St. Patrick’s Bridge
Client Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC)
Location Calgary | Alberta | Canada
In 2009, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) undertook a design competition process to solicit designs for a new pedestrian bridge connecting St. Patrick’s Island to both the north and south banks of the Bow River. St. Patrick’s Island occupies a key location in its proximity to Calgary’s city centre, as well as the cultural and recreational hubs of the Calgary Zoo, the Calgary Science Centre and Creative Kid’s Museum, and the East Village development. The bridge will be an important element in connecting these spaces and bringing new life to St. Patrick’s Island itself.
The engineering and design team of Buckland & Taylor Ltd. and Kitchell - Architecture + Design was selected as one of three finalists out of hundreds of proponents. O2 Planning + Design Inc. (O2) was asked to join the project team to provide landscape architectural design services for the team’s second submission to the selection committee.
O2 provided design services for the connections of the bridge to the north and south banks of the Bow River, as well as access from the bridge to St. Patrick’s Island. Each connection point addressed the integration of the bridge into the existing and proposed pedestrian circulation systems, minimizing environmental disturbance to the river banks by the process of construction and the built elements to remain, and improvement of native plant habitat adjacent to the bridge’s proposed location.
In addition to the landscape architectural design services provided, O2 was responsible for the production of illustrative renderings of the bridge and surrounding landscapes, as well as layout and assembly of the report that was submitted to the CMLC.