Stainless steel bridge debuts in North America right at the birthplace of Toronto.
PEDELTA is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the design of a Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge project between Stainley Park and Garrison Common in a design-build competition in partnership with Dufferin Construction, a Toronto-based construction firm. PEDELTA is the lead designer in the project awarded by Build Toronto, which represents the City of Toronto. Providing a key link between Stanley Park to the north and the area of Fort York grounds to the south crossing the rail corridors, this project will improve connections between the City, Fort York and the Waterfront.
“At PEDELTA, we are proud to be chosen to bring this beautiful, cutting-edge stainless steel structure to Toronto making a difference in how pedestrians and cyclists experience and interact with their physical environment at the birthplace of the city,” says Juan Sobrino, PEDELTA’s CEO and designer of bridges. “Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge is a vital new connection in the city that the Dufferin-PEDELTA design-build team has chosen to re-imagine in stainless steel to enhance its look, durability and sustainability.”
In the design-build competition for the project, the City of Toronto recognized the innovative and inspiring nature of the two stainless steel arch bridges.
The new proposed crossing features a curved pathway inspired by the character and shifting alignment of Garrison Creek under the creative design of DTAH, which fulfills the role of a landscape architect. The bridges are designed to add a distinctive visual element with a clear identity, without dominating the skyline of the neighborhood.
PEDELTA proposed a unique Fort York arch design – a tied stainless steel network arch with a single arch rib inclined outwards to provide a slender, transparent and elegant structure. The arches tilt in opposing directions for each bridge to create a more dynamic visual experience for users. The innovative bridges are based on an aesthetic philosophy of “Complex Simplicity”.
“Our goal in designing a landmark structure adjacent to the historic Fort York place is to provide an inspiring, safe and memorable experience for pedestrians and cyclists with two quality and unique contemporary arch expressions, without dominating this special heritage setting,” says Sobrino. “We proposed duplex stainless steel on the entire structure – an unprecedented technical accomplishment in North America that delivers significant sustainability and economic benefits to the people of Toronto. The structure has an extended life cycle, is more corrosion-resistant and requires less maintenance, reducing its overall cost.”
The construction is anticipated to start this fall and be completed in the spring of 2017.