The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards were presented on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at a gala dinner at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Over 200 guests were in attendance including award winners, parliamentarians, industry leaders and other dignitaries.
Held annually for 43 years, the awards are Canada's highest 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 over 60 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. In addition, the Beaubien Award was presented to an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to the industry and profession. Ten Awards of Excellence were also presented in a variety of engineering fields. The award categories are as follows:
- Beaubien Award Winner
- Schreyer Award
- Tree for Life
- Water Resources
- Project Management
Since 1985, the Beaubien Award has been presented to individuals nominated by their peers for lifetime contributions to the advancement of the profession and the consulting engineering industry. This year, the Award was presented to Dr. John Boyd, P.Eng.
The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are considered the highest form of recognition for the consulting engineering industry. "The awards showcase the important role of Canadian consulting engineers in every aspect of our lives," says John Gamble, president of ACEC. "To win this award is considered an especially prestigious honour by the industry."
Dr. Boyd is regarded as a leader and visionary in the consulting engineering business, both in Canada and internationally. He has worked with Golder Associates for 35 years, holding senior management positions including President of the Canadian operating company, VP Operations of the Golder Group, and Directorships with several Golder Group companies.
A sought after speaker, Dr. Boyd is recognized as an authoritative voice on issues pertaining to the role played by engineers in society, the engineering profession's responsibility towards solving societal problems, and sustainable development. In respect of this expertise, he has recently committed to teach a graduate course at the University of Toronto on engineering and sustainability beginning in 2012.
Dr. Boyd has served as Chair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies and President of the International Association of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC).
During his tenure with FIDIC, Dr. Boyd led the FIDIC Committee on Sustainable Development. The resulting Project Sustainability Management (PSM) system is unique in providing a practical approach that maintains a traceable link to Agenda 21, the worldwide basis for sustainability adopted by over 140 countries. Today, Dr. Boyd continues his work at FIDIC as Chair of the Climate Change Task Force.
He is the recipient of the President's Award from the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland for his contributions towards sustainability in engineering, and of the ACEC Chairman's Award for exceptional contributions to the Canadian consulting engineering industry.
Dr. Boyd was selected for the Beaubien Award by a number of his peers in the Canadian consulting engineering industry. He joins an exclusive list of accomplished leaders in his profession.
The Schreyer Award is presented to the designers of the project with the highest technical merit. The Award is named in honour of former Governor-General Edward Schreyer.
Gaspé Mines Rehabilitation Project for Xstrata Copper Canada
With an investment of $116 million and four years of site work, the Gaspé Mines Rehabilitation project is the first smelter decommissioning project and the largest mining and metallurgical site closure in Canada. Despite 50 years of operation and the site's heavy industrialization, this project is an eloquent example of responsible rehabilitation where all economic, regulatory, environmental, public health and social aspects were taken into careful consideration. The Gaspé Mines Rehabilitation by Genivar Inc. for Xstrata Copper Canada was selected for the Schreyer Award, the top technical award, because of the complexity and ethical awareness that went into developing this project.
Tree for Life Award
The Tree for Life Award is presented to the designers of a project that has distinguished itself by its commitment to the environment.
A Grander View - Enermodal Engineering Headquarters
Enermodal Engineering Ltd., a member of MMM Group
Enermodal Engineering's new Kitchener headquarters is the most energy-efficient office in Canada, using 82% less energy than a conventional office. Named "A Grander View," the office looks to be the first to achieve LEED Canada NC, CI, and EB: O&M Certification. This project includes variable refrigerant flow heating, automated exterior shades, a narrow building footprint for day lighting (12 m across), earth tubes, and occupancy sensors for lighting, ventilation, and heating. The goal is to be the first Canadian structure awarded a triple LEED Platinum certification.
BuildingsQueen Elizabeth Theatre Acoustical Renovation
Aercoustics Engineering Limited
The acoustical renovation of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre has been described by the Vancouver Opera as "a minor miracle". This project faced the dual challenges of finance and schedule, the latter of which was compounded by the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Using the latest tools and ideas, some of which they designed themselves, Aercoustics Engineering turned this venue into an acoustical triumph.
BuildingsPoirier Sport and Leisure Complex
IMEC Mechanical and AME Consulting Group
The Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex is the single largest capital facility project in the City of Coquitlam, BC. The $62 million, 13,200 m2 project was completed ten months ahead of schedule and several million dollars under budget. This project combines new construction and renovation. A new energy exchange system called Thermenex was an integral part of the success of this project.
BuildingsSt. Joseph Seminary
"The Catholic Church thinks in hundreds of years." The clarity of the Archbishop of Edmonton's statement became a guiding light for the design of Edmonton's St. Joseph Seminary. Achieving a timeless quality, the innovative structure and architecture are intricately woven together, reinterpreting traditional forms of church design. Using modern materials, arches, buttresses, and side aisles, the church has been elegantly re-imagined, and will inspire the Spirit for centuries to come.
TransportationTrafalgar St/ Hale St & CN Rail Elevated Roundabout
The existing level crossing of Trafalgar Street, Hale Street and three CN rail lines has been a longstanding bottleneck in London's arterial road network. The new intersection features an elevated roundabout on a concrete rigid frame structure perched over the rail line, improving traffic operations, rail operations and public safety.
TransportationThe Coast Meridian Overpass Design-Build Project
SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc.
Port Coquitlam, BC
The Coast Meridian Overpass is located in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, and features a unique, cable-stay design. Faced with the challenges of building over CP Rail's largest railyard in western Canada, SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc. developed a design that optimized limited accessibility and pre-defined pier locations, and produced the longest push-launched structure in North America at the time of construction.
TransportationPetite-Nation River Bridge, Highway 50
The Petite-Nation River Bridge is a 425 m span crossing a river valley with a 35 m drop in elevation, and a river environment requiring preservation. CIMA+ had to design a "lifeline bridge", the first ever in Québec, to meet the requirements of this earthquake seismic category. Thanks to an innovative concept for constructing the piers and foundations, our engineers were able to overcome this complex technical challenge. This required the 425-metre span to be constructed 35 metres above the river with piers of different height, wall thickness and ground anchoring systems, to ensure the uniform rigidity of this structure.
TransportationDufferin Street Underpass
Previously interrupted by a busy railway corridor, the neighbourhood near Dufferin Street and Queen Street West in Toronto has been reconnected and revitalized by the Dufferin Street Underpass. With minimum impact to the communities, the underpass completes the missing link of Dufferin Street beneath the railway tracks. The underpass was constructed successfully despite several technical challenges including minimal clearances, tight confines, very large loads and uninterrupted trains.
Water ResourcesOxford Pollution Control Plant Retrofit
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Stantec provided engineering services to study, design, and construct the largest membrane bioreactor (MBR) municipal pollution control plant (PCP) ever built in Canada. The MBR retrofit of the Oxford PCP provided the City of London with an economical solution for doubling treatment capacity, while improving the quality of the plant effluent, and avoiding the expansion of the facility into sensitive neighbouring lands. The Oxford Pollution Control Plant Retrofit new membrane bioreactor technology allowed the existing wastewater treatment plant to be upgraded and extended within the same limited site.
Project ManagementChateh Water Treatment Plant
ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
The client's unique needs spurred ISL to innovate every component of the Chateh Water Treatment Plant project. One of the first dual-membrane water treatment systems for First Nations in Canada, the project also had to confront the complexities of water treatment in a remote area, while creating an easy-to-operate system with lower lifecycle costs in an energy-efficient building.
Project ManagementGO Transit Rail Improvement Program (GO Trip)
AGM Program Managers, a joint venture of Hatch Mott MacDonald, IBI Group and MMM Group Limited
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, ON
AGM Program Managers provided a range of services for GO Transit's seven-year, $700 million program of expansions and infrastructure improvements to its network. This included overall program management and administration of over 80 consulting and construction contracts, stakeholder coordination, design construction oversight, and overall compliance with environmental requirements.