Hunter S. Thompson Memorial - Aspen, Colorado


  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering
  • Ramp A, Bridge Design, Value Engineering, Erection Engineering, and Construction Engineering

Project Summary


Historic Steel Truss

The writer wished to have his cremated remains launched from a 153’ tall “cannon” on his property near Aspen, Colorado. To build the “cannon,” crane boom sections were connected vertically and placed on four concrete pad foundations. To ensure lateral stability of the structure, guy wires were attached at three different heights to the crane boom sections and were secured to concrete blocks buried below the ground surface. Steel cylinders wrapped in gray cloth were placed over the crane boom sections to form a conical shape. A 17’ tall double thumbed fist was placed on top of the crane boom to complete the memorial.

Client: Pioneer Steel

Services Performed


  • Analysis and design of concrete foundations
  • Lateral stability analysis of structure

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