Panther Hollow Bridge
The Panther Hollow Bridge spans a creek flowing into the Colorado River providing access to one of Austin’s most exclusive residential communities. Built in 2008, the 33’ x 10’ foot bridge, including pedestrian walkway, consisted of three, 80’ spans and is a standard TxDOT pre-stressed concrete beam bridge.
Encotech served as the bridge’s structural and electrical engineer working closely with the developer to design a structure that fully complemented the exclusive community and provided easy accessibility to the private enclave. Its contextually-appropriate design included a decorative stone veneer, and large planters around each of the bridge bents. The center bent was fixed in the middle of the creek in approximately eight feet of water. Adjacent to the bridge, Encotech designed a beautiful and functional walking trail.
The firm also designed the bridge’s electrical components, including a NEMA 3R junction box above the grade on a uni-strut, to power the community entry gate, and three additional junction boxes located under the bridge attached to structural members. The design also included tower planter lighting, signage and pole lighting.
Encotech managed the design process to create a structurally sound bridge that safely incorporated the client’s requirements while adhering to the established project schedule and budget.