Daktronics Skywalk

Daktronics Skywalk


Brookings, SD

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The Daktronics skywalk is an enclosed exterior walkway connecting two buildings at the Daktronics headquarters campus in Brookings. The skywalk extends from the northeast corner of Building 6 to the southwest corner of Building 2 at the top floor of both buildings. The interior of the walkway is 9' wide by 9' tall, approximately 180' in length. The structure consists of two separate prefabricated steel pedestrian bridges with 72' main spans and cantilevered ends. There are three precast concrete columns supporting the walkway. The finish of the precast column closely matches that of the existing buildings. The structure is enclosed on the sides and underside with 2.5" insulated metal wall panels with finishes that complement 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 display 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 for employees and visitors

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 Contract Administration
  • Construction Staking and Observation

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