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Team: Timothy Salka

Location: Orlando, Florida

Overview: The Cleveland Skywalk transcends the mere idea of a bridge, a structure spanning and providing passage over a river or other impediment. The Cleveland Skywalk instead connects people, neighborhoods and lives by providing links to our history, cultural events, healthy living alternatives and commercial opportunities.

At its essence the Cleveland Skywalk celebrates the historical significance of the bridge itself, with upgrades to the lower level and auxiliary areas working with existing architectural forms rather than contrasting or detracting from them. Views are created or enhanced looking both toward the bridge and from it.
This is nowhere more evident than at the Skywalk Grand Terrace. Created at the lower level’s highest point it creates a dynamic exhibition and performance space by perching a terrace high above the Cuyahoga River. Incredible views to Lake Erie, the surrounding cityscape and the river valley are further enhanced by a section of glass floor revealing portions of the bridge’s steel structure and the river and park below. The Skywalk Grand Terrace additionally provides a one of a kind vantage point to the newly renovated Heritage Park, which is redesigned to provide both recreational opportunities for underserved residents as well as landscape art exhibitions.

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