2018 Brian Eckel Awards

PINNACLE Award & Award of Excellence
Municipal Infrastructure & Water Resources Category
AECOM Canada Ltd.
Project:  Saskatoon Southeast Water Supply System (SSEWSS) Zelma East Project
Client/Owner:  SaskWater

Photo:( L to R) Back row: Kevin Gulka, A.Sc.T.; Neilie Smith, P.Eng.; Sumith Kahanda, PhD, P.Eng. (SaskWater); Eli Bintner (BHP Billiton); John Campbell, P.Eng.; Brent 
Wolfater, P.Eng.
( L to R) Front row: Kevin Ness, P.Eng.; Dave Humphreys, P.Eng.

AECOM provided engineering services to SaskWater for a water supply system to deliver non-potable water from the Zelma Reservoir to the proposed BHP Billiton potash mine near Jansen, SK. The team used innovative techniques to deliver the project including hydraulic modelling, failure modes and effects analysis workshops, and alternate construction procurement methods. The completed water delivery system includes two water intakes and Zelma Pump Station at the Zelma Reservoir, 57.4 km of 750 mm diameter PVC transmission main, Booster Pump Station, 35.4 km of 600 mm diameter PVC transmission main, and the BHPB Meter Station located at the mine site.


Buildings Category 

WSP Canada
Award of Merit
Project: SaskTel Tier III Data Centre
Client/Owner: SaskTel

Photo:  (L to R) Wade Klassen; Jonathan Johnson, P. Eng.; Stephen Glum, P.Eng.; (KGS Group) Alex Clarke, P.Eng.; Brian Dent, P.Eng.; Joel Ong, P.Eng.; Brian Krug, P.Eng.









WSP (Structural, Mechanical) and KGS (Electrical) were retained by SaskTel to provide engineering consulting services for a new Tier III Data Centre in Saskatoon.  The data centre will serve both SaskTel and co-located, external clients.  The facility contains 10,000 square feet of “white space” – mechanically conditioned space with structural capacity, power and IT infrastructure to support server rack line-ups.  Supporting the data hall are administration space, meeting and office rooms, “hotel” space for external clients to prepare, build and test server equipment, mechanical and electrical rooms, shipping and receiving areas and significant security requirements.



PINTER & Associates Ltd.

Award of Merit

Project:  Enhanced Anaerobic Bioremediation Achieves Cost Effective Closure
Client/Owner: Kevin Leung, Country North Shell

Photo (L to R):  Wesley Wizniuk, P. Eng.; Jessica Cutter, M. Sc.;
and Ryan Reiss, P. Eng..

The client needed to remediate approximately 3000 m3 of gasoline impacted soil and groundwater to facilitate the sale of his property and business. PINTER & Associates Ltd. (PINTER) developed and implemented an innovative, cost effective solution that achieved remediation at a cost approximately 90% less than a conventional excavate and replace approach. Now, the client can sell the property with no environmental liabilities attached and can add the remediation savings of ~$450,000 to his retirement fund.



Catterall & Wright 

Project:  Emergency North Battleford Water Supply Line
Client/Owner: City of North Battleford

Catterall & Wright engineered the Emergency North Battleford Water Supply Line which was completed after the July 2016 North Saskatchewan River oil spill. The City of North Battleford’s water supply was threatened when the river intake was closed. The neighbouring Town of Battleford sources water from a well field. The project included the design of approximately 3,000 metres of 150mm HDPE water main connected between a hydrant in Battleford to thewater treatment plant in North Battleford. The City of North Battleford’s water supply was uninterrupted due to the diligent work performed by Catterall & Wright, contractors and suppliers.


Natural Resources and Energy Production

​Associated Engineering
Award of Excellence
Project:  Livestock and Forage Center of Excellence
Client/Owner: University of Saskatchewan

Photo: (L to R)
Back row: Dr. Bob Tyler (U of S), Josh Yohnke, A.Sc.T. (AE), Mark Guidinger, P.Eng. (AE)
Centre row:  Crystal Rinas, P.Eng. (U of S), Dorothy Murrell (U of S), Kathy Larson (U of S)
Front row:  
Doug Thomson, P.Eng. (AE), Dr. Ernie Barber, P.Eng.
(U of S)

The University of Saskatchewan is internationally renowned for agricultural research. Its newest initiative is one of the world’s most advanced livestock research facilities.  The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) amalgamates three separate off-campus research facilities into one location with researchers from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture, College of Engineering, and the Western Beef Development Centre. Associated Engineering addressed the requirements of a diverse group of stakeholders to deliver this technically advanced facility.

The LFCE will expand the global knowledge of sustainable supply of meat products, enhancing the province’s reputation as world leaders in agricultural research.



Associated Engineering
Project:  Imagine Idylwyld
Client/Owner:  City of Saskatoon

In 2016, the City of Saskatoon embarked on a 12-month initiative – Imagine Idylwyld – to “improve the function, safety, connectivity and quality of the roadway and public realm along Idylwyld Drive, between 20th Street and 25th Street.” HOK, Inc. completed the integrated land use planning/urban design. Associated Engineering was responsible for the transportation engineering. What plan would best accommodate the interests of the diverse stakeholders, given strict space limitations? To answer that question, Associated Engineering used advanced traffic analysis/modelling to create a transportation design paradigm. The resulting plan accomplished the rare feat of using less street space to improve traffic conditions for all.


ISL Engineering and Land Services

Project:  Highway 16 / Highway 11 Interchange Functional Plan
Client: Owner:  City of Saskatoon

In 2016, the City of Saskatoon began a journey to upgrade the 1960s cloverleaf interchange at Highway 11 and Highway 16. Serving traffic from TransCanada Highway and Circle Drive, it is nearing the end of its lifespan and has been identified as a priority upgrade.

ISL conducted a Functional Plan, developing a long-term interchange plan to ensure the corridor will again be a free-flow facility, and a staging plan to alleviate operational problems in the short-term. Recognizing that constrained space made typical interchange solutions impossible, ISL proposed Saskatoon’s first three-level interchange and developed a plan flexible to changing traffic patterns.


Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Award of Merit

Project:  Hwy 17 over Battle River Bridge Rehabilitation
Client/Owner: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure

Stantec provided engineering services required to rehabilitate Highway 17 over Battle River Bridge. Our project achievements were:


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