Civil Engineering Works

Avisio River Footbridge

Cavalese, Italy

Over the river 1 | Over the river
An iconic new entrance to the Alpe Cermis ski resort, citing the local building culture and spanning the Avisio River.
Design: The Cavalese cable car disaster of 1998 left the Alpe Cermis ski resort, situated at an altitude of 850 meters, without access from the municipality of Cavalese. A new bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists was set to be built in order to span the Avisio River valley and reconnect the resort with the town and the main parking lot. The length of the bridge is a total of 104.5 meters with an incline of 4%, in order to manage the difference in height between the two banks. As an important infrastructure measure for local tourism situated in a natural preserve, the bridge was designed to feature an expressive form language guided by local traditions.

Wood: The structural system is made up of two trussed girders out of glued laminated timber cut from a PEFC-certified forest in nearby Styria and processed by regional companies. The construction was done by a South Tyrolean wood construction company as well. The span width of the girders is 52 meters. The width of the larch-covered deck is 3 meters. The roof is clad in copper plates and partially open at the top, leaving the structure to the influence of the weather to a degree.
Sloped roof,  representing the local building culture 2 | Sloped roof, representing the local building culture
View from the deck 3 | View from the deck
Substructure 4 | Substructure
Basic information
Year of Completion |  2004
Investor |  Municipality of Cavalese (IT)
Architecture |  A²studio engineering Srl, Trento (IT)
Structural Engineering |  Alfonso Dalla Torre (IGT studio), Trento (IT)
Construction Time |  18 months
Plot size |  20 000 m²
Gross floor area |  526 m²
Construction Costs (netto) |  3 435 €/m²
Awards |  Wood Award South Tyrol 2002/2003; Premio Costruire il Trentino 2001-2008

Technical aspects
Concept |  Trussed girders out of glued laminated timber
Woodworking |  Rubner Holzbau S.p.A., Brixen/Bressanone (IT); General Contractor: Costruzioni Casarotto Srl, Castel Ivano (IT)
Origin of Timber, Certification |  PEFC-certified wood from Styria (AT)
Traceability of Timber |  Attested by wood construction company
Forestry Value Chain |  All involved companies are located in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region, most workers live in or close to Cavalese

Energy Efficiency

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