Working alongside ACA and Brayer Electric, Ronstan Tensile Architecture was a critical partner throughout the design, engineering, specification, and installation of the catenary lighting system at the Broadway Cove housing complex. Located at 88 Broadway in San Francisco, Broadway Cove transformed a former long term parking lot into 125 permanently affordable apartments for families earning 30-120% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
Ronstan’s involvement in the project focused on the stainless steel cables, nodes, and fittings that support the catenary lighting system hanging above the North-South connection, a public pedestrian corridor running through the center of property. The luminary installation, combined with the corridor’s attractive seating and greenery, creates a vibrant social hub allowing residents and locals to enjoy the historic waterfront district of San Francisco day or night.
Drawing on their extensive experience working with tensile cables and catenary lighting installations, Ronstan was able to provide the engineering specifications early in the design process. As the project moved forward, Ronstan provided the tensioning hardware, designed custom brackets for the installation, and sourced the stainless steel tensile cables. The project utilised special Ronstan ACS2 structural cables , featuring sleek aesthetics, 316 stainless steel construction, and fully adjustable end fittings. As an end-to-end specialty contractor, Ronstan was on-site to supervise the installation ensuring a smooth and precise build process. Ronstan Tensile Architecture is proud to have contributed to the Broadway Cove catenary lighting project supporting affordable homes and combating the ongoing housing crisis in San Francisco.
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