Winners of this year’s Canadian Design-Build Institute’s (CDBI) Design-Build Awards of Excellence include the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre in Kelowna, B.C. and the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project in Metro Vancouver.
The winners were announced recently at the National Design-Build Conference.
"We have a panel that includes owners, contractors, architects and engineers that examines the submissions," said Uel McFall, CDBI chair, in a statement. "They select the winners using a weighted rating system followed by a discussion of practice and design qualities. It is amazing to see how complex these projects are, yet it is possible to control cost and schedule and develop innovative approaches and designs."
The CDBI Design-Build Award of Excellence winner in the infrastructure category was the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project. The owner of the project was the Province of British Columbia, the design-builder was SNC Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc. and the consultant was SNC-Lavalin, MMM Group (a WSP Company).
The project is an 11-kilometre advanced light rail transit system extension connecting Coquitlam City Centre through Port Moody to Lougheed Town Centre in approximately 15 minutes. The Evergreen Line was completed and in service as of late 2016.
The scope consisted of five kilometres of elevated guideway, four kilometres of at-grade guideway and two kilometres of tunnel. There are seven passenger stations along the way, five power propulsion installations, signal operating and monitoring systems, a vehicle storage and maintenance facility and miscellaneous related facilities, states a release issued by CDBI.
The project area required provision for high seismic requirements in poor soil conditions and difficult tunnel boring environments. Parts of the line were to be constructed near an existing active rail freight alignment.
The Interior Heart and Surgical Centre was the winner in the buildings category. The owner on the project is the Interior Health Authority, the design-builder is PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. and the consultant is HDR/CEI Architecture Associates Inc.
The project, with a nearly $124-million final cost initially, comprised a three-storey facility, which was expanded to a four-storey, 14,763-square-metre facility after the project was awarded a funding increase. It contains 15 operating rooms and all associated staff support facilities, including a pre-op area, a cardiac surgical intensive care unit, post anesthetic recovery rooms, a medical device reprocessing area and post-op recovery area. The project is also LEED Gold certified.
According to the release, the site was previously occupied by a disused building and the weight of the demolished building could be interpreted as having preloaded the site. This eliminated the transporting, placing and removal of preload material and represented a cost and schedule saving, for which the proponents sought pre-submission permission.
In addition, to accommodate the added fourth floor to an already existing design and partially-constructed building, mechanical connections were located outside one of the walls for easier access during construction as well as for maintenance, adds the release.