Shortlisted teams to present designs Sept. 28 for Keating Channel Pedestrian Bridge


Ontario Construction News staff writer

Five teams shortlisted for Toronto’s Keating Channel pedestrian bridge construction project will present their proposed designs presentations at a virtual meeting on Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Click the link to register and receive a link to the meeting.

Waterfront Toronto,  in collaboration with Host Nation and Treaty Holder, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation,issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in May and received 13 submissions from a variety of local, national and international teams. Five proponents were selected to participate in the design competition stage:

  • Lead Firm: Entuitive
    Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann Partner
    Architect: Grimshaw Architects
    Architect & Indigenous Consultant: Two Row Architect
    Landscape Architect: O2 Planning + Design with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Lead Firm: EXP
    Engineer: Buro Happold
    Architect: INFORM Studio
    Indigenous Consultant: 4 Directions
    Landscape Architect: Sprucelab
  • Lead Firm: Henning Larsen
    Engineer: Ramboll
    Architect: Henning Larsen
    Indigenous Consultant: Two Row Architect
    Landscape Architect: Henning Larsen
  • Lead Firm: RJC Engineers
    Engineer: Anta Ingeneria Civil
    Architect: Smoke Architecture Inc.
    Indigenous Consultant: MinoKamik
    Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Lead Firm: Zeidler Architecture Inc.
    Engineer: Arup
    Architect: WilkinsonEyre
    Indigenous Consultant: Two Row Architect
    Landscape Architect: PLANT Architect Inc.

The Keating Channel Pedestrian Bridge will link the Quayside neighbourhood and Toronto’s downtown to an expanded regional park system along the Don River and the emergent Villiers Island. It will contribute to the creation of a continuous and publicly accessible water’s edge along the harbour and play a critical role in providing safe, direct, and equitable access across the Keating Channel.

Incorporating Indigenous design principles is key to this project. Together, with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the City of Toronto, we envision a bridge that meaningfully celebrates local Indigenous arts, cultures, storytelling, histories, and traditions. This initiative also seeks to support Indigenous place-making and place-keeping as a part of a collective re-imagining of public spaces to strengthen the connection between place, community, values, culture, past, present and future.




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