Showcase Award Winners 2019

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Building Engineering - Commercial

Award of Excellence: Edmonton Tower

  Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: AIMCO (Alberta Investment Management Corporation) & One Properties
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Smith + Andersen; RWDI; Thurber Engineering Ltd. 
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Inc. 
     
  Other Key Players: Ice District JV; City of Edmonton
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A 618,000 square foot glass edifice in the heart of the bustling ICE District, Edmonton Tower’s curved silhouette ascends 29 floors into the sky. Sturdy engineering systems seamlessly integrated with contemporary architectural assemblies form a union of shape and structure that set a new design benchmark in our community.

The schemes underpinning the Tower’s design are the result of a fruitful and interdisciplinary collaboration between ICE District Joint Venture, Stantec’s architectural, structural, and electrical consulting groups, Smith and Anderson mechanical consultants, RWDI, and Thurber Engineering. The client’s vision and our team’s design were brought to life by PCL Construction. As a result, Edmonton Tower, founded on the idea of enhanced connectivity between downtown communities, boasts an inviting grand lobby, elegant floor-to-ceiling perimeter glazing, vast column-free tower floor plates, and advanced technological networks.

Award of Merit: Blending Engineering & Science with Nature: Rocky Mountain Marijuana Inc.

  Firm: MCW Hemisphere Ltd.
  Client: RMMI
  Location: Newell County, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Riddell Kurczaba Architecture Engineering Interior Design Ltd.; Heath Engineering Limited
     
  Contractors: Westcor 
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RMMI Corp entrusted MCW, Riddell Kurczaba Architecture Engineering Interior Design Ltd., Heath Engineering, and Westcor Construction with repurposing an existing oil and gas servicing building into an industry-leading facility for the production of medical cannabis. Using Lean and pull-planning methodologies to focus on collaboration and customer value, the project includes a number of engineering innovations that minimized capital costs, significantly reduce energy and water consumption, and will enable RMMI to quickly scale up their operation while consistently and safely producing a high quality product.

 

Building Engineering - Institutional

Award of Excellence: NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre

  Firm: Joint Submission: Fast + Epp; KFR Engineering and SMP Engineering
  Client: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Other Key Players: GEC Architecture
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The Productivity and Innovation Centre at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is a 190,000 square foot multipurpose building that houses advanced research and testing laboratories, spaces for small and medium-sized businesses, a dedicated hub for applied research activity along with administrative, teaching and service spaces. Designed and constructed through the use of a collaborative and integrated process, this steel and concrete framed building features innovative, sustainable and adaptable structural, mechanical and electrical systems.

 

Award of Merit: Bethany Riverview

  Firm: SMP Engineering
  Client: Bethany Care Society
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: MMP Structural Engineering; Reinbold Engineering
     
  Contractors: Stuart Olson 
     
  Other Key Players: IBI Group
     

Bethany Riverview is a $67 million long term and specialized dementia care facility committed to improving the quality of life for residents and their families throughout all stages of dementia. The facility consists of 210 beds (120 dedicated to complex dementia care), a 3,000 square foot solarium, amenity spaces, three courtyards, and Bethany Calgary’s new corporate offices.

Seven neighborhoods make up these 210 resident rooms, creating the feeling of a home-like environment with focus on expert dementia care. Each neighborhood shares a dining room and amenity spaces, portraying a tight-knit community, while ensuring resident safety and well-being.

 

Community Development

Award of Excellence: North Lateral Realignment Syphon

  Firm: Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
  Client: City of Lethbridge
  Location: Lethbridge, Alberta
     
  Contractors: deGraaf Excavating Ltd. 
     
  Other Key Players: St. Mary River Irrigation District; Alberta Ministry of Agriculture

Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions was the engineering consultant hired by the City of Lethbridge for all phases of the project. An inverted syphon had never been previously used to relocate a portion of a major irrigation supply canal. The completed syphon was 1870m in length with an inside diameter of 3m.

Wood successfully tackled all the project challenges including concept development, material selection, tender approach, detailed design and schedule. The resulting project was a “deciding factor” in the City’s successful bid to have Cavendish Farms build a $380 million potato processing plant within the City’s Sherring Business Industrial Park.

Award of Merit: Mechanized River Valley Access

  Firm: DIALOG
  Client: City of Edmonton
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Hatch
     
  Contractors: Graham Infrastructure LP 
     
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The City of Edmonton had long sought to better connect the public between downtown and the North Saskatchewan River Valley. The top of the river bank is cut off from the river and trail systems below by an unfortunate network of roadways, a steep slope, and an elevation change of 50 m. The Mechanized River Valley Access project was born to address this challenge.

The project includes a funicular, stairs, promenade, pedestrian bridge, cantilever lookout, and glass elevator. Not only a major infrastructure and accessibility project, this is defined by its emphasis on placemaking and improvement of the public realm.

Environmental

Award of Excellence: Tundra Mine Remediation

  Firm: AECOM
     
  Client: Public Services and Procurement Canada/Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
     
  Location: Located 240 KM northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
     
  Sub Consultants: O'Kane Consultants 
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Following abandonment of Tundra Mine, site ownership was transferred to the federal government. The site was left with multiple environmental liabilities, including extensive waste rock and arsenic impacted tailings materials, petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soils, contaminated water, and erosion potential across the site. AECOM, along with their sub-consultant O’Kane Consultants, was contracted by PSPC and CIRNAC to complete additional studies, redraft the design drawings and specifications, and provide construction inspection and administration services for the execution of the Phase II remediation design. Remediation was completed in 2018 and the Tundra Mine site has transitioned to a 5-year Adaptive Management Phase.

Project Management

Award of Excellence: Calgary Transit Operations Control Centre: Mission Critical Facility

  Firm: Hatch
     
  Client: City of Calgary
 
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Macro, a division of Ross & Baruzzini; GEC Architecture; AW Hooker Quantity Surveyors; Mission Green Buildings; Morrison Hershfield Group Inc. 

Calgary Transit’s continuing success and expansion of their rail and bus networks and Calgary Transit Access services has resulted in their operation control centre (OCC) spaces outgrowing their available footprints. To alleviate the current space congestion and support for the long-term strategic ‘Route Ahead’ expansion plan, a new mission critical, highly resilient and state-of-the-art OCC facility has been constructed.

Hatch, along with sub-consultants GEC, Macro, Morrison Hershfield, Mission Green Buildings and AW Hooker has served as part of an integrated project team with Calgary Transit to design, construct and seamlessly transition to the new OCC.

Award of Excellence: Trans-Canada Highway/Bowfort Road Interchange

  Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Inc.
     
     
     
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The Trans-Canada Highway/Bowfort Road interchange project is a successful demonstration of how designing with constructability in mind can aid in the delivery of a project and provide long-term benefits for our community. Despite detouring, utility conflicts, poor soil conditions, environmental approvals, and land purchase challenges, Stantec’s team of professionals - of all levels of expertise and years of experience - resolved the issues and provided constructible solutions. Today, traffic is free flowing on the Trans-Canada Highway, Bowfort Road and 83 Street which are benefiting from significant upgrades, and the community is more accessible for all types of commuters.

Award of Merit: Calgary Zoo Flood Mitigation Project

  Firm: Joint Submission: Associated Engineering & ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Associated Engineering; Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Tetra Tech Canada Inc.; Matrix Solutions Inc.; ADP Engineering Ltd. 
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Inc.; Keller Foundations Ltd.
     
  Other Key Players: The Calgary Zoological Society
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The 2013 flood caused $50 million in damage to the Calgary Zoo. Protecting the Zoo’s future on St. George’s Island was a significant challenge, with the ISL / Associated Engineering team working to understand both the overland and underground mitigation needs in a 1:100 year flood. An unconventional mitigation system was chosen, using a sheet pile cofferdam wall, watertight barrier and pumping system. The project was completed in parallel with many others in the tight confines of the island, with the team working to mitigate impacts to communities and Zoo operations, while finishing in time for the Pandas to arrive.

Small Firm- Big Impact

Award of Excellence: Horse Lake First Nation Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

  Firm: M2 Engineering
  Client: Horse Lake First Nation
  Location: Horse Lake, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Hydrogeological Consultants Ltd.; Riddell Kurczaba Architecture Interior Design Engineering Ltd.; Ptarmigan Engineering Ltd.; Wave Engineering Consultants Inc.; J.Davis Engineering Ltd.; Thurber Engineering Ltd.
     
  Contractors: Alpha Construction Inc. 
     

Horse Lake First Nation is a rapidly growing community that had an insecure, unpalatable and potentially unsafe water supply. HLFN selected M2 Engineering, a team of two water treatment consulting engineers to help provide a safe, secure water supply. M2 led the project from the feasibility study stage to construction completion with the assistance of their supporting team of HCL, Ptarmigan Engineering, Wave Engineering, J.Davis Engineering, Riddell-Kurczaba-Architecture, & Thurber Engineering.

The project was completed within a relatively short schedule, under budget and most importantly, as Nathan Horseman, band councilor said: “Our families can finally draw a bath with clean water”.

Award of Merit: CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Facility

  Firm: Arrow Engineering Inc.
  Client: Government of Alberta
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: IBI Group; Action Electrical Ltd.
     
  Contractors: Clark Builders 
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CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health provides mental health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families in the Edmonton, Alberta area. Arrow was brought in for support with the design and construction management of this new facility in Edmonton. When designing the new layout, both the mechanical and electrical engineering departments considered the needs of the CASA Foundation, but also those of the children and families who would spend time in the building.

 

Studies, Software and Special Services

Award of Excellence: Landslides: an Agent-Based Simulation (LABS)

  Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
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LABS, a landslide simulation software application developed by Stantec, provides high-accuracy predictions to help mitigate risk to buildings, infrastructure, and human life. Using readily available digital elevation models and aggregate landslide data accumulated over 20 years, LABS predicts and displays travel paths, distance, and volumes of landslides without requiring specific data on geology, soils, or precipitation. A standalone program, it generates rapid and cost-efficient simulations; and exports files for advanced hazard and risk assessments. LABS is intended to reduce the overall impact to human safety and the built world.

 

Award of Merit: NU Girder Bridge Design and Detailing Manual

  Firm: Associated Engineering
  Client: Alberta Transportation
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Other Key Players: Virginia Durksen from Visible Ink Incorporated
     
     
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The NU Girder Bridge Design and Detailing Manual is a much-needed resource for Alberta Transportation and Consultants across the Province. It encourages consistency in designs and detailing, increasing competitiveness and reliability in NU Girder bridge designs. It also acts as a training tool for Consultants by providing a comprehensive design resource, including tools for preliminary and detailed design, as well as new Typical Details drawings. Embraced by fabricators, the manual provides value to the bridge industry, not only helping Consultants complete safe, consistent and efficient designs; but also creating NU Girder bridge designs that will be more economical to fabricate.

 

Sustainable Design

Award of Merit: 12 Street SE Bridge Replacement Project

  Firm: Jacobs
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Matrix Solutions Inc.; AECOM; Parsons Inc.; ADP Engineering Ltd.; International Quality Consultants Ltd.; Carson McCulloch Associates Ltd.; Goal Engineering Ltd.
     
  Contractors: Westpro Infrastructure Ltd.; Rapid-Span Structures Ltd.; RJ Watson, Inc.; DAKOTA Reclamators Ltd; Lafarge Canada Inc. 

The City of Calgary replaced the aging St. George’s Island Bridge over the environmentally sensitive Bow River. As Prime Consultant, Jacobs’ innovative design reduced potential environmental impacts during construction using full-depth, full-width precast concrete deck panels and ultra high-performance concrete connections instead of a cast-in-place deck. The structure’s arched and haunched profile improved local flood resiliency while widened vehicle lanes and a multi-use pathway upgraded safety for all modes. Jacobs was supported by Thurber (Geotechnical), Matrix Solutions (Hydrotechnical, Environmental), Carson McCulloch (Landscape), MTa (Architectural), ADP Engineering (Streetlighting), AECOM (Accent Lighting), Parsons (Design Review), IQC (Steel Inspections) and Goal Engineering (Instrumentation).

Award of Merit: Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

  Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: Red Deer College
  Location: Red Deer, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Clark Builders; Scott Builders Inc.
     
     
     
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The 2019 Canada Games needed a competition ready venue, and Red Deer College recognized the opportunity to meet their needs while building a legacy for the community. The result, Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, is a testament to Red Deer College’s vision and Stantec’s integrated design philosophy—a remarkable accomplishment of engineering and architectural teamwork. In February, over 3,600 aspiring athletes, and 20,000 visitors will flock to Red Deer for the Games. As one of the main venues, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre will stand tall—a quintessential centre for sport and wellness in central Alberta.

 

Transportation Infrastructure - Roads, interchanges, airports, mass transit

Award of Excellence: Trans-Canada Highway/Bowfort Road Interchange

  Firm: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Inc.
     
     
     
     
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The Trans-Canada Highway/Bowfort Road interchange project is a successful demonstration of how designing with constructability in mind can aid in the delivery of a project and provide long-term benefits for our community. Despite detouring, utility conflicts, poor soil conditions, environmental approvals, and land purchase challenges, Stantec’s team of professionals - of all levels of expertise and years of experience - resolved the issues and provided constructible solutions. Today, traffic is free flowing on the Trans-Canada Highway, Bowfort Road and 83 Street which are benefiting from significant upgrades, and the community is more accessible for all types of commuters.

 

Award of Merit: Highway 762 - Landslide and Road Remediation Using Innovative Technologies

 

  Firm: Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
  Client: Alberta Transportation
  Location: Rural Alberta - SW of Calgary, Alberta
     
     
     
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In 2016, Alberta Transportation requested design and analysis to implement permanent remediation measures at four sites within active landslide areas along Highway 762. Tetra Tech remediated two sites using typical landslide mitigation measures: a toe berm and shear piles. The two remaining sites had terrain and space constraints that required innovative designs using alternative fill materials. Two lightweight fills—expanded polystyrene blocks and cellular concrete—were used to reduce loading and reconstruct the highway. The client will be able to compare the long-term performance of each material since the locations are expected to have similar annual traffic loading.

 

Transportation Infrastructure - Transportation Structures

Award of Excellence: Walterdale Bridge

 
Firm: Joint Submission: DIALOG & ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
Client: City of Edmonton
Location:  Edmonton, Alberta
   
Sub Consultants: COWI North America Ltd.; Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.; Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Spencer Environmental Services; Turtle Island Cultural Resource Management; Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd.; HLB Lighting Design; SMA Consulting Ltd.
   
Contractors: Acciona Pacer Joint Venture 
   
Other Key Players: Acuren

The new Walterdale Bridge is a gracious, single span arch – a functional, signature structure that blends with its natural setting and creates a landmark gateway to the City’s downtown. The bridge creates a public space on the river, where the duality of the City and nature are experienced and celebrated. The approaches to the bridge reinforce the signature quality of the bridge through evocative land form and planting. Pedestrians and cyclists feel like they can “Touch the Water” when using the new bridge. There are places on the bridge to linger and watch the river go by.

Award of Merit: 12 Street SE Bridge Replacement Project

  Firm: Jacobs
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Matrix Solutions Inc.; AECOM; Parsons Inc.; ADP Engineering Ltd.; International Quality Consultants Ltd.; Carson McCulloch Associates Ltd.; Goal Engineering Ltd.
     
  Contractors: Westpro Infrastructure Ltd.; Rapid-Span Structures Ltd.; RJ Watson, Inc.; DAKOTA Reclamators Ltd; Lafarge Canada Inc. 

The City of Calgary replaced the aging St. George’s Island Bridge over the environmentally sensitive Bow River. As Prime Consultant, Jacobs’ innovative design reduced potential environmental impacts during construction using full-depth, full-width precast concrete deck panels and ultra high-performance concrete connections instead of a cast-in-place deck. The structure’s arched and haunched profile improved local flood resiliency while widened vehicle lanes and a multi-use pathway upgraded safety for all modes. Jacobs was supported by Thurber (Geotechnical), Matrix Solutions (Hydrotechnical, Environmental), Carson McCulloch (Landscape), MTa (Architectural), ADP Engineering (Streetlighting), AECOM (Accent Lighting), Parsons (Design Review), IQC (Steel Inspections) and Goal Engineering (Instrumentation).

 

Water Resources

Award of Excellence: Calgary Zoo Flood Mitigation Project

  Firm: Joint Submission: Associated Engineering & ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Associated Engineering; Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Tetra Tech Canada Inc.; Matrix Solutions Inc.; ADP Engineering Ltd.
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Inc.; Keller Foundations Ltd.
     
  Other Key Players: The Calgary Zoological Society
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The 2013 flood caused $50 million in damage to the Calgary Zoo. Protecting the Zoo’s future on St. George’s Island was a significant challenge, with the ISL / Associated Engineering team working to understand both the overland and underground mitigation needs in a 1:100 year flood. An unconventional mitigation system was chosen, using a sheet pile cofferdam wall, watertight barrier and pumping system. The project was completed in parallel with many others in the tight confines of the island, with the team working to mitigate impacts to communities and Zoo operations, while finishing in time for the Pandas to arrive.
 

Award of Merit: Kaliti Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sanitary Sewer Trunk Mains

  Firm: Morrison Hershfield Limited
  Client: Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA)
  Location: Addis ababa, Ethiopia
     
  Sub Consultants: ARMA Consulting PLC 
     
  Contractors: AKTOR S.A./ AKTOR Technical Societe Anonyme (Greece); DENYS NV (Belgium)
     
  Other Key Players: Brian Fanson; Doug McRae; Abdul Khan

Addis Ababa has been growing steadily. World Bank and the Government of Ethiopia entered a loan agreement to construct a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at Kaliti and twin the existing trunk main to help with the growth.

The existing Kaliti WWTP was a lagoon treatment system built in the 1970’s. The completed WWTP is now sized for a maximum flow rate of 100,000 m3/d. It consists of USAB (upflow anaerobic sludge blanket) front end, trickling filters, secondary clarifiers, and chlorination/dechlorination for disinfection before disposal in the river.

The additional trunk mains included 18 km of 1000 to 1500mm GRP pipe.

 

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