Walterdale Bridge and Mechanized River Valley Access Recognized for Steel Design Excellence

Walterdale Bridge and Mechanized River Valley Access Recognized for Steel Design Excellence

Edmonton’s river valley is the largest urban parkland in North America. At 22 times the size of New York’s Central Park, it’s an incredible natural amenity that weaves through the middle of the city. Two recent DIALOG projects help Edmontonians better connect with the river valley, and both of these projects have a safe and lasting impact thanks to steel as a building material.

Our design teams are proud to be recognized by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) for steel excellence.

Walterdale Bridge – Award of Excellence (Bridges)

The new signature bridge has refreshed the postcard view of Edmonton. The elegant white arches are recognizable from far away, framing views and announcing your arrival to Downtown Edmonton. Crossing the bridge is more enjoyable for traffic, but it’s the improved experience for pedestrians and cyclists that make the new bridge stand out. Now, Walterdale Bridge is more than a means to simply cross the river—it is a destination and gathering place in the heart of the city. Not only was this bridge challenging to design, it was one of the most complex infrastructure projects to construct in the city’s history. The expertise of local fabricators and iron workers brought this complicated project to life, and the bridge has already made its mark as a point of pride for the city.

Collaborators: ISL Engineering, Acciona Pacer JV, Supreme Group, Norfab, Central Steel Erectors, ALE Heavy Lift, COWI


Mechanized River Valley Access – Award of Excellence (Engineering)

Mechanized River Valley Access, also known as 100 Street Funicular, has changed the way that Edmontonians interact with their river valley. Now, people of all ages and abilities can connect between downtown and the valley without the need to cross roadways or traverse difficult staircases. From the top, the journey is marked by a funicular (essentially an inclined elevator) with adjacent urban stairs, a boardwalk promenade, a gently sloped pedestrian bridge, the 19m cantilever Frederick G. Todd Lookout, and a glass elevator that connects to the river valley trails. Steel was chosen as a cost-effective material that allowed the team to minimize the impact on the slope during construction. Since the elements of the journey are so distinct in function, having consistent design details and steel as a material throughout helps make the experience seamless and enjoyable for people.

Collaborators: Graham Construction, Supreme Group, Norfab, DAAM Galvanizing,


Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients! You can see the full list of awards here. 

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