SNC Lavalin Inc. of Metro Vancouver took the top award for Structures at the 13th annual Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards, for its exceptional work on the Evergreen Line’s Inlet Centre Station.
“The Evergreen Line plays a crucial role in our highway infrastructure, and Port Moody relies on this vital service to keep citizens moving throughout the city,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “The Inlet Centre Station was a challenging project, but SNC Lavalin Inc.’s innovative engineering solutions allowed us to open this station well ahead of schedule. We applaud and thank the team for their innovation and professionalism in this project.”
The Evergreen line is the largest transit project to have been completed in Metro Vancouver, and is an 11-kilometre extension to the existing SkyTrain system, seamlessly integrating with the Millennium Line at Lougheed Town Centre Station.
The Inlet Centre Station was one of the more challenging stations to build. SNC Lavalin came up with an innovative engineering solution to build the station box structure beside the highway away from traffic, and used hydraulic jacks to swiftly install the structure. Their engineering design allowed SNC Lavalin Inc. to complete the work over a single long weekend rather than 60 nights, opening the station to the public on Dec. 2, 2016, instead of the previously announced opening of early 2017.
SNC also designed and built the elevated, at-grade guideways, a two-kilometre bored tunnel, six new stations, an expansion to an existing station, five power substations, train operating systems, parking facilities and a vehicle storage and light maintenance facility.
“Congratulations, and our gratitude, are owed to SNC Lavalin Inc., for implementing and delivering an ambitious and innovative construction method that would significantly reduce the delay of a critical path in our city,” said Vancouver-False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan. “As a result, the Evergreen Line will carry about 70,000 passengers, will remove an estimated 40,000 cars from the road every day and will remove 18.3 kilotons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2021.”
The finalists in this category were SNT Engineering Ltd. for the Kelly Creek 3 Bridge Replacement Project, and Associated Engineering (BC) Limited for the Peers Creek Bridge Deck Renewal.
The Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards recognize technical excellence in consulting engineer services that improve transportation infrastructure in B.C. Finalists were chosen for their work in 2016 in the categories of:
- Design and Contract Preparation – Roads
- Design and Contract Preparation – Structures
- Construction Management and Supervision Services
- Specialized Engineering Services
- Alternative Transportation
Further information, including videos and photographs of the award winners and finalists can be viewed at: www.gov.bc.ca/celebratingexcellencetransportation
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