June 16, 2015 — Boucherville, Québec, CANADA – The TD Place Sports Stadium Bridge Project in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has been chosen as one of two finalists in the International/Outside Québec category for AQTr’s 8th Annual Gala of the Awards for Excellence in Transportation. The Award will be presented by the Association québécoise des transport for 10 categories at the Gala on June 18, 2015, to be held at the Sciences Centre of Montréal. The AQTr Awards honor projects that help to promote or improve transportation in Québec. AQTr aims to support outstanding initiatives and to encourage the industry to be inspired. Co-finalist for the AQTr Awards competition in the International Category is Parsons, for the Vimy Memorial Bridge, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The TD Place Stadium Bridge project was constructed by the Engineering Design and Build firm of MAADI Group, Inc., Boucherville, Québec. The aluminum bridge provides gateway access to the TD Place Sports Stadium. The strong, lightweight arched aluminum pony-truss bridge, designed specifically for pedestrians and light vehicles, has an overall length of 30 meters (98 feet 5 inches), and a clear width of 1.883 meters. The bridge is constructed with welded, high-strength aluminum alloy that is durable and maintenance-free. The sleek bridge design features a Warren-type truss structure as the main girder, with an extruded aluminum pony-truss truss framework, aluminum side guardrails and fencing, and hardwood decking.
The TD Place Sports Stadium Bridge in Ottawa, Ontario, is part of the sports stadium complex renovation project. MAADI Group’s aluminum pedestrian bridge provides direct access to stadium seating, linking the north and south stands. The bridge is designed for use by pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, and for light maintenance vehicles. The bridge structure uses fusion-welded, high-strength aluminum alloy to form the truss framework, side guardrails, fencing pickets and integrated handrails. Floor decking planks are made of IPE hardwood that resists slipping and skidding. The bridge will be used to accommodate people attending games for the new CFL football club team the Ottawa RedBlacks, the North American Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury FC games, and the Ottawa 67s OHL hockey games, as well as concerts and events held at the stadium.
The TD Place Stadium Bridge, with its modern aluminum design, meets all of General Contractor Pomerleau’s requirements, the Ontario Building Code, and all local and national bridge codes. To meet the bridge’s year-round use requirements, MAADI Group Professional Engineers designed thermal expansion joints to enable bridge expansion and contraction up to 50.4 mm to allow for typical seasonal Stadium temperature variations from -15°C to 26°C. The customized, pre-assembled bridge was installed on site by four workmen and one crane operator in only six hours!
MAADI Group wishes to thank AluQuébec, Montréal, for supporting aluminum infrastructure in Quebec, and for allowing MAADI Group’s premier product, MakeABridge®, to be displayed in their booth at the AQTr Conference and Exhibition. AluQuébec is an organization that represents the aluminum industry, facilitating the synergies between aluminum industry manufacturers and suppliers and the government of Québec, promoting the many advantages of using aluminum infrastructure.