Chinook Centre Pedestrian Overpass

An iconic gateway spanning Macleod Trail

Bridges & Urban Infrastructure

Crossing one of the busiest intersections outside of the downtown core, the Chinook Pedestrian Bridge provides pedestrians with a much safer Macleod Trail crossing.

The bridge was designed through a rigorous process using new and old technologies. Early hand sketches were used to decide the scope and direction the bridge would take. Later, 3D modelling, combined with the site plan, helped decide the final form.

The Chinook Pedestrian Bridge is an important component of an attractive, walkable and complete urban corridor, providing an increased focus of travel by foot, bicycle and transit.

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Location
Calgary, AB
Client
Read Jones Christofferson & Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd.
Completion
2017
Collaborators

Cadillac Fairview Corporation
RJC Engineers

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Architecture

Spanning Macleod Trail

The bridge gives pedestrians a safer Macleod Trail crossing providing a protected, direct, and uninterrupted connection between the Chinook Centre mall and the Chinook Centre LRT station.

Designed in three parts

The Chinook Centre Pedestrian Bridge has been designed as three distinct objects; the east and west pavilions, and the bridge structure.

East Pavilion

The larger East Pavilion acts as the main entrance for pedestrians arriving west on 61st Ave and from the east side of Macleod Trail.

West Pavilion

The smaller West Pavilion allows access from the west side of Macleod Trail or from the Chinook Centre parking lot.

Built-in wayfinding

The two pavilions clearly signify the entrance to the bridge, encouraging use and creating an iconic gateway over Macleod Trail.

Reducing energy demand

The south face of the bridge span uses different glazing, a highly tinted low-e glazing to reduce solar gain.

Energy efficient design

The diagonal grid pattern was designed with shading in mind, maximizing transparency where possible and opacity where necessary.

Minimizing energy demands

Significant thought was put into reducing the size of the pavilions while meeting functional and circulation requirements.

The Team

“You have now taken what is the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and made it work much, much better for pedestrians.”

Brian Pincott, Calgary City Councillor

An early sketch shows the bridge as a curved structure. The bridge’s final form is straight.

An earky sketch envisions the bridge as a curved structure spanning Macleod Trail.

Another early sketch depicts a straighter bridge, but still displaying curved characteristics.

Once a final design was reached, a render was made of the East Pavilion.

A similar process depicts the West Pavilion.

A 3D printed model shows the bridge’s final form.