Canadian Consulting Engineer

B.C. engineering rides high in Public-Private Partnership Awards

December 7, 2009
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

Awards for outstanding infrastructure projects were handed out by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Part...

Awards for outstanding infrastructure projects were handed out by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships in Toronto last week, and bridges, roads and transit in British Columbia walked away with four of the top honours.

Two Gold Awards for Infrastructure were given out, one to the Canada Line in Vancouver, which opened a few months ago and links downtown Vancouver to the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. That project was a partnership of Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc. and InTransit BC, with SNC-Lavalin leading the InTransit BC team.

Another Gold Award for Infrastructure went to the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement project, which connects West Vancouver and Whistler over 95 kilometres and has been operational since October.  Otherwise known as Highway 99, the picturesque route through mountains is extremely challenging from an engineering point of view.  The project is a partnership of the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Sea-to-Sky Highway Investment Limited Partnership. Hatch Mott MacDonald was the prime consultant and project designer for the design-builder Peter Kiewit.  The project also won the 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence and the CEBC Award of Excellence.

A Silver Award for Infrastructure went to the Golden Ears Bridge, a kilometre-long extradosed cable-stayed bridge that was completed in June this year.  It connects Langley, Pitt Meadows, Surrey and Maple Ridge over the Fraser River near Vancouver. The P3 award-winners on this project were TransLink and Bilfinger Berger Project Investments. Engineering firms involved in the design of the crossing and feeder network included CH2M Hill, Buckland and Taylor, Associated Engineering, and Collings Johnston. McElhanney Consultng and AMEC designed connector roads, and AMEC was the overall environmental consultant.


The Gold Award for Leadership went to the Confederation Bridge in P.E.I. — an award overdue, since it was completed by Transport Canada and Strait Crossing Developments in 1998. Stantec was design engineer in joint venture with J. Muller International


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