Bouncy Bridge

Commissioned in 2008, this bridge was put in place with the Grove to provide easier passage to the new dorms and to discourage students from trudging off-trail through the canyon to get to the Northwest corner of campus. The bouncy bridge was built with environmental protections in mind. Contrary to popular belief, the bounce comes not as an earthquake defense system but as a consequence of the bridge's enormous length, designed to stay clear and above the canyon's protection zone. The bridge's location and meandering shape were chosen to avoid trees; in the end only one tree had to be removed for construction. You can still see a concrete block off the sidewalk on Botsford Drive where the largest mobile crane in the Pacific Northwest stood to reach over the trees and canyon to lower the entire bridge into place in a single piece.