With the Malahat Corridor Improvement Project, the BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has been improving the safety of Hwy 1 by installing a median barrier and other upgrades. The stretch of highway which runs through Goldstream Provincial Park is challenging to design solutions for, as it is constrained by the river immediately running next to it, and by park lands on both sides.
McElhanney provided an affordable and actionable plan that identified and addressed Sylvan Lake’s stormwater issues, and offered a phased road map and costing strategies to complete the work over the next 20 years.
Working closely with the town, McElhanney proposed new designs for these parks that will add a fresh sense of place to the community and give residents spaces where they can relax and reconnect with nature.
McElhanney was tasked with designing the Anderson Creek fishway to allow salmon to bypass a bridge apron that has deteriorated into a 3m concrete weir.
McElhanney, along with subconsultants Level Playing Field, Dialog, and Entro, created a network plan for the City of Calgary that improves the current Plus 15, a roughly 16km system of above ground pedestrian corridors and bridges in downtown Calgary.
McElhanney, along with subconsultants Level Playing Field and Ron Wickman Architect, developed the Accessibility Construction Guidelines for Alberta Environment and Parks. The manual prescribes how to reduce barriers for challenged populations, giving them equal access to the splendor of Alberta’s parks.
The BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure wanted to improve the link between the Comox Valley and the Island Highway on Vancouver Island, with wider paved shoulders and a multi-use pathway, to improve safety for pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists.
Completed in 2016, the new cable stayed four-lane Nipigon River Bridge replaced a two-lane steel deck truss bridge which had been built in 1974. The bridge is part of the Trans-Canada Highway and carries traffic over the Nipigon River in northwestern Ontario.
Badlands Parkway is in Grasslands National Park, a unique and sensitive habitat, boasting breathtaking views and stunning hiking trails. Parks Canada Agency challenged McElhanney to design a parkway that would allow access to the attractions, while minimizing impacts to the wildlife and overall ecosystem.
McElhanney assisted the City of Wetaskiwin with the reconstruction of its Main Street in 2017.