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October 27, 2010

BRADLEY FEHR

SNC-Lavalin completed the Canada Line rapid transit project more than 100 days ahead of schedule.

SNC-Lavalin wins technical innovation award for Vancouver’s Canada Line

Vancouver’s Canada Line rapid transit project has netted SNC-Lavalin Inc. top marks for technical innovation — the Schreyer Award — in the 2010 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards program.

Measuring more than 18 kilometres, the automated rapid transit line connects downtown Vancouver with the Vancouver International Airport and the city of Richmond.

The $1.9-billion project includes 16 stations as well as water crossings and elevated and underground sections. SNC-Lavalin Inc. designed, built and commissioned the line 110 days ahead of a 51-month schedule.

Held annually for 42 years, the awards are Canada’s highest mark of recognition for projects by Canadian consulting engineering firms.

The program is presented by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.

Two special awards, and 10 awards of excellence, were given.

The Tree for Life Award, for outstanding environmental stewardship, went to CH2M HILL for the Pine Creek wastewater treatment plant in Calgary.

The awards sponsors said the plant is “a shining example” of preserving natural resources while establishing new effluent quality standards. The plant processes 100 million litres a day using next-generation technologies such as biological nutrient removal and ultra-violet disinfection. Sustainable features also include energy management, water re-use and green roofs.

Awards of excellence were presented for the following projects:

Manitoba Hydro downtown office building, Winnipeg. (Buildings category). AECOM Canada Ltd. and Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.

Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond, B.C. Fast + Epp and Glotman Simpson.

Kingsway pedestrian bridge, Burnaby, B.C. (Transportation). Fast + Epp.

Pine Creek wastewater treatment plant, Calgary. (Water resources). CH2M HILL.

Ravensview wastewater treatment plant upgrades, Kingston, Ont. (Water resources). J. L. Richards & Associates Ltd.

Tatamagouche water treatment plant, Nova Scotia. (Water resources). CBCL Ltd., Consulting Engineers.

Joseph and Gaukel streets road reconstruction and environmental remediation, Kitchener, Ont. (Environmental remediation). MTE Consultants Inc.

Bruce A units 1 & 2 steam generator replacement project, Kincardine, Ont. (Natural resources, industry & energy). SNC-Lavalin Nuclear, Inc.

Nam Theun 2 hydro project, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. (Natural resources, industry & energy). Klohn Crippen Berger.

- Water transfer from Taksebt dam, Algeria (International). SNC-Lavalin.

The judging panel for the awards consisted of 11 engineers from academia, government and industry.

This year, a record 73 engineering projects were entered.

The awards were presented at a gala at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa.

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