Winners of the 2018 Awards for Engineering Excellence Announced

Monday, April 9, 2018


Best of B.C. engineering honoured at 2018 ACEC-BC Gala
Winners of the 29th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Announced 

VANCOUVER, April 9th, 2018– The 29th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala, held Saturday night at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, honoured the innovation and technical excellence of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) member firms. 

Awards were given in the following categories: Buildings, Municipal & Civil Infrastructure, Transportation & Bridges, Energy & Industry, Natural Resource & Habitat, Soft Engineering and Projects Under $2.5 Million. ACEC-BC also recognized the outstanding contributions of two individuals. 

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

This year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence winner was Fast + Epp for the Tallwood House at Brock Commons project. The TallWood House at Brock Commons is an 18-storey, 400-bed student residence on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Reaching 53m, it has been recognized as the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world. From the outset, the question was not, “Is it possible to go 18 storeys with timber,” but rather, “Can this be built at a price competitive with concrete construction?” A “no” answer would have meant the building would be constructed with concrete – and there was just 10 months to design it. 

The Meritorious Achievement Award, presented annually to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to engineering, the industry and the community, was awarded to Ahmet (Met) Ulker, P.Eng., FEC., AES Engineering Ltd. 

The Young Professional Award was handed out to Graham Lovely, P.Eng, LEED AP BD+C of MCW Consultants Ltd. recognizing his achievements in the first 10 years of his career, demonstrating excellence in consulting business practices, outstanding achievements in his field, and leadership in the community. 

The 2018 Client of the Year Award was provided to the City of Coquitlam. This award serves to promote and encourage best practices by clients, and 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. In an industry where price is often the determinant factor rather than qualifications, and where engineering services are often viewed as a commodity, the City of Coquitlam is setting an excellent example of valuing the professional services that consulting engineers provide via qualification based selection. 

Click here for the media release and the complete list of award winners.

Click here to download the Awards Supplement featuring all project entries.


ACEC-BC 2018 Awards for Engineering Excellence Winners 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE

Tallwood House at Brock Commons
Consultant: Fast + Epp
Owner/Client: UBC Properties Trust
Category: Buildings
Location: Vancouver, BC 

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Tallwood House at Brock Commons
Consultant: Fast + Epp
Owner/Client: UBC Properties Trust
Category: Buildings
Location: Vancouver, BC 

Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps Project
Consultant: Stantec
Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - New Orleans District (USACE)
Client: PCCP Constructors - a Joint Venture
Category: Municipal & Civil Infrastructure
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 

Angus L. Macdonald Bridge Suspended Spans Superstructure Replacement – "The Big Lift"
Consultant: COWI North America Ltd.
Owner/Client: Halifax Harbour Bridges
Category: Transportation & Bridges
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway
Consultants: Tetra Tech Canada Inc. and Stantec
Owner/Client: Government of the Northwest Territories
Category: Transportation & Bridges
Location: Northwest Territories 

YVR Flywheel Energy Storage and Airfield Critical Power System
Consultant: WSP|Opus
Owner/Client: YVR - Vancouver International Airport
Category: Energy & Industry
Location: Richmond, BC

Cowichan River Flood Protection Program
Consultant: Parsons
Owner/Client: Cowichan Valley Regional District; the Cowichan Tribes; City of Duncan; and Municipality of North Cowichan
Category: Natural Resource & Habitat
Location: Cowichan Region, Vancouver Island, BC 

Vancouver Convention Centre West - Strategic Sustainability Consulting and Project Management
Consultant: WSP Canada Inc.
Owner/Client: Vancouver Convention Centre / BC Pavilion Corporation
Category: Soft Engineering
Location: Vancouver, BC 

YVR Apron VI LED Lighting Upgrade
Consultant: Omni Engineering Inc.
Owner/Client: Vancouver Airport Authority
Category: Projects Under $2.5 Million
Location: Richmond, BC

AWARDS OF MERIT 

Seismic Upgrade Using External Buckling Restrained Bracing
Consultant: Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc.
Owner/Client: City of Vancouver
Category: Buildings
Location: Vancouver, BC 

Ladysmith Wastewater Treatment Plant
Consultant: WSP|Opus
Owner/Client: Town of Ladysmith
Category: Municipal & Civil Infrastructure
Location: Ladysmith, BC 

Vedder Bridge Replacement Design Build Project
Consultant: Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.
Owner/Client: City of Chilliwack
Category: Transportation & Bridges
Location: Chilliwack, BC 

Veer Kunwar Singh Setu
Consultant: McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
Owner: Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited
Client: SP Singla Constructions Pvt. Ltd.
Category: Transportation & Bridges
Location: Arrah, Bihar, India 

Brucejack Mine Power Transmission Line
Consultant: Stantec
Owner/Client: Pretium Resources Inc.
Category: Energy & Industry
Location: North of Stewart, BC 

Salmon River Diversion Decommissioning
Consultant: Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.
Owner/Client: BC Hydro
Category: Natural Resource & Habitat
Location: Campbell River, BC 

Semi-Automated Roadway Corridor Asset Inventory Collection
Consultant: Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
Owner/Client: BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
Category: Soft Engineering
Location: Province of BC 

Service Sustainability Assessment Tool for Canadian Communities
Consultant: Urban Systems Ltd.
Owner/Client: City of Grand Forks
Category: Soft Engineering
Location: Grand Forks, BC 

Pachena Point Lighthouse Restoration
Consultant: Goal Engineering Ltd.
Owner/Client: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Category: Projects Under $2.5 Million
Location: Pachena Point, Vancouver Island, BC

 

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