MAKE-A-BRIDGE® CREATES EASY ACCESS TO PAQUETTE’S ICONIC HERMEL BOAT AT PORT OF SEPT-ÎLES

August 26, 2015 – Boucherville, Québec, CanadaMAADI Group, Inc., Engineering Design and Build firm is supplying the Port of Sept-Îles, Québec, with two Make-A-Bridge® (MAB) aluminum pedestrian bridges that form the entryway into one of the Port’s administration buildings (Photo Courtesy of the Port of Sept-Îles).  The building’s lobby displays the iconic boat widely known as the Hermel, which Mylène Paquette rowed solo 1,300 kilometers across the Atlantic Ocean, from Halifax Nova Scotia to Lorient, France in 2013.  Paquette was the first North American to row solo from west to east across the North Atlantic, making the journey in just over four months.

The two MAB footbridge/gangways are 6.1 m (20ft) and 7.9 m (26ft) long, and enhance the Port’s maritime-themed structures.  Each mill-finish aluminum Make-A-Bridge® features:  mill-finish aluminum truss structure, floor decking, guardrails and integrated handrails; clear width of .9 meters (2.95ft) and height of 1067mm (42in); and live load capacity of 4.8kPa (100lb/pi2).  The Make-A-Bridge® structures are corrosion-free and well-suited to the Port’s salt-water marine environment.  The MABs will create accessibility for all Port of Sept-Îles patrons and visitors, including those with disabilities.

Port of Sept-Îles Director Engineering & Sustainable Development, Manon D’Auteuil, Eng., notes, “The Port of Sept-Îles decided to install this gangway as an access ramp. Made out of aluminum and resistant to salt air, the ramp reflects the maritime aspect of the project. A wonderful invitation to come in and visit the Hermel and learn about its captain, Mylène Paquette, and her 129 day crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.” 

The Port will display the 7.3 meter-long (24ft) fiberglass row boat permanently in the lobby of one of the Port’s administration buildings as a way to grow the Port’s prominence as a Tourism hub in the North Coast Region of Québec, where everyone from cruise ship passengers to vacationers and local school children will enjoy seeing the boat up close and learning about Paquette’s voyage.  The Make-A-Bridge® pedestrian bridges will ensure that all visitors have easy entry to the display of Paquette’s famous vessel.

Alex de la Chevrotière, P.Eng., President and CEO of MAADI Group, said, “We are thrilled to have our award-winning Make-A-Bridge® serve as the primary entryway in and out of the Port of Sept-Îles building where Mylène Paquette’s boat exhibit inspires so many visitors of all ages.  MAB is ideal for many applications, especially in ports and marinas where it will endure for decades against the wind, waves, and salt-water corrosion that coastal areas face.  We are proud to be chosen to provide access to this high-profile attraction where thousands of people will cross our bridges every year.  Make-A-Bridge® will become the pathway to experiencing Mylène Paquette’s journey!”

General Contractor for the Port of Sept-Îles project, Construction RIC inc., Sept-Îles, Qc, installed the two MAB pedestrian bridges according to the plans of BGLA Architecture + Design Urbain, Québec, Qc.  The pedestrian bridges will provide full access to the popular Hermel boat display year-round.  The Port of Sept-Îles is one of the most important ore ports in North America, playing a vital role in supporting the international transport of goods and the economy of eastern Canada.

The Make-A-Bridge® modular weld-free design is made with extruded aluminum for its truss structure and guardrails and patented cast aluminum tripod node joints that form an interlocking system.  The bridge combines the truss design’s structural strength with the long-term benefits of maintenance-free and 100% recyclable aluminum.

For more information about MAADI Group and their new Make-A-Bridge® manufacturing and production facilities, contact Alex de la Chevrotière, P. Eng., info@makeabridge.com; Tel: 450.449.0007; and see our MAB Catalog at www.makeabridge.com 

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