Industry partner, ACEC-BC, showcases signature projects at 29th annual awards

[ excerpt from JOC article | read the press release here ]

The British Columbia chapter of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies showcased its members' [and many VICA members'] signature projects at the 29th annual Awards for Engineering Excellence gala, held earlier this month in Vancouver.

“We’re very excited about this year’s awards. Once again, it’s just an outstanding display of the work that’s done by B.C. engineers, not just in the province but across Canada and around the world,” said ACEC-BC president Keith Sashaw.

The awards are given out in the categories of buildings, municipal and civil infrastructure; transportation and bridges; energy and industry; natural resources and habitat; soft engineering; and a new category, projects under $2.5 million. Each category gives out awards in two sub-categories, merit and excellence.

In the municipal infrastructure category, WSP|Opus’s work on the Town of Ladysmith’s wastewater treatment plant won for merit, given challenging space restrictions as well as involvement from initial development of a liquid wastewater plan in 2013 through to the completion of construction of a new multilevel building in 2017.

The excellence award went to Stantec’s work on the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans. Part of the Army Corps $14.6-billion effort to repair damage sustained during and after Hurricane Katrina and to improve resiliency was the canal project, a $690-million design-build effort with Stantec acting as lead design engineer and architect.

McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. also won an award of merit for their work on the 4,350-metre Veer Kunwar Singh Bridge which opened in June 2017 in the Indian city of Patna.

“I think (the global scope of projects) speaks to the calibre of work done by B.C. engineers, the calibre of innovation they bring to projects. It’s very exciting to see that,” Sashaw said.

Two awards of excellence were also given out in the transportation and bridges category. The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge Suspended Spans Superstructure Replacement won by COWI North America Ltd. and the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway, a joint project by Tetra Tech Inc. and Stantec for the government of the Northwest Territories. The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge connects Halifax and Dartmouth and the main scope of work involved removing and replacing 20-metre-and 10-metre-long deck segments and raising the bridge superstructure to accommodate larger vessels. The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway connects the two communities as well as links the Arctic Ocean to the rest of Canada.

Stantec won for merit in the energy and industry category for the Brucejack Mine Power Transmission Line, a single circuit, 138-kilovolt transmission line north of Stewart, B.C., which supplies power to the Brucejack Mine for the next 30 years.

The award of excellence went to WSP|Opus for the YVR Flywheel Energy Storage and Airfield Critical Power System at Vancouver International Airport, a critical back-up power system using flywheel energy-storage technology for the airport’s north airfield lighting system.

In the soft engineering category, the award of merit went to Tetra Tech Inc. for work on the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Semi-Automated Roadway Corridor Asset Inventory Collection project, and another award of merit was given to Urban Systems Ltd. for the Service Sustainability Assessment Tool for Canadian Communities they implemented for the City of Grand Forks.

The award of excellence in soft engineering went to WSP Canada Inc. for strategic sustainability consulting and project management for the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

In the new category, projects under $2.5 million, the first winner in the category for merit was the Pachena Point Lighthouse Restoration by Goal Engineering Ltd. for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

“It’s important to recognize that engineers play a critical role in small projects. This was the first year we’ve offered this category. We had seven entries and it’s really impressive to see the work that’s done by engineers on small projects,” Sashaw added.

Read the full article on the Journal of Commerce here.

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