Winners of 2016 Awards for Engineering Excellence Announced

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Best of BC engineering honoured at 2016 ACEC-BC Gala
Winners of 27th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Announced 

VANCOUVER, April 11, 2016– The 27th annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala, held Saturday night at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, honoured the innovation and technical excellence of Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) member firms. 

“The Awards for Engineering Excellence winners represent the best and brightest in our industry, and the winning projects are some of the most amazing work that we have seen from B.C.’s consulting engineers, who have been showcased on this stage for 27 years now,” said Keith Sashaw, President and CEO, ACEC-BC. 

Special guest Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon was in attendance to present the premier award of the evening, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence. This year’s winner was Fast + Epp for the structural design of the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey. The ambitious and daring project involved designing the roof to resemble a gently undulating and metaphorically appropriate wave form. The superstructure was constructed using a highly unusual structural system – a novel hanging timber catenary roof suspended between concrete buttresses and free-spanning 55 metres. Rather than employ conventional steel roof trusses, glue-laminated timber ‘cables’ were introduced, reducing the effective structural depth by 90 per cent. This served to reduce building volumes and energy costs, sequester carbon, and provide the community with an architecturally striking and functionally efficient recreational environment. 

Awards were given in five categories: Buildings, Municipal & Civil Infrastructure, Transportation & Bridges, Energy & Industry, and Soft Engineering. ACEC-BC also recognized the outstanding contributions of three individuals. 

The Meritorious Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to engineering, the industry and the community. This year’s award was handed out to Kerry Rudd of Associated Engineering for promoting continuing professional development (CPD), corporate social responsibility, and sustainable business management throughout his career. 

The Young Professional Award was awarded to Tijana Smiljanic, P.Eng of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., recognizing her achievements in the first 10 years of her career. In addition to her work on large, high-profile assignments, specializing in major transportation design-build and P3 projects, Tijana chaired BC’s Young Professionals Group (YPG), 2014-15, where she led the development of a three-year plan to enable the BC YPG to execute initiatives spanning multiple committee terms. 

This year ACEC-BC presented its second Chair’s Award. The Award was established as a means to recognize individuals outside of the consulting engineering community who have exerted an exceptional, positive influence on the industry. The award is only given out under extraordinary circumstances, and is not necessarily an annual award. The 2016 recipient is Dan Doyle, P.Eng. Over the last several decades, Dan has had a positive impact on the consulting engineering industry in British Columbia, particularly in his senior roles at the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and at the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 

This year marks the launch of a new award: the Client of the Year Award, recognizing the benefits to the community or owner realized by good client relationships. The Award serves to promote and encourage best practices by clients.  Nominations were based on criteria that included communication and relationship management, appropriate risk assessment management and allocation, use of fair and balanced contracts and appropriate procurement and delivery methodology that leads to clear scope.  The winner of the inaugural Client of the Year Award was the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI). For more than 18 years, MoTI has been an exemplary client, setting new standards for procurement, contract fairness, industry engagement, and project partnership and collaboration. They are a model for client best-practices.

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ACEC-BC 2016 Awards for Engineering Excellence Winners

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre
Consultant: Fast + Epp
Owner/Client: City of Surrey
Category: Buildings
Location: Surrey, BC


AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre
Consultant: Fast + Epp
Owner/Client: City of Surrey
Category: Buildings
Location: Surrey, BC

Sechelt Water Resource Centre
Consultant: Urban Systems Ltd.
Owner/Client: District of Sechelt
Category: Municipal & Civil Infrastructure
Location: Sechelt, BC 

World Trade Centre Transportation Hub - The Oculus
Consultant: COWI North America (COWI Bridge, formerly Buckland & Taylor)
Owner: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Client: Skanska USA
Category: Transportation & Bridges
Location: Manhattan, New York 

The McLymont Creek Hydropower Project - Diverting Water for Hydropower in BC's Coastal Mountains
Consultant: Gygax Engineering Associates Ltd. and Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Owner/Client: AltaGas Ltd.
Category: Energy & Industry
Location: Northwestern BC, approximately 500 km north of Terrace 

River Training Works in Bangladesh - Protecting the Padma Bridge
Consultant: Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Owner/Client: Bangladesh Bridge Authority
Category: Soft Engineering
Location: Bangladesh

 

AWARDS OF MERIT

UBC Student Union Building
Consultant: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Owner/Client: UBC Alma Mater Society
Category: Buildings
Location: Vancouver, BC 

Barnston / Maple Ridge Pump Station - Heart of the Community
Consultant: Associated Engineering (B.C.) Ltd.
Owner/Client: Metro Vancouver
Category: Municipal & Civil Infrastructure
Location: Pitt Meadows, BC 

Seymour-Capilano Twin Tunnels Project
Consultant: Hatch
Owner/Client: Metro Vancouver
Category: Municipal & Civil Infrastructure
Location: North Vancouver, BC 

Piece-by-Piece - The Deconstruction of the Old Port Mann Bridge
Consultant: McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
Owner: BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Client: Kiewit-Flatiron Joint Venture
Category: Transportation & Bridges
Location: Surrey and Coquitlam, BC

Capilano Energy Recovery Facility
Consultant: Knight Piésold Ltd.
Owner/Client: Metro Vancouver
Category: Energy & Industry
Location: North Vancouver, BC

Fort St. John Micro Hydro Facility
Consultant: Urban Systems Ltd.
Owner/Client: City of Fort St. John
Category: Energy & Industry
Location: Fort St. John, BC

Quesnel Lake Observations and Modelling
Consultant: Tetra Tech EBA
Owner: Imperial Metals 
Client: Mount Polley Mining Corporation / Imperial Metals Ltd.
Category: Soft Engineering
Location: Likely, BC

 

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