Once in a while I just have to tell you about some of the incredible improvements that are occurring in and around our architectural design firm in Incline Village, NV – and this month is no exception.
Just this past week, the soon to be famous “Tahoe East Shore Trail” finally opened after three very long years of construction. It stretches a breathtaking three miles from Incline Village to the pristine and very popular Sand Harbor State Park. The photo above shows the edge of the East Shore and offers a sampling of the sights that have now gone viral around the world.
You can read all about it in this recent article from the RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL.
The trail is nothing like you have ever seen before; and there may not be another one like it for many years to come.
Interestingly enough, the project, and its design challenges tie right into the world of architectural design for mountain homes and communities.
Unlike most bike and hiking paths, the design includes some of the most challenging architectural and engineering designs that you would ever imagine a bike trail to actually need to come to fruition.
Much like a mountain home design at Lake Tahoe, the architects of the project took great consideration for the environment in which they were designing the trail. It includes some of the most stunning views of Lake Tahoe, classic granite boulders that hug the scenic loop, and bridges that span right over the Lake. The latter of which is the connection to what our design team at Borelli Architecture has had to work with as we created architecture home designs for properties in Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and along the pristine shoreline of Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.
“Lego” Bridge Design Something to Be Seen, Appreciated
As I noted earlier, there’s a intrinsic connection to the bridges and home design in the Lake Tahoe basin in particular. The following information from the Reno Gazette Journal’s article explains why we are so intrigued with the project.
“The 810-foot bridge, the longest in the Tahoe Basin, and others on the trail were made in Ohio from a combination of steel and fiberglass to maximize strength and minimize weight. They shipped to Nevada in separate pieces that were dropped into place on concrete supports called “micro-piles,” which were designed to minimized ground disturbance. The longest span came in 18 pieces.”
“They sort of snapped in,” Amy Berry said of the bridge pieces. “I think of it like Legos. You have your kit, you know where they go, you just have to follow the directions.”
I encourage you and yours to find the time to visit this landmark addition to our community. Be it by bike or foot, every mile will instill a vision of the challenges that had to be resolved before the ribbon was cut and the public applauded on Friday, June 28, in our quaint mountain community on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.
And if you want a personal tour, my wife Kelly (who volunteered for the big event) and I would be more than honored to share our insight with you.
Lake Tahoe / Truckee