The Rogers Sportsnet column-removal project took the Award of Excellence in the engineering category at the 18th annual Steel Design Awards sponsored by the Ontario region of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. The massive undertaking took place during the construction of Sportsnet’s brand new high-definition plant in Toronto, which the Rogers broadcaster went live-to-air from on April 30.
Sportsnet and Halsall Associates Limited, the consultants and structural engineers behind the project, won the award for the design and installation of a pair of 30,000 tonne steel trusses, spanning 18 metres, as well as the removal of a central column at the ground-floor level of the Isabella Tower, a 12-storey structure on the Rogers campus.
Submissions were evaluated based on their ingenuity and innovation in the use of structural steel or plate-work and had to have been completed between October 1, 2006 and April 1, 2009. Other award winners included:
The K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario (Award of excellence in the green buildings category)
The Southbrook winery in the Niagara Peninsula (Award of excellence in the architectural category)
Toronto Life Square at Yonge and Dundas Sts. (Award of merit in the engineering category)
The Peace Bridge plaza project (Award of merit winner)
Rogers Sportsnet is comprised of four channels designated by geographic region and one national high definition channel. The four channels, consisting of Sportsnet East (Quebec and Atlantic Provinces), Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories), and Sportsnet Pacific (British Columbia and Yukon) focus primarily on their region’s home-teams.