Golder was honoured with two Awards of Merit, presented among industry peers, at the 24th Annual Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) Showcase Awards Gala held on February 21st in Edmonton, Alberta. The Showcase Awards recognize the accomplishments of Alberta’s consulting engineering firms, featuring projects that display the highest level of technical excellence in engineering, innovation, and societal benefit.
“The Golder projects that were recognized at the Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards highlight our ability to lead and work as part of multidisciplinary teams, and to produce high quality deliverables on time and on budget” says Nathan Schmidt, Senior Water Resources Engineer “They demonstrate our ability to tackle complex technical and project management challenges to the benefit of our clients and to society.”
The Community Development Award of Merit was presented to Golder for work on the Mackinnon Ravine Trail Icing Mitigation Design.
The City of Edmonton retained Golder to solve an ongoing problem with ice accumulation across a major shared-use trail in the North Saskatchewan River Valley at Mackinnon Ravine. Groundwater seeping from the adjacent valley wall formed large scale, unsafe ice deposits during winter conditions, that resulted in trail closures and could not be managed by conventional means. Golder leveraged our water management expertise and experience working in cold regions to identify an innovative solution, incorporating Low Impact Development principles and taking advantage of nearby stormwater infrastructure to limit disturbance and enhance environmental values at the project.
The Environmental Award of Merit was in recognition of Golder’s Environmental Assessment work on the Faro Mine Remediation Project.
Golder and AECOM, working together, completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Faro Mine Remediation Project. Faro Mine was once the largest open pit lead-zinc mine in the world. Today, it is one of the most complex abandoned mine remediation projects in Canada. To meet commitments to First Nations and limit ongoing site degradation, we worked expediently to complete the EA, including working collaboratively with First Nations, intervenors, and design engineers. The EA required out-of-the-box thinking to meet expectations of the affected First Nations and regulators and to maintain design flexibility while the closure design was under development.