Canada's most iconic mountaintop experience has been reinvented. A rebuilt, redesigned and reimagined mountaintop experience has resulted in a world-class indoor experience that equals the awe-inspiring ridgetop boardwalk 2,900 ft. above Banff.
Brewster Travel Canada
2,220 m² (23,900 ft²)
Structural Engineering and Building Envelope Consultant
In operation for over 40 years, the gondola at the summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park welcomes over 500,000 visitors annually. To meet the demands of today’s tourism industry, the gondola and related structures were redeveloped into a state-of-the-art complex to significantly improve the visitor experience.
The new Banff Gondola complex is 30% larger than the previous structure and adds a 48-seat theatre, cafes and restaurants along with improved washroom facilities. A new interpretive centre heralds environmental stewardship. A rooftop deck provides a 360-degree view of six mountain ranges. The terminal also includes an outdoor climbing wall and a 150-person conference space for weddings and corporate events.
The impact of construction on wildlife and the natural environment was a critical issue facing the design team. The design utilized the existing foundations and overall footprint of the existing structure to minimize potential environmental impact during the redevelopment.
Challenge: Access to and construction at the top of a mountain was a challenge. Due to high costs, the number of helicopter lifts was limited. The majority of building materials were transported up the mountain using the gondola with imposed weight and length limits.
Solution: We were able to successfully incorporate these weight and length limits into the design of the structural framing systems allowing the design vision to be achieved while respecting the project’s budget.
Banff Gondola Upper Terminal Takes Home Two 2016 Top Projects Awards
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Learn about the design from DIALOG.
Calgary Herald: Fortney: Banff Gondola soars to greater heights with new summit experience
CTV: Visitors take in stunning views at reopening of Banff gondola
CBC: Banff Gondola unveils $26M upgrade at Sulphur Mountain terminal
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