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Building Engineering - Commercial

Award of Excellence: Studio Bell

 
  Firm:     Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  Client: National Music Centre
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Allied Works Architecture; Kasian Architecture; SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; Stantec Consulting Ltd.; RWDI
     
  Contractors: CANA Construction; Walters Group Inc.
     
  Other Key Players: Picco Engineering

Unique in purpose and form, Studio Bell is a non-typical building requiring very atypical solutions! As structural engineer, RJC had to consider how to incorporate a condemned historic building, design a buildable structure when everything is curved and/or inclined, design a bridge 65 feet above an active roadway, achieve the architect’s vision of the vessels ‘floating’ with minimal support, frame a column free theatre with sloping walls and design a five-storey cantilevered feature stair. Through creative thinking, technical excellence and close collaboration, the completed project is an iconic piece of architecture in Canada and the world.

Award of Merit: The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce

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  Firm:     FAST + EPP
  Client: Cuku's Nest Enterprises
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Manasc Isaac Consulting; Clark Engineering; Renu Building Science; Shelby Engineering
     
  Contractors: Chandos Construction
     
  Other Key Players: Manasc Isaac Architects

The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce is a 30,000 sq. ft. office building that houses a child-care facility, wellness centre/fitness studio, and restaurant. The building is comprised of a 2-storey and 3-storey wing interconnected by a series of bridges and staircases. The wings are constructed of exposed heavy timber decking supported on a series of glulam post and beam frames and glulam trusses. The finely detailed feature staircase and bridges were constructed of timber and steel.

Building Engineering - Institutional 

Award of Excellence: Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre

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  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: National Music Centre
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Allied Works Architecture; Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning; SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
     
  Contractors: Cana Construction; Arpi's Industries; Custom Electric
     
  Other Key Players: DukeEvans; MMM Group Limited, a WSP Company; Jensen Hughes

An iconic structure inspired by the bodies of musical instruments—Studio Bell’s curves and collections called out for a mechanical system of equal technical and aesthetic finesse. Home to the National Music Centre and Canada’s Music Hall of Fame, Studio Bell is a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration between client, architect, engineers and builders: Allied Works Architecture, Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, Stantec, SMP Engineering, Read Jones Christoffersen, Cana Construction, Arpi’s Industries, Custom Electric, DukeEvans, WSP - MMM Group, and Jensen Hughes. Stantec is proud to have played a key role in Studio Bell’s developing story.

Award of Merit: Medical Isotope and Cyclotron Facility

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  Firm:     MCW Hemisphere Ltd.
  Client: University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: HFKS Architects; Stuart Olson
     
  Contractors: Territorial Electric; Priority Mechanical

The saying "take something old and make it new again" is extremely fitting for the Medical Isotopes and Cyclotron Production Facility located near the University of Alberta South Campus. A joint initiative between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services with design and construction services from MCW Hemisphere, HFKS Architects, Stuart Olson, Priority Mechanical, and Territorial Electric. This revolutionary facility utilizes the former Balmoral Curling Rink as the foundation for a "box within a box" design housing a new cyclotron and hot lab production facility to produce critical radioisotope drugs for treatment of local patients.

Building Engineering - Recreational 

Award of Excellence: Rogers Place

 
  Firm:     Joint Submission: Stantec Consulting Ltd.; MCW Hemisphere Ltd.; DIALOG; Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure
  Client: Edmonton Arena Corporation and The City of Edmonton
     
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Stantec Consulting Ltd.; MCW Hemisphere Ltd.; DIALOG; Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Ltd.; Canem Systems Ltd.; Arpi's North Inc. Structural, Heavy Steel Construction, a Division of Canam Group Inc.

Rogers Place is the most modern arena in the NHL with over 1.1 million square feet of space. An extensively collaborative project involving: Edmonton Arena Corporation, the City of Edmonton, HOK, ATB, Thornton Tomasetti, ME Engineers, DIALOG, MCW Hemisphere Ltd., Stantec Consulting Ltd., AMEC Foster Wheeler and PCL Construction Management Inc. working together daily, sometimes hourly, to design and construct on an extremely tight schedule allowing Rogers Place to open on time and on budget.

Award of Merit: Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

 
Firm:       Smith + Andersen (Edmonton)
Client:   University of Alberta in Partnership with The City of Camrose
Location:   Camrose, Alberta
     
Sub Consultants:   BR2 Architecture; Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.; SA Footprint; Howell Mayhew Engineering; Schick Shiner and Associates
     
Contractors:   Clark Builders

The Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre is a 580 seat theatre located on the Augustana Campus. The theatre includes many sustainable features such as building integrated solar panels on all four sides of the stage tower, a high efficiency chiller and condensing boiler, energy recovery in the air handling units, displacement ventilation and water efficient plumbing fixtures. It is also the first theatre in North America to use LED stage lighting. This resulted in a reduction in load from 100kW to 12.5 kW. All these measures combined to achieve 4 Green Globes, which is the highest possible rating.

Community Development

Award of Excellence: Main Street Rehabilitation

 
  Firm:     Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
  Client: Town of Rocky Mountain House
  Location: Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
     
  Contractors: Pidherney's Trucking Ltd.; Proform Concrete Services Inc.; SG Landscaping Ltd.; Modern Electric Ltd.; Appollo Landscaping Ltd.; Heavy Industries Theminign Corp.
     
  Other Key Players: Fortis, Shaw, Telus

The Town of Rocky Mountain House had a vision to revitalize its Main Street to develop a welcoming, fully accessible street and help transform its downtown into a vibrant business hub and tourist attraction. Main Street’s steep grade and cross slopes made designing an accessible, pedestrian friendly streetscape a challenge. The project team was commissioned with a task of establishing grades for terraced and roadside boulevard walkways linked by ramps and stairways, making each business fully accessible. By integrating new pathways with eye-catching planters, public seating, and ornamental lighting the designers have created spaces enhancing the downtown experience for residents and tourists.

Award of Merit: Building Community Resilience Through Asset Management - A Handbook & Toolkit for Alberta Municipalities

 
  Firm:     Urban Systems Ltd.
  Client: Town of Elk Point
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Other Key Players: Village of Boyle; Consulting Engineers of Alberta; Alberta Municipal Affairs

The Town of Elk Point and the Village of Boyle in partnership with Consulting Engineers of Alberta and Alberta Municipal affairs, chose Urban Systems through a Qualifications Based Selection to develop an Asset Management Handbook and Toolkit for Alberta’s small to mid-sized municipalities. The process included a comprehensive desktop review of all Asset Management resources and extensive consultation with municipalities to better understand their challenges. The outcome forms part of Alberta’s approach to Asset Management.

Urban Systems prepared digital databases and Asset Replacement Forecasts for partner municipalities to give them an overview of their infrastructure and approximate timing of major replacements.

Community Outreach and In-House Initiatives

Award of Excellence: Fort McMurray Wildfire Emergency Response and Water System Recovery

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  Firm:     Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
  Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta

On May 3, 2016, a wildfire caused the evacuation of all 88,000 Fort McMurray residents, and damage to over 2,000 structures. Associated Engineering quickly responded to assist the community of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Associated’s team provided technical support to the Water Treatment Plant operators with remote monitoring and operation, ensuring the supply of firefighting water. Once it was safe to re-enter, Associated Engineering provided on-the-ground teams to fast-track development and execution of the Water System Recovery Plan for disinfecting and flushing the water system and provide safe drinking water in coordination with the re-entry of the community to return to their homes.

Environmental

Award of Excellence: Multi-Criteria Industrial Site Location Analysis in the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park

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  Firm:     Golder Associates Ltd.
  Client: City of Edmonton
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Other Key Players: Kevin Seel; Aaron Licker; Massimo Dragan

In 2009, Edmonton City Council approved an Area Structure Plan for an Energy and Technology Park based on an eco-industrial hub concept that may include a polypropylene plant, an integrated ethylene, polyethylene and glycol plant, a fertilizer plant and/or a methanol plant.

Golder Associates Ltd. was retained by the City to assist in a multi-criteria spatial analysis using a unique sustainability analysis approach that evaluated and balanced 43 key project concerns and trade-offs including environmental, social and technical factors. This allowed the City to explore numerous options, save months of effort, reduce risk, and have greater confidence in its strategy.

Award of Merit: Benefiting Communities - Returning a Boreal Forest

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  Firm:     Tetra Tech
  Client: Newalta Corporation
  Location: Drayton Valley, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Aquaterra Environmental Consulting Inc.; Tannas Conservation Services Ltd.; Saskatchewan Research Council; Woodlands North Inc.; Access Laboratories Inc.

Tetra Tech worked with Newalta to design a safe and cost-effective closure approach for a former oilfield waste land treatment facility located south of Drayton Valley, Alberta. Preliminary estimates to remediate the site to the generic Tier 1 criteria using traditional ‘dig and dump’ methods exceeded $100 million. Traditional remediation was deemed to be unrealistic, a poor use of topsoil resources and did not present an overall benefit to society. Alternatively, a risk-based approach was adopted to evaluate potential human and ecological health risks and ultimately identified that a boreal forest conservation area was the most valuable end land use.

International

Award of Excellence: Designs for Improvement of Water and Sanitation Infrastructure, Guyana

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  Firm:     Morrison Hershfield Limited
  Client: Guyana Water Inc., through the Inter-American Development Bank
  Location: Georgetown, Guyana
     
  Sub Consultants: Caribbean Engineering & Management Consultants Inc.
     
  Other Key Players: Mario Bastian; Edgar Paski

Morrison Hershfield, along with sub-consultant CEMCO and specialists Mario Bastian and Dr. Edgra Paski, were retained by Guyana Water Inc. to design water and sanitation infrastructure improvements for critical areas in Guyana.

Key components of this project included rehabilitation of 3 Water Treatment Plants for Georgetown, construction of 3 new Water Treatment Plants outside Georgetown, water distribution network rehabilitation, a feasibility review to convert the Tucville sanitary facility into a WWTP, enhancing the GWI laboratory capabilities, local training, and reducing Non-Revenue Water loses.

When completed, residents will receive clean, disinfected water of a quality that meets WHO standards 24 hours a day.

Natural Resources, Mining and Industry

Award of Excellence: Online Control System Migration of an Industrial Centrifuge

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  Firm:     CIMA Canada Inc.
  Client: Suncor Energy Inc.
  Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta

To support the complicated and delicate control system migration process, CIMA+ developed the TEMPUS tool to facilitate the replacement of any industrial control system to a new platform, without shutting down plant production. TEMPUS was piloted to complete the online migration for a Suncor 500HP ODB centrifuge to a new control system. Before TEMPUS, full online commissioning has never before been possible. The ability to maintain any process within its operating envelope will not only minimize risk to facility workers and those in the surrounding area, but it will also improve cost effectiveness and reduce loss of production.

Award of Merit: Safety in MINEd - Genesee Mine Roads

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  Firm:     Opus Stewart Weir Ltd.
  Client: Prairie Mines and Royalty ULC
  Location: Warburg, Alberta
     
  Contractors: Prairie North Construction Ltd.
     
  Other Key Players: Capital Power Corporation; Leduc County

This challenging project at Genesee Mine, southwest of Edmonton, combined the collaboration of several parties to investigate, assess and manage the risks associated with constructing a new greenfield connector within the bounds of an operating coal mine.

The new road traverses several minor waterways, navigates around storm and sediment ponds and avoids an existing spillway. Part of the road (1 km) is adjacent to and then crosses an active haul road before finally connecting into Highway 770.

Through early engagement and collaborative value engineering sessions, safety aspects of the design were robustly challenged to achieve the objectives of all parties.

Project Management

Award of Excellence: Fort McMurray Wildfire Emergency Response and Water System Recovery

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  Firm:     Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.
  Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta

On May 3, 2016, a wildfire caused the evacuation of all 88,000 Fort McMurray residents, and damage to over 2,000 structures. Associated Engineering quickly responded to assist the community of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Associated’s team provided technical support to the Water Treatment Plant operators with remote monitoring and operation, ensuring the supply of firefighting water. Once it was safe to re-enter, Associated Engineering provided on-the-ground teams to fast-track development and execution of the Water System Recovery Plan for disinfecting and flushing the water system and provide safe drinking water in coordination with the re-entry of the community to return to their homes.


Award of Merit: ATCO Regional Industrial Water System

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  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd.
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd.; EnviroMak Inc.
     
  Contractors: Abalone Construction Ltd.; Alberco Construction Ltd.; City of Edmonton; Ledcor Site Services Ltd.; Nason Contracting Group Inc.; Weinrich Construction Ltd.; STT Enviro Corp Tanks; ATCO Emissions Management Ltd.

The ATCO Regional Industrial Water System embodies a new era of water asset management in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland; the largest hydrocarbon processing region in Canada. Through a single intake on the North Saskatchewan River, the system distributes water to multiple end-users via a series of pump stations, pipelines, treatment facilities, and storage reservoirs. It provides a new mechanism through which development can continue to expand regionally, while minimizing adverse impacts on the surrounding environment. Stantec is proud to have provided overall project management, planning, design, regulatory support, and construction administration for ATCO’s system over the past seven years.


Small Firm- Big Impact

Award of Excellence: Quantifying Exposure to Biological Hazards for Wastewater Personnel

 
  Firm:     SMA Consulting Ltd.
  Client: EPCOR Utilities Inc.
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta

EPCOR delivers water and wastewater services to more than one million people in over 85 communities and industrial sites in Canada. Wastewater treatment is critical work, yet can be potentially hazardous, as daily exposure to biological materials can increase the risk of exposure to pathogens. To reduce this risk to wastewater workers, SMA and EPCOR integrated their risk, engineering and microbiological expertise to develop a first-of-its-kind multi-pathogen Quantitative Microbial Risk Analysis model. The model evaluates 648 scenarios with over 455 million calculations to highlight high-risk roles. The result is high-impact safety improvements that reduce risk of illness from pathogen exposure.

Award of Merit: Construction and Modernization of Alberta's School Infrastructure

  Firm:     Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
  Client: Alberta Infrastructure and Local School Boards
  Location: Various Locations Across Alberta
     
  Contractors: Aman Builders Inc,; Binder Construction Ltd.; Clark Builders; Delnor Construction Ltd.; Flint Energy Services Ltd.; GenMec ACL Inc.; Graham Construction; Jen-Col Construction Ltd.; Johnston Builders Ltd.; K-Rite Construction Ltd.; Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.; Shunda Consulting & Construction Management Ltd.; Stuart Olson Inc.; Synergy Projects Ltd.
     
  Other Key Players: ACI Architects Inc.; Architecture Tkalcic Bengert; Bennett Architect Inc.; DIALOG
Stephens Kozak Architects Ltd.

Al-Terra Engineering has worked on project teams with architectural firms and other sub-consultants for Alberta Infrastructure and school boards on over 45 school projects across Alberta in the past 8 years. Al-Terra’s role has included input to the site plan layout and the design of site grading, underground services, stormwater management and parking / drop off areas. Often the scope of work extended off-site to the adjacent streets, including site access, layby lanes and the extension of underground services. Al-Terra has been involved from the concept phase, through design, construction and the warranty period, either in a prime civil consultant role or a bridging consultant role.

Studies, Software and Special Services

Award of Excellence: Quantifying Exposure to Biological Hazards for Wastewater Personnel

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  Firm:     SMA Consulting Ltd.
  Client: EPCOR Utilities Inc.
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta

EPCOR delivers water and wastewater services to more than one million people in over 85 communities and industrial sites in Canada. Wastewater treatment is critical work, yet can be potentially hazardous, as daily exposure to biological materials can increase the risk of exposure to pathogens. To reduce this risk to wastewater workers, SMA and EPCOR integrated their risk, engineering and microbiological expertise to develop a first-of-its-kind multi-pathogen Quantitative Microbial Risk Analysis model. The model evaluates 648 scenarios with over 455 million calculations to highlight high-risk roles. The result is high-impact safety improvements that reduce risk of illness from pathogen exposure.

Award of Merit: Addressing City of Calgary Odour Concerns with Real-Time Surveillance System

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  Firm:     Golder Associates Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Airdar Inc.

Golder Associates Ltd. was retained by the City of Calgary in the spring of 2014 to help to resolve an ongoing issue of identifying the source of foul odours present in residential communities surrounding the City’s Fish Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Golder developed and undertook a unique and ongoing air quality monitoring study in partnership with Airdar, an Alberta-based company whose technology has been able to effectively locate, measure and continuously monitor local odours in real-time, and to support a safe livable environment for surrounding communities.

Sustainable Design

Award of Excellence: Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre

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  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: National Music Centre
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Allied Works Architecture; Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning; 
SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; 
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
     
  Contractors: Cana Construction; Arpi's Industries
Custom Electric
     
  Other Key Players: DukeEvans; MMM Group Limited, a WSP Company; Jensen Hughes

An iconic structure inspired by the bodies of musical instruments—Studio Bell’s curves and collections called out for a mechanical system of equal technical and aesthetic finesse. Home to the National Music Centre and Canada’s Music Hall of Fame, Studio Bell is a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration between client, architect, engineers and builders: Allied Works Architecture, Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, Stantec, SMP Engineering, Read Jones Christoffersen, Cana Construction, Arpi’s Industries, Custom Electric, DukeEvans, WSP - MMM Group, and Jensen Hughes. Stantec is proud to have played a key role in Studio Bell’s developing story.

Award of Merit: Edson Healthcare Centre

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  Firm:     DIALOG
  Client: Alberta Health Services and Alberta Infrastructure
  Location: Edson, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
     
  Contractors: Stuart Olson; Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
MCL Power Inc.; CDN. Power Pac

The Edson Healthcare Centre is a 15,417 sq.m. acute care facility that treats health and wellness as importantly as energy efficiency. The Wellness component includes access to the exterior by patients to a beautiful landscaped courtyard and areas of respite in the acute care areas. The site is only allowed 50% building coverage and the hospital is structurally constructed as post disaster. The energy efficiency measures includes a very high performance envelope, condensing boilers, radiant heating and cooling, displacement ventilation, and extensive daylighting. DIALOG provided the ASME services and ISL provided Civil and Landscape services for the facility.

Transportation Infrastructure - Bridges

Award of Excellence: Mayerthorpe Rail Bridge Replacement

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  Firm:     Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.
  Client: CN Rail
  Location: Mayerthorpe, Alberta
     
  Contractors: Conetec; Mobile Augers; Challenger Geomatics

Klohn Crippen Berger, Challenger Geomatics, Mobile Auguers, and ConeTec were retained by CN Rail to complete a site investigation, design and construction supervision of a bridge near Mayerthorpe that was destroyed by fire on April 26, 2016. Service to Grande Prairie and beyond were disrupted by the fire and the goal was to have the line back in service within three weeks. This goal achieved with rail service being restored on May 12, 2016. Klohn Crippen Berger worked in close collaboration with CN Rail and other contractors to complete the investigation, design and construction monitoring overlapping to facilitate the fast tracked construction.

Award of Merit: Seebe Bridge Pipeline Crossing

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  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: ATCO Pipelines
  Location: Seebe, Alberta
  Sub Consultants: Thurber Engineering Ltd.
  Contractors: Graham Infrastructure; Norfab Manufacturing

Stantec’s expertise and collaboration of pipeline and bridge design allowed the creation of a unique solution to decommission an existing vehicle bridge and provide a new bridge design. Stantec’s work with Thurber Engineering, Graham Infrastructure, and Norfab Manufacturing created a safe and reliable bridge for ATCO’s pipeline and factored in growth potential with the pipeline size.

Immediate concerns for the existing crossing were addressed through detailed inspections. A new bridge design was developed offering ease of operations and maintenance, a 75 year service life, and a structural system that reduced material requirements and ease of fabrication and erection.

Transportation Infrastructure - Roads, interchanges, airports, mass transit and ports

Award of Excellence: Northeast Anthony Henday Drive DBFO

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  Firm:     AECOM Canada Ltd.
  Client: Flatiron-Dragados-Aecon-Lafarge JV and Alberta Transportation
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Stantec Consulting Ltd.; MMM Group Limited, a WSP Company; Tetra Tech; COWI North America Ltd.; Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure; Spencer Environmental Management Services Ltd.; Great Northern Engineering Consultants Inc.
     
  Contractors: Flatiron; Dragados; Aecon; Lafarge
     
  Other Key Players: Capital City Link Group

Opening in October 2016, the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive is the final leg of Edmonton’s ring road, consisting of 18 km of reconstructed freeway, 9 km of new green field freeway, and 46 bridge structures including twin bridges over the North Saskatchewan River. AECOM was lead designer supported by Stantec, MMM Group Ltd., Tetra Tech, COWI, Amec Foster Wheeler, Spencer Environmental and GNEC. The $1.8 billion P3 project, owned by Alberta Transportation was led by Capital City Link and built by FDAL. The freeway is improving commuting around Edmonton, and the movement of goods and services around the province.

Award of Merit: Highway 13 and Highway 21 Roundabout

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  Firm:     Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
  Client: Alberta Transportation
  Location: Camrose, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Ourston Roundabout Engineering
J.R. Paine & Associates Ltd.
Lovatt Planning Consultants Inc.
EDA Collaborative Inc.
D.E.S. Engineering Limited
Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.
     
  Contractors: Border Paving Ltd.
Norellco Contractors Ltd.
Camrose Sod and Landscaping
Lafrentz Road Marking

Alberta Transportation engaged Al-Terra Engineering to provide consulting services to design and implement a modern roundabout at the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 21 east of Camrose, Alberta. The combination of agricultural and industrial uses on the corridor mixed with commuter traffic provided a unique set of challenges for designers to accommodate high volumes of passenger vehicles as well as large oversized vehicles. Al-Terra’s design and tender package included a detour that allowed traffic to by-pass the intersection while maintaining all-direction traffic flow during construction. The detour played a significant role in completing construction in under 6 months.

Water Resources and Energy Production

Award of Excellence: Fort McMurray Wildfire: Wastewater and Stormwater Recovery

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  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta

For a month, with very few people in town, Fort McMurray’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was inundated with water coming into the sewer system, devastating the plant’s biological process, and requiring a transplant of biologically active seed material. Sewage lift stations sustained an array of damage. Debris from the burned areas impacted the WWTP and the collection system.

The drainage system was also impacted. Fire breaks left areas prone to erosion and outfalls were crushed. Ash and debris found their way into storm sewers.

This infrastructure all had to be assessed and restored quickly for the repopulation of the community.

Award of Merit: Aquatera Bioreactor Landfill Gas-to-Energy

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  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: Aquatera Utilities Inc.
  Location: Grande Prairie, Alberta
     
  Contractors: Graham Construction and Engineering LP; BTO Contracting Ltd.

The Aquatera Landfill Gas-to-Energy project converts a commonly unused and naturally occurring resource into useful energy with significant environmental and economic benefit. This innovative and challenging project captures methane gas from decomposing waste at Aquatera’s landfill and converts the gas to heat and power, significantly reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHC) emissions, reducing third party utility costs, and improving air quality. Stantec is proud to have provided engineering services for all aspects of the project and to have been part of Aquatera’s commitment to continued environmental stewardship.

 

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