Last evening the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Canada held their Annual Award Ceremonies virtually through an online presentation.
Walters Group would like to congratulate all of the winners. Two of our projects received Awards of Excellence in Building Categories.
The $863M restoration and redevelopment of the West Block Parliament Building was one of the largest heritage rehabilitation projects in North America. Tasked as the structural engineers of record, the firms of Ojdrovic + Cooke Engineers in Joint Venture, worked to ensure it would remain a strong symbol for the people of Canada. The project involved rehabilitation, modification and strengthening of the existing heritage masonry and construction of several levels under and above ground within the existing courtyard. Innovative technologies were carefully balanced with conservation principles to address challenges and ensure minimal intervention to the building. The House of Commons now sits within a structural steel forest under a glazed roof with a view of the restored and seismically strengthened 19th century stone masonry building. The rehabilitation and construction of this contemporary addition has expanded the life of an existing landmark which will continue to contribute to the living story of Parliament Hill and Canada in the future. The project impressed the jury for its respect for the heritage characteristics of the building while upgrading the facility to modern building codes using the latest technology.
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Constructed in 1912, once Ottawa’s central railway station, the Government Conference Centre (GCC) was in need of repurposing to serve as the temporary home for the Senate of Canada. Structurally, this involved masonry conservation, seismic upgrading, new floor plates and an addition. John G. Cooke & Associates Ltd. employed creative solutions to balance heritage conservation while meeting current building codes and overcoming the challenges that arose due to the compressed schedule and changes in design. The conservation and rehabilitation of this building adds to the richness and variety of the streetscape. It is an example of how the character and history of a building can enhance the identity of a city and a nation, and how heritage status buildings can be repurposed for current needs. After being closed to the public for over 55 years, this building is once again a part of the community. The significant seismic upgrades and creation of additional interior floor space earned this project high marks from the jury.
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