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Fast + Epp claim top prize at 2018 ACEC-BC Awards Gala

April 10, 2018

29th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence, hosted by the ACEC-BC, recognized firms and individuals for their contributions to the industry and society.


Tallwood House at Brock Commons, UBC (photo: Seagate Structures)

The 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence, the top prize presented at the 29th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala hosted by the ACEC-BC, went to Fast + Epp for the Tallwood House at Brock Commons project.

The TallWood House at Brock Commons is an 18-storey, 400-bed student residence on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Reaching 53m, it has been recognized as the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world.

The Awards Gala was held Saturday, April 7 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, honouring the innovation and technical excellence of ACEC-BC member firms.

Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit were presented in seven categories: Buildings, Municipal & Civil Infrastructure, Transportation & Bridges, Energy & Industry, Natural Resource & Habitat, Soft Engineering and Projects Under $2.5 Million.


ACEC-BC also recognized the outstanding contributions of two individuals. The Meritorious Achievement Award, presented for significant lifetime contributions to engineering, the industry and the community, was awarded to Ahmet (Met) Ulker, P.Eng., FEC., AES Engineering Ltd.

The Young Professional Award was handed out to Graham Lovely, P.Eng, LEED AP BD+C of MCW Consultants Ltd. recognizing his achievements in the first 10 years of his career, demonstrating excellence in consulting business practices, outstanding achievements in his field, and leadership in the community.

The 2018 Client of the Year Award was provided to the City of Coquitlam. This award serves to promote and encourage best practices by clients, and nominations were based on criteria that included communication and relationship management, appropriate risk assessment management and allocation, use of fair and balanced contracts and appropriate procurement and delivery methodology that leads to clear scope. In an industry where price is often the determinant factor rather than qualifications, and where engineering services are often viewed as a commodity, the City of Coquitlam is setting an excellent example of valuing the professional services that consulting engineers provide via qualification based selection.



Tallwood House at Brock Commons

  • Consultant: Fast + Epp
  • Owner/Client: UBC Properties Trust
  • Category: Buildings
  • Location: Vancouver, BC



Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps Project

  • Consultant: Stantec
  • Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – New Orleans District (USACE)
  • Client: PCCP Constructors – a Joint Venture
  • Category: Municipal & Civil Infrastructure
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Angus L. Macdonald Bridge Suspended Spans Superstructure Replacement – “The Big Lift”

  • Consultant: COWI North America Ltd.
  • Owner/Client: Halifax Harbour Bridges
  • Category: Transportation & Bridges
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway

  • Consultants: Tetra Tech Canada Inc. and Stantec
  • Owner/Client: Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Category: Transportation & Bridges
  • Location: Northwest Territories

YVR Flywheel Energy Storage and Airfield Critical Power System

  • Consultant: WSP|Opus
  • Owner/Client: YVR – Vancouver International Airport
  • Category: Energy & Industry
  • Location: Richmond, BC

Cowichan River Flood Protection Program

  • Consultant: Parsons
  • Owner/Client: Cowichan Valley Regional District; the Cowichan Tribes; City of Duncan; and Municipality of North Cowichan
  • Category: Natural Resource & Habitat
  • Location: Cowichan Region, Vancouver Island, BC

Vancouver Convention Centre West – Strategic Sustainability Consulting and Project Management

  • Consultant: WSP Canada Inc.
  • Owner/Client: Vancouver Convention Centre / BC Pavilion Corporation
  • Category: Soft Engineering
  • Location: Vancouver, BC

YVR Apron VI LED Lighting Upgrade

  • Consultant: Omni Engineering Inc.
  • Owner/Client: Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Category: Projects Under $2.5 Million
  • Location: Richmond, BC



Seismic Upgrade Using External Buckling Restrained Bracing

Ladysmith Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Consultant: WSP|Opus
  • Owner/Client: Town of Ladysmith
  • Category: Municipal & Civil Infrastructure
  • Location: Ladysmith, BC

Vedder Bridge Replacement Design Build Project

  • Consultant: Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.
  • Owner/Client: City of Chilliwack
  • Category: Transportation & Bridges
  • Location: Chilliwack, BC

Veer Kunwar Singh Setu

  • Consultant: McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
  • Owner: Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited Client: SP Singla Constructions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Category: Transportation & Bridges
  • Location: Arrah, Bihar, India

Brucejack Mine Power Transmission Line

  • Consultant: Stantec
  • Owner/Client: Pretium Resources Inc.
  • Category: Energy & Industry
  • Location: North of Stewart, BC

Salmon River Diversion Decommissioning

  • Consultant: Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.
  • Owner/Client: BC Hydro
  • Category: Natural Resource & Habitat
  • Location: Campbell River, BC

Semi-Automated Roadway Corridor Asset Inventory Collection

  • Consultant: Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
  • Owner/Client: BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Category: Soft Engineering
  • Location: Province of BC

Service Sustainability Assessment Tool for Canadian Communities

  • Consultant: Urban Systems Ltd.
  • Owner/Client: City of Grand Forks
  • Category: Soft Engineering
  • Location: Grand Forks, BC

Pachena Point Lighthouse Restoration

  • Consultant: Goal Engineering Ltd.
  • Owner/Client: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Category: Projects Under $2.5 Million
  • Location: Pachena Point, Vancouver Island, BC


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