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B.C. awards recognize engineering achievements in transportation infrastructure

February 21, 2024  By Rock to Road Staff

R.F. Binnie were recognized for their relaignment and repairs to a flood-damaged stretch of West Fraser Road. (Photo credit: R.F. Binnie)

VANCOUVER – Winners of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – British Columbia awards were announced at the BC Transportation Conference in Vancouver on Thursday, Feb. 15. The awards honour consulting engineers’ role in construction initiatives to improve transportation across the province, with a variety of project types among the recipients.

WSP Canada Inc. won the award for Construction Management and Supervision Services for their work on the Old Skeena Bridge No. 473 rehabilitation. WSP were honoured for their role in expanding the scope of the project to repair the nearly-100 year-old bridge when unexpected complexities arose. With WSP’s assistance, the project completed three months ahead of schedule.

In the category of Design and Contract Preparation – Roads, R.F. Binnie & Associates won for their work with local Indigenous help to improve flood damage to a section of West Fraser Road. 5.5 kilometres of road were realigned through the mountainous landscape on time and budget, including a 124-metre bridge over a creek.

The partnership of Thurber Engineering Ltd. and McElhanney Ltd. received the award for Design and Contract Preparation – Structures. Both firms contributed to fixing a wall on Highway 1’s Malahat Tunnel Hill that collapsed from flooding in 2021. Temporary repairs led to the reopining of the road within 18 hours, with a permanent 100-metre long retaining wall installed for improved drainage and protection from future weather events.


The award for Specialized Engineering Services was given to Urban Systems Ltd. for their replacement of a decommissioned Vehicle Inspection Station on Highway 16, while AECOM Canada Architechts Ltd. were recognized in the category of Alternative Transportation for their design work on the replacement of the Skytrain station’s elevators.

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