13 Bones Bridge

the 2013 Summer Studio Project

In the summer of 2013, our group of ten college students was challenged to design, procure materials, and install a 40′ X 18′ bicycle and pedestrian bridge. This bridge represents the first piece of infrastructure for the future Wilma Dykeman greenway project along the French Broad River. Our site is in the River Arts District, under the Haywood Bridge at 30 Riverside Drive.

In ten weeks, our team pre-fabricated and assembled the bridge on site. In the fall, instructor Luke W. Perry coordinated the footings and crane drop installation of the pre-fabricated bridge. The “13 Bones Bridge” held it’s grand opening with the City of Asheville on November 14, 2014!


  • Luke W. Perry, Architectural Designer
  • Miriam Gee, Architect


  • Wendy Chester, Appalachian State University (Building Science; Sustainable Development)
  • Thackston Crandall, Clemson University (Landscape Architecture)
  • Billy del Monte, Clemson University (Architecture)
  • Abbie Gentry, Clemson University (Architecture)
  • Serena Huang, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marisa Lappin, Clemson University (Architecture)
  • Amy Marion, Appalachian State University (Planning)
  • Jacob Stachler, Ball State University (Landscape Architecture)
  • Lauren Taylor, University of Virginia (Architecture)
  • Francisco “Pancho” Zambrano, Clemson University (Architecture)

DesignBuild Task Force:

  • Kate Ancaya, Living Roofs, Inc.
  • Scott Huebner, Brickstack Architecture
  • Julie & Jason Gilliland, Site Design Studios
  • Mitchel Sorin, AB Tech
  • Tom Virant, Virant Design, Inc.
  • Ginger Huebner, Roots & Wings School of Art & Design
  • Doug Hecker, Clemson University
  • Brad Rice, BellWether DesignBuild
  • Heath Moody, AB Tech
  • Brent Skidmore, UNCA


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