Morningside Bridge Canopy
The Morningside pedestrian bridge spans over Highway 401 in Cambridge, Ontario and is heavily used by students of Conestoga College and provides access to the Trans Canada trail. The concrete superstructure is ornamented with a steel framed canopy which incorporates an arching spine over the full span of the bridge. The canopy serves to prevent pedestrians from climbing over the sides of the bridge. Structural design of the steel canopy was provided by Brown & Company Engineering Ltd. Key features for the structural design included maintaining slenderness in all members for the desired aesthetic and adaptive detailing to cope with the as-built construction of the supporting concrete elements. The canopy was designed as a series of portal frames and utilized the arched spine and braced bays at the abutments for the overall longitudinal stability. In 2009 the Morningside pedestrian bridge canopy was recognized by the American Galvanizers Association with an Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing award and a "Most Distinguished" designation in their Bridge and Highway category.