Epstein has assembled a visionary team of designers, nautical, structural and civil engineers and landscape architects to augment the City's staff in an inclusive planning process of information gathering, exploration, synthesizing and visualizing the Riverview Bridge, which will connect and extend the North Branch Riverfront Trail.
The process included field observation and research, stakeholder workshops, engaging local and official input at both the individual nodes and along the length of the trail, in an exploration of the constituent elements and the overall plan. The Team synthesized the results, creating a holistic composition from the diverse elements, resulting in an identity for the Trail that reflects the community's culture, commerce and recreation.
Epstein’s design strategy for Riverview Bridge involved the unconventional solution of disengaging the Path from the Riverbank and elevating the entire structure above the water level. This solution elevates the trail on piers, and locates it within the River, providing for a sustainable solution which preserves the maximum amount of vegetation, and riverbank stability, while minimizing scouring and erosion.