Design Architect: BBB Architects; Project Architect: B+H Architects
32 metre span
Structural Engineering Consultant
A retrofit of two existing pedestrian bridges was required as part of the Rideau Centre’s major revitalization and expansion in downtown Ottawa. The Rideau Centre, Ottawa’s largest shopping centre, is undergoing an extensive expansion and renovation adding 230,000 ft2 over four levels, a 35,000 ft2 dining hall and a complete interior renovation of the existing Centre with a fresh, modern and contemporary look featuring premium finishes and modern amenities.
Two existing pedestrian bridges across Rideau Street connecting the Rideau Centre to The Hudson Bay store were retrofitted as part of the revitalization project. Redesign of the bridge profiles and recladding required demolition of the existing roof framing and the structure supporting the roof and extension of the existing floor structure. A portion of one of the bridges will be used as retail space.
Challenge: Rideau Street and the pedestrian sidewalks underneath the bridges need to remain opening during construction work.
Solution: Entuitive designed the roof framing so that the supporting elements aligned with the existing floor framing elements thus minimizing the amount of work required in the right of ways at ground level underneath the bridges and allowing them to remain open during construction.