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Building Engineering - Commercial

Award of Excellence: The Mayfair on Jasper

 
  Firm: Arrow Engineering Inc.
  Client: ProCura
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Contractors: ITC Construction Group
     
  Other Key Players: ProCura; Humphreys and Partners Architects LP
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Located on one of Edmonton’s busiest and most prominent intersections, The Mayfair on Jasper was designed in response to Downtown Edmonton’s increasing demand for centralized multi-family living, with close proximity to amenities and downtown office space. 

With over ten-storeys of luxury condo units, the sustainably-focused Mayfair on Jasper is one of the first residential buildings in Edmonton to utilize a cogeneration system, also employing a photovoltaic array of solar panels. These considerations were intended to offer a high standard of sustainability in a mixed-use space, in addition to the reduction of operating costs.

Building Engineering - Institutional 

Award of Excellence: Singhmar Centre for Learning - NorQuest College

 
  Firm:     DIALOG
  Client: NorQuest College
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Inc.
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Singhmar Centre for Learning transforms NorQuest College’s downtown campus, located in the heart of Edmonton’s emerging “innovation corridor”. The architectural and engineering design of the building responds to NorQuest’s unique openness, flexibility, and diverse course offerings. As NorQuest’s first new building in nearly 50 years, Singhmar Centre will be a catalyst for growth of the College and its surrounding area. DIALOG’s highly collaborative and integrated approach to engineering design has yielded a truly world class educational facility with innovative building systems. The new Centre opened in Fall 2017, and was both on schedule and under budget.

Award of Merit: Schulich School of Engineering Redevelopment & Expansion

 
  Firm:     Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  Client: University of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: SuperMetal; SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; SNC Lavalin / Wiebe Forest Engineering; Pivotal Project Management; Urban Systems Ltd.
     
  Contractors: EllisDon Construction Management
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  Other Key Players: Gibbs Gage Architects; Diamond Schmitt Architects

By opening up vast new space for teaching, learning and research, the Schulich School of Engineering Redevelopment and Expansion has created a new focus and centralized community. A labyrinth of six buildings that have been aging for decades held very narrow connecting corridors, dark interiors and confusing orientation for occupants. As structural lead, RJC Engineers was provided a remarkable opportunity to creatively deliver on the University of Calgary’s grand vision of ‘engineering on display’. The completed building is a signature facility, designed to train and inspire generations of future Engineers.

Building Engineering - Recreational 

Award of Excellence: Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility

 
  Firm:     Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: SNC Lavalin; SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; Urban Systems Ltd.; Scatliff + Miller + Murray; Counsilman-Hunsaker
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  Other Key Players: GEC Architecture

Every element of Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility, from its undulating lines and bold design, is a testament to structural engineering excellence, showing a high degree of creativity and innovation. Surrounded by natural wetlands, Rocky Ridge sits near Calgary’s highest natural elevation point and was purposely designed to compliment the rolling hills of Alberta. The indoor activities include ice rinks, aquatic pools, gymnasiums, a fitness centre, elevated running track, a Calgary Public Library branch, a theatre, and studio space. This extensive program of amenities all fit seamlessly within an untraditionally curvy footprint, and underneath North America’s largest single wood roof.

Community Development

Award of Excellence: Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility

 
  Firm:     Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: SNC Lavalin; SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers; Urban Systems Ltd.; Scatliff + Miller + Murray; Counsilman-Hunsaker
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  Other Key Players: GEC Architecture
Every element of Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility, from its undulating lines and bold design, is a testament to structural engineering excellence, showing a high degree of creativity and innovation. Surrounded by natural wetlands, Rocky Ridge sits near Calgary’s highest natural elevation point and was purposely designed to compliment the rolling hills of Alberta. The indoor activities include ice rinks, aquatic pools, gymnasiums, a fitness centre, elevated running track, a Calgary Public Library branch, a theatre, and studio space. This extensive program of amenities all fit seamlessly within an untraditionally curvy footprint, and underneath North America’s largest single wood roof.

Award of Merit: Wheatland Regional Water System

 
  Firm:     MPE Engineering Ltd.
  Client: Wheatland Regional Corporation
  Location: Wheatland County
     
  Sub Consultants: Thurber Engineering Ltd.; Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd.; Proterra Landworks (II) Inc.
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  Contractors: Kidco Construction Ltd.; K-Line Maintenance & Construction Ltd.; Alpha Construction (Calgary) Inc.; WestPro - A Division of Pomerleau Inc.; Maple Reinders Inc.

Rural communities are an integral part of Alberta’s landscape, yet many communities struggle with aging and inadequate infrastructure—the most critical being a safe and reliable water supply. Regional water systems allow municipalities to consolidate their small water facilities into larger regional networks. 

The municipalities of Rockyford, Standard, Hussar and Wheatland County each required costly water system upgrades and therefore partnered to form Wheatland Regional Corporation. This grass-roots organization established a “Regional Water Hub” in Standard consisting of a raw water reservoir, treatment plant, pump station and transmission pipelines to service the entire region thereby ensuring a reliable water source for generations.

Community Outreach and In-House Initiatives

Award of Excellence: The Green Line LRT | Setting the Vision

 
  Firm:     Hatch
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Stantec Consulting Ltd.; IBI Group Inc.; Sturgess Architecture; ZGF Architects Inc.; Context Research; Coriolis Consulting Corp.
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The Green Line LRT project is Calgary’s largest-ever infrastructure project. It is being planned holistically, with consideration of the needs and aspiration of communities and transit users, developers, and long-term city planning. A unique four-layered planning and engagement process served as the foundation for the holistic planning approach that has culminated in the achievement of funding and City Council approval for the first stage of the project.

Hatch, along with sub-consultants Stantec, IBI, Sturgess Architecture, ZGF Cotter, Coriolis and Context has served as part of an integrated project team with The City of Calgary to work closely with Calgarians to plan the best LRT line for Calgary.

Award of Merit: amiskwaciy Academy Sweat Lodge Shelter

 
  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: Edmonton Public School Board
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Contractors: Ledcor Construction 

amiskwaciy Academy had a vision for a traditional sweat lodge built on Edmonton Public Schools property to conduct traditional ceremonies, teachings, and rituals. Stantec jumped at the rare opportunity to design a shelter to protect the sweat lodge against the elements and was joined by Ledcor Construction as the constructor. Stantec exchanged technical knowledge and culture with amiskwaciy staff, students, and elders to bring this collaborative community project to life.

Environmental

Award of Excellence: Sanitary Grit Treatment and Recovery Facility at Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant

 
  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: EPCOR Water Services Inc. - Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Inc.

Disposing of highly odorous debris collected from Edmonton’s wastewater sewer system in Clover Bar lagoons was deemed unsustainable and required an alternative solution to be developed. Stantec, in collaboration with EPCOR Water, designed a state-of-the-art purpose built Sanitary Grit Treatment Facility at the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant. It is the first of its kind in North America and capable of processing and washing up to 3m³/hour of sanitary grit. The washed grit will have an organic content of less than 3% and the resulting fine grit suitable for reuse.

Award of Merit: Namur Lake Off-Grid Air Monitoring Station

 
  Firm:     Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure
  Client: Fort McKay First Nation
  Location: Fort McKay, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: SkyFire Energy Inc.; SCL Instrumentation Inc.; Sea Box Depot; 
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  Contractors: Robert Scotten Management Inc.

Until now, actively monitoring real time air quality conditions in remote locations has presented significant challenges. As a result of logistics, air quality monitoring stations are often placed to best fit power requirements rather than results. Fort McKay First Nation, with the assistance of Amec Foster Wheeler, SkyFire Energy, Sea Box, Wood Buffalo Helicopter and SCL Instrumentation designed, built and installed an off-grid solar powered air quality monitoring station, located approximately 60 km west of the Fort McKay Community. Fort McKay First Nation is now equipped to collect real-time baseline air quality data directly within its Reserve Lands.

International

Award of Excellence: Dominica Layou River Disaster Management 

 
  Firm:     Morrison Hershfield Limited
  Client: Ministry of Public Works & Ports
  Location: Commonwealth of Dominica
     
  Sub Consultants: Golder Associates Ltd.; Sorell Engineering (Dominica)
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The lower Layou River Valley in Dominica was impacted by Hurricane Dean in 2007, the Matthieu “landslide” Dam breach in July 2011 and then by Hurricane Erica in August 2015. The resulting floods were relatively rare events, however; the impact was extreme. These events caused significant damage to infrastructure in the lower reaches and to personal property.

The Commonwealth of Dominica funded a vulnerability assessment followed by the rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure. The rehabilitation phase focused on the 4 km of road between the Hillsborough and York Valley Bridges and construction a community emergency shelter for the people in Layou Village.

Natural Resources, Mining and Industry

Award of Excellence: East In-Pit Overflow Structure 

 
  Firm:     Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure
  Client: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
     
  Contractors: North American Construction Group
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  Other Key Players: Worley Parsons

The East In-Pit Overflow Structure is one of the largest culvert systems in Western Canada and is located within Syncrude Canada’s Dam under Highway 63. A complex and collaborative project involving Syncrude Canada Ltd., Worley Parsons, Amec Foster Wheeler, Tetra Tech Canada and North American Construction Group working together to meet the project schedule and design criteria.

A proprietary fillcrete mix was developed for the culvert backfill application. The design, construction stages and field execution of this time-sensitive project assured safety, minimized risks, complied with the dam license requirements and allowed continued operation of Highway 63 during the construction period.

Award of Merit: Developing Reclamation Success Criteria and Monitoring Protocols for In Situ Oil Sands Reclamation 

 
  Firm:     Golder Associates Ltd.
  Client: Suncor Energy Oil Sands Limited Partnership
  Location: Suncor Firebag, Alberta
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  Other Key Players: Advisian (a division of Worley Parsons)

With the support of Golder Associates Ltd. and Advisian, Suncor Energy Oil Sands Limited Partnership developed a 5-Year Reclamation Monitoring Plan (RMP) for their in situ oil sands operations with an adaptive management approach. Ultimately, this monitoring plan describes what success may look like for reclamation on Suncor’s in situ sites. Criteria and indicators were hand selected to meet site-specific needs. Assessment of these reclamation criteria not only allows Suncor to apply corrective actions if needed, but will help to inform best practices for future efforts. The RMP and future updates to it, will help to ensure that reclamation activities have established a trajectory towards self-sustaining, locally common boreal forest ecosystems.

Project Management

Award of Excellence: Southwest Water Supply Line 

 
  Firm:     Associated Engineering
  Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  Location: Fort McMurray, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Thurber Engineering Ltd.
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  Other Key Players: Direct Horizontal Drilling Inc.

The Southwest Water Supply Line in Fort McMurray had to cross the Athabasca River and traverse steep, environmentally sensitive and geotechnically challenging terrain, as well as established residential neighbourhoods. Associated Engineering adopted an integrated project delivery approach, consulting with the municipality, geotechnical specialists, drilling contractors, residents, and multiple stakeholders, to develop a solution that minimized impact on the environment and residents. Partnering with the contractor ensured the timely completion of the project despite the 2016 wildfire destroying some of the pipes. The Southwest watermain provides a robust secondary water supply to support growth and meet firefighting needs in the area.

Award of Merit: Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue Diverging Diamond Interchange 

 
  Firm:     ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: AECOM Canada Ltd.; Tetra Tech Canada Inc.; Canadian Highways Institute Ltd.;
    Perkins + Will Canada Architects Co.
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  Contractors: Graham Infrastructure LP

The Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue Interchange provides access to major shopping centres, businesses and residential communities in Southeast Calgary. Long planned as a partial cloverleaf interchange, ISL Engineering and Land Services worked with The City of Calgary to instead design and construct Canada’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at this location. The unique and innovative solution improved safety, increased capacity and eased construction. Completed in August 2017, the DDI adopted best practices from American and European examples and took Calgary’s unique context into consideration.

Small Firm- Big Impact

Award of Excellence: Winter is Coming: Failure Analysis of Edmonton International Airport Heating System 

 
  Firm:     SMA Consulting Ltd.
  Client: Edmonton International Airport
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: DIALOG

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is the northernmost major airport in North America; the main terminal covers ten hectares and serves more than 20,000 people every day. Operating at this latitude poses challenges – in Alberta’s extreme weather conditions, heating system shutdowns of only two hours could result in terminal closure and pipe damage. Working with EIA and DIALOG; SMA performed a detailed failure and reliability analysis to identify, quantify, and mitigate serious failures of the heating system, and developed a custom simulation model to calculate the true risk of system failure and test potential improvements. Key changes are now being explored.

Award of Merit: Strathcona County Snow Melt Facility 

  Firm:     Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
  Client: Strathcona County - Transportation and Agriculture Services
  Location: Ardrossan, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Spencer Environmental; Hoggan Engineering and Testing; EDA Collaborative; DES Engineering; Acoustical Consultants Inc.
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  Contractors: Van Rooyen Construction; Standard General; Degner Construction; Nilex; RGM Contracting; Insta-Lawn Hydroseeding; Duraguard Fencing

Sherwood Park’s swift urban growth caused an urgent demand for a new snow melt facility to replace the existing one at the heart of the town. Numerous locations were investigated before Sherwood Park settled on a 40 acre parcel of land near Ardrossan. The new facility was designed to accommodate snow cleared from arterial and residential roadways, and commercial parking lots within the County. The site consisted of an 8ha, clay lined storage area with collection ditches leading to a 0.9ha storm pond. The design sends melt water through a multi-level treatment system before being discharged into a natural creek.

Studies, Software and Special Services

Award of Excellence: Northwest Inner-City Drainage Study: Sunnyside Review 

 
  Firm:     Associated Engineering
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta

Two weeks after the June 2013 flood, Sunnyside’s stormwater system received a rainfall that couldn’t be discharged to the Bow River, as most of the outfall gates were closed to protect the community. The City of Calgary worked with Associated Engineering to examine this unusual flooding sequence and propose resiliency upgrades. When historical analysis showed that high-intensity rainfall and high river levels had been independent, the team suggested an innovative dual level of service approach, substantially reducing the cost of improvements. A first for the City, this approach sets a precedent for other floodplain communities seeking cost-effective stormwater management solutions.

Award of Merit: Winter is Coming: Failure Analysis of Edmonton International Airport Heating System 

 
  Firm:     SMA Consulting Ltd.
  Client: Edmonton International Airport
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: DIALOG

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is the northernmost major airport in North America; the main terminal covers ten hectares and serves more than 20,000 people every day. Operating at this latitude poses challenges – in Alberta’s extreme weather conditions, heating system shutdowns of only two hours could result in terminal closure and pipe damage. Working with EIA and DIALOG; SMA performed a detailed failure and reliability analysis to identify, quantify, and mitigate serious failures of the heating system, and developed a custom simulation model to calculate the true risk of system failure and test potential improvements. Key changes are now being explored.

Sustainable Design

Award of Excellence: City of Calgary Composting Facility 

 
  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: Chinook Resource Management Group / City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Contractors: BIRD Construction Inc.; Maple Reinders

Nearly 60% of single-family household garbage in Calgary comprises compostable waste. When it goes to landfills, natural composting benefits cannot occur and it emits higher levels of greenhouse gases. The City of Calgary wanted to change this—reducing its use of landfills with the new Calgary Composting Facility. 

Engineers, architects and builders worked closely applying imaginative problem solving to a set of challenges that demanded a new approach. The result is a state-of-the-art facility that is ushering in a new chapter in Calgary’s journey to sustainability and paving the road ahead for other municipalities to reach their waste diversion goals.  

Award of Merit: Sanitary Grit Treatment and Recovery Facility at Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant 

 
  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: EPCOR Water Services Inc. - Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Contractors: PCL Construction Management Inc.

Disposing of highly odorous debris collected from Edmonton’s wastewater sewer system in Clover Bar lagoons was deemed unsustainable and required an alternative solution to be developed. Stantec, in collaboration with EPCOR Water, designed a state-of-the-art purpose built Sanitary Grit Treatment Facility at the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant. It is the first of its kind in North America and capable of processing and washing up to 3m³/hour of sanitary grit. The washed grit will have an organic content of less than 3% and the resulting fine grit suitable for reuse.

Transportation Infrastructure - Bridges

Award of Excellence: Terwillegar Park Footbridge 

 
  Firm:     Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  Client: City of Edmonton
  Location: Edmonton, Alberta
     
  Contractors: Graham Construction & Engineering Inc.

The first in Edmonton and Canada’s longest stressed ribbon bridge, the three-span Terwillegar Park Footbridge is the second longest and northern most in the world. Spanning 262 meters across the North Saskatchewan River, it links Terwillegar Park with the existing trail system within Edmonton’s River Valley. 

This unique and innovative design was the most economical option and the option that best met the City of Edmonton’s vision and sustainability goals. The bridge system provides economical up-front cost, long term durability, and an elegant structure to be enjoyed by generations of Edmontonians.

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

Award of Excellence: Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue Diverging Diamond Interchange 

 
  Firm:     ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: AECOM Canada Ltd.; Tetra Tech Canada Inc.; Canadian Highways Institute Ltd.; Perkins + Will Canada Architects Co.
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  Contractors: Graham Infrastructure LP

The Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue Interchange provides access to major shopping centres, businesses and residential communities in Southeast Calgary. Long planned as a partial cloverleaf interchange, ISL Engineering and Land Services worked with The City of Calgary to instead design and construct Canada’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at this location. The unique and innovative solution improved safety, increased capacity and eased construction. Completed in August 2017, the DDI adopted best practices from American and European examples and took Calgary’s unique context into consideration.

Award of Merit: 61 Avenue SW Greenway Corridor 

 
  Firm:     Urban Systems Ltd.
  Client: City of Calgary
  Location: Calgary, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Gehl Studio, San Francisco; Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering Inc.
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  Contractors: Alsa Road Construction Ltd.

The Complete Street is rapidly being implemented in municipalities throughout the world to create a more inclusive and safe environment for all road users.  Urban Systems partnered with Gehl Studio to prepare a preliminary design for the 61 Avenue SW corridor, which evolved into a customized streetscape project blending together elements of green infrastructure, enhanced street furniture, and improved pedestrian safety and security with the intent of creating a corridor which will activate adjacent spaces and spur economic redevelopment within the area.  Reclassified as an Urban Boulevard, 61 Avenue balances pedestrian accessibility, road safety, traffic operations, active modes, and transit.

Water Resources and Energy Production

Award of Excellence: Drayton Valley Water Treatment Plant 

 
  Firm:     ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
  Client: Town of Drayton Valley
  Location: Drayton Valley, Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.; Clark Engineering Inc.; Golder Associates Ltd.; Magna IV Engineering; Hoggan Engineering & Testing (1980) Ltd.
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  Contractors: Nason Contracting Group Ltd.; Parkway Enterprises Ltd.

Commissioned in 1971, Drayton Valley’s Water Treatment Plant had reached the end of its service life and was no longer equipped to provide potable water to the Town’s existing and future populations. The Town retained ISL Engineering and Land Services to design and deliver a new 11,000 ft2 facility that was both innovative in its use of ultra-filtration membranes to eliminate turbidity issues and a model for sustainable design and construction. 

Award of Merit: Innovative Concept and Designs to Combine Existing Travers and Little Bow Reservoirs 

 
  Firm:     Joint Submission: Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure; Klohn Crippen Berger; MPE Engineering Ltd.
  Client: Alberta Transportation / Alberta Environment and Parks
  Location: Southeast Alberta
     
  Sub Consultants: BGC Engineering Ltd
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  Other Key Players: Bow River Irrigation District

The Province of Alberta retained Amec Foster Wheeler and Klohn Crippen Berger, with subconsultants including MPE Engineering and BGC Engineering, to provide engineering services to rehabilitate the Travers and Little Bow Reservoir projects. Stakeholder input and team collaboration, combined with innovative thinking and design, resulted in joining the existing Travers On-stream Reservoir with the Little Bow Off-stream Reservoir to form the now constructed single Combined Reservoir Project. This unique concept provides increased water storage containment creating one of the largest man-made lakes in Alberta. The increased storage significantly enhances Alberta’s capacity to manage drought, flood and associated climate change risks.

 

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