BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2012) - Tervita Corporation congratulates Associated Engineering for winning the 2012 Canadian Consulting Engineer Award of Excellence in the Environmental Remediation category for the Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project, at a ceremony this week in Ottawa, Ontario.
Tervita collaborated with Associated Engineering on the project and conducted the dredging and sediment removal of Burnaby Lake, which included the removal of more than 222,400 tonnes of garbage, debris, sands, silts, clays and decomposed organic material. After 21 months of work, the project resulted in the restoration and preservation of this urban lake ecosystem.
The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are given annually by Canadian Consulting magazine to projects that demonstrate a high quality of engineering, imagination, innovation and positive contributions to society.
This restoration project improved the lake's depth and overall water quality resulting in larger open water areas, increased ability for fish passage, improved diversity of wildlife habitat and continued use of the lake as an international rowing venue.
"Our team was incredibly dedicated to improving the condition of Burnaby Lake, not only for the preservation of the environment and the wildlife that live there, but to create a place that the community can enjoy," said Warren Sandes, Tervita's Burnaby Lake Project director. "Tervita's collaborative efforts with leaders like Associated Engineering and awards like this are a true testament to our commitment to the environment."
More than 400 plants and birds, including various endangered species, live around Burnaby Lake, which is one of the few remaining bodies of fresh water within the Greater Vancouver area with such a diverse biosphere.
If the Tervita dredging had not taken place, the sediment would likely have slowly created wetlands and mud flats, changing the ecosystems and thereby reducing the diversity of the current wildlife. The removed sediment will, in time, be used to construct sports fields.
"The success of this complex project was the result of effective collaboration between all parties, and the focused approach and application of ground-breaking applications of engineering and science technologies, with an emphasis on sustainability and environmental protection," said Martin Jobke, P.Eng., Associated Engineering vice president and general manager for British Columbia.
The Burnaby Lake Rowing Club and Burnaby Lake Kayak and Canoe Club have been using the rejuvenated lake since the project was completed in April 2011.
Tervita has been honoured with two awards for the Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project: Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia, 2012 Environmental Award, Design Construction and Monitoring category; and the Environmental Manager's Association of British Columbia 2012 Environmental Management Award, Site Remediation category.
Tervita is a leading North American environmental and energy services company. More than 4,000 dedicated employees partner with natural resource and industrial companies who share our values, and work with them to create a sustainable future. Safety is our highest priority: it influences our actions, guides our decisions and shapes our culture. We maintain a strategically located network of more than 95 state-of-the-art waste management facilities and a fleet of specialized equipment and assets to help customers address production and operational waste challenges. Our highly effective, convenient and environmentally sound solutions help minimize environmental impact and maximize returns.
About Associated Engineering
Associated Engineering is of one of Canada's leading multi-disciplinary, employee-owned, consulting firms specializing in the energy, water, transportation, infrastructure, environmental, buildings, and asset management sectors. Our services include planning, feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed design, construction, commissioning, training, operational assistance, and project management for public and private sector clients in Canada and globally. Recognized as an industry leader, we have received multiple awards for engineering excellence, including Canadian Consulting Engineering's highest recognition, the Schreyer Award, for the design of the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant Water Reuse Facility in Edmonton, Canada. The company is recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. Associated Engineering has offices in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.