Bridge Building

2020 Bridge Building Competition- Saturday, February 29, 2020

The 2020 Colorado State High School Bridge Building Competition will be held at the Denver Federal Center on Saturday, February 29th.


About Bridge Building:

The annual Model Bridge Building Contest is a statewide program aimed at   providing interaction and communication among practicing engineers, high school   students, and other professionals. Its underlying objectives are to enhance the  appeal of engineering careers to high school students, begin establishing their   relationships with the professional community, and improve the prospects that such careers will be mutually beneficial to both society and the individual.

The top winners from each region in the state competition are eligible to  advance to the International Contest. A student from Parker, Colorado took first place in the International competition and received a four year scholarship to the Illinois Institute of Technology! For more information on the International Contest, see the National Bridge Contest link.


Competition Guidelines/Contact Information  2020 Contest Specifications/Rules
  National Bridge Building Competition
2020 Diagram  



Questions & Answers will be posted as they are received.

Question:  Who is eligible to participate?

Any high school or junior high school student may enter one model bridge for individual competition. Teams of students may construct bridges, but only one student may be listed and recognized as the entrant. ONLY ONE STUDENT PER BRIDGE IS ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES.

Question:  Is a school limited on numbers of entries?

There is no limit to the number of official bridge models that may be entered from any one school. The winners of the school team competition will be determined by the average of the three highest efficiencies of official entries of that school.



The Denver Federal Center is a controlled access facility and as such guests will be subject to the following conditions:   
1. All visitors must enter through Gate 1 from Kipling Street (between 6th Avenue and Alameda Parkway).  Click here for a MAP
2. The guard at Gate 1 will sign in each vehicle.  The driver must present a valid drivers license.
3. All vehicles entering the Federal Center are subject to search when entering the facility at any time while on the facility.
4. NO weapons are allowed on the facility.
5. NO alcoholic beverages are allowed on the facility.
6. NO pets are allowed on the facility (not even in the car). 
Signs will be posted directing participants to Building 56 and the parking lot at the south end of the building.  All persons must enter and exit by Door S-6. 
While at the contest, please remain in the contest area unless accompanied by a designated tour guide.  Areas will be marked with "Do Not Cross" tape to ensure visitor safety - Please observe these boundaries.  

Winners in both Region I & II receive a $2,000 College Scholarship from the NSPE-CO Education Foundation! 






The Colorado Bridge Building Competition celebrated the 50th anniversary, in 2017 and we dedicated the event to longtime supporter of Bridge Building, Gene Burdick (pictured on the left presenting an award in 1986).






Prize Sponsors:

First Place Prizes of a $2,000 scholarship for the winning student who enrolls in an accredited Engineering program, courtesy of ACEC-Colorado and the National Society of Professional Engineers- Colorado Education Foundation.


Second prize awards of $250 in each region courtesy of American Public Works Association -  Colorado Chapter.