MARKHAM, ONT. — Hugh Krentz, who has been instrumental in making buildings and bridges stronger in the Canadian steel and construction industries, passed away recently.
Krentz had 50 years experience as an engineer and was committed to developing more efficient and safe building codes and standards which are now in use in Canada and around the world.
He joined the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) in 1960 after graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1957. He became chief engineer in 1964 and director of research and development of the Canadian Steel Construction Council in 1969. He was appointed secretary of the CISC in 1970, and secretary of the council a year later.
Krentz was appointed as CISC’s president in 1978. He retired in 2001 after 40 years of service but continued to serve the industry in the capacity of consultant to CISC and executive director of SSEF, which is now the CISC Education and Research Council until 2007.
In 2005, The CISC H.A. Krentz Research Award was created in appreciation of the contributions made by Krentz to the engineering profession, the development of codes and standards, the education of engineers and to the development of the Canadian steel industry, states a release.
In addition, Krentz was chair of the Standards Council of Canada for over a decade and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012.
The Hugh A. Krentz Exemplary Student Award was established in 2015 by the CWB Welding Foundation to support Canadian students entering their final year of study in a minimum two-year welding undergraduate program, adds the release.
Krentz, was the recipient of the CISC Alfred F. Wong Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. It was presented to him at the 2022 CISC Canadian Steel Conference in September.
The award honours individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and success of the Canadian steel construction industry over a sustained period of years.