

If your golf course, community, park or home residence is in the market for a customizable, 100% RFP low-maintenance, tailor-made Hogan Bridge, contact our team at Links Bridges today to learn more. We have installed thousands of bridges across North America and are eager to help you install “The Hogan” of your dreams.

Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Top 5 Reasons to Choose “The Ashlar” Bridge

Ashlar Stone refers to a masonry style using highly dressed stones cut and form into cuboid shapes. Most Roman stone bridges were faced with ashlar and since it has been around for centuries as a durable form of masonry and aesthetically pleasing, it is no surprise that it is still used today in the construction of buildings, bridges and other stone structures.

 

Here are our top five reasons to choose the Ashlar Bridge from our collection of bridge styles and designs.

 

Long-lasting

Bridges will retain their structural integrity and appearance for 50+ years, far superior to any alternative using wood or metal components.

 

No-Maintenance

Our Ashlar Bridge requires no maintenance at all! Say goodbye to painting, rust removal or renovation of decaying and rotting boards.

 

Easy Installation

Bridges up to 50′ are delivered in one piece ready for immediate installation and use.

 

Customizable

Our team will work with you to customize the width, length, span and elevation variances to meet all of your needs. We deliver everything from finer reinforced polymers including gelcoat, resin, glass, fine aggregates for slip resistant deck surfaces, stainless steel bolts and high density polyethylene for guard rail construction.

 

Affordable

Our bridges are constructed using the highest quality of materials, the most efficient workmanship and are available at comparable and affordable prices. Contact us for a quote for your personalized boardwalk bridge.

 

 

If your community, park, school or local conservation trail is in the market for a medieval style, low-maintenance, tailor-made Ashlar Bridge, contact our team at Links Bridges today to learn more. We have installed thousands of bridges across North America and are eager to help you install “The Ashlar” of your dreams.

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Written by The Bridge Lady (Regina)

Links Bridges at Golf Industry Show in San Diego – February 11 to 13, 2016

The Links Bridges Team had a great time at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego – February 11 to 13, 2016.  We were thrilled with the quality and volume of traffic checking us out.

We attend these shows as one way to make sure that more people are aware that they have a different and better option for their golf course bridge requirements.  From our perspective, this show was an unqualified success!

Never before have we had the opportunity to interact with so many in the golf industry who have immediate and pending needs for bridges.

This show was also a chance for us to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  The NGCOA and GCSAA are to be congratulated on the success of this year’s show.

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