By Warren Frey - Consulting engineers gathered to celebrate cutting edge projects at a gala in downtown Vancouver. The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) recently held its 25th Annual Awards of Excellence.
“This year’s winners represent the best and brightest that our industry has to offer, and are a testament to the amazing work of B.C.’s consulting engineers that we have been showcasing on this stage for 25 years,” said Keith Sashaw, association president and CEO.
Awards of excellence and merit were handed out in six different project categories, which this year included natural resource and habitat.
The first ever Award of Excellence in natural resource and habitat category went to Associated Engineering for the John Matthews Ravine Restoration Project in Burnaby, B.C.
The first Award of Merit went to exp services inc. for the Surrey Bend Habitat Enhancement Project in Surrey Bend Regional Park
Sashaw said association members are becoming more involved with projects in the resource sector in B.C. as a number of large scale projects ramp up.“A significant number of our members are actively engaged in that sector of the economy, and we’ve got to start recognizing the good work done there,” he said.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence went to H5M (a joint venture by Hatch Mott MacDonald Ltd. and MMM Group) for their onshore works on the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project.
Several water and waste focused projects garnered awards.
Tetra Tech won the Award of Excellence in the municipal and civil infrastructure category for their Mosquito Creek Debris Flow Net in North Vancouver.
The Award of Merit in the same category went to the Coquitlam UV Disinfection — Water Treatment Facilities project, with work by Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc.
Other water projects included the Ruskin Dam — Right Abutment Seepage Control Upgrade, handled by Golder Construction Inc. which took the Award of Excellence in the energy and industry category.
The soft engineering category recognizes projects such as studies and research that contribute to the engineering field.
The winners were AECOM for the Modelling of Potential Tsunami Inundation Limits and Run-Up for the Capital Regional District on Vancouver Island.
The Award of Excellence in the soft engineering category was given to Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. for their Heat Seeking Sewer Model for Metro Vancouver.
Individual awards were also handed out at the gala.
ACEC-BC presented the Young Professional Award to Allison Clavelle of Urban Systems Ltd.
“Allison has worked hard in the Young Professional program, in terms of setting the program, getting interest amongst the companies and higher attendance at the functions. She’s certainly a worthy winner and she deserves to be recognized,” Sashaw said.
The association also recognized industry veteran Brian Johnson with the Meritorious Achievement award.
Johnson recently retired from a 30-year career with Stantec, in which he served 20 years as vice president of the company.
“Brian has done a lot of good work for the industry and for the association, and is a very worthy recipient of the Meritorious Achievement award,” Sashaw said.
“It really is a chance to showcase the breadth and the depth of the innovation and the ingenuity that B.C. engineers bring to projects,” Sashaw added.