Sky Bridge, the first glass-enclosed walkway of its kind in Exhibition Place, has officially opened. The pedestrian connection at Exhibition Place in Toronto provides a second-level link between the Beanfield Conference Centre and Hotel X Toronto over Newfoundland Road.
“The opening of the Sky Bridge at Exhibition Place marks a significant milestone as we work towards achieving an exciting vision for the future. We are enhancing access to Exhibition Place’s historic and landmark buildings, landscapes, and features that provide the foundation for meetings, conventions and exhibitions that bring the people of this city together. The ongoing evolution of Exhibition Place will build upon this tradition by showcasing innovation and enhancing spaces for all visitors,” said Exhibition Place president and CEO Don Boyle.
With the opening of the new Sky Bridge, connectivity between buildings has been improved, and the walkway provides a safer, all-season link with more direct access, enhancing the Exhibition Place experience.
Sustainability plays an important role in the Sky Bridge at Exhibition Place. Designed by NORR Architects and built by EllisDon, the design features a floor-to-ceiling insulated glass panel cladding that encloses the architectural exposed steel structure and a three-colour interlayered film and bird-friendly pattern. The multicolour film decreases the solar heat gain to under 50 per cent of the levels of transparent glazing.
“The new Sky Bridge now offers our clients and delegates a direct connection between Beanfield Centre’s conference level and the meeting level of Hotel X Toronto, and immediate access to our onsite hotel accommodations. The Sky Bridge glass design beautifully complements the heritage façade of Beanfield Centre and includes features such as sliding glass entry doors and interior lighting elements,” said Laura Purdy, general manager, Exhibition Place.
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment and convention site, attracting more than 5.5 million visitors a year.