KICKING HORSE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
The 156 foot Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge located in the heart of downtown Golden, BC is the longest timber frame clear span in Canada.
Client: Timber Framers Guild of North America
Location: Golden, British Columbia
Project Type: Structures
About This Project
The 156 foot Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge located in the heart of downtown Golden, BC is the longest timber frame clear span in Canada. Cascade Engineering Group (now part of ISL Engineering and Land Services) served as the Structural Engineer of Record on this unique construction project organized by the Timber Framers Guild of North America and the Town of Golden’s Economic Development Office.
With a budget of $485,000 to build an estimated $2 Million bridge, labour for the project comprised volunteer timber-framers from across North America and Europe, as well as community volunteers who were new to timber framing and bridge building.
The Town of Golden housed, fed and entertained the volunteers for the duration of the project. Due to community contributions and this volunteer workforce, the bridge was constructed for less than half of the budget of a commercial venture. Perhaps most impressive was that it was only 24 days from the day the timber arrived to the day the completed bridge sat in the street, awaiting to be relocated.
A project that would take the average contractor six months to complete was finished by volunteers in less than a month. This project was awarded the Communities in Bloom Most Innovative Project for 2001.