Canadian Consulting Engineer


  • Feature Engineering

    Comment: Heroic buildings and hope for First Nations

    October 24, 2015 by Bronwen Parsons

    The awards allow us to profile excellent projects, but at a deeper level they show directions in which engineering is going.

  • 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Prix canadiens du génie-conseil

    October 24, 2015 by CCE

    Introduction, Chair’s Comments & Jury Members for the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards. A joint program of ACEC-AFIC-Canada, and Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine. Now in its 47th year.

  • Schreyer Award: Queen Richmond Centre West

    October 24, 2015 by Stephenson Engineering and CAST CONNEX

    “We were totally amazed by this project. The engineers were able to put an 11-storey tower on a “tabletop” above two heritage buildings and develop special frame systems to take the loads. The huge joints a metre thick are unique and very difficult to cast — completely innovative.” – Jury

  • Tree for Life Award: Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Project

    October 24, 2015 by Hatch

    “At this remote dam project in Northern B.C. the engineers used innovative and sustainable techniques, such as carefully
    protecting the fish habitat downstream with a creative use of turbines to quickly offload the power when necessary. The project involved First Nations and produces 195 MW of clean energy with minimal impact on their ancestral lands.” – Jury

  • Ambassador Award: Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement

    October 24, 2015 by Buckland & Taylor

    “This was an outstanding project. It was remarkable that the engineers came up with an alternative design that didn’t require the U.S. crossing to close. They used the existing piers and slid the new bridge onto them. We thought it was really innovative, creative and courageous. We gave it the Ambassador award for international work. The ultimate beneficiaries were the people who live in the area.” – Jury

  • Engineering a Better Canada Award: Halifax Central Library

    October 24, 2015 by SNC-Lavalin

    “This project is a combination of dramatic architecture with a complicated structural design to accommodate it. We gave it the special award for “social, economic and cultural benefits to the community.” The library serves as an important focal point that attracts people to Halifax. It also enhances the urban site.” – Jury

  • Feature Engineering

    Outreach Award: Hatch and Hatch Mott MacDonald Canadian Outreach Program

    October 24, 2015 by Hatch and Hatch Mott MacDonald

    “This is a tremendous effort on the company’s part to reach out to their neighbourhoods and the wider world to show the value of engineering and to encourage others to take up engineering as a career. It’s not about the money, it’s about the time. It’s making the effort. That’s a big deal.”– Jury

  • Award of Excellence: University of Toronto Goldring Centre

    October 24, 2015 by Blackwell

    “The tight urban site for this sports research and recreation complex necessitated a top-down built structure, in which
    the lower floors were suspended from a large truss. We admired this unusual arrangement which required complex detailing to deal with load deflections in the truss and movement in the lower levels.” – Jury

  • Award of Excellence: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

    October 24, 2015 by Fast + Epp

    “This mid-rise commercial building in Vancouver is a hybrid timber and steel structure, with an extensive use of wood. It seems relatively simple construction, but the engineers had to work from first principles. The interface of the floor diaphragm with the steel lateral system, for example, needed careful design to meet the intent of seismic requirements in the code.” – Jury

  • Award of Excellence: Edmonton International Airport Office and Control Tower

    October 24, 2015 by DIALOG

    “This was visually a very impressive project. Combining the control tower with an office building above the terminal was challenging. The steel shear walls were innovative.
    A lot of the solutions are partly driven by the structure, partly driven by the architecture, which means it’s a truly
    integrated solution.” – Jury