Malahat SkyWalk Viewing Tower and Walkway on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
The accessible outdoor recreation structure Malahat SkyWalk viewing tower and walkway is an exciting new tourism project located on southern Vancouver Island.
Malahat Skywalk Corp.
Aspect Structural Engineers
|Architecture||Muroch & Company Architecture & Planning|
|Design Assist Contractor||
Kinsol Timber Systems
|3D Detailing & Shop Drawings||
Viewing Tower Model Parameters
The single-story Visitors' Centre includes a café and features a mass timber and light wood frame. From there, an accessible 2,133-foot-long treetop walk leads visitors onto a spectacular gentle spiral ramp up 98 ft to a lookout with stunning views of Finlayson Arm and the distant Coast Mountains.
The primary structural system consists of glulam columns with steel X-bracing around the perimeter. Outriggers from these columns create a 1,967-foot-long spiral walkway transporting visitors to the top of the structure and giving access to the viewing platform. A galvanized steel central spiral staircase provides emergency egress.
This project aims to protect and enhance the ecological values of the park, collaborate with First Nations, balance public use with ecological values, and connect visitors to the park’s natural values and cultural heritage.
Project Location901 Trans-Canada Hwy
Viewing tower Walkway Timber Steel
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