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Building Engineering - Commercial

Award of Excellence: PCL North American Headquarters, Building 1

 PCL-North-Headquarters---Smith-and-Anderson
Firm:     Smith and Andersen Consulting Engineering (Edmonton)
Client: PCL Construction Resources Inc. 
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub Consultants: Manasc Isaac (Architecture), Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (Structural), DGE Civil Engineering Consultants (Civil), SA Footprint (Energy Modeling)
Contractors:

PCL Management Inc.

The new PCL corporate headquarters is targeting LEED Gold Certification, and includes many sustainable features such as chiller with water-side economizer, high efficiency condensing boiler, energy recovery in the air handling unit, high efficiency LED lighting, and water efficient plumbing fixtures. The building’s envelope included high R-value glazing that greatly reduced the heating and cooling loads in the building. The project utilized Building Information Modeling technologies, 3-D print-outs of the build components, and was virtually paperless, taking advantage of 3-D plans accessible on wireless devices. A table-sized touch screen monitor was used in construction for document and model review.

Award of Merit: SCADA Data Center Refurbishment and Upgrade

 SCADA-Data-Centre---CIMA
Firm:     CIMA Canada Inc.
Client: EPCOR 
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub Consultants: Marshall Tittemore Architects

As part of EPCOR’s overall refurbishment and expansion of their North Service Centre Facility, the CIMA+ Mission Critical Facility team was commissioned to upgrade the Service Centre’s SCADA data centre room, which included all mechanical, electrical and architectural retrofits. Marshall Tittemore Architects provided all architectural services. The SCADA room monitors and controls EPCOR’s distribution assets, which serve more than one million customers within and around the greater Edmonton area. The improvements CIMA+ conducted will result in fewer technical mishaps, and therefore fewer power outages in the Greater Edmonton area.

Building Engineering - Institutional

Award of Excellence: Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

 Donadeo-Innovation-Centre---Dialog
Firm:     DIALOG
Client: University of Alberta 
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub Consultants: MCW Hemisphere Ltd.
Contractors:

EllisDon

The Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering provides approximately 85,000 square feet of interdisciplinary office space, accommodating over 1,700 professors, graduate students, administration, and support staff for the Faculty of Engineering. Built on a remarkable 16m wide sliver of land between the pre-existing Chemical and Materials Engineering building and Windsor Car Park, the facility frees up an area equivalent to the office space of the four existing campus buildings, and supports expanded educational and research activities for the Faculty of Engineering at a fraction of the cost.

Award of Merit: Lakeland College

 Lakeland-College---Stantec-Consulting-Inc
Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Lakeland College 
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Sub Consultants: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Contractors:

Fillmore Construction Management Inc.

Other Key Players:

Prime Consultant: Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Lakeland College sought to expand its facility to accommodate the growing demand for its Power Engineering Program. Together, Stantec and Fillmore Construction developed an extension that would enhance the educational experience and help shape the futures of the new generation of students.

Lakeland College’s vision was for students to “live the learning” by exposing all the mechanical and structural intricacies of the expansion. Responding to the challenge, our team created a space that showcased every detail, including a highly complex boiler lab, structural components, and environmentally sustainable equipment— all designed with the students in mind.

Building Engineering - Recreational

Award of Excellence: Bowness Park Redevelopment

 ISL Bowness-Redevelopment Award-Print
Firm:     ISL Engineering & Land Services
Client: City of Calgary 
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Contractors:

Graham Construction

Other Key Players:

IBI Landplan, Simpson Roberts

The City of Calgary commissioned a team of consultants to develop a framework for the conservation and refurbishment of the nearly 100 year old Bowness Park.

ISL Engineering and Land Services undertook the redesign and construction of park structures including nine buildings, wading pool and courtyard. The park’s historical feel was maintained utilizing modern and traditional wood products, with hand-cut heavy timber.

Flood damage in 2013 severely affected park buildings, setting back the anticipated opening nearly a full year. A concerted team effort allowed the repairs to be completed early and the park re-opened in the late fall of 2014.

Community Development

Award of Excellence: Snye Point Urban Park

Syne-Point-Urban-Park---Stantec-Consulting-Ltd 
Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 
Location: Fort McMurray
Sub Consultants: Thurber Engineering Ltd., Moffatt and Nichol
Contractors:

Graham Design Builders LP

In just over a year, Snye Point was transformed from an undeveloped natural area to a first-class recreational facility – which was received with excitement by the community of Fort McMurray. The space hosted several events during the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, and provides much needed park space and an amenities building for residents. This environmentally sensitive location posed challenges, such as dealing with naturally occurring hydrocarbon contaminates. The design-build focused on both the environmental and community needs - producing a space, described by officials as a legacy project to benefit the community for years to come.

Award of Merit: Bragg Creek: Community Water and Wastewater

Bragg-Creek 
Firm:     MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: Rocky View County 
Location: Bragg Creek
Sub Consultants: Aquatech Canadian Water Services Inc., Terra HDD Solutions Inc.
Contractors:

Acreage Development Solutions Ltd., Bragg Creek Excavating, Everest Construction Management, Forum Earthworks Inc., Kidco Construction Ltd., Remi’s Mechanical Services Ltd., Wildstone Construction & Engineering

The Hamlet of Bragg Creek had been under a boil water advisory since the 1970s and there was a moratorium placed on all new development. This was due to private septic fields contaminating the groundwater which residents used for their water supply. Rocky View County facilitated development and implementation of potable water treatment/distribution and sanitary sewer collection/treatment systems. Careful attention was given throughout the project to protect the natural landscape and to mitigate further damage to municipal and private infrastructure. Through a collaborative team effort of Hamlet residents, business owners, the County, funding agencies, contractors and the engineers, an essential, cost-effective and innovative project was developed and is nearing final completion.

Community Outreach & In-House Initiatives

Award of Excellence: Garden for Growth

Garden-for-Growth---Stantec-Consulting-Ltd 
Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: Lethbridge Family Services 
Location: Lethbridge
Sub Consultants: BCB Engineering Ltd.

Stantec harnessed the power and commitment of over 700 hours of volunteer time to transform an underutilized space into a beautiful garden that nourishes independence and community.

Designed and built using donated materials by volunteers and BCB Engineering Ltd., this inclusive space provides access for over 6,800 users with diverse needs and abilities. We have seen our volunteer design and construction time paid forward within the first year. In addition to the enhancement of Lethbridge Family Services’ educational, employment, counselling programs; produce grown in the garden has been contributed to the local food bank and soup kitchen to nourish others.

Award of Merit: Vibrant Communities Speaker Series

 Vibrant-Communities-Speaker-Series
Firm:     Urban Systems Ltd.
Client: Urban Systems Ltd. 
Location: Edmonton

The Vibrant Communities Speaker Series was the idea of an EIT who felt there was a gap in public awareness and understanding of the technical issues that underpin the creation of great communities. Urban Systems’ multidisciplinary nature was seen to be a strong foundation for talks addressing some knowledge gaps. The idea expanded to include more topics on “Creating Vibrant Communities”.

The focus of these events echoes our higher calling: “Spirit in Service for Vibrant Communities”, and is viewed as a platform to bring a diverse group of Edmontonians together to learn about, discuss, question, and inspire what vibrancy looks like.

Environmental

Award of Excellence: Giant Mine Roaster Decontamination and Deconstruction

 Giant-Mine---AECOM-Canada-Ltd
Firm:     AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Public Works and Government Services Canada Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada 
Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Sub Consultants: Golder Associates

Following closure, Giant Mine Roaster buildings had deteriorated to the point of becoming at risk of collapse, potentially releasing asbestos, arsenic trioxide, cyanide and other hazardous materials to the environment. PWGSC and AANDC tasked AECOM and sub-consultant Golder with assessment, project design and contractor supervision. Given the levels of hazardous materials in the complex, multi-faceted work control standards required development to protect onsite workers, the local public and the environment, as well as to confirm when decontamination was complete. The hygiene control methods selected were based on high risk asbestos abatement protocols, but were augmented to include arsenic, cyanide, carbon monoxide and arsine gas.

Award of Merit: Landfill Leachate Treatment Plant & Greenhouse, East Calgary Waste Management Facility

 Landfill-Leachate-Treatment---CH2M-Hill-Canada-Limited
Firm:     CH2M HILL Canada Limited
Client: City of Calgary 
Location: Calgary
Sub Consultants: Dynatec Systems Inc.

In keeping with its vision to “green” Calgary’s landfills, The City of Calgary is one of the first municipalities in Canada to explore opportunities for the beneficial reuse of treated landfill leachate. CH2M led the design of the Leachate Treatment Pilot Plant at the East Calgary Waste Management Facility, supervised fabrication and site construction, and provided operations support. In collaboration with The City, CH2M developed a prototype facility to test the effects of treated leachate on plants and tree species in a greenhouse. Plans are also underway to store the treated leachate for reuse as process water in the plant.

International

Award of Excellence: John Compton Dam De-silting and Rehabilitation Project

John-Compton-Dam---Golder-Associates-Ltd 
Firm:     Golder Associates Ltd.
Client: WASCO 
Location: Saint Lucia
Sub Consultants: Morrison Hershfield Ltd., AMARNA Consult, Strata Engineering
Contractors:

Wilbert King

The JCD project involved the development of a plan to restore the island water supply at the main surface water reservoir, which had been compromised by sediment displacing about 50% of the storage capacity. The project required a balanced multidisciplinary team, including sediment management and dam engineering experts, plus decision support specialists, hydrologists, environmental and social assessment specialists, geotechnical engineers, and civil engineers. The project recommendations provide an accepted path forward that will restore the water supply reliability, provide opportunities for local employment and economic opportunities, will be resilient in the event of future climate change, and is environmentally acceptable.

Award of Merit: Tomamu Cloudwalk

 Tomamu-Cloudwalk---ISL-Engineering-and-Land-Services-Ltd
Firm:     ISL Engineering and Land Services
Client: Hoshimo Resorts 
Location: Tomamu, Japan
Sub Consultants: Ryzuk Geotechnical
Contractors:

Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing

Other Key Players:

Robin Zirnhelt, P.Eng., Gordon Macdonald, Graham Oglend

In 2014 Hoshimo Resorts was looking to design an open air, walkable structure that would allow visitors to immerse themselves in the spectacular cloud phenomenon known affectionately as unkai - the sea of clouds.

ISL Buildings Team joined Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing to design an Alaskan Yellow Cedar structure that invoked the vision and aesthetic of touching the clouds. This efficient and cost effective design aligned perfectly with the sustainable ideals of the client and created an architectural piece that blended organically into the landscape.

Natural Resources, Mining and Industry

Award of Excellence: Giant Mine Roaster Decontamination and Deconstruction

Giant-Mine---AECOM-Canada-Ltd-2 
Firm:     AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: Public Works and Government Services Canada Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada 
Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Sub Consultants: Golder Associates

Following closure, Giant Mine Roaster buildings had deteriorated to the point of becoming at risk of collapse, potentially releasing asbestos, arsenic trioxide, cyanide and other hazardous materials to the environment. PWGSC and AANDC tasked AECOM and sub-consultant Golder with assessment, project design and contractor supervision. Given the levels of hazardous materials in the complex, multi-faceted work control standards required development to protect onsite workers, the local public and the environment, as well as to confirm when decontamination was complete. The hygiene control methods selected were based on high risk asbestos abatement protocols, but were augmented to include arsenic, cyanide, carbon monoxide and arsine gas.

Award of Merit: Dominion Diamond Jay Project

Dominion-Diamond---Golder-Associates-Ltd 
Firm:     Golder Associates Ltd.
Client: Dominion Diamond 
Location: Northwest Territories
Sub Consultants: E. Denholm Consulting Ltd., Aurora Geosciences Ltd.

Dominion Diamond (Dominion) purchased the Ekati Mine in 2013, it was scheduled to close in six years. They hoped to continue operations by developing the Jay Kimberlite Pipe, but its cost estimate was believed to be uneconomic.

To avoid closing the mine, Dominion retained Golder Associates to conduct the Jay Project. The Jay Project required integrated Environmental Assessment, Design and Construction knowledge that met an aggressive schedule. Golder formed a dedicated team focusing on efficient project management, innovative design concepts and assessment methods, helping Dominion’s Ekati Mine to avoid closure and continue to provide socio-economic benefits to Northern Canada.

Project Management

Award of Excellence: Dominion Diamond Jay Project

 Dominion-Diamond---Golder-Associates-Ltd
Firm:     Golder Associates Ltd.
Client: Dominion Diamond 
Location: Northwest Territories
Sub Consultants: E. Denholm Consulting Ltd., Aurora Geosciences Ltd.

Dominion Diamond (Dominion) purchased the Ekati Mine in 2013, it was scheduled to close in six years. They hoped to continue operations by developing the Jay Kimberlite Pipe, but its cost estimate was believed to be uneconomic.

To avoid closing the mine, Dominion retained Golder Associates to conduct the Jay Project. The Jay Project required integrated Environmental Assessment, Design and Construction knowledge that met an aggressive schedule. Golder formed a dedicated team focusing on efficient project management, innovative design concepts and assessment methods, helping Dominion’s Ekati Mine to avoid closure and continue to provide socio-economic benefits to Northern Canada.

Award of Merit: Highway 63:04/:06 Twinning from S. of Bear Creek to S. of Mariana Lake

 Highway-63-Twinning
Firm:     Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure
Client: Alberta Transportation 
Location: Highway 63 South of Bear Creek to South of Mariana Lake
Sub Consultants: DES Engineering Ltd.
Contractors:

Carmacks Enterprises Ltd.

Highway 63 is a vital link between southern Alberta and the major oilsands developments in the Fort McMurray region. It is the lifeline for this industry and for families residing in Fort McMurray. Faced with an expanding oilsands industry and multiple fatalities, the Alberta Government committed to twinning Highway 63 between Grassland and Fort McMurray by the fall of 2016. This challenging project was constructed over undulating topography and varying terrain, required extensive utility coordination and relocations, roadway and bridge construction, construction of a new Provincial Park, geotechnical expertise, environmental monitoring and the protection of watercourses and animal habitats.

Small Firm - Big Impact

Award of Excellence: STATES: Simulation Tool for Automated Tunneling Estimation and Scheduling

 STATES---SMA-Consulting
Firm:     SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: SMA Consulting Ltd. 
Location: Edmonton
Other Key Players:

City of Edmonton, University of Alberta

Tunneling is very sensitive to variation. Tiny errors can lead to major deviations, unforeseen ground conditions can waste months, and millimeters of settlement can destroy infrastructure. Building on 20 years of tunneling experience, SMA Consulting developed STATES, the Simulation Tool for Automated Tunneling Estimation and Scheduling. Unique in Canada, STATES uses discrete-event and continuous simulation and integrates hundreds of variables around tunneling technology, staging, construction equipment, and geotechnical information to model, schedule, and estimate tunneling projects. It offers a powerful tool for optimizing plans and responding to setbacks, and has been successfully used on more than a dozen tunneling projects.

Award of Merit: ATCO North Edmonton Operations Centre

 ATCO-North-Edmonton---Arrow-Engineering
Firm:     Arrow Engineering Inc.
Client: ATCO Gas 
Location: Edmonton
Sub Consultants: Bennett Architect Inc.
Contractors:

Clark Builders

Working alongside Clark Builders and Bennett Architects, Arrow Engineering designed a range of environments with varied specifications, including offices, meter calibration and testing labs, and industrial service bays for ATCO Gas North Edmonton Operations Centre (NEOC). Innovative design included the utilization of natural gas-based “Absorption” Heat Pumps as part of the buildings geothermal system. This technology is relatively new to North America and NEOC is the largest building in Canada to use “Absorption” Heat Pumps. This system results in a reduction in the amount of natural gas required to heat the building, with a corresponding reduction in the carbon dioxide emissions released.

Studies, Software & Special Services

Award of Excellence: STATES: Simulation Tool for Automated Tunneling Estimation and Scheduling

 STATES---SMA-Consulting
Firm:     SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: SMA Consulting Ltd. 
Location: Edmonton
Other Key Players:

City of Edmonton, University of Alberta

Tunneling is very sensitive to variation. Tiny errors can lead to major deviations, unforeseen ground conditions can waste months, and millimeters of settlement can destroy infrastructure. Building on 20 years of tunneling experience, SMA Consulting developed STATES, the Simulation Tool for Automated Tunneling Estimation and Scheduling. Unique in Canada, STATES uses discrete-event and continuous simulation and integrates hundreds of variables around tunneling technology, staging, construction equipment, and geotechnical information to model, schedule, and estimate tunneling projects. It offers a powerful tool for optimizing plans and responding to setbacks, and has been successfully used on more than a dozen tunneling projects.

Award of Merit: Risk Assessment for Developments near Freight Rail in Calgary's Nose Creek and Haskayne

 Risk-Assessment-for-Development---SMA-Consulting-Ltd
Firm:     SMA Consulting Ltd.
Client: City of Calgary 
Location: Calgary
Sub Consultants: AECOM Canada Ltd.
Other Key Players:

Canadian Pacific

Skyrocketing population has forced Calgary to expand into regions like Haskayne and Nose Creek, both intersected by existing freight rail lines. The City asked SMA Consulting to analyze risk for these areas to help shape safe and efficient development near rail. SMA used its innovative SPAR (Spatio-Parametric Approach to Risk) model to integrate research on rail safety precedents, input from 30+ stakeholders, multiple-substance explosion modelling, failure analysis, and robust Monte Carlo simulation with site-specific data and geometry. The best risk analysis balances conservative risk mitigation with economic feasibility. SMA’s approach is helping Calgary and the project stakeholders move forward responsibly.

Sustainable Design

Award of Excellence: Bowness Sanitary Offload Trunk

 Bowness-Sanitary-Offload-Trunk---AECOM
Firm:     AECOM Canada Ltd.
Client: The City of Calgary 
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Sub Consultants: Ward and Burke Microtunnelling Ltd., Rural Road Construction Ltd., Earth Drilling, Lifeways of Canada Limited

A sanitary sewer system at capacity halted development in select northwest Calgary communities. The Bowness Sanitary Offload Trunk is nearing completion and will provide infrastructure capacity for 50 years. By utilizing microtunneling rather than open trench construction, the route was optimized, and the pipeline constructed in a smaller space than originally anticipated. The new route is shorter, less expensive, and the construction was less disruptive to the community and environment. Tunneling under the Bow River mitigated environmental concerns and shortened the project construction by one year. Construction was also advanced through 24/7 tunneling. AECOM provided design and contract administration.

Award of Merit: Landfill Leachate Treatment Plant & Greenhouse, East Calgary Waste Management Facility

Landfill-Leachate-Treatment---CH2M-Hill-Canada-Limited 
Firm:     CH2M HILL Canada Limited
Client: City of Calgary 
Location: Calgary
Sub Consultants: Dynatec Systems Inc.

In keeping with its vision to “green” Calgary’s landfills, The City of Calgary is one of the first municipalities in Canada to explore opportunities for the beneficial reuse of treated landfill leachate. CH2M led the design of the Leachate Treatment Pilot Plant at the East Calgary Waste Management Facility, supervised fabrication and site construction, and provided operations support. In collaboration with The City, CH2M developed a prototype facility to test the effects of treated leachate on plants and tree species in a greenhouse. Plans are also underway to store the treated leachate for reuse as process water in the plant.

Transportation Infrastructure

Award of Excellence: Athabasca River Bridge on Highway 40: Rehabilitation and Widening

 Athabasca-River-Bridge---Buckland--Taylor
Firm:     Buckland & Taylor
Client: Alberta Transportation 
Location: Near Hinton, Alberta
Sub Consultants: Tetra Tech, GeoMetrix Group Engineering, Bredo Consulting, Carey Bridge Consulting Ltd.
Contractors:

Alberco Construction Ltd.

In 2012, Buckland & Taylor completed an assessment of the 99-year-old Athabasca River Bridge on Highway 40; a life-line bridge for emergency access to communities west and north of Athabasca River. B&T concluded that the bridge could no longer safely carry truck traffic and recommended closing the bridge to a single centre lane. B&T then proposed innovative rehabilitation measures that would not only restore the bridge capacity but also widen the bridge to modern standards. This approach extended the life for 20 to 30 years at less than 25% of the cost of replacement and was constructed within a year.

Award of Merit: Calgary Exhibition & Stampede Weadick Crossing

 Calgary-Exhibition---Read-Jones-Christoffersen-Ltd
Firm:     Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Client: Calgary Exhibition & Stampede 
Location: Calgary
Sub Consultants: Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Designcore Engineering
Contractors:

Graham Construction

Other Key Players:

Lawson Projects

The Calgary Exhibition & Stampede Weadick Crossing is a bridge thoughtfully designed to accommodate Stampede Park’s heritage values and cultural requirements, and to withstand the impact of floods, due to its location in the Elbow River floodway. In fact, a flood washed away the previous bridge in this location! The new steel through-arch bridge supports a concrete deck and features unique attributes, such as demountable handrails to reduce flood drag and arch bracing members high enough above the bridge deck to allow horseback riders and banners to cross the bridge. The bridge opened in June 2015 just in time for the Calgary Stampede!

Water Resources & Energy Production

Award of Excellence: South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System

South-Red-Deer-Regional-Wastewater-System 
Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Client: South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission 
Location: Olds to Red Deer

The sheer length of the 90km South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System (SRDRWS) posed a huge design challenge on its own. Construction occurred in a highly populated corridor, and crossed several environmentally sensitive areas. Each level of government had individual requirements to meet. The final product: a unique and highly sophisticated system that features four new lift stations, three lift station retrofits, and a state-of-the-art Odour Management Facility. Designed for a 25-year horizon, the SRDRWS will serve six communities and 50,000 residents, while allowing steady growth for years to come and protecting the Red Deer River and the environment.

Award of Merit: Grow the Energy Circle: BIO-GAS Facility

Growtec Biogas Facility 
Firm:     MPE Engineering Ltd.
Client: GrowTec 
Location: Chin, Alberta
Sub Consultants: PlanET Biogas Solutions

In response to the need for renewable and environmentally-friendly energy sources in Alberta, GrowTEC, in conjunction with PlanET and MPE constructed a bio-gas facility on the Perry Farm near Chin, Alberta. This facility processes agricultural organic waste into bio-gas which runs a generator producing 633 kW of electricity and residual heat. The waste from the process is further used for farm land fertilizer and irrigation water. This project is an example of how small farms can reduce their environmental footprint and be a leader in sustainable design.


 

 
 
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