Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion

Golden Gate Bridge Plaza
San Francisco, California

  • Architect: Jensen Architects
  • Contractor: Fisher Development; prefabrication by Project Frog
  • Developer: GGB Highway and Transportation Department
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Credit: Gina Phelan for Tipping Structural Engineers

Part of a $4 million project celebrating Golden Gate Bridge's diamond anniversary, this prefabricated pavilion presented Tipping with an opportunity for design innovation leading to ease of construction and cost savings.

The 3,500 sf prefabricated visitor’s center is located below the toll plaza on the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It functions as a welcoming center, memorabilia store, and interpretive exhibit space; it also offers orientation and information services.

The bright International Orange building, built in honor of the 75th anniversary of the bridge, is a distinctive one-story steel structure with a pop-up clerestory at the roof level. Fabricated off-site and assembled at Strauss Plaza, it is composed of standardized structural elements, wall panels, and glazing units. Through extensive working sessions with Project Frog, we were able to optimize this steel-framed structure resulting in construction cost savings, using all bolted connections for ease of construction and repeatability for future projects.






Executed as Tipping Mar