Last month, Engineers Canada celebrated the achievements of eight Canadian engineers with its annual awards. Recognizing excellence in engineers, teams, projects, and students, the awards have been presented since 1972.
“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, we reflect upon the diverse work professional engineers have contributed to every sector of Canadian society,” said Stephanie Price, P.Eng., CAE, Engineers Canada’s interim CEO. “Engineers have helped create and build Canada to what it is today; whether it’s transportation, natural resources, infrastructure, environment or technology, engineers have played a significant role.”
Awards were presented to:
- Larry E. Seeley, PhD, P.Eng., Seeley Group’s chair and CEO, earning the Gold Medal for achievements including contributions to Canada’s mining and metallurgical industry;
- Mary A. Wells, PhD, P.Eng., University of Waterloo’s Associate Dean, outreach, with the Faculty of Engineering, earning an award for Support of Women in the Engineering Profession for her stance as a role model and leader;
- Veronica Knott, an undergraduate student of engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), earning the title of 2017 Gold Medal Student for her leadership in diversity efforts;
- Amy M. Bilton, PhD, P.Eng., earning the Young Engineer Achievement Award for her innovative and globally focused approach to educating students at the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering;
- G. Ross Peters, PhD, FCAE, FEC, P.Eng., a professor emeritus and former dean of Memorial University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, earning a Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service for his work promoting engineering education both in Canada and globally;
- Eduardo (Ted) Maulucci, P.Eng., president of SmartONE Solutions, earning a Meritorious Service Award for Community Service for efforts to mentor engineering students, fund education, and assist entrepreneurs;
- Jonathan F. Holzman, PhD, P.Eng., Associate Professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus, earning a Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education for his creative, hands-on, and technologically based approach to teaching; and
- FLIR Systems’ engineering team, earning the National Award for an Engineering Project for their work developing a radar technology for automatic surveillance, which should cover greater ground than cameras with fewer limitations.
“Looking forward to Canada’s next sesquicentennial, we believe engineers will continue to be at the centre of innovation, driving the economy, creating solutions for some of society’s most pressing challenges, and improving the quality of life for Canadians,” said Price.
Last month, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) recognized B.C. architects’ best projects with its 2017 Architectural Awards at Vancouver’s Convention Centre West. Spanning three categories—Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards, AIBC Emerging Firm Award, and AIBC Special Jury Awards—a total of seven projects were celebrated.
The jury, which chose these winners from among more than 46 submissions, consisted of:
- Michael Heeney, AIBC, FRAIC, principal at Bing Thom Architects;
- Alex Bozikovic, an architectural critic with the Globe and Mail;
- Andrew Gruft, AIBC, Professor Emeritus at University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA);
- Donald Luxton, FRAIC, principal with Donald Luxton and Associates;
- Jason King, AIBC, owner of Jason King Architects; and
- Peeroj Thakre, AIBC, principal with ph5 Architecture.
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards
For excellence in AIBC member-designed architectural projects, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Medal was granted to:
- Patkau Architects’ Audain Art Museum, a Whistler-based, a 5202-m2 (56,000-sf) private museum using minimal, unobtrusive architecture to enhance the museum’s art and natural surroundings; and
- D’Arcy Jones Architecture’s Friesen Wong House, which employs a cantilevered terrace to both work with and contrast against the underlying rock of Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.
This category’s Merit awards were earned by:
- KPMB Architects and HCMA Architecture + Design’s UBC Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, which offers mutually beneficial resources to support the university and its alumni community; and
- Frits de Vries Architect’s Tsawwassen Beach Home, a two-storey beach house whose architecture allows seamless transitions between inside and outside, both enhancing views and providing protection.
Emerging Firm and Special Jury Awards
D’Arcy Jones Architecture was also recognized with the AIBC Emerging Firm Award, which is intended to reward promise, vision, and defined goals in architecture, particularly in the context of modern, innovative methods.
Finally, two projects were celebrated with AIBC Special Jury Awards, namely:
- Proscenium Architecture and Interiors’ Christ Church Cathedral Restoration and Renewal, which protected and rejuvenated one of Vancouver’s historic churches with the addition of seismic upgrades and a bellspire at the northeast corner (with work from Iredale Group Architecture on Phase 1); and
- DCYT Architecture’s Sneakerbox, a 102-m2 (1100-sf) retail store in Park Royal West Vancouver Shopping Centre, which draws on the esthetic of raw wood pallet to relate to its high-fashion but unorthodox customer base.
Professionals in the precast concrete industry have an opportunity to be rewarded for their innovation with the opening of the 2018 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards. Until September 18, professionals will be able to submit Canadian, U.S., or international projects for consideration.
“Every year, the judging panels are impressed with the innovation and versatility showcased in the precast concrete projects submitted to the PCI Design Awards,” said Bob Risser, PCI’s president and CEO. “All of the projects submitted highlight specific attributes that precast concrete is known for, such as speed of construction, resilience and durability, and design and construction versatility. I look forward to seeing all of the entries in the 55th Annual PCI Design Awards.”
Entries must be submitted electronically by the architect or engineer of record, for consideration by a jury of experts based on inventiveness, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability, among other factors. Projects should fall under one of the competition’s two primary, separately juried categories and various subcategories. These are:
- buildings, which can include commercial, religious, housing, or parking structures, as well as K–12 and higher education facilities; and
- transportation structures, which can include new, rehabilitated, or non-highway bridges, as well as other solutions.
Each category features a ‘best of’ award, but awards will also be granted for industry advancement, sustainable design, and best all-precast concrete structure.
Slightly different rules apply for Canadian, U.S., and international projects, respectively. Submissions from the two former locations must implement precast manufactured in a PCI- or Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI)-certified plant. International projects (i.e. those located in neither Canada nor the United States) do not have this requirement, but use different categories: buildings and bridges rather than buildings and transportation. Regardless of location, all projects must have been completed within the past three years, primarily using precast.
Winning projects will be celebrated both in print and in person, with recognition in a summary article to be published in PCI Journal, Aspire, and Ascent magazines as well as at the 2018 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference at the Precast Show in February of next year.
The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) has announced the 17 winners of its 2017 Excellence in Hot-dip Galvanizing Awards, selected from among 120 innovative, versatile hot-dip galvanizing projects. In total, four of the 15 projects celebrated for excellence were Canadian, including a Québécois overpass and a slurry preparation plant (SPP) in Fort McMurray, Alta.
Amongst the winners of Excellence Awards, Montréal-based Corbec Inc. was awarded for:
- Place Alta Pergola (Terrebonne, Qué.) in duplex systems; and
- Olymel Saint-Esprit (Qué.) in food and agriculture.
The company also collaborated with Galvanisation Québec on Snow Scrapers and Blowers in Québec City to win in the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) category. The two companies also teamed up for the Maritime Link Project (converter stations) in Bottom Brook, N.L., and Woodbine, N.S., which won in the electrical, utility, and communications category.
Galvanisation Québec was also awarded for Ste-Marie de Beauce multipurpose overpass (Qué.) in the bridge and highway category.
Recognized as the top award in the competition, the Most Distinguished Award was earned by Corbec this year for its work on Horizon Oil Sands Slurry Preparation Plant in Fort McMurray, Alta. The plant faces difficulties with corrosion due to the oil and ore liquefaction process, but its implementation of hot-dip galvanized steel boosts the resilience of the plant, saves money, and allows for relocation if necessary.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award can only be granted to a project that has been in service for a minimum of 15 years, and in this case, it went to the AZZ Galvanizing’s Baseball Man topiary, located at Mississippi’s Gulfport Sportsplex. The hot-dip galvanized frame supporting the topiary was initially chosen to improve resistance to harsh fertilizers and irrigation, but since it was designed in 2001, it has also played an unexpected role.
Baseball Man has had to stand up to hazards much more significant than those it was designed to withstand—it faced the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and was set on fire by vandals last year. Although the latter event caused the topiary to be temporarily removed from the facility, it has been restored to its place, with the frame undamaged by the fire or natural disaster.
Videos on the lifelong performance of other galvanized steel projects can be found here. These include the following case study on Ontario’s Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
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.