The Moody Bridge connects the two communication buildings on Dean Keeton. File Photo.
(As featured on the UT School of Journalism website)
The bridge connecting the Belo Center for New Media and the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center buildings officially opened March 22 at 7 a.m.
A formal dedication ceremony for the Moody Bridge will be held Thursday, March 31 at the Belo Center Plaza from 4-6 p.m.
Moody College dean Jay Bernhardt said the ceremony will be held to “celebrate this important milestone in the history of [the] Moody College.”
The event will feature a variety of guests including bridge architect Miguel Rosales, School of Architect dean Fredrick Steiner, Moody College dean Jay Bernhardt and the Moody College Communication Council president Maya Garcia.
Bernhardt said there will also be many surprises at the event. But to find out the surprises, “you'll have to come to the ceremony,” he said.
The idea for the bridge was cultivated by former Moody College dean Roderick Hart. The bridge was initially meant to be part of construction for the Belo Center for New Media, but it was delayed because of a lack of funding, said Nick Hundley, the director of communications for the Moody College.
The bridge was eventually made possible due to a $50 million donation from the Moody Foundation received in 2013, with $3 million dedicated toward design and construction of the bridge.
The design for the sky bridge was by Miguel Rosales of Rosales and Partners of Boston, while the structural engineering was done by Freese and Nichols, Inc., of Fort Worth.
School of Journalism dean R.B. Brenner said the bridge is more than just a mode of transportation between the communication buildings, but also “a steel symbol of our desire to collaborate and link with all who want to partner with us.”
The opening of the bridge will help tighten the bond between the schools under the Moody College, both physically and philosophically.
“I like that our bridge isn’t subtle,” Brenner said. “To me, it makes a statement that we have big, bold ambitions and we don’t want to hide on campus.”
The bridge will be accessible from the second floor of the BMC and the fourth floor between the CMA and CMB buildings. The bridge will be open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
- Fatima Puri