The Hamilton-Halton Projects of the Year Awards Gala has become one of the most anticipated events of its kind for the engineering profession in Southern Ontario. Local engineering talent, politicians, developers and members of the community at large, come together to celebrate the engineering profession and the vital role engineers play in improving the safety, prosperity and standard of living in the Hamilton-Halton region.
This year’s Projects of the Year Awards Gala took place at Winona Vine Estates Banquet Hall on February 24th – and as always, it was an exciting and glamorous affair.
Find out more about the four award-winning ‘Projects of the Year’:
Sustainability Engineering Category: The Mohawk College Partnership and Innovation Centre
Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is a new 96,000 sq.ft. Net-Zero building on Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus, Hamilton, Ontario. The building features leading edge technologies including; high-performance building envelope, innovative curtain wall, solar panels generating 721,000 kWh/year AC, 28 geothermal wells, variable refrigerant flow heat pump system, 342,000 litre rainwater harvesting system, sensor-controlled LED lighting, green roof, and extensive measurement and verification protocols. The building will be the new home of the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk.
Environmental Engineering Category: Randle Reef Remediation Project – Stage 1
Randall Reef is an area within the Hamilton/Burlington Bay that contains approximately 695,000 cubic metres of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) impacted sediments, among other contaminants. Randall Reef was an area identified as an Area of Concern under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (1985). Stage 1 has been completed and consisted of a 6.2 Hectare double-walled steel Engineered Containment Facility (in-water construction). One of the most significant impacts encountered was the record setting water levels of Lake Ontario during the 2017 construction season, submerging the walers and tie rods, resulting in delays.
Civil Engineering Category: Hidden Valley Road Bridge Replacement
Hidden Valley Road, Burlington, is a dead-end roadway that provides access to 25 residential properties and crosses Grindstone Creek (cold-water fishery). Replacement of the Hidden Valley Road Bridge was required due to poor condition assessment and undermined abutments. Challenges of this project include; continued access for residential properties, significant utility relocations, construction timing, and delivery/assembly of the new modular steel structure.
The Renforth Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station, is a Gateway Mobility Hub located in Mississauga, Ontario, and forms a key component linking Region and Local transit. Complexity of the project included; severe site constraints (50 metres wide), proximity to 4 nearby bridge structures, design and construction of two grade separations, extensive shoring systems, acquiring property, drainage, unconfined groundwater aquifer, and major oil & gas utility networks.
On behalf of OSPE, congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients!