The 2010 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards were presented on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at a gala dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa. Over 240 guests were in attendance including parliamentarians and other dignitaries.
Held annually for 42 years, the awards are Canada's highest mark of recognition for projects by Canadian consulting engineering firms. The program is held jointly by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. This year a record 73 engineering projects were submitted for consideration.
Awards included the prestigious Schreyer Award, which is presented to the most technically innovative project, and the Tree for Life Award presented to a firm for outstanding environmental stewardship and the Beaubien which is presented to individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to the industry. Ten Awards of Excellence were also presented in a variety of engineering fields. Award categories are as follows:
- Beaubien Awards Winners: Dave Chalcroft, Andrew Steeves
- Schreyer Award
- Tree for Life
- Water Resources
- Environmental Remediation
- Natural Resources, Industry & Energy
Since 1985, lifetime contributions to the advancement of the profession and industry have been awarded with the Beaubien Award to individuals nominated by their peers. This year the Award was presented to two very deserving individuals - Dave Chalcroft and Andrew Steeves.
Dave Chalcroft P.Eng.
Dave Chalcroft, FEC, FCAE, P.Eng., obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1964.
During a 37-year career with UMA Engineering Ltd., Dave managed engineering teams that tackled challenges such as Syncrude's water supply system, Edmonton's LRT tunnels, and the Dickson and Oldman River Dams. During the 1990's Dave was Senior Vice-President responsible for UMA's operations in southern Alberta and for international projects in California, India, Uzbekistan, and St.Lucia. From 2000 to 2002 he was Senior Vice-President in charge of UMA's national Earth and Water Division. Since retiring from full-time duties in 2002 with UMA Engineering Inc., Dave has operated as an independent consulting engineer overseeing a variety of projects.
Dave has been active in the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) affairs, having served on numerous committees, and since 2003, as a member of APEGGA Council. During his term as President in 2006-07, APEGGA entered into an agreement with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta to bring technologists into a self-regulated framework under the PEGG Act. From 2008 to 2010 Dave served as APEGGA representative on the Engineers Canada Board of Directors.
Dave has also been active in the provincial and national consulting engineering associations, serving on the Boards and acting as President for both Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) and ACEC. During this period he helped to establish Alberta's Transportation Infrastructure Career Development Program, and the CEA Showcase Awards, and lobbied the Federal Government to increase funding for infrastructure. In 2002 he helped establish the Canadian chapter of Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief (RedR Canada) and served as its Chair until 2005. In 2004-05, Dave helped to mobilize a fund-raising campaign for RedR Canada which raised a quarter million dollars for relief programs in support of the tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean.
In 2002, Dave was honoured to receive APEGGA's L.C. Charlesworth Professional Service Award, and in 2005 was a recipient of Alberta's Centennial Medal. In 2006, Dave was made a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and in 2008 he received the CEA Lieutenant-Governor's award for service to the engineering profession in Alberta.
Dave and his wife Margaret have two children and four grandchildren, and enjoy golfing, travelling, and wintering in Arizona.
Andrew Steeves, P.Eng.
Andrew Steeves, P.Eng., has been part of the ADI Group of Companies for over 30 years, and is currently Strategic Senior Advisor with Trow ADI. Previously he held several senior positions with the firm including Vice-President Administration, Manager of the Public Works Division and Secretary-Treasurer. In 2009 he accepted responsibility for special projects at ADI Limited, now part of Trow Global. Since being founded in 1945, ADI Group has grown to over 400 employees with clients all around the globe. ADI has won numerous awards for innovation and project quality and has achieved Platinum status as one of Canada's 50 Best-Managed Companies.
Andrew is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick with degrees in Engineering and Business. He is past-Chair of ACEC and a winner of the ACEC Chairman's Award for his efforts on promoting Qualifications-Based Selection. He is also past-President of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-New Brunswick (ACEC-NB).
In addition, Andrew has been involved in FIDIC (the international association of consulting engineering organizations) serving as Co-Chair of the 2008 FIDIC Summit in Quebec City and as a member of the Qualifications-Based Selection Task Force.
He has served on committees for the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). As part of those committees, he has helped produce reports on Human Resources Challenges for Consulting Engineers, Technology Roadmap for Canada's Infrastructure Systems and Best Practices for Hiring Technical Professionals.
Andrew has served on several organizations including Enterprise Fredericton and the Greater Fredericton Airport Authority. He is currently First Vice-President of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew authored "How Consulting Engineers Make Money", several technical papers, and has delivered business and engineering courses at the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University and the University of Prince Edward Island.
He resides in Fredericton with his wife, Hope, and children, Laura and Graham.
The Schreyer Award was presented to the designers of the project with the highest technical merit. The Award is named in honour of former Governor-General Edward Schreyer, P.Eng.
Canada Line Rapid Transit Project, Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Measuring over 18 kilometres, the automated rapid transit line connects downtown Vancouver with the Vancouver International Airport and the City of Richmond. The $1.9-billion project includes 16 stations, as well as water crossings, and elevated and underground sections. SNC-Lavalin Inc. designed, built and commissioned the line 110 days ahead of a 51-month schedule.
Tree for Life Award
The Tree for Life Award was presented to a firm for a project that has distinguished itself by its commitment to the environment.
Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
The new plant is a shining example of preserving natural resources while establishing new effluent quality standards. It processes 100 million litres a day (100 ML/d) using next-generation technologies such as Biological Nutrient Removal and Ultra-Violet disinfection. The facilities' sustainable features also include energy management, water re-use and green roofs.
Manitoba Hydro Downtown Office Building
AECOM Canada Ltd. and Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.
Manitoba Hydro Place is the new "cold climate sustainable" headquarters to its employees in downtown Winnipeg. It has drawn attention from around the world and serves as a model of excellence internationally on how a project can be developed with sustainability in mind, while utilizing natural passive systems to create dramatic efficiencies in energy usage and human comfort.
Richmond Olympic Oval
Fast + Epp, (Roof Structure) and Glotman Simpson, (Base Structure)
Richmond, British Columbia
The Richmond Olympic Oval is a multi-purpose sports and recreation facility that initially served as the Long Track Speed Skating venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The concrete "raft" base structure successfully supported Olympic-grade speed skating ice, while the 6.5 acre roof structure features innovative prefabricated constructions of pine-beetle kill timber and steel, creating an internationally-acclaimed aesthetic expression.
Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge
Fast + Epp
Burnaby, British Columbia
The Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge is an elegant, one-of-a-kind bridge structure consisting of an extremely thin concrete walkway suspended from a composite timber and steel arch. It is believed to be the first bridge ever to feature a timber drop-in span between steel haunches tied together by a post-tensioned concrete platform.
Tatamagouche Water Treatment Plant
CBCL Limited, Consulting Engineers
Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
The water treatment process uses two stages of membrane filtration in series; ultra-filtration followed by nano-filtration. The process capitalizes on the benefits of each technology separately, and combines them for an optimal water treatment process that assures complete removal of turbidity and organic matter. The process uses no coagulation or chemical pre-treatment and the residuals are returned to the source water.
Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
The most significant municipal project in Kingston's history, $115 million worth of upgrades to the Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Plant, was completed 10% under budget and six months ahead of schedule. Kingston's vision to be Canada's most sustainable city was embraced through environmental stewardship, energy management, and sustainable design. Plant operations were maintained throughout the three-year construction program. Performance to date exceeds expectations and all regulatory requirements.
Joseph and Gaukel Streets Road Reconstruction and Environmental Remediation
MTE Consultants Inc.
This project had many aspects beginning with an environmental clean-up of coal tar contamination below the existing road and infrastructure. Much of the aging municipal infrastructure required upgrading and replacement; new underground hydro and telecommunications infrastructure was installed. The project also involved the creation of a new streetscape and scenic vista from City Hall into the park and the construction of a new park entrance.
Natural Resources, Industry & Energy
Nam Theun 2 Hydro Project
Klohn Crippen Berger
The Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project is the most important project in a long-term collaborative effort between Laos and Thailand to develop up to 3000 Megawatts of hydropower energy in Laos for export to Thailand. Klohn Crippen Berger was retained by an International Design-Build Consortium for bid design and final design engineering services for the project's two main civil works packages.
Natural Resources, Industry & Energy
CANDU Steam Generator Replacement at Bruce A Units 1&2
SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc.
SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc. recently made CANDU history by completing the first-of-a-kind replacement of steam generators at the Bruce Power nuclear plant near Kincardine, Ontario. This was achieved in a building where the original design had not contemplated the needed replacements. The successful execution of this project marked a milestone for the program to extend the life of the CANDU reactor fleet.
Water Transfer from Taksebt Dam, Algeria
Wilayas de Tizi Ouzou, Boumerdes, Algeria
This $700 million (US) project, which was completed in 37 months, provides drinking water to a population of 4 million. The mandate included the design, construction and operation (for 5 years) of a pumping station, a 605,000 m�/day treatment plant, a 100 km network of DN1800 and DN2000 water lines, four tunnels, and six reservoirs.