River Lights Development in Wilmington, NC partnered with the York Bridge Concepts™ team to activate the river’s edge, cross winding waters, and expand the community’s engagement with the property as a whole. First, the YBC Decero™ Design team known for it’s attention to detail, planned every inch of this large project to provide an enhanced experience for residents and visitors alike. Then, the construction team built 1500 feet of turnkey crossings & structures including a boardwalk, pier & pavilion, pedestrian bridge, and outdoor bar.
The 160’ pier extends from the boardwalk crossing the shoreline and then out over the water to a large 28’ square dock head with a 14’ square pavilion. Therefore, the pier was developed to have reduced shoreline impact with a site specific narrowed path & structure as well as deck level construction. As a result, we nearly eliminated our environmental footprint.
First of all, the River Lights pedestrian bridge features three sets of glulam stringers joining together to create a beautiful rolled arch over the water. Furthermore, it is enhanced by a rhythmic combination of coated wire rope, x-accents, and custom post caps, washed in a dual-tone neutral color palette inspired by the community context.
In addition, the boardwalk is comprised of nearly 1200 feet of continuous path through the forested shoreline. Also, it connects to the pier, restaurant, outdoor bar, and future piers. The design features seating wideouts, integrated lighting, and stainless steel wire rope handrails. As a result, this quality crafted curving path becomes the perfect scene for a leisurely walk.
Lastly, River Lights features a 53 foot bar next to the outdoor lounge that stretches 11 feet into the air. This Decero™ designed cantilevered structure utilizes heavy timber connected to the boardwalk. Also, it provides a covered seating area overlooking the river. The iconic bar structure with blackened steel details in the lighting and roof has been finished with an earthy rich translucent oil. As a result, the final project represents our high standards of design and craftsmanship.