Nicola Pizza- Lewes, DE

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Nicola Pizza Family Restaurant- Lewes, DE

Custom Bridge Solutions by York Bridge Concepts: Enhancing Access and Experience at Nicola Pizza

York Bridge Concepts has long been recognized for its innovative and functional bridge designs that not only serve practical purposes but also enhance the aesthetic appeal of various environments. The timber bridge boardwalk designed for Nicola Pizza in Lewes, Delaware, is a prime example of such craftsmanship. This article explores the intricacies of this project, from problem-solving strategies to its integration within a bustling retail center, showcasing the bridge as a testament to York Bridge Concepts' commitment to excellence.


  • Width:
  • 16' (12' clear)
  • Length:
  • 32'
  • Height:
  • 3' above grade
  • Capacity:
  • 90 PSF
  • Construction:
  • Ground Level
  • Span Type:
  • Repetitive Span
  • Material:
  • Southern Yellow Pine/Jatoba
  • Foundation:
  • Timber Piles (Coated where Exposed)
  • Stringers:
  • SYP S4S Stringers (Translucent Oil Based Coated where Exposed)
  • Deck System:
  • 1” Hardwood Deck
  • Handrail:
  • Wire Mesh Design Series
  • Crossing:
  • Rain Garden

Problem Solving For Pedestrian Access

Nicola Pizza faced a significant challenge: enhancing customer access while making the journey to their front door a memorable experience. The solution came from York Bridge Concepts, which designed a unique timber bridge that not only solved the accessibility issues but also transformed the approach into an inviting walkway. This bridge over a decorative pond now provides both functional access and an engaging entrance that captivates and delights visitors.

Nicola Pizza Timber Materials and Finish

Hand-Selected Materials For A Premium Boardwalk

The selection of materials for the bridge was meticulous, focusing on durability, aesthetics, and natural harmony with the surroundings. The sub-structure features oil-coated Southern Yellow Pine, known for its robustness and longevity, ensuring the bridge can withstand the humid climate of Delaware. The decking is made from Jatoba tropical hardwood, chosen for its natural beauty and resistance to wear and decay. These materials not only provide strength and durability but also add a warm, inviting tone to the bridge's overall appearance.


Creating An Integration into the Retail Center

York Bridge Concepts designed the bridge to blend seamlessly with the existing architecture and natural elements of the retail center. The timber bridge serves as a natural extension of the walkways, integrating flawlessly with the landscape and enhancing the cohesive look of the environment. Its strategic placement over the decorative pond turns a simple crossing into a highlight of the visit, encouraging patrons to pause and enjoy the scenery.

Sustainability At YBC's Core

Sustainability is a cornerstone of York Bridge Concepts’ philosophy. The timber used in the bridge construction is sourced from responsibly managed forests, and the treatment processes minimize environmental impact. By choosing materials that are both eco-friendly and durable, the bridge minimizes the need for frequent replacements or repairs, further reducing its ecological footprint.

Becoming a Focal Point for the Ocean One Plaza Center

Since its completion, the bridge has become more than just a pathway to Nicola Pizza—it has evolved into a focal point for the entire retail center. It attracts visitors with its elegant design and the tranquil sounds of the water beneath, making it a popular spot for photographs and relaxation. The added bench seating encourages guests to linger, turning the bridge into a destination in itself and enhancing the overall customer experience.


Bringing The Vision Into Reality

The timber bridge boardwalk at Nicola Pizza exemplifies how York Bridge Concepts can transform ordinary pathways into extraordinary experiences. It not only solves practical problems but also enhances the beauty and functionality of public spaces. For architects, engineers, land developers, and business owners looking to elevate a property’s appeal and utility, York Bridge Concepts offers the expertise and creativity needed to turn vision into reality.

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