TORONTO—The new Cadillac Fairview Toronto Eaton Centre (TEC) pedestrian bridge was installed over Queen Street West in downtown Toronto earlier this month.
The bridge, which is 35 metres long and weighs 200 tonnes, spans Queen Street West connecting the TEC to Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue on the third floor level on the other side of the busy street.
The pedestrian bridge replaces an older footbridge in the same location. The old bridge was taken down at the end of May and the new bridge was pre-assembled on James Street near the mall.
Crews worked around the clock to get the project completed on time.
On July 7 the bridge was raised hydraulically with the help of a modular vehicle and transported to its final position for installation. Queen Street was closed to allow for the bridge to be lifted into place. Although the bridge is nearly complete, work will continue on the interior finishes such as the approaches at each end of the bridge, mechanical and electrical infrastructure and the replacement of the TEC facade above and around the bridge portal. It is expected to open to the public this fall.
Visually, the design of the bridge is meant to create a smooth transition between the two buildings.
The initially twisted brass portal frames on the historic Hudson’s Bay building side resolve into a stricter glass design that blends in with the modern architecture of the CF TEC building, states a release issued by seele Canada Inc.
Seele’s work on the project covered the design, fabrication and erection of various panes of laminated glass, bronze-coloured brass plates, handrails, stainless steel open-grid flooring and structural steelwork.
The owner of the TEC pedestrian bridge project is Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd; the architect is WilkinsonEyre and Zeidler Partnership Architects; and construction manager is PCL Constructors Canada Inc. Engineers include Mulvey & Banani International Inc. (electrical and lighting); Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers (structural); The Mitchell Partnership Inc. (mechanical); and seele Canada Inc. is the design-assist bridge subcontractor.
Watch a one minute video of the entire project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k3Co1ejlPo