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Iconic bridge welcomes metal visitor center

Vulcraft's LH series joists were used to assemble the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion in San Francisco because their open web aspect favored the airy layout design by Project Frog, San Francisco. The joists are one of the Norfolk, Neb., manufacturer's special profiles designed to reach longer spans while supporting large loads and accommodating a variety of conditions.

John Jackson, director of architecture at Project Frog, says Vulcraft joists brought his company's vision to life.

"The open, column-free span floor space provides flexibility for unconstrained interpretative exhibit design; perfect for retail," Jackson says.

Environmentally conscious features are incorporated into the 3,500-square-foot welcome center, including an LED track lighting system attached to the joists throughout the pavilion.

The Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion, completed in May 2012, is the same color orange as the bridge, and serves as the anchor to draw visitors to the area with information about the bridge's 75-year history, sustainable building techniques, energy performance and environmental responsibility.