Kicking Horse Canyon Project
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Premier's Award  - Innovation 2006/2007

Project Overview Presentation


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Kicking Horse Canyon Project Awards

2008 - Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (Quebec) for Industrial Projects/Bridges

Park Bridge, located near Golden, is more than 400 metres long and was constructed under Phase 2 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project. In November 2008, it was recognized for its distinctive shape, integration with the environment, as well as a daring and well-executed method of girder launching.

Each year, these Awards of Excellence recognize teams that carry out innovative and complex steel projects. The awards also highlight how designers, engineers and developers are adding value to their projects by using steel, a product at the heart of Québec’s industry.

2008 – CEBC Awards for Engineering Excellence, Award of Merit – Transportation

Phase 2 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project earned recognition for the completion of a high profile project 19 months ahead of schedule. This award was presented to the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Golder Associates Ltd., Delcan Corporation and Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The CEBC awards celebrate technical excellence and recognize innovation in engineering in British Columbia.

2007 – Transportation Association of Canada – Environmental Achievement Award

The Kicking Horse Canyon Project was selected to receive the 2007 Environmental Achievement Award from the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).  The award recognizes the project’s environmental protection measures including air and water quality, revegetation and slope remediation, erosion control, habitat protection and animal-vehicle crash reduction.

The Canadian Transportation Awards Program is intended to recognize leadership, excellence and achievement in all modes and segments of the transport sector.

2007 – Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships – Silver Award for Infrastructure

The Ministry’s partnership with Trans-Park Highway Group on Phase 2 resulted in this national award for infrastructure investment.  Criteria include demonstrated innovation, excellence in its sector, and transfer of risk.

The Canadian Council National Awards for Public-Private Partnerships honour excellence and innovation in the establishment of public‑private partnerships which result in enhanced quality of public services and facilities.

2007 – Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) – Engineering Award of Excellence

The Park Bridge took home top honours for the outstanding steel structure in the engineering division.  It is 405 metres long and 22.5 metres wide to accommodate 4 lanes on the Trans-Canada Highway.  Five piers, ranging from 30 to 90 metres tall, support a horizontally curved steel plate girder superstructure that was launched incrementally using hydraulic rams. It is believed to be the largest of its type in North America built using this method. 

The award was presented to the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Parsons Corporation, Flatiron Constructors Ltd., Rapid-Span Structures Ltd. and KWH Constructors Corp.

The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction promotes good design and safety, as well as the efficient, economical and sustainable use of structural steel.

2007 – CONNIE – Public Works
2007 – CONNIE – Special Applications: Technical Merit

The Kicking Horse Cantilever structure won two awards for excellence in concrete construction. This unique structure saved about $2 million, improved safety with a straighter and more continuous alignment, and virtually eliminated any impact to the river. The 155 metre-long cast-in-place concrete structure did not require support columns driven down into the bed of the river. Instead, a weighted and reinforced cantilever built into the canyon wall supports a span extending out nearly 4.5 metres from the canyon wall and above the surface of the river. It was completed in 2006 under Phase 1 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project.

The B.C. Ready-Mixed Concrete Association recognizes excellence in concrete construction, judging architectural merit, creativity, sustainability, complexity, functionality and innovative construction techniques.

2006/2007 – Premier’s Award in Innovation and Excellence – Innovation category

The Kicking Horse Canyon Project won this prestigious award for its incredible engineering and environmental techniques and the new business practices that are making this dramatic and challenging project possible. The innovative partnership with Trans Park Highway Group on Phase 2 was expected to save $18 million and shorten the construction timeline by 19 months. Also noted was the unique cantilever structure on Phase 1 that eliminated the need for two additional crossings of the Kicking Horse River, saving about $2 million and left the river virtually untouched.

2006 - Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships - Award of Merit, Project Financing

This award was received for the partnership of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Bilfinger Berger BOT Inc. for Phase 2 of the Kicking Horse Canyon.  Criteria include demonstrated innovation, excellence in its sector, and transfer of risk.

The Canadian Council National Awards for Public-Private Partnerships honour excellence and innovation in the establishment of public‑private partnerships which result in enhanced quality of public services and facilities.

2006 – Deputy Minister Award – Ministry of Transportation

In October 2006 the Kicking Horse Canyon project management team received an internal staff award in recognition of their outstanding effort and contributions to the Ministry of Transportation and the public of British Columbia.

2006 – Minister’s Award of Excellence and Safety – Ministry of Labour and Citizen’s Services

The Minister’s Award of Excellence and Safety was presented by Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Labour and Citizen’s Services on August 8, 2006, to project staff and construction workers for their outstanding commitment to workplace safety, and in recognition of their work towards building a safer British Columbia.

2005 – CEBC Award for Engineering Excellence, Award of Excellence - Transportation

The design of the Yoho Bridge and approaches won an award of excellence from the Consulting Engineers of B.C. The design team included the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Brybil Projects, Urban Systems, Golder Associates, Sandwell Engineering and Northwest Hydraulics.

The new 270 metre long 4-lane bridge features unique structural steel composite delta frames. These “Y” shaped delta frames on the top of the pier were a particular innovation that allowed the bridge to span the river and railway with a smaller number of piers. As a result, it was more economical and had less environmental impact.

The CEBC awards celebrate technical excellence and recognize innovation in engineering in British Columbia.

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