The SOM-designed pedestrian bridge at 707 Fifth in downtown Calgary has received a 2020 Excellence Award from the National Council of Structural Engineers Association. The pedestrian bridge serves as an important link in Calgary's elevated network of pedestrian pathways, which connects dozens of buildings in the downtown core.
The bridge adds a new connection from the SOM-designed office tower at 707 Fifth, Manulife Place to the existing walkway system, while creating a distinctive architectural expression. With a total length of 82 meters, the bridge uses an elegant structural system known as a suspended lenticular truss, spanning 29 meters.
The NCSEA annual award program recognizes exemplary projects from around the world that reflect structural ingenuity. Projects are judged on innovation and creativity in design and achievement in engineering.