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August 24, 2015 – MAADI Group, Inc., Engineering Design and Build firm of Boucherville, Québec, Canada has provided the Port of Sept-Îles, Québec, with two Make-A-Bridge® (MAB) aluminum pedestrian bridges, forming the main entryway into a new Port administration building (Photo courtesy of the Port of Sept-Îles). The building lobby displays the iconic Hermel boat, which Mylène Paquette rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 1,300 kilometers from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Lorient, France in 2013. The two MAB footbridges, 20 feet and 26 feet long, create full access to the Port’s very popular exhibit. Each Make-A-Bridge® features: mill-finish corrosion-free aluminum; 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 enable access for all Port of Sept-Îles patrons and visitors, including those with disabilities.

Paquette’s 7.3-meter-long fiberglass row boat is permanently displayed 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 region, where cruise ship passengers and vacationers, local visitors, and school children will enjoy seeing the boat up close. The Make-A-Bridge® pedestrian bridges ensure easy entry to see Paquette’s iconic vessel. 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.

Alex de la Chevrotière, P.Eng., President of MAADI Group, said, “We are thrilled to have our award-winning Make-A-Bridge® serve as the primary entryway to the exhibit where Mylène Paquette’s famous boat will inspire people of all ages. MAB is ideal for port and marina applications, where it will endure for decades against wind, waves, and salt-water corrosion. We are proud that Make-A-Bridge® is the pathway to experiencing Mylène Paquette’s journey!”

The Make-A-Bridge® modular weld-free design is made with an extruded aluminum truss structure and guardrails and patented cast aluminum tripod node joints that form its interlocking system. The bridge combines structural strength with the long-term benefits of maintenance-free and 100% recyclable aluminum. For more information, contact Alex de la Chevrotière, P. Eng.,; Tel: 450.449.0007; and see our MAB Catalog at Photos courtesy of the Port of Sept-Îles.


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