SEA TO SKY SUSPENSION BRIDGE & PLATFORMS

The Sea to Sky Suspension Bridge provides an exciting way to experience nature with views of Howe Sound.
Client: Sea to Sky Gondola Corporation

Location: Squamish, British Columbis

Project Type: Pedestrian Bridges

About This Project

The Sea to Sky Suspension Bridge provides an exciting way to experience nature with views of Howe Sound, the forest and surrounding mountains from twentyfive metres above the ground at the top of a mountain.

As part of a Design-Build process with MacDonald and Lawrence Timber Framing, ISL provided structural engineering and 3D visualization expertise to take this bridge from concept to reality.

The bridge spans eighty-six metres across a ravine and is constructed of timber deck and steel cable, anchored to the granite rock. Valued at $250,000, the bridge is also built to withstand the heavy snow loads of winters at high elevations above Squamish.

Small drilling rigs were used and maneuvered into place, along with material, by helicopter.

The budget was kept under control through efficient structural design, materials’ specifications, and a value engineering process that exemplified the benefits of the longstanding working relationship with the contractor.

The team determined the maximum probable snow accumulation that could fit on the deck and built the deck to withstand this (equivalent to 126 lb per square foot).

Integrated Expertise

  • Structural Engineering
  • Buildings Engineering

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