East Hamilton Waterfront Link Pedestrian Bridge – Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Hamilton-Halton Project of the Year, Civil-Environmental Engineering

A new Hamilton landmark, the bridge makes a valuable contribution to the City’s public realm, representing a true integration of structure, architecture and landscape, to provide a strong sense of place and civic pride.

East Hamilton Waterfront Link Pedestrian Bridge Wins Two Project of the Year Awards 

McCormick Rankin (MRC), a member of MMM Group, recently had one of its projects honoured by two separate awards programs, as the East Hamilton Waterfront Link Pedestrian Bridge was selected for the Ontario Public Works Association’s (OWPA) 2011 Project of the Year Award in Structures Greater than $10 million, as well as the Ontario Society of Profes­sional Engineers’ (OSPE) 2012 Hamilton-Halton Project of the Year Award in Civil-Environmental Engineering.

Retained by the City of Hamilton, MRC undertook the design and contract administration of the pedestrian bridge, which spans 220 metres, crossing over the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and Red Hill Valley Creek. The bridge is a critical component in the development of Hamilton’s recreational trail network, providing pedestrians, cyclists and in-line skaters a safe off-road connection from the Red Hill Valley to the Lake Ontario waterfront, and completes the final link of a continu­ous trail system that links hundreds of kilometres of trails in Southern Ontario. A new Hamilton landmark, the bridge makes a valuable contribution to the City’s public realm, representing a true integration of structure, architecture and landscape, to provide a strong sense of place and civic pride. The signature span, with its “fireweed red” hue and dramatic night-time lighting, is viewed by thousands of people daily.

MRC’s innovative design for this signature pedestrian bridge was developed after extensive wind tunnel testing. The site constraints, and the unique appearance and configuration of the structure, required solutions to a number of design and construction challenges. These included minimizing the project’s impacts on the creek and wetland, the existing landfill site, and QEW traffic, as well as ensuring the feasibility of superstructure erection, and the comfortable range of pedes­trian and wind-induced vibrations.

The OWPA Project of the Year Award, which recognizes excellence in the management and administration of a public works project worth more than $10 million, was officially presented to the City of Hamilton, while the OSPE Project of the Year Award, which recognizes civil-environmental engineering excellence in a Hamilton-Halton area project, was pre­sented to MRC.