A few years ago, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park retired a monorail system that provided an efficient route to navigate through the park. The system was too expensive to maintain, and the infrastructure had since been abandoned. The Zoo reached out to the OC Chapter with the idea of converting the unused bridges from the railway into a handicap accessible pedestrian walkway and service trolley driveway.
Specifically, there are four bridges (one 200’ span, and three 50’ spans) that we must design and install railings for, and complete a series of structural analyses for. Our student chapter will be taking on two of the 50’ spans. This October, we completed our first assessment trip to the Zoo. We have since been working on design options and fundraising. We plan to hold at least two more site visits this spring to drill holes and assist the OC chapter. Our goal for the Spring 2017 semester is to finish our design and begin the steps to implementation. That will require a great fundraising effort and multiple design workshops.