2014 Brian Eckel Awards

Buildings Category

Award of Merit

WSP Canada Inc.
Project: 18 Bed Surgical Unit, St. Paul's Hospital Saskatoon
Client/Owner:  Saskatoon Health Region

WSP Canada Inc. was engaged to provide full engineering services to return the 4th floor of the 1961 wing back to its original purpose as an acute care patient unit.  The development occurred in an existing space with limitations on infrastructure and 24 hour acute care units operating above and below the floor.  The team designed 18 modern sized patient rooms with patient lifts and individual washrooms.  Through a teaming approach, the owner, contractor, designers, and hospital staff met a 14 month schedule for a project that would normally take 24 months using conventional processes.

Photo (L to R seated): Nicole Tiessen of aodbt architecture + interior design, Jeff Reichert of WSP, David Wing of WSP  (L to R standing): Greg Reynolds of WSP, Sean McElligott of Saskatoon Health Region, Brian Dent of WSP, Renate Mag-atas Blair of Saskatoon Health Region and Mitch Strocen of aodbt architecture + interior design.


Robb Kullman Engineering LLP
Project: PCS/STARS Hanger, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc.
Owner/Client: Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan retained Robb Kullman Engineering LLP as Prime Consultant for the construction of a new hangar located at the Saskatoon airport.  The hangar and office spaces are shared between STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) and PotashCorp’s flight department.  Some of the building components include a 132’ wide by 30’ high stacking hangar door, 3-storey office, high expansion foam fire suppression system, back-up generator, and high efficiency mechanical systems.  



Municipal Infrastructure and Water Resources Category

Award of Merit

SAL Engineering Ltd.
Project:  Dundurn Rural Water Utility - Phase III Potable Waterline Project
Client/Owner:  Dundurn Rural Water Utility

SAL Engineering provided Consulting Engineering Services for the Dundurn Rural Water Utility Phase III Potable Waterline Project. The project provided potable water service to the Town of Dundurn, Town of Hanley, Blackstrap Provincial Park, and 773 rural subscribers in the South Corman Park, Dundurn, and Hanley areas. The project consisted of approximately 345 km of High Density Polyethylene Pipe, 5 Pumphouses, and other necessary waterline infrastructure. SAL Engineering's role was to plan and establish the routing of the waterline, analyze the system with a flow model, as well as provide project design, management and site services. Sub-Consultants included Brownlee Beaton Kreke Ltd., Willms Engineering Ltd., Key West Engineering Ltd., P. Machibroda Engineering Ltd., and Golder Associates Ltd.

Photo (L to R):  Doug Pope, P.Eng.; Tristan Ziegler, E.I.T.; Don Poon, P.Eng., C.Eng., MICE, CCCA, F. ASCE; Quintin Tuchscherer, E.I.T. 


AECOM Canada Ltd.
Project:  Water West Regional Water Supply Project
Client/Owner:  Water West Pipeline Utility Ltd.

AECOM provided design, tendering and contract administration services to the Water West Pipeline Utility which included twinning 23 km of existing raw water supply lines with a working pressure of around 3620 kPa. New pumping stations were constructed at the Snipe Lake Reservoir and CNR Reservoir, with additional equipment supplied to the River Wells Pumping Station. The Kindersley Water Treatment Plant was upgraded to provide 63.4 ML/d and include new high lift pumps, clarification system and ultraviolet disinfection system. These upgrades will provide a quality sustainable water supply for future economic growth in the nine municipalities surrounding the pipeline.



Associated Engineering 
Project:  Denare Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
Client/Owner:  Northern Village of Denare Beach

The Northern Village of Denare Beach, was faced with the need to modernize their wastewater treatment facility. Challenges included an outdated process, aging facility, population growth and more stringent environmental regulations. Originally commissioned in 1984, the Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) process was operating well beyond life expectancy. The community engaged Associated Engineering to provide engineering services for the project. A study determined that a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) would replace the RBC system. Lower costs, better treatment, ease of operation and integration were determining factors. The $5.2M project was completed in November, 2012. Cooperation and diligence met the community’s needs, and preserved a pristine environment.



Bullée Consulting Ltd.
Award of Merit
Project:  Town of Pilot Butte Centralized Water System
Client/Owner:  Town of Pilot Butte

The Town of Pilot Butte is a rapidly growing Town of 2500 residents that relied on individual private wells for its supply of water.  Regulators were concerned with the health risks of untreated private wells and the lack of firefighting capability. They would not allow further development without a centralized water system.

BCL was hired to oversee the engineering design and construction services for a centralized water system to provide safe, high quality water to every residence.  6 years later, nine separate construction projects have been completed as part of the central water system project.  Each residence is supplied water treated to the highest standard, and the Town has a system with firefighting capability.  Completion of the system has allowed for Pilot Butte’s growth and development to continue, resulting in increased property values.  The project has not only improved the quality of life in Pilot Butte but has also set the standard for development in the region.

Photo (L to R):  Leigh Klassen, Senior CAD Design; Rich Klassen, Senior CAD Design and Kevin Traves, P.Eng. 



Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Certificate of Recognition
Project:  Global Transportation Hub
Client/Owner:  Global Transportation Hub Authority

A 2007 industrial growth study completed for the City of Regina identified the need for industrial expansion. Following this study, the Federal Government and the Province of Saskatchewan announced funding for a new intermodal facility as part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor initiative. The GTH is developed and administered by a Crown Corporation known as the Global Transportation Hub Authority. The GTH has assembled approximately 800 ha of land for this project.  Stantec is the Owner’s Engineer, Community Planner and Project Manager and we have been involved since the early stages of development.

Photo (L to R seated):  Jeff Blyth, Engineer-in-Training, Project Coordinator: Jason Gaudet, P.Eng. Project Manager (L to R standing): Jared Wheler, Construction Coordinator, Kendra LeBoldus, Project Coordinator; Steven Coats, Construction Coordinator; Donald Booth, Civil Technologist 

Studies and Soft Engineering
Award of Merit
Tetra Tech

Project:  Pilot Butte Interchange Funtional Planning Study
Client/Owner:  Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is undertaking improvements along the TransCanada Highway corridor east of Regina to address growing road safety and operational concerns for commuters leaving and returning to satellite communities.  This part of the province has the largest rural traffic volumes and is the focus of much anticipated residential and commercial development for the foreseeable future.  Tetra Tech was retained to identify the future interchange requirements for the main access to the Town of Pilot Butte. The primary recommendation was to consider an innovative design that met stakeholder and Ministry requirements through a collaborative process. 

Photo (L to R):  Paul Steel, M.Eng., P.Eng. and Terry Schmidt, P.Eng., MBA







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