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Sea to Sky Gondola - Squamish BC

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Location:
Squamish, BC
Building Structure Type:
Transit
Owner/Developer:
Sea to Sky Gondola Corporation / Bethel Lands Corporation
Architect:
Ray Letkeman Architects Inc.
Number of Storeys:
1
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Situated near Squamish, BC between Stawamus Chief Provincial Park and Shannon Falls, this $22 million facility provides outdoor enthusiasts access to extraordinary vistas and back-country wilderness. The gondola transports visitors 2,800 feet above Howe Sound, providing access to the Summit Lodge and restaurant, mountain top viewing areas and a number of trails. Across a 300 ft suspension bridge, the Stawamus Chief viewing platform, constructed of blond pine and framed with glass panels, cantilevers over the mountain’s rock face, yielding a one-of-a kind viewpoint all the way to Whistler.

RJC utilized BC timber throughout the design to support the extremely high snow loads at the Summit, which enabled the very tight construction schedule to be achieved on this limited-access site. Working with the Architect , RJC detailed the structure to minimize the environmental footprint and respect the natural integrity and spiritual significance of the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls.