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Cardrona Chondola

The first stage of Cardrona Alpine Resort’s ongoing development phase included the replacement of the MacDougall chair with a high speed chondola lift.

While the lift was designed in Europe, Hadleys completed the bottom terminal retaining wall design to facilitate the realignment of the lift along with the top station parking building which stores the chairs and gondola cabins overnight and provides an upper mountain base for ski patrol.

Hadleys promptly completed the structural design of this building to face extreme weather including a design wind speed of 300km/hr and in excess of 2m of snow loading, along with fine tolerances required for chair and cabin support rails.

Sustainability was a key consideration in the project and, although faced with severe loading, a predominately timber framed roof and wall system was developed with steel only used for critical members. This combined with precast retaining walls enabled a cost effective building to be built and commissioned with the lift in a short 5 month build season, all while located near the top of Cardrona Alpine Resort at an elevation of 1830m.

Location

Cadorna Alpine Resort

Client

Cadorna Alpine Resort

Completion Date

2017

Project Value

$1.2M