The West LRT project won two Showcase Awards at the Consulting Engineers of Alberta's annual awards in Edmonton this past weekend.
The annual event celebrates the achievements of the consulting engineering industry in Alberta and shines the spotlight on technical and business excellence.
Hatch Mott MacDonald, which served as the City of Calgary’s engineer, and the West LRT project received recognition in two categories: Transportation Infrastructure and Project Management.
In a written decision, the judges praised the engineering team’s hard work and coordination given the magnitude and complexity of the project.
“The degree of complexity and coordination required on this project is awesome. It is approaching heavy industrial mega-project size and scope,” read the judges’ comments. “I like the methods and procedures used. Lessons learned here should be applied across all sectors to make Alberta construction projects cost effective and on time.”
The West LRT project is one of the largest infrastructure endeavours ever undertaken by The City of Calgary. It includes 8.2 kilometres of track between downtown and 69 Street S.W., six new LRT stations, major roadway upgrades, construction of a new interchange, improvement and expanded pedestrian and cycle pathways and a new high school.
The alignment features a combination of elevated, tunnelled, trenched and at-grade guideways and stations.
Hatch Mott Macdonald was responsible for the preliminary design of all project elements, schedule development, cost estimating, development of contract and request for proposal documents, proposal reviews, constructability reviews, risk management, construction monitoring, and quality auditing.
SNC-Lavalin was awarded the design-build contract in November 2009 with a target service date of December 10, 2012. This was an unprecedented project delivery schedule which required the development of a project implementation schedule with a series of clearly defined milestones.
The judges felt this project management strategy, together with innovative organization and planning, were key to the successful delivery of the West LRT project.
“The use of fast-track delivery of a project of this complexity is impressive,” said the judges. “This project confronted numerous significant challenges and redefined them to allow an on-time commitment of service to the public.”