Dec 4, 2019 NACITE Luncheon
This month’s luncheon is sponsored by McElhanney:
Calgary’s Plus 15 structure became operational in the early 1970’s and has expanded to include eighty-three structures covering over 18 km and is one of North America’s most extensive pedestrian skywalk systems. However, there was never a system-wide Plus 15 network plan to identify specific bridge locations or where tie-ins needed to occur. The existing Plus 15 network is meant to serve multiple objectives, including decreasing pedestrian/vehicle conflicts, providing a climate controlled pedestrian space, improving access to downtown amenities, and encouraging further development in the downtown.
The objective of the network study was to create a network plan that improves the current Plus 15 network and develop ways to expand and enhance the network. The plan included extensive stakeholder engagement and developed recommendations on missing links, hours of operation, boundary expansion, accessibility, placemaking opportunities and wayfinding.
About the Speaker
Irini Akhnoukh is a Senior Transportation Engineer at McElhanney with fourteen years of experience in the public and private sectors managing and leading large complex transportation planning projects, scoping and reviewing transportation impact assessments, implementing Complete Streets, organizing and facilitating collaborative community and public engagement events.
She’s been heavily involved in ITE for 15 years in a multiple array of roles and is currently the chair of the CITE Technical Liaison Committee. In her free time, she loves travelling and has made it to 33 countries in 5 continents.