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Stantec awarded four Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards for work in Alberta

Awards honour engineering excellence


Stantec has been honoured with four Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards (CCEA) from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer. The awards recognize exceptional engineering projects by Canadian firms and highlight the important work consulting engineers do in communities across Canada and the world.

Stantec’s work on Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, the amiskwaciy Academy Sweat Lodge Shelter, and the Fort McMurray Wildfire Recovery were presented with Awards of Excellence. For the second year in a row, Stantec received an additional Special Achievement Award; the Engineering A Better Canada award, highlighting how engineering enhances the social, economic or cultural quality of life of Canadians for the Studio Bell project.

The 2017 CCE award winners were honoured for their achievements  at an official ceremony in Ottawa on October 24, 2017. This year marks the 49th year of the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards. The awards are presented in a variety of categories ranging from buildings and transportation to the environment and wastewater treatment.

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
Client: National Music Centre  
Award of Excellence - Buildings
Special Achievement Award - Engineering A Better Canada

A cultural institution dedicated to Canadian music, Studio Bell is the home of Canada’s National Music Centre. Not only is it a museum, performance hall, interactive music education centre, recording studio, and broadcast centre—it’s a feat of design and engineering. Tasked with executing the structural and mechanical engineering for Studio Bell, Stantec worked in partnership with RJC Engineers to take on the challenge of working in a facility where every space is curved and/or inclined. Using building information modeling (BIM), a construction model was created for all major mechanical rooms. The model allowed teams to understand the mechanical and structural components in the complex spaces and connecting rooms on separate floors. All mechanical components had to consider the acoustics of various performance areas throughout the studio as well as humidity and temperature control to preserve artifacts.

amiskwaciy Academy Sweat Lodge Shelter
Client: amiskwaciy Academy
Award of: Excellence Community Outreach and In-house Initiatives

Elders and staff at amiskwaciy Academy—an Edmonton Public School that provides academic programming within an Aboriginal context—had a vision: they wanted to have a traditional sweat lodge built on school property where traditional ceremonies, teachings, and rituals could be performed. But they knew they couldn’t build a sweat lodge without a protective structure to provide privacy and shelter it against the elements. They came to Stantec for help bringing this vision to life. Joining forces Ledcor Construction, teams engaged with the amiskwaciy community in an exchange of cultural and technical knowledge. Through consultation sessions with amiskwaciy Elders, staff, and students, the Stantec team set about designing an enclosure that, through aesthetics and natural construction materials, captured the essence of the sweat lodge itself: a traditional space for mental, spiritual, and physical refuge. Once the shelter frame was erected, the sweat lodge was built within it by Elders using centuries-old traditional construction techniques with bent willows trunks to create arches supporting a canvas covering the sweat lodge.

Stantec invited more than 20 staff members as part of its annual Community Day celebrations to participate in the beginning of the shelter’s construction along with the contractor, staff, and students. Following that, our design team continued site reviews until the project was completed in November 2016. An overwhelming success, this project is the definition of a community project, and one which will serve amiskwaciy Academy, and the broader community, for years to come.

Fort McMurary Wildfire: Wastewater and Stormwater Recovery
Client: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Award 0f Excellence – Water Resources

As the flames of the devastating Fort McMurray wildfires began to subside, Fort McMurray’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was inundated with water coming into the sewer system, devastating the plant’s biological process. Sewage lift stations sustained an array of damage and debris impacted the WWTP and the collection system. This critical infrastructure had to be assessed and restored quickly so that residents of Fort McMurrary could begin re-entering their communities and rebuilding their lives.

The approach to repair and recovery management of the physical damage to infrastructure, as well as recovery of biological processes, was unique from logistical and schedule perspectives. To mitigate the speed of biomass loss, all but one plant bioreactors were taken offline so that the little bit of organic material entering the plant could sustain the biomass longer. Then, an innovative biomass transplant using Thickened Waste Activated Sludge from the City of Red Deer WWTP—a distance of 700km away—was carried out in two events. The biologically active material was trucked from Red Deer and deposited into the Fort McMurray WWTP just upstream of the bioreactor. Five days after the second transplant, there was a rapidly noticeable improvement in the plant biology. This ensured a return to normal of the WWTP operations without exceeding the regulated toxicity limits in the plant discharges.

About Stantec

We're active members of the communities we serve. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

The Stantec community unites approximately 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across 6 continents. Our work—engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, construction services, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through to design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, decommissioning, and remediation—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. 

About ACEC

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