Storm Mountain Bridges – Steamboat Springs, CO

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Storm Mountain Ranch, located at the base of Rabbit Ear’s Pass, just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was designed as a fly fisherman’s paradise.  The original 1,063 acre ranch was divided into 12 homesteads on about two acres each.  Each parcel cost nearly $2.5 million, and would access national park-like lodges, trails and fishing.  The concept was to provide infrastructure that would fit into the surroundings like it had been there for centuries.  Loris and Associates was contracted to design bridge crossings that meshed with this vision.

Loris designed a 63′ long, single-span, crossing of Walton Creek at the west end of the property and we also designed a 55′ long, two span structure at the entrance, crossing the entrance pond, a focal point of the development.

In order to match the project’s historic context, we chose to use timber bridges constructed with glulaminated timber girders and timber decking.  Timber railings, that had a Test Level 1 rating, were used to provide aesthetic detailing while ensuring safety on these mountainous roads.  Client: Storm Mountain Development, LTD.