Daktronics Skywalk

Daktronics Skywalk


Brookings, SD

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The Daktronics skywalk is an enclosed exterior walkway connecting the SW corner of Building 2 to the NE corner of Building 6. The walkway is nine feet wide by nine feet tall on the inside and is approximately 180 feet long. The structure consists of two separate prefabricated steel pedestrian bridges with 72 foot main spans and cantilevered ends. There are three precast concrete columns supporting the walkway. The precast column finish closely matches that of the existing buildings. The structure is enclosed on the sides and underside with 2 ½ inch insulated metal wall panels with finishes meant to compliment that of the existing buildings. The floor is cast-in-place concrete on metal form deck. The roof is acoustical metal deck with insulation and a 90 mil EPDM membrane.

Early in the design and planning process, it was determined that utilizing shop-fabricated pedestrian bridges would be the simplest method to span between the two buildings. Due to the lead time for a prefabricated bridge structure, a design-build process was adopted and the contractor was brought on board so that the critical elements could be procured to maintain the desired schedule for completion.

Accommodations were made to allow for the installation of one of Daktronics' signing systems on the southeast exterior face of the walkway at a later date.

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Project Goal #1

Provide a controlled environment for traveling between Buildings 2 and 6, not only for employees, but also for prospective clients visiting Daktronics' manufacturing facilities

Project Features

  • Cast-in-place reinforced concrete foundations
  • Precast concrete columns
  • Pre-manufactured steel pedestrian bridge
  • Modifying existing precast concrete wall panels for new doorways
  • Elements were designed in accordance with Factory Mutual guidelines, over and above applicable building code requirements

Services Provided

  • Preliminary/Final Design
  • Topographic Surveying
  • Construction Administration, Staking and Observation

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