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Riverview Park Mesa, AZ
Riverview Park Mesa, AZ

The Riverview development comprises the City of Mesa’s Riverview Park as well as Sloan Park, the Chicago Cubs Spring Training complex with its year-round amenities.  Wright Engineers provided structural engineering services for many park elements including entryway signage, pedestrian bridges spanning a 28-foot deep manmade lake, a circular restroom/equipment building, shade structures, climbing wall, and fishing stations.


Galena Creek Bridge Temporary Shoring Culvert Carson City, NV
Galena Creek Bridge Temporary Shoring Culvert Carson City, NV

The 1,722 foot long Galena Creek Bridge, part of the I-580 extension between Reno and Carson City, was named 2013 Project of the Year by ENR Southwest.  The bridge spans a sensitive creek environment and is situated in an area prone to high winds – two factors that posed significant design and construction challenges.

Project general contractor Fisher Industries of Phoenix proposed a brilliant solution to address both concerns: construct a temporary 35 foot span by 400 foot long arched concrete bridge over the creek, then place 140 feet of fill above to create a flat working surface on which to construct the shoring and formwork for the bridge.  Dave Rowe, PE, SE, structural engineer and principal with Wright Engineers, designed the temporary bridge taking into consideration the interaction of the soil with the arch structure as well as the immense weight of fill above.  Sadly (for us, anyway) once the main bridge construction was complete, the fill and temporary bridge were removed.

The accompanying photo by CC Myers, Inc, Fisher’s bridge subcontractor, shows the temporary tunnel and fill beneath the nearly completed bridge.


Anthem at Merrill Ranch Florence, AZ
Anthem at Merrill Ranch Florence, AZ

This triple-arch culvert runs under American Way at an entry to this master planned community.   A similar triple-arch spans the wash at Spirit way.  The developer saved substantial time and money by using arches instead of conventional box culverts.


Old Stone Ranch Chandler, AZ
Old Stone Ranch Chandler, AZ

Water trellis entry structures.


Phoenix International Raceway Tunnel Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix International Raceway Tunnel Phoenix, AZ

Race crews and fans have easy access to the infield and track at Phoenix International Raceway thanks to a 230 foot long tunnel constructed beneath the NASCAR track. The tunnel passes under turn 4 and is large enough for two semi trucks to drive through side-by-side with room to spare. Wright Engineers provided the structural design using FE analysis of soil-structure interaction which models the soil as an integral structural component.


Stratland Estates Gilbert, AZ
Stratland Estates Gilbert, AZ

This freestanding concrete water wall serves not only as a place to hang the community’s sign, but also as a peaceful, relaxing invitation to join this community.


Layton Lakes Gilbert, AZ
Layton Lakes Gilbert, AZ

Wright provided structural design for several double- and triple-span arched concrete footbridges in this Lennar Community.


Polly Gonzalez Memorial Park Las Vegas, NV
Polly Gonzalez Memorial Park Las Vegas, NV

A five acre passive park featuring a large natural turf area, a splash water feature, and a covered child’s play area. A raised berm protects the park from errant traffic on an adjacent busy street.


UFC Gymnasium Torrance, CA
UFC Gymnasium Torrance, CA

A 40,000 square foot facility featuring a 32-foot octagon ring, bag room, grappling room, cardio equipment and weight machines.


Mickey Mouse Sorcerer’s Hat Orlando, FL
Mickey Mouse Sorcerer’s Hat Orlando, FL

The 122 foot tall Mickey Mouse Sorcerer’s hat designed after the cap worn by Mickey Mouse in the movie Fantasia is the main entrance and centerpiece for Disney/MGM Studios in Florida. The hat structure is composed of 69 individual composite laminate panels stitched together at the edges with steel bolts at flanged joints. The hat bears on an elevated steel ring beam at the “brim”. Wright Engineers performed finite element analysis using MSC Nastran to model the gravity and hurricane-force wind loads. The lower part of the hat is reinforced by a 3-D internal frame.

Wright Engineers received and “Outstanding Project” award for structural engineering on this project by the National Council of Structural Engineers.


Blue Horizon Buckeye, AZ
Blue Horizon Buckeye, AZ

Freestanding community entry feature.


Desert Mountain Scottsdale, AZ
Desert Mountain Scottsdale, AZ

Wright provided structural engineering services for 11 cast-in-place concrete arched culverts of various shapes and spans from 12  to 48 feet.  The culverts allow natural water channels to flow under new roadways.


Trilogy at Vistancia Peoria, AZ
Trilogy at Vistancia Peoria, AZ

19,000 square foot community athletic and wellness center.


Thrust Air 2000 Coaster Logan, UT
Thrust Air 2000 Coaster Logan, UT

Prototype roller coaster track with a 172 ft tall tower.  the coaster features four G’s of acceleration going from 0 to 80 miles per hour in less than two seconds and was the first coaster to ride on inflated rubber tires for an unusually smooth and quiet ride.  The ride was developed by S&S Sports Power, the same company who put the Big Shot ride atop the Stratosphere tower.


Hypersonic XLC Coaster Richmond, VA
Hypersonic XLC Coaster Richmond, VA

This coaster at King’s Dominion Park  was the first coaster of its kind. The Extreme Launch Coaster, or XLC, launches six passengers in an inflated rubber tire car at 4 G’s from zero to eighty miles an hour in less than two seconds. Wright Engineers provided structural engineering for the 1,600- plus feet of track, towers, and banked turns.


Thrill Time Sky Coaster San Antonio, TX
Thrill Time Sky Coaster San Antonio, TX

Wright provided structural engineering services for the 180 foot tall Thrill Time Sky Coaster.  The design featured innovative detailing of nested steel tubes varying in diameter from 42 inches to 24 inches.  Thrill seekers are dropped from 165 feet in the air and swing through a 450 foot arc, hurtling to within just a few feet of the ground.


Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides Las Vegas, NV
Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides Las Vegas, NV

Starting at over 900 feet above the ground, “X Scream” passengers roll 27 feet over the edge of the tower before coming to an abrupt stop. Riders of the 20-ton “Insanity” are strapped into one of 5 rotating pods suspended from mechanical arms and extended past the edge of the tower over 900 feet in the air.


Stratosphere Tower Sky Jump Las Vegas, NV
Stratosphere Tower Sky Jump Las Vegas, NV

Thrill seekers are dressed in specially tailored suits that are connected to guide cables and then leap off the edge of the Stratosphere Tower’s 108th floor, (825ft in the air) and plummet in a controlled free-fall to a waiting bull’s eye below! Sky Jump Las Vegas is said to be the highest sky jump in the world.


Vista Verde Arch Culverts Maricopa County, AZ
Vista Verde Arch Culverts Maricopa County, AZ

Eight multi-barrel arch culverts designed by Wright in lieu of traditional box culverts.  The alternate design saved nearly $1 million in construction costs and resulted in a much more aesthetically pleasing appearance.


Arcadia County Park, Pool Renovation Arcadia, CA
Arcadia County Park, Pool Renovation Arcadia, CA

Wright provided structural engineering services for a new bath house and pool equipment building at the Norman Johnson Aquatic Center at Arcadia County Park.


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