Mechanized River Valley Access (Funicular)
The City of Edmonton has long sought to improve connectivity for the public between downtown and the North Saskatchewan River valley. The Mechanized River Valley Access offers an exciting opportunity to access and experience Edmonton’s ribbon of green. It’s an entrance to the river valley for everyone, regardless of age and ability, and a focal point that brings people together in the heart of Edmonton. More than just a funicular, the project also includes an urban staircase, a promenade with interactive public art, a pedestrian bridge across Grierson Hill Road, a 20 m high cantilevered lookout, and an elevator connecting to the river valley trails. Join members of DIALOG’s multidisciplinary project team as they walk you through the project and share insights about the design.
Sean Brown, M.Eng., P.Eng., is a structural engineer, associate, and a key member of DIALOG’s bridge design team. His design and construction experience over the last 15 years spans a diverse range of bridge, building, and civil infrastructure projects. Sean wears a few hats including project manager of complex interdisciplinary projects, structural engineering designer, and leader within the Edmonton studio’s structural engineering team. Recent projects that Sean is especially proud of the Mechanized River Valley Access and the Walterdale Bridge.
Jill Robertson, AALA, OALA, is a principal at DIALOG and a registered landscape architect who brings an energy and passion for excellence to her work. She focuses on process as well as product, and is known for her innovative and authentic approach to project process, and stakeholder and public engagement. This experience is complimented by her skill set in the design of responsive and unique open spaces, at a number of scales.An accomplished urban designer and graphic artist, Jill brings a diverse background of experience including current project management work with the City of Edmonton and University of Alberta. She is presently the lead facilitator for DIALOG’s role on the City of Edmonton’s open order for public engagement, and is the lead designer and project manager for the University of Alberta Botanic Garden Main Entry Design.
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