Project of the year
The Hangingstone Pedestrian Bridge in Fort McMurray, Alta., which is the Top Project in the Design-Civil category, not only meets the need for a new crossing, but also complements the natural environment and offers pedestrians an enhanced experience.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo engaged Associated Engineering to create a pedestrian bridge that was in keeping with the natural surroundings of two adjoining parks-and a timber structure was identified as the right fit.
Forty-two-metre-long glulam girders were fabricated in Edmonton. The haunched girders provide a shallow curve with the main load-carrying members doubling as the parapets. A salient design feature includes multiple openings in the girders to break up the solid face of the members for visual interest and to allow pedestrians to view the river.
Alberco Construction Ltd. delivered the project on time and under budget. Associated Engineering provided the structural and electrical engineering. HFKS Architects Inc. was the project architect.