Location
  • Calgary, AB
Client
  • The City of Calgary
Completion
2007
Collaborators
  • Bluerock Engineering Ltd.
  • Graham Construction
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Structural Engineering
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Aesthetics were a significant design factor during the development process for the Glenmore Trail Pedestrian Bridge. Five different concepts were considered before proceeding with this design. Appearance of the bridge with its surroundings was considered using 3D modelling and animation.

A professional artist was part of the project team to incorporate artistic features that have an educational bent for the nearby Calgary Girls School and for enhanced user experience. Structurally themed words were incorporated into several elements of the project. Adjacent to the bottom of the anchoring rods, the word ANCHORING is incorporated into the north traffic barrier, and the words “COMPRESSED” and “ANCHORING” are incorporated into a pair of concrete artworks adjacent to the south anchor rods.
“Because of ultra high performance concrete, we were able to work with a wide selection of aesthetic possibilities that would never have been possible with conventional concrete.”
Gerry Carson
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Design Process 01

Five different options were considered before the final design was chosen.

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Design Process 02

Main pier design sketch

Detail showing the design of one of the two main piers supporting the bridge girders.

Glenmore Trail Bridge post stress drawing

Design Process 03

Cantilever girder anchors

To support the span between the two main piers, a set of high strength steel anchor rods are used.

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Design Process 04

Site rendering

This rendering depicts the bridge as seen from overhead on the north side of Glenmore Trail.

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Design Process 05

Center span installation

Temporary steel towers supported the drop-in girder load allowing the bridge to function as a clear span of 53 metres until the north and south piers were completed.

Awards

2009 Award of Excellence – Bridges, American Concrete Institute (Alberta Chapter)

2009 Award of Excellence – Advanced Concrete Construction, American Concrete Institute (Alberta Chapter)

2010 Awards for Outstanding Concrete Structures – Nominee, International Federation for Structural Concrete

2008 Special Jury Award for Innovative Technology, Prestressed Concrete Institute

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