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A “Restrained and Sophisticated” Lighting Design: George C. King Pedestrian Bridge Receives International Recognition

The George C. King Pedestrian Bridge has recently won the 2017 Footbridge Award in the Lighting category. Announced at the Footbridge Conference in Berlin earlier this month, the pedestrian bridge that spans Calgary’s Bow River received distinction for its “restrained and sophisticated [design] approach to lighting a large structure.”

The lighting designers of the bridge chose to highlight the river below rather than to illuminate the arches, thereby creating a “distinctive night-time identity for the bridge.”

George C King Bridge Calgary

Since the bridge opened in October 2014, it has won numerous awards, notably the 2015 ENR Award of Merit and the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award. Considered a critical piece of infrastructure that connects neighbourhoods of East Village to the south and Bridgeland to the north, the vision for the bridge was to provide an elegant structure that could be a destination in itself. Today, visitors enjoy access to St. Patrick’s Island just below the bridge, and an opportunity to observe the river and contemplate the downtown cityscape from a unique vantage point.

WSP Canada is proud to have provided structural engineering services on this popular Calgary landmark.

About the Footbridge Awards

Nine footbridge projects were recognized in the awards program, organized and sponsored by Bridge Design and Engineering Magazine; there were six prize winners in five categories, and three highly-commended projects.