2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Golden Gate Bridge

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Kirsten Davis


The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate Strait between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The total length of the bridge is 8,981 feet, it weighs 894,500 tons, and is 90 feet wide. In November 1932, contracts for the construction of the bridge were awarded at a total of $23,843,905. Construction of the bridge officially started on January 5, 1933 during the Great Depression. The engineer responsible for the design of the bridge was Joseph Strauss, who oversaw the construction of the bridge. Joseph Strauss enforced a rigid safety code on the bridge that was supported with the latest in safety technology. Hard hats, glare-free goggles, and even a safety net were just a few of the items used for safety. The bridge took 4 years to complete, and it came in under budget and prior to its scheduled completion date.

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