Outstanding achievements in engineering were recognized at the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards held on October 23, 2012 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The awards were presented at a gala dinner with over 200 guests in attendance, including award winners, industry leaders and dignitaries.
Held annually for 44 years, the awards are the highest honours of the Canadian consulting engineering industry. The awards program is a joint initiative of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. This year, 77 engineering projects were submitted for consideration by a distinguished panel of jurors.
The prestigious Schreyer Award was presented to the project deemed most technically innovative and the Tree for Life Award was given for outstanding environmental stewardship. Twelve projects were recognized with Awards of Excellence. ACEC presented its Beaubien Award for exceptional service to the association and the consulting engineering industry.
- Beaubien Award
- Schreyer Award
- Tree for Life Award
- Awards of Excellence
ACEC's Beaubien Award recognizes individuals for their lifetime contributions to the advancement of the consulting engineering profession and industry.
Neil A. Cumming, FACI, P.Eng.
Neil A. Cumming is a recognized expert in the field of construction materials engineering and concrete technology. Neil is also known for his contributions to the consulting engineering industry as a businessman, educator and mentor.
Neil joined Levelton Consultants Ltd. in 1977 and has held a number of management positions within the firm, including President and CEO. In 2007, Neil took on the role of Executive Vice President, the position he holds today.
Levelton is one of British Columbia's largest engineering firms. The company has played a role in most of the province's major landmark infrastructure projects for the past 40 years. Levelton's ongoing commitment to comprehensive and innovative solutions for clients has earned the company a reputation for providing excellent services.
Neil has championed the interests of the industry through his participation in ACEC and other professional associations. He has been an active participant in Consulting Engineers of British Columbia (now ACEC-BC), serving as President in 2003-2004 and as a Director for five years. Neil has been the ACEC representative on the Canadian Construction Documents Committee and has participated in the association's Contracts Committee.
Neil has been a member of the American Concrete Institute for 30 years and has served on several technical committees. He is a long-standing member of the Canadian Standards Association Committee on Concrete Materials and Methods of Construction and served as Chair for five years.
As an industry educator, Neil is a regular speaker at technical conferences. He has authored over 50 technical presentations and papers, and has lectured on construction materials technology at the University of British Columbia. Neil's role at Levelton includes mentoring younger employees.
Neil is the recipient of other industry awards and recognition, including Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, CEBC's 2011 Meritorious Achievement Award and the Canadian Standards Association's Award of Merit.
As recipient of the 2012 Beaubien Award, Neil is recognized by his peers for his outstanding contributions to ACEC, the consulting engineering industry and the engineering 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.
Photocatalytic Gas Treatment (PGT)
Moncure, North Carolina
Uniboard Pfleiderer required a process that would destroy contaminants in gases from wood panel manufacturing and meet strict emissions standards. With limited viable options available in the industry, exp developed a groundbreaking "Photocatalytic Gas Treatment" (PGT) process that exceeded all expectations. PGT is effective, economical, compact and energy-efficient, and does not produce greenhouse gases. Pure and applied sciences experts from exp guided the development of this innovative solution from concept to implementation, supported by exp's own laboratories.
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.
The AME Consulting Group Ltd.
The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation - Okanagan College
The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation, located at the Okanagan College Penticton Campus, was designed and built as a sustainable post-secondary facility. The innovative features of the building will be used as a teaching tool for trades people studying green construction practices. AME Consulting Group provided full mechanical consulting services and virtual environment modeling. Sustainability objectives included LEED Platinum target and the Living Building Challenge.
This project was also recognized with an Award of Excellence.
Bouthillette Parizeau & Associés inc.
Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre
A joint venture between the City of Montreal and the Université de Montréal, the new Biodiversity Centre at the Botanical Garden is designed to obtain LEED Gold certification with a 51% reduction in energy consumption compared to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. Based on heat building load, energy simulation, and integrated design, Bouthillette Parizeau implemented several strategies that consisted of: a geothermal system, a solar wall, energy recovery from laboratory exhaust and rainwater harvesting into an overall coherent arrangement. Bouthillette Parizeau's team included experienced and new engineers in order to facilitate knowledge transfer.
Fast + Epp
VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre
The new visitors' centre at VanDusen Botanical Gardens provides an iconic entrance point to the grounds. The facility features lecture rooms, exhibition space, a café and guest services. Fast + Epp structural engineers collaborated with architects at Perkins + Will Canada to develop a dramatic orchid-inspired free-form roof, made almost entirely of timber. The building, with its 71 unique, prefabricated panels, is designed for LEED Platinum and for Living Building Challenge status, achieving innovation, economy and sustainability.
GENIVAR and Geiger Engineers
BC Place Revitalization
GENIVAR and Geiger Engineers provided engineering services for the revitalization of BC Place Stadium. GENIVAR's mechanical and electrical engineering services created an energy-efficient renewal of the building's mechanical and electrical systems. GENIVAR also worked closely with Geiger Engineers, who provided structural design of a new cable supported retractable roof structure, while GENIVAR designed structural upgrades to the existing base building structure. The result is a dramatically enhanced patron experience, under the world's largest cable-supported retractable roof.
J. L. Richards & Associates Limited
Vale Living With Lakes Centre
Laurentian University is home to one of the most environmentally sustainable laboratories in North America. The Vale Living With Lakes Centre is a world leading, sustainable research facility which houses a unique team of scientists. Using a qualifications-based selection process in order to achieve the best life-cycle solution, the client chose J.L. Richards & Associates Limited to provide prime consulting, engineering, architectural, and project management services for the project. Construction was completed one month ahead of schedule and within the project budget.
La Maison symphonique de Montréal
Québec's Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women wanted a world-class symphony hall. As part of a public-private partnership, SNC-Lavalin was awarded the contract for the engineering, construction and operation of the Maison symphonique de Montréal. Thanks to its exceptionally low ambient noise (N-1 standard, unique in Québec) and its superior acoustic insulation, it is now among the best symphony halls in the world and offers a musical experience that sets itself apart by the project's technical complexity.
CBCL Limited, Consulting Engineers
Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility
Saint John, NB
The City of Saint John, New Brunswick engaged CBCL Limited to provide engineering services for the Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility (EWWTF). Completed in 2011, the EWWTF treats wastewater generated from the south central peninsula and East Saint John. The Red Head Marsh wetland and the renowned Bay of Fundy tides presented unique challenges during construction. Average wastewater flows of 35 million litres per day can now be treated to provide significant health, socio-economic and environmental benefits to Saint John residents.
The Municipal Infrastructure Group Ltd.
Waterfront Toronto retained The Municipal Infrastructure Group to provide municipal services to the East Bayfront Precinct including Sherbourne Common. In accordance with a sustainability framework, stormwater is utilized as a resource and all designs complement the public realm. The result is an innovative treatment system for the park. Sherbourne Common serves as a unique public space that showcases the integration of engineering works into the community.
Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation
Associated Engineering and its partners developed an original technological process to re-establish the natural environment of Burnaby Lake which had deteriorated over decades of infilling, sedimentation, and contamination. The innovative process helped to protect endangered species. It also met stringent criteria for dredging, dewatering and reusing sediments as fill, as well as treating and recycling water back to the lake. The Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project has restored the lake's valuable ecosystem for fish, wildlife, and the community.
Natural Resources, Mining, Industry & Power
Golder Associates Ltd.
Vancouver City Central Transmission (VCCT)
Conduits to house 230 kV electrical cables were installed across False Creek by horizontal directional drilling, resulting in a capital cost saving of $3 million compared to the other feasible installation options. Golder designed a unique conduit bundle configuration and collaborated with BC Hydro electrical engineers and grouting specialists to replace the drilling mud surrounding the installed bundle with thermal grout designed specifically for this purpose. The placement of the grout required a new method not previously used in the industry.
Natural Resources, Mining, Industry & Power
Klohn Crippen Berger
Innovative Tailings Management - Greens Creek Mine
Admiralty Island, Alaska
Greens Creek Mine is located on northern Admiralty Island in Alaska. Admiralty Island is well known for having one of the largest populations of brown bears in the world and is a popular destination for tourists. Klohn Crippen Berger was retained to develop solutions for storing dewatered tailings in an environmentally sensitive site subject to strict regulations. The benefits of dewatered tailings are that they can withstand seismic forces, reduce tailings storage requirements and allow for improved reclamation of the land.
Community Outreach & In-House Initiatives
Blackwell Bowick / Halsall Associates/ Quinn Dressel Associates / Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Haiti Prototype Schools
Various locations, Haiti
Finn Church Aid, a Finnish NGO working with the Espiscopal Church of Haiti, sought the assistance of Blackwell Bowick, Halsall, Quinn Dressel and Read Jones Christoffersen to help rebuild schools that were destroyed or badly damaged by the January 2010 earthquake. Providing structural engineering services pro bono, the team created two prototype designs; one for lightweight construction in mountain villages and a more robust structure for towns and cities. They also sent an engineer to Haiti to manage construction of the two schools that opened in 2011 and train local engineers and contractors in best practices for design and construction. Through the team's efforts, children are once again being educated in a country where over half the population is illiterate.