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Canadian Design-Build Awards of Excellence announced at 2013 CDBI National Conference

The Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI) announced the 2013 winners of its Award of Excellence program, recognizing outstanding design-build projects in Canada that promote the use of design-build as a project delivery model. The winners, who were announced at the CDBI National Design-Build Conference on October 18, were the Algonquin College Student Commons and the Calgary West LRT project.

“Each year, we are pleased to recognize the outstanding design-build projects being undertaken in the Canadian construction industry,” said Neil McFarlane, Chair of the Canadian Design-Build Institute. “This year is no exception, and we have two extremely deserving projects. These two projects illustrate how design-build can be used in an effective and efficient manner to deliver projects on-time and on-budget, with great results.”

The Algonquin College Student Commons project, which won in the Buildings category, consists of more than 127,000 square-feet of new construction. The facility was built to provide a common space for students to study and relax, which also included a 700-seat auditorium, three levels of student services, a food court, a computer store, and a spacious atrium as a general meeting place. The project also included more than 15,000 square-feet of existing retail renovations, and built to LEED Gold specifications.

The team for the student commons project included PCL Constructors Canada Inc. as the design-builder, and IBI Group/Teeple Architects as consultants. The project client, Algonquin College, confirmed the budget and schedule for the $42-million were maintained, and that, in fact, the final project cost was delivered under budget.

The Calgary West LRT project took the award in the Infrastructure category, and was the largest transportation infrastructure project undertaken by the City of Calgary. Integrating rail, bus routes, bike paths, pedestrian bridges and regional pathways, the project included eight-kilometres of double-track, six passenger stations, nine traction power substations, two park-and-ride facilities, a new road interchange, a transit-oriented operations building along the route, and five signalized level crossings.

For the LRT project, the team included SNC-Lavalin Constructors Pacific as the design-builder, while its joint venture partners and design consultants included Graham Infrastructure, Cana Construction and Enmax Power Services, MMM Group, Read Jones Christoffersen, Gibbs Gage Architects, Wiebe Forest Engineering, and EBA Engineering. The city of Calgary, upon completion of the project, indicated it met all cost, scope and budget goals outlined in the project agreement.

“Both of these projects showcase the advantages that are inherent in the design-build delivery process,” McFarlane added. “Through utilizing a collaborative and team-oriented approach, projects can meet the expectations of clients, builders, designers and consultants. The result is more efficiency and more clarity from all parties throughout the entire construction cycle.”

More information about the awards and previous award winners can be found at

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