TORONTO — The Toronto Construction Association (TCA) recently celebrated the outstanding projects, businesses and people of 2017 during its 150th annual general meeting (AGM) and Best of the Best Awards presentation held Feb. 15 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
The awards aim to celebrate performance excellence and inspire others to strive for excellence in their businesses, states the association.
Entries are judged by the TCA’s Nominations and Awards Committee and awards are presented each year at the AGM.
Walsh Canada won two awards, including Project Achievement in the large category for its work on the TTC Pioneer Village Subway Station.
Construction involved a number of logistical challenges, including building a station structure that straddled a major arterial road, which required a temporary four-lane steel bridge, a staged traffic management plan and major utility relocations. The structure contained many flowing curves, odd angles, high-end finishes and features, a release describes.
Walsh also won the Outstanding Safety Culture Award, for leadership, performance and contributions to advancing construction safety. It also won the award in 2014.
The Project Achievement Award for a medium project was presented to PCL for the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge Replacement. The development of the bridge, which features glass and etched bronze cladding panels, involved a multi-phased process that required assembly adjacent to the shopping centre before being lifted into place.
A short documentary on the creation of the bridge can be found here.
The Project Achievement Award for small projects was awarded to CRS Tunnelling Inc. for the Airport Road Storm Sewer in the City of Mississauga for the Regional Municipality of Peel.
“TCA’s project achievement awards pay tribute annually to member companies who raise the bar in terms of professional excellence,” said John Mollenhauer, TCA president and CEO, in a statement. “What sets these projects apart is unique teamwork, dedication, innovation, professionalism and leadership that together, culminate in extraordinary project achievement.”
Construction lawyer Duncan Glaholt from Glaholt LLP won the Donald P. Giffin Sr. Construction Industry Achievement Award. Glaholt was one of the advisers during the industry consultation that led up to Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017. He is also one of Canada’s leading experts on the adjudication process.
The following is a list of other Best of the Best Award recipients for 2017:
- TCIC Chancellor’s Award of Excellence — Stephanie Wallace, Canadian Construction Association
- Directors Honour Roll — Dave Tipler, David Kirkland, Matt Henderson, Greg Dolenc, Bob Barham
- Distinguished Volunteer Award — Joel Baker, SPLR LLP
- Green Building Culture Award — Sweeny &Co. Architects
- Innovation Award — Hilti Canada Corporation
- Sean P. McKenna Young Construction Leaders — Paul Boylan, PCL
- Trade Contractor Award — Ward and Burke Microtunnelling Ltd.