Awards

It’s official! 2 – 2016 BC Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards for Urban Systems

We are proud to announce that we have been selected to receive 2 2016 BC Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards. We are so honoured by the recognition for our work on both the Ellis Creek Fish Bypass and the Stanley Park Causeway projects. We cannot say enough good things about the teams involved and are deeply grateful to have such amazing people working here!

Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Award for the Ellis Creek Fish Bypass.

Team members: Rhonda Maskiewich, Project Manager and Environmental Planner, Don Dobson, Water Resources Engineer

Left to Right, Kevin Richter, Urban's Rhonda Maskiewich and Don Dobson, Kirk Nyland
Left to Right, Kevin Richter, Urban’s Rhonda Maskiewich and Don Dobson, Dirk Nyland
The Ellis Creek Fish Bypass project, located in Penticton BC, was a truly multi-disciplinary project that required the expertise and experience of professional engineers, professional biologists, local First Nations, provincial and federal agencies, technical support and local contractors and suppliers. Our water resources engineer, Don Dobson, a specialist fisheries habitat biologist, Marc Gaboury, as well as a team of environmental monitors completed the design, permitting, and construction supervision. Construction of the works included another team of subcontractors including various engineers, environmental monitors, City of Penticton staff, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources staff and members from the Penticton Indian Band working together.

Here is a quick 2 minute video describing the project:

Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Award for the Stanley Park Causeway Pedestrian and Cycling Safety Improvement Project.

Team Members: Jayson Walker, Project Manager and Lead Engineer, Brian Patterson, Active Transportation Planner, Haley Boeglin, Transportation Technologist and Barry Fan, Transportation EIT.

Left to right, Kevin Richter, Project Manager Jayson Walker, Barry Fan and Dirk Nyland
Left to right, Kevin Richter, Project Manager Jayson Walker, Barry Fan and Dirk Nyland
In May 2013, a fatality involving a cyclist drew attention to the need for safety improvements along the Causeway. Following that incident, Urban Systems was chosen to deliver the preliminary and detailed design of pedestrian and cycling safety improvements to the Causeway. It was important that the project deliver significant safety benefits to pedestrians and cyclists, but at the same time, the improvements had to minimize impacts to the park’s natural and sensitive environment, and vehicle capacity and safety also needed to be maintained. The project was delivered in collaboration between the MOTI, the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Parks Board, and local first nations, and included public consultation.

Here is another two minute video describing the project in detail:

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