2013 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards
From extraordinary building design and construction, to rejuvenating environmental remediation – the projects honored at the 2013 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala demonstrate the power of consulting engineers to shape our world.
The 45th annual CCE Awards Gala was held on October 22, 2013 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. These awards are the highest recognition for excellence in 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.
A record twenty projects, in a range of categories, were recognized with Awards of Excellence. Five special achievement awards were also presented: the prestigious Schreyer Award for a project that best demonstrates technical excellence and innovation; the Tree for Life Award for outstanding environmental stewardship; the Ambassador Award for a project that best showcases Canadian engineering expertise abroad; the Engineering a Better Canada Award for engineering that enhances Canadians’ quality of life; and the Outreach Award for a company’s benevolence in Canada or internationally. In addition, the Beaubien Award was handed out again this year in recognition of a person who has made outstanding contributions to ACEC and the consulting engineering industry.
- Special Achievement Awards
- Awards of Excellence
ACEC's Beaubien Award recognizes individuals for their lifetime contributions to the advancement of the consulting engineering profession and industry.
Norm Huggins, P.Eng.
Norm Huggins is known for his outstanding leadership and his contributions to the consulting engineering industry. He is highly regarded by the many colleagues who have developed their careers under his tutelage as well as the communities that have benefited from his expertise.
Norm started his career at CH2M HILL, formerly known as Gore and Storrie, as a summer student in 1966. He joined the company full-time upon graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and this year, as Senior Vice-President, he celebrates his 45th year with CH2M HILL.
Norm has given a lifetime of service, since 1972, to ACEC and Consulting Engineers of Ontario, advocating in the interest of engineers to governments, clients and the public. Throughout his career he has also dedicated time and effort with the Toronto and Ontario chapters of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Pollution Control Association of Ontario.
During his tenure on the Board of ACEC-Canada and as Chair, Norm was a strong advocate for the use of Qualifications-Based Selection for the procurement of professional engineering services. During this time, ACEC collaborated with the National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure, also known as InfraGuide. As a result, when InfraGuide released its best practice for selecting a professional consultant, Qualifications-Based Selection was the recommended procurement method. This is one of the most important achievements of the consulting engineering sector in recent memory. To this day, ACEC continues to promote InfraGuide and Qualifications-Based Selection.
One of Norm’s greatest interests has been to encourage more young people to enter the consulting engineering industry. He identified building human capital as one of his goals as Chair of ACEC-Canada and is known as a great mentor and model to other engineers for his quiet leadership, ethical behaviour, and strength in bringing groups together to accomplish common objectives.
As a recipient of the Beaubien Award, Norm joins a list of over 30 individuals who have been identified by their peers for their outstanding contributions to the consulting engineering industry and engineering profession. The award was created by ACEC in 1984 in honour of Dr. James de Gaspé Beaubien, who founded ACEC in 1925.
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.
SMA Consulting Ltd. & Associated Engineering
West Edmonton Sanitary Sewer Stage W12
The Rat Creek Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) was responsible for 60-80%, or 2 billion litres, of Edmonton's annual CSO into the North Saskatchewan River. Associated Engineering designed a tunnel siphon crossing under the river to carry overflow to treatment facilities. SMA Consulting delivered decision support and project controls for the tunnel's planning and construction. From November 2011 to July 2012, the W12 tunnel reduced Rat Creek CSO by 100% and provided much-needed capacity to accommodate Edmonton's booming growth.
This project also won an Award of Excellence in the Water Resources category.
The Tree for Life Award is presented to the designers of a project that has distinguished itself by its commitment to the environment.
AECOM and CBCL Limited
Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Oven Sites Remediation
Sydney, Nova Scotia
The Sydney Tar Ponds in Sydney, Nova Scotia are the result of over 100 years of steel production that left behind by-products and contaminants in the soil, groundwater, and sediments. The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency engaged an AECOM-led team, including primary subconsultant CBCL, to perform detailed design and construction oversight of the $400 million remediation. The project has won numerous awards and was voted Discovery Channel's feature story of the year (2008). It was completed on budget and ahead of schedule and is the signature federal Canadian contaminated site remediation project.
This project also won an Award of Excellence in the Environmental Remediation category.
The Ambassador Award is presented to a project constructed or executed outside of Canada, which best showcases Canadian engineering expertise.
Allain Duhangan Hydroelectric Project
Himachal Pradesh, India
AD Hydro Power Ltd. engaged AECOM to perform the detailed design and construction supervision for a 192 Megawatt underground run-of-river hydroelectric project high in the Northern Himalayas of India, located at about 2,500 meters above the sea level, harnessing the flow of two rivers. AECOM's professionals managed sizeable natural and human constraints to deliver this strategic, low environmental impact project. The plant will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 5 million tons over 10 years and supply electricity to populations struggling with frequent shortages.
This project also won an Award of Excellence in the Natural Resources, Mining, Industry & Energy category.
The Engineering a Better Canada Award is presented to a project that best showcases how engineering enhances the social, economic or cultural quality of life of Canadians.
Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc., Bush Bohlman & Partners, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., GENIVAR
Seismic Retrofit Guidelines for BC Schools
Various Locations, British Columbia
The British Columbia Ministry of Education’s billion-dollar-plus seismic mitigation program for school buildings involved APEGBC managing the University of British Columbia and consultants to develop new performance-based Seismic Retrofit Guidelines and a unique state-of-the-art web-based Seismic Performance Analyzer. Using these developed-in-BC guidelines, structural engineers are able to rapidly and consistently determine the seismic risk of existing buildings and optimize retrofits to achieve “life-safety” seismic performance. A nationally and internationally recognized initiative, this ground-breaking work was a unique collaboration between government, academia and the engineering community.
This project also won an Award of Excellence in the Special Projects category.
The Outreach Award is presented for a company's role in donating their time and/or services for the benefit of a community or group either in Canada or on the international stage.
Golder Associates Ltd.
Golder Associates Charitable Initiatives
Golder Associates' purpose, "Engineering Earth's Development, Preserving Earth's Integrity", reflects a commitment to sustainable development, commonly defined as "...development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." To uphold this, Golder continually strives to make positive contributions to local communities, their own Golder Trust for Orphans, and other national or international non-governmental organizations.
This project also won an Award of Excellence in the Community Outreach and In-House Initiatives category.
Bouthillette Parizeau Inc.
Construction of the Centre for Sustainable Development
The client, Équiterre, wanted to build a Centre for Sustainable Development in downtown Montreal. Bouthillette Parizeau supplied the mechanical and electrical engineers for the project which was designed considering the strict requirements for LEED® Platinum certification for energy efficiency. Built to meet and exceed the latest environmental standards, the building is a centre for education in green buildings where the public can visit and learn about sustainable design. It also serves as a model for future generations.
exp Services Inc.
Redevelopment of Maple Leaf Gardens
Built in 1931 and declared a Heritage Building in 1991, Toronto's legendary Maple Leaf Gardens stood empty and unused for 12 years after the Leafs moved to a new arena. In a unique partnership, the Gardens was redeveloped into a Loblaws store and an athletic centre for Ryerson University. Exp solved the complex structural engineering challenges of creating a new multi-storey building within the existing arena. The architectural heritage of this iconic building was preserved, and once again made accessible for Canadians to enjoy.
Fast + Epp
Surrey City Centre Library
Surrey, British Columbia
Surrey City Centre Library, by Fast + Epp, is a contemporary and dynamic new public building in the city's downtown core. The iconic building serves to revitalize the area and facilitates community interaction. With its complex geometrical form and dramatically tilted concrete walls, the four-storey concrete and steel structure required engineers at Fast + Epp, together with Bing Thom Architects, to develop innovative solutions under a tight project schedule. Sustainable features include large expanses of high-performance window glazing to maximize daylight and reduce energy demand, a green roof, LED lighting and locally-sourced materials.
Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre
The University of Waterloo's Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (LQNC) is a showcase for innovation. The building is a world-class facility providing the environment for exceptional research, collaboration and innovation. Built to bring together researchers from varied disciplines, LQNC exceeds expectations in vibration and acoustic control and electromagnetic interference for experiments at the “nano-scale”. Structural subconsultant Halsall Associates applied creative solutions to overcome the complex geometric challenges and strict requirements, resulting in a world-renowned research facility.
Dillon Consulting Limited
Winnipeg's First Rapid Transit Corridor - Southwest Transitway
The Southwest Transitway is a key component of the City of Winnipeg's Transportation Master Plan and the initial phase of a rapid transit network to increase ridership, reduce traffic congestion, and support transit-oriented development. Engaged for design and construction management services, Dillon Consulting used innovative techniques to deliver this complex project by the December 2011 target date. Following the City's commissioning and testing period, rapid transit service commenced on April 8, 2012.
Hatch Mott MacDonald Ltd.
Squamish Pedestrian Overpass
Squamish, British Columbia
Hatch Mott MacDonald was retained by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and worked closely with Squamish Nation Artist Xwalacktun and multiple stakeholders to design a bridge that offers safe passage over a railway and the Sea-to-Sky Highway 99 while being in harmony with the natural environment. Overcoming many site constraints and a strict budget and timeframe, the resulting structure seamlessly integrates artwork and cultural symbolism with structural efficiency creating a gateway to the Squamish community.
AECOM with GENIVAR
Lorne Park Water Treatment Plant Expansion
AECOM, in partnership with GENIVAR and other sub-consultants, was commissioned by the Region of Peel to design the $200 million expansion of the Lorne Park Water Treatment Plant. The retrofit combines traditional approaches with new technologies to achieve high levels of treatment and the expansion capacity to service population growth to 2031. It is the world's largest retrofitted low-pressure municipal membrane filtration system and North America's largest municipal UV advanced oxidation installation for taste and odour removal.
ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
Exshaw Municipal Water System
ISL Engineering and Land Services designed and implemented a complete municipal water system in Exshaw, a hamlet in the Municipal District of Bighorn, Alberta to replace untreated water from private wells. This new water system met the Municipal District's sustainability goals, providing a low maintenance, low life-cycle cost system to effectively treat the complex raw water. Retrofitted throughout the community, the new distribution system supplies treated water for individual and firefighting needs.
Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd.
Harvest Energy Garden
Richmond, British Columbia
Metro Vancouver is implementing a ban on organics from landfills by 2015. As the largest local composter, Harvest Power needed a new, innovative technology to process food waste. Using a new digestion technology developed in Germany by GICON GmBH, Opus DaytonKnight played a key role coordinating the design and construction of the Harvest Energy Garden in Richmond, British Columbia. The first of its kind in North America, this innovative facility processes 30,000 tonnes of organic waste and generates 8,000 MWh of renewable electrical energy per year.
Palo Viejo Hydroelectric Project
The Municipality of San Juan Cotzal in the Department of Quiche, Guatemala
Global renewable energy generation company, Enel Green Power, challenged Hatch, as their Owner's Engineer, to design the Palo Viejo hydroelectric project in Guatemala to meet strict economic, social and environmental criteria, despite the project's complex natural setting. Through innovative designs, including highly-efficient intakes, landslide-resistant conveyances, inverted siphons, and unique oil separation systems, the results have led to improvements to clean energy supply, employment, local infrastructure, and the country's energy independence.
Natural Resources, Mining, Industry & Energy
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Alexandra District Energy Geothermal System
Richmond, British Columbia
Recognizing the benefit of a district energy system as a strategic initiative for advancing towards a more sustainable community, the City of Richmond engaged Stantec Consulting to design the Alexandra District Energy Utility geothermal system. The system currently provides space heating, cooling and domestic hot water, serving over 400 residences as well as a daycare. The system provides a safe, clean, and reliable external energy source, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
Rewriting the History of the Khmer Empire
Siem Reap Province and Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia
For 150 years, archaeologists in Cambodia have been researching the Khmer Empire that dominated Southeast Asia 1,000 years ago, leaving behind spectacular temples such as Angkor Wat. McElhanney Consulting Services introduced the archaeologists to new LiDAR mapping technology, a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth. With LiDAR, a massive data collection project has resulted in the discovery of 29 new temples and extensive urbanization obscured by dense forest. As a result of McElhanney's project, the history of the Khmer Empire is now being rewritten.
Deh Cho Bridge
Near Fort Providence, Northwest Territories
Spanning over 1 kilometre across the Mackenzie River, the Deh Cho Bridge connects northern residents with the rest of Canada and helps create economic development opportunities in the North. In 2010, the Government of the Northwest Territories assumed control of the project mid-construction, and appointed Associated Engineering as Project Manager. Working together, a specific project management plan was implemented to address project challenges, including a geographically dispersed team, remote site, extreme weather conditions, and quality management.
Hatch Mott MacDonald Ltd.
Calgary's West LRT Project
Hatch Mott MacDonald served as Owner’s Engineer on Calgary’s West LRT project. The 8km line provides an efficient and safe mode of public transportation for approximately 44,000 people per day. The $1.4 billion project, the largest capital infrastructure project in Calgary’s history, was completed within a five-year period from concept design to revenue service that represented an unprecedented project delivery schedule. Project success resulted from innovative planning, procurement and construction implementation strategies fostered by an effective team approach.
Dessau International Inc.
SIEPAC Network – Engineering, Construction Contracts Management and Works Supervision
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
The SIEPAC high-voltage distribution and telecommunications network now connects six Central American countries. Assisting the network's owner, Dessau managed the project and supervised the construction of the 1,800 km line, including 15 substations. In this central role, Dessau led and stimulated the collaboration of one hundred stakeholders, in order to effectively meet unprecedented challenges. A historic and uniting project, SIEPAC truly opens a new dimension towards regional sustainable development.