Client
Town of Banff
General Contractor
StructureCraft
Structural Engineer
Gerald Epp / Fast + Epp
Our Service
Design-Build
Clearspan
80 m (264 ft.)/113 m (370 ft.)
Location
Banff, AB, Canada
Completion
2013

Bow River Pedestrian Bridge, Banff

Client
Town of Banff
General Contractor
StructureCraft
Structural Engineer
Gerald Epp / Fast + Epp
Our Service
Design-Build
Clearspan
80 m (264 ft.)/113 m (370 ft.)
Location
Banff, AB, Canada
Completion
2013

Overview

Set over the Bow River in the town of Banff (Canada's first national park), this slender 113m long timber bridge both serves pedestrian traffic and provides a new sanitary crossing replacement.

The 80m clear span - perhaps the longest of its kind for a timber bridge - is formed from two 40m tapered haunch girders, cantilevering from either side to support a central 34m suspended span. A replaceable modular timber deck sits atop twinned Glulam beams which grow to 1.9m deep.

A proprietary tuned mass damping system was implemented to help achieve the slender 4m wide deck section and to deal with vibrations from pedestrian loading.

The historical Town of Banff, set in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, sought a new crossing which would not only be functional but enhance the stunning mountain and river setting.

Awards

2014 IStructE Award for Pedestrian Bridges - International
Institution of Structural Engineers, UK
2014 Canadian Wood Council Award - Wood Design Awards
Wood Design & Building North America
2014 Award of Excellence
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada
2014 Long Span Footbridge Award
International Footbridge Conference / IABSE
2014 ACEC-BC Award of Merit
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - British Columbia
2014 Engineer of the Year Award
WoodWorks BC
2016 Canadian Design Build Institute Award - Civil Category
CDBI