City provides updates on the Brant Street Pier project

For Immediate Release - April 24, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON – The City of Burlington is providing updates on the Brant Street Pier project, including what’s happening on site, the results of last summer’s crane accident and next steps in the project.

“We recognize that the community has been patient with a series of delays on this project,” said Tom Eichenbaum, Director of Engineering with the City of Burlington. “I can assure the people of Burlington that although there are legal and technical issues outstanding, the city is committed to substantially completing the Brant Street Pier in the fall of 2009.”

Site activity
Activity on the Brant Street Pier construction site has been reduced over the winter period due to the limited ability to work in winter weather conditions. The crane accident of August 2008 and complications following the first concrete pour in July 2008 are factors in the construction delay.

Equipment is being set up on the pier to prepare for spring construction. Components, including hand rails, docks and the beacon, are being manufactured off site. A construction schedule for the pier is being updated and will be confirmed once a number of technical issues are resolved.

Crane accident
In August 2008, a crane lifting rebar steel toppled, causing considerable damage to the steel structure of the pier. Since the accident:

  • Any Ministry of Labour orders that would have stopped construction have been addressed.
  • Damage to 15 major load-carrying beams is suspected. Nine replacement beams have been ordered. The remaining six are to be inspected and reused if they meet specifications. If they do not meet specifications, they will be replaced.
  • Installation of the nine replacement beams is expected to take place in May.
  •  The City of Burlington maintains that since the damage was the result of the crane accident, any costs related to inspection and replacement belongs to the contractors or their insurers.

First concrete pour
In July 2008, following the pour of the concrete deck on the pier, the steel structure twisted, resulting in a concrete deck that does not meet specifications. Dialogue continues with respect to an acceptable remediation approach and an agreed-upon approach to the next concrete pour to ensure the same thing will not reoccur.


Project Team activity
The project team has hired outside lawyers and technical experts to resolve outstanding contract issues. The experts have extensive experience in problem-solving related to construction projects.

“The Brant Street Pier is being built to a very high design standard with a minimum 75-year operational life,” Eichenbaum said. “The City of Burlington is making no exceptions in achieving the approved construction specifications.”

About the Brant Street Pier
The unique S-shaped pier will be a signature destination and attraction at The Waterfront at Downtown Burlington. The pier will extend 132 metres (about 430 feet) from Spencer Smith Park over Lake Ontario, providing unique views of the lake and Burlington’s shoreline. The pier deck will be elevated above the surface of the water with the lookout tower another nearly eight metres (about 25 feet) above the main deck.

For more about the Brant Street Pier, including a live webcam and photo gallery, visit and click on the Brant Street Pier icon on the city’s home page, or contact Tom Eichenbaum, Director of Engineering, at 905-335-7600, ext. 7795 or by e-mail at


Communications Contact:
Donna Kell
Manager, Public Affairs
Tel. 905-335-7841
Fax. 905-632-9082

Media Contact:
Tom Eichenbaum
Director of Engineering
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7795
Fax. 905-335-7829


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