Four Alberta Projects Recognized for Steel Design Excellence

Four Alberta Projects Recognized for Steel Design Excellence

The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Design Awards recognizes innovation in steel design and construction across Canada. We’re very proud to share that four of the seven award-winning Alberta Chapter projects are DIALOG projects!

Walterdale Bridge – Bridges Award

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.

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Client: City of Edmonton | Collaborators: ISL Engineering, Acciona Pacer JV, Supreme Group, Norfab, Central Steel Erectors, ALE Heavy Lift, COWI


Mechanized River Valley Access – Engineering Award

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.

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Client: City of Edmonton | Collaborators: Graham Construction, Supreme Group, Norfab, DAAM Galvanizing


Calgary Central Library – Building Communities Award

The new Snohetta and DIALOG-designed Calgary Central Library realizes the city’s vision for a technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration at the intersection of Downtown Calgary and East Village. Inspired by the nearby foothills, the site is transformed into a terraced topography that rises up and over the existing Light Rail Transit Line crossing the site.

The lifted library, with an open entry at the heart of the site, allows for a visual and pedestrian connection between East Village and Calgary’s downtown. The entry, framed by the wood-clad arches that reference the ‘chinook’ arch cloud formations common to Alberta, becomes a gateway to neighboring communities and provide a new outdoor civic spaces within the city.

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Client: Calgary Municipal Land Corporation | Collaborators: Snohetta, Entuitive, Supermetal Structures Inc., Stuart Olson


61st Avenue SW Pedestrian Bridge (Chinook Pedestrian Bridge) – Collaboration Award

The Chinook Pedestrian Bridge crosses one of the busiest intersections outside of the downtown core, the bridge provides pedestrians with a safer Macleod Trail crossing and a protected, direct, and uninterrupted pedestrian connection between the Chinook Centre mall and the Chinook Centre LRT station.

The Chinook Pedestrian Bridge was designed through a rigorous process of programmatic and formal design thinking utilizing old and new technologies. Early design hand sketches were used to explore structural systems and bridge designs, presented to the client to help decide the scope and direction the bridge would take. A 3D printer was used extensively for both massing explorations, circulation design and presentation models. Scaled 3D printed elevator, stairs, and escalators were used along with the site plan to design circulation that not only worked, but met the overall design intent as well. To allow for quick iterations of the skin to be modeled and reviewed, digital technologies were used to create quick iterations of final geometry so it could be evaluated against its functional and formal requirements.

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Client: City of Calgary and Cadillac Fairview | Collaborators: Metal-Fab Industries Ltd., RJC Engineers, PCL


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

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