B.C. consulting engineering firms took home 10 of the 20 Awards of Excellence handed out at the 2017 Canadian Consulting Engineering (CCE) Awards gala. Four of those projects were also honoured with additional Special Achievement Awards.
The annual awards by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) are recognized as the industry’s highest honours and presented to projects by Canadian firms that showcase the most remarkable engineering feats.
Awards are presented in a variety of categories, ranging from buildings and transportation, water nd natural resources, to special projects and community outreach.
“These awards not only provide the opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions that consulting engineers make to our local communities, they showcase these outstanding achievements on a national stage,” said ACEC president and CEO John Gamble.
The top prize, the Schreyer Award, was presented to Ausenco Engineering for the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel, a critical water supply pipe crossing beneath B.C.’s Fraser River.
“We are honoured to receive this award, which recognizes the innovation and technical ingenuity of the team working on this very challenging project,” said Bob Zunti, Ausenco’s senior vice president Western Canada.
Other Metro Vancouver Award of Excellence and Special Achievement winners were:
- Knight Piésold Ltd. won the Tree for Life Award, presented to the project that best demonstrates outstanding environmental stewardship, for the Box Canyon Hydroelectric Project in B.C
- Two Ambassador Awards were given to handed out for projects constructed or executed outside of Canada that best showcase Canadian engineering expertise. COWI North America (formerly Buckland & Taylor) won for the work done on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (Oculus) in New York City, and McElhanney Consulting also won for the Atal Setu (Basohli Bridge) built in Jammu & Kashmir, India.
- COWI earned a second Award of Excellence for Abraham Lincoln Bridge, designed to improve connectivity between two states and alleviate traffic on the existing JFK Bridge.
- SNC-Lavalin won for the Jimmie Creek Hydroelectric project and for the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit project.
- Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. was recognized for their Mayerthorpe Rail Bridge Replacement project.
- PBX Engineering Ltd. won for their Wildlife Detection System project, designed to protect wildlife and improve vehicular safety.
- Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd won for their Central at Garden City District Energy System Mini-Plant.