Member firms with the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) were honoured at the association’s Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver last month. Two individuals and various projects were recognized across six categories for exceptional engineering.
“The Awards for Engineering Excellence winners represent the best and brightest in our industry,” said Keith Sashaw, president and CEO of 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.”
The two individuals celebrated at this year’s awards were Zahra Pirani, P.Eng., of CH2M HILL Canada Limited, and Doug Hinton, P.Eng., of Hatch. Pirani earned the Young Professional Award for exceptional business and field performance in the first 10 years of her career, while Hinton earned the Meritous Achievement Award for lifetime contributions to the industry.
The City of Surrey was granted the 2017 Client of the Year Award for its communicative approach and its involvement in high-performing, successful projects over the past 40 years.
This year’s winners of awards of excellence were:
- Ausenco Engineering Canada’s Lord Strathcona Elementary School Heritage Classroom Building–Base Isolation Seismic Upgrade in Vancouver, for buildings;
- AECOM Canada’s Preserving Historic Victoria Cemetery through Trenchless Rehabilitation in Victoria, for municipal and civil infrastructure;
- Ausenco Engineering Canada’s Port Mann Main Water Supply Tunnel in Coquitlam and Surrey, for the same category;
- McElhanney Consulting Services’ Atal Setu (Basohli Bridge) in Jammu and Kashmir, India, for transportation and bridges;
- SNC-Lavalin’s Jimmie Creek Hydroelectric Project in Toba Valley, for energy and industry;
- SNC-Lavalin’s B.C. Hydro Rock Bay Remediation Project in Victoria, for natural resource and habitat; and
- CH2M HILL Canada’s Millennium Line Evergreen Extension Operational Readiness Program in Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Port Moody, for soft engineering.
Meanwhile, awards of merit were granted to:
- AES Engineering’s Okanagan College–Trades Renewal and Expansion in Kelowna, for buildings;
- WSP Canada’s Hamilton Transit Centre in Richmond, for buildings;
- Associated Engineering’s South Fork Water Treatment Plant–Safe Drinking Water in Nanaimo, for municipal and civil infrastructure;
- CTQ Consultants’ Miami River Pump Station in Harrison Hot Springs, for the same category;
- COWI North America’s Abraham Lincoln Bridge, connecting Louisville, Kentucky, to Jefferson, Indiana, via the Ohio River, for transportation and bridges;
- SNC Lavalin, WSP Canada, McMillen Jacobs Associates, and Tetra Tech EBA’s Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project in Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Port Moody, for the same category;
- Knight Piésold’s Box Canyon Hydroelectric Project in Howe Sound, for energy and industry;
- PBX Engineering’s Wildlife Detection System between Cranbrook and the Alberta border, for natural resource and habitat; and
- PBX Engineering and IBI Group’s Variable Speed Limit System, implemented at Highway 99 Sea to Sky, Highway 5 Coquihalla Highway, and Highway 1 (west of Revelstoke), for soft engineering.
Lord Strathcona Elementary School was also granted the Governor General’s Award for Engineering Excellence thanks to its outstanding response to high seismic risk. This three-storey heritage building was the first Canadian building for which a base isolation solution was attempted, as well as the first project for which flat jacking was used to separate the parts of the structure above and below the isolation plane. The building now performs to above-code levels of immediate occupancy and heritage conservation post-earthquake.