Technical excellence and skilful innovation were honoured at the 2019 Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards. The annual awards recognize consulting engineer services provided to improve B.C.’s transportation infrastructure.
The categories for this year’s awards included design and contract preparation for roads and structures, construction management and supervision services, specialized engineering services and alternate transportation.
The award for Excellence in Alternate Transportation went to VIA Architecture for its part in upgrading the Metrotown SkyTrain Station and Exchange Upgrade project. The large-scale upgrade included a complete overhaul and transformation of the station footprint to address overcrowding.
Design and Contract Preparation – Structures
Associated Engineering received this award for its work in retrofitting and seismically upgrading the Alexandra Bridge in Spuzzum. The bridge, built in the early 1960s, carries the Trans-Canada Highway over the Fraser River. The project reshaped the bridge’s approach spans and made significant structural modifications to bring the bridge up to modern engineering code.
Design and Contract Preparation – Roads
SNC-Lavalin Inc. is this year’s Deputy Minister Award winner for its work on the six-laning project from Highway 33 to Edwards Road in Kelowna. The project involved great complexity, innovation and detail as work was completed to widen 4.5 kilometres of road from four lanes to six. Despite the natural geographical challenges and compressed schedule, the team at SNC-Lavalin maintained a high level of service to help deliver a quality project.
Construction Management and Supervision Services
The top honour for this category went to WSP Canada Inc. for its work on the Roche Cove Bridge Replacement project near Sooke. Overcoming numerous challenges, including working on a previously known archeological site, the company demonstrated innovation and careful planning to deliver a new two-lane bridge.
Specialized Engineering Services
In June 2016, a massive storm surged through the South Peace region, flooding out infrastructure and causing damage to surrounding communities. During this trying time, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants provided extensive engineering support, while conducting emergency repairs and replacements. For its ongoing support and response to changing project priorities, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants is this year’s award winner.