ACEC-BC honours engineering excellence

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) has announced the 28th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence, honouring the innovation and technical excellence of  member firms.

Awards were given in the following categories: Buildings, Municipal & Civil Infrastructure, Transportation & Bridges, Energy & Industry, Natural Resource & Habitat, and Soft Engineering. 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 Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. for their base isolation seismic upgrade of Vancouver’s Lord Strathcona Elementary School.

This Class A Heritage (1897-vintage) three storey load-bearing brick/stone building was assessed at high seismic risk, needing upgrading by base isolation, a solution never attempted before on new or existing buildings in Canada. It was also the first-time flat jacking was used in Canada to separate the structure above an isolation plane from that below, connected only by 30 isolators. This upgrade achieves an “immediate occupancy” post-earthquake performance level (better than code) as well as post-earthquake heritage conservation.

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