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Floating cofferdam wins top ACEC-New Brunswick award

March 15, 2016

Grand Falls Hydro Facility work in process. Image courtesy Stantec.

Grand Falls Hydro Facility work in process. Image courtesy Stantec.

Projects by Stantec, exp, AMEC and Crandall Engineering have won Engineering Excellence Awards from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – New Brunswick.

Stantec and its client NB Power won the top-ranking Pinnacle Award for the Grand Falls Hydrofacility Coffer Dam. In order to carry out repairs to some of the original 1926 spillways that were hard to reach by crane, the team turned an existing cofferdam into a floating cofferdam. Stantec provided the structural, mechanical and electrical engineering for the flotation system to allow the cofferdam to be floated in the river and then lowered into place at the various spillways.

Three awards of merit were also given out at the celebrations, which were held at the Fredericton Convention Centre on February 4.

One went to exp. Services and the City of Fredericton for the Smythe Street/Route 8 Roundabout. This multi-lane roundabout on a divided four-lane highway is one of the first of its type in Canada. It handles 25,000 vehicles a day since opening in September, and reduces congestion.

Amec Foster Wheeler and Tek Resources won an award for the approved reclamation plan for the Sa Dena Hes Mine First Nations Engagement project. Amec Foster Wheeler implemented the approved reclamation plan for the site, which is located in the traditional territory of the Liard First Nation in the Yukon Territory. First Nations were heavily involved in the project, and over 55% of the 66,260 man-hours were by First Nations people.

Finally, Crandall Engineering won an award of merit for the Revitalization of Main Street in Shediac, N.B. The first phase of the project was completed on schedule and within budget in 2015. It involved streetscape and landscape features aimed at creating a vibrant downtown that is friendly to cyclists and pedestrians, while continuing to accommodate the high traffic volumes generated by tourism.

David Richards, P.Eng., a mechanical engineer with Fundy Engineering since 2008, won the ACEC-NB 2016 Young Professional’s Award. He is currently manager of the mechanical engineering department at Fundy.

Hollis Cole, P.Eng., won the ACEC-NB 2016 President Award, as reported previously.

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