Fernbank Museum Montgomery Highline Trace Walkway

Atlanta, GA
  • 55,000 sq ft
  • $2 million
  • 2 stories
  • Completed in 2016

Structural Features

  • Elevated up to 35 feet above grade, this mile-long tree canopy walkway connects the Fernbank Science Museum to the Fernbank Forest.
  • The curving and sloping geometry of the walkway required precise modeling to accurately determine the distribution of gravity and lateral forces.
  • A steel tube spine with glulam framing was chosen because the members could be shaped to follow the walkway’s serpentine profile while blending into the surrounding forest.
  • The innovative use of small pipe pile foundations provided flexibility in foundation placement and minimized the impact to surrounding critical tree root systems.
  • Large elegant tree pod sculptures add imaginative focal points and meeting areas along the path. They are supported through a series of cantilevered steel tubes which replicate the configurations of plants which exist on the site.


Engineering Excellence Award, Honor Award, 2018
Georgia Engineering Alliance (GEA)

Outstanding Achievement Award, Other Structures, 2018
Structural Engineers Association of Georgia (SEAOG)