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Ontario consulting engineers earn national awards of excellence

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Ontario consulting engineers earn national awards of excellence

OTTAWA — Consulting engineers from Ontario were celebrated for outstanding achievements at the 2019 Canadian Consulting Engineering (CCE) Awards gala recently in Ottawa.

“This is an opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions that Canadian consulting engineers make both here at home and around the world on a national stage,” said ACEC President and CEO John Gamble in a statement. “They highlight the role that consulting engineers play in our daily lives and the important impact that their work has on all Canadians.”

The winners of the awards of excellence and project descriptions as described in a release were:

  • Entuitive’s Toronto office was honoured with the Engineering a Better Canada Award for Calgary’s New Central Library. The library has been celebrated for incorporating design-forward features, including an interlocking hexagonal facade and a western cedar clad grand entryway portal inspired by Alberta’s Chinook Arches. For the jurors, the project represents the library of the future — a hub located in the middle of the city that showcases Calgary and is accessible to the entire community.
  • Stantec Consulting Ltd. won the Award of Excellence for evolv1, an office building targeting net positive energy, net zero carbon and LEED Platinum which has already been recognized as the first Zero Carbon Building — Design certified project in Canada. To achieve the net zero targets, the team used an Integrated Design Process (IDP), taking advantage of varied discipline collaboration from an early stage. Jurors said the project, which offers real potential for scalability, represents the future of commercial building design, particularly because of its net positive energy performance and the unique geothermal heating system.
  • WSP was presented with an Award of Excellence for its Johnson Street Bridge Replacement project. The City of Victoria selected WSP to provide project management, design and construction administration services for a new structure to replace its historic Johnson Street Bridge. The overall project involved the creation of a myriad of new roadway, walkways, cycling paths and public gathering spaces that have created vibrancy and renewal in the area.
  • For its Bridging the Hydrometric Data Gap, Lake Huron project an Award of Excellence was presented to Golder. The sustainability of Bruce Power’s nuclear operations, located on the shores of Lake Huron, are closely tied to the lake’s hydrodynamic, thermodynamic and biochemical states. Golder developed a comprehensive hydro-thermodynamic modelling platform, providing several advantages over previous modelling exercises. It enables Bruce Power to maintain site operations by providing the required information to meet regulatory requirements while educating interest groups about the thermal and hydrodynamic impacts associated with plant operations.
  • Hatch’s Award of Excellence-winning Oxec II Hydroelectric Project, a complete 56 MW greenfield installation in Rio, is a key project supporting Guatemala’s mandate to energize the nation with clean power. Hatch was originally engaged to develop the project’s conceptual design, with scope later expanded to detailed design-build engineering. Oxec II success hinged on the constructability and economy of the design. Through Hatch’s optimization efforts, an alternative layout was proposed to reduce construction costs and improve design reliability.
  • The Award of Excellence-winning Intelligent Structural Panel (ISP) was simple: take all the components and processes that go into constructing a floor and shear wall and combine them into one intelligent product. Quasar Consulting Group Inc., in partnership with Stephenson Engineering, WZMH Architects and C3PoE, developed the ISP in response to a need for the next generation of smart building systems. A prefabricated smart building component that is installed on-site with minimal labour, the ISP is modular energy-efficient, and reduces construction waste. It includes the infrastructure to power, monitor and control most key building systems including mechanical, electrical and IT.

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