Our New Pedestrian Bridge


The Pedestrian Bridge over Biltmore Ave just recently opened, but the history of the Bridge goes back many years. Mission requested and in the 2001 legislative session, was granted by the North Carolina General Assembly, “air rights” over Biltmore Avenue.  Originally, these “air rights” were envisioned for a connector between the Memorial and St. Joseph’s Campuses.  However, as time passed, it became evident that the more pressing need was for a safe and secure method for employees parking east of Biltmore Ave to get across the road.  Therefore, in 2011, Facilities under the leadership of Mark Carland and Vicki Crawley, began searching for ways to build a bridge that would provide safe passage, be aesthetically pleasing, and provide staff a direct path to the Biltmore Deck elevators.

HCM Engineering, PC, an Asheville Woman Owned Business, was selected to be the Project Manager for Mission Hospital on the Biltmore Pedestrian Bridge.  HCM shepherded the project though a significant redesign to get the project within the approved budget.  They also coordinated multiple additional rounds of approvals and reviews by the NC Department of Transportation. Mission received the final approval on August 13th, after the third round of bolt testing for the bridge, and the pedestrian bridge was placed over Biltmore Avenue on August 14th, 2012 and the ribbon cutting was held October 25th, 2012.

Thanks go to those who helped design and build this beautiful bridge:

Project Management
Mission Hospital, Inc.
True Morse, Vice President of Facilities
Mark Carland, Director of Facility Services (retired)
Vicki Crawley, Logistical Support Manager
Toby Kay, Director of Facility Project Management

HCM Engineering, PC
Paul Hyler, Project Manager

Padgett Freeman Architects, PA;
Mike Freeman, AIA
Gene Edwards, AIA
Chris German, AIA

Bridge Fabricator
Dave Steel Company, Inc.
Alan Shockley

General Contractor
H&M Constructors
Steve Warner, Vice President
Randy James, Senior Project Manager
Jerry Harden, Superintendent

Submitted by Paul Hyler, Project Manager