Civic input helped select three St. Patrick’s Island pedestrian bridges after the selection process was whittled down to three final concepts — including one tied to Calgary.

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) announced today that its 10-member advisory committee has narrowed the list of potential bridge designs down to three from 33 international submissions.

The three submissions selected were:
• Submission #7 by Buckland and Taylor Ltd. (Vancouver) and Kitchell – Architecture + Design (Victoria, BC);
• Submission #15 by ARUP with Falco Schmitt Architects (London, UK); and,
• Submission #29 by RFR (Paris, France) and Halsall (Calgary).

“It was a tough decision because each submission was compelling in its own way,” said Chris Ollenberger, CMLC President and CEO. “The three finalists were chosen because they’re respectful, elegant and functional, and offer different attributes for consideration. The advisory committee agreed that the bridge should be simple and elegant, and that the scale of the structure, in relation to the site and its surroundings, be complimentary and not be overwhelming. Public commentary also supported this direction and we believe that we have three strong, feasible concepts to move forward with.”

Over 2,000 public comments were logged through a website and three open house events.

The advisory committee that made the final selections was comprised of East Village, Inglewood and Bridgeland residents, local business leaders, architects and engineers.