2012 Awards for Engineering Excellence Winners

Sunday, April 1, 2012

On Saturday, March 31st the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-BC held their 23rd Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver. This event showcases the best engineering accomplishes from the past year by BC consulting firms. The evening had a green tint to it as the winning projects incorporated environmental stewardship into innovative and efficient solutions for their clients. 

Lieutenant Governor's Award For Engineering Excellence

VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre
Consultant: Fast + Epp
Category: Buildings
Location: Vancouver, BC

  • Billed as “Vancouver’s greenest building” by local media, the structure is targeting Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum status. Its sustainable features include a Green Roof almost-exclusively constructed with timber, rammed earth walls and natural ventilation.

Awards of Excellence

No. 4 Drainage Pump Station
Consultant: Aplin & Martin Consultants Ltd.
Category: Municipal
Location: Richmond, BC

  • The No. 4 Road Drainage Pump Station reutilized the confines of the existing wet well to install more and larger pumps to double the pumping capacity while protecting the integrity of the dike and achieving considerable cost savings. The area was transformed into a spectacular architectural feature, complementing its surrounds, with a large public plaza viewing area.

Harbourside West Pedestrian Overpass
Consultant: Hatch Mott MacDonald
Category: Transportation
Location: City of North Vancouver, BC

  • The Harbourside West Pedestrian Overpass creates a key link in the spirit trail while meeting the requirements of multiple stakeholders, enhancing community access in the area and providing safe passage over the railway. A serpentine trail alignment was developed to deal with underground and overhead utilities, while skewed foundation places stayed outside rail clearances and avoided impacting the adjacent creek’s riparian corridor. 

Capilano Cliffwalk
Consultant: Morrison Hershfield Ltd.
Category: Natural Resource, Energy & Industry
Location: North Vancouver, BC

  • Cliffwalk allows people to safely access the face of a 90 m high granite cliff on a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms through an old growth west coast rainforest. It is longer that two football fields and was constructed using a total foundation area of only 11 m². The construction allowed the reclamation of 8,100 m² of previously unusable park land, a net benefit of over 735%.

Partington Creek: A New Watershed Development Planning Process
Consultant: Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.
Category: Soft Engineering
Location: Coquitlam, BC 

  • The lower third of ecologically rich Partington Creek watershed is planned for a $1.5 billion green field development. A multidisciplinary team of planners, engineers and biologist worked together and changed the initial land use plan to maximize environmental protection and rainwater management. Land use designations were redrafted to strategically minimize impacts to the creek and optimize stormwater infrastructure.


Awards of Merit

UBC Biological Sciences Complex
Consultant: MCW Consultants Ltd.
Category: Buildings
Location: Vancouver, BC

Urban Jewel - Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project
Consultant: Associated Engineering
Category: Municipal
Location: Burnaby, BC

South Fraser Perimeter Road, Landfill Closure Project
Consultant: CH2M HILL Canada Ltd.
Category: Transportation
Location: Delta, BC

Vancouver City Central Transmission
Consultant: Golder Associates Ltd.
Category: Natural Resource, Energy & Industry
Location: Vancouver, BC

Mapping on the Move - GeoAutomation Mobile Mapping of the South Fraser Perimeter Road
Consultant: McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
Category: Soft Engineering
Location: Delta and Surrey, BC 


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