Hatch receives three Awards of Excellence at the 2020 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards

October 30, 2020

Ottawa, Canada—Three Hatch projects have been recognized by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada with Awards of Excellence at the 2020 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awards were announced in a virtual awards ceremony, which took place on October 29, 2020.

The Grand Falls Dam and Spillway Rehabilitation project, Mid-Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant, Micro–Hydro Facility, and Vaudreuil VB 2022 – Phase I project were each acknowledged for making notable contributions to the quality of life of Canadians and people around the world.

The Grand Falls Dam and Spillway Rehabilitation project took home the Award of Excellence in the Natural Resources, Mining, Industry, and Energy category. Constructed in 1909, the Grand Falls Dam had deteriorated to the point where an upgrade was required in order to meet current safety requirements. Hatch’s client Pennecon Heavy Construction, on behalf of owner Nalcor, engaged Hatch to devise a rehabilitation scheme that would eliminate constructability and safety concerns associated with previously prepared designs by others. As EPC design engineer, construction supervisor, and onsite quality control expert, Hatch met this challenge by developing a safe, innovative, and environmentally friendly design within a month. Construction was completed a year ahead of schedule and below budget.

“Hatch’s innovative engineering solutions for challenging tasks led to cost savings, schedule improvement, and the successful delivery of this challenging project. This project is an example of engineering innovation that befits recognition.”—Kevin Hunt, Operations Manager, Pennecon Heavy Construction

The regional municipality of Halton’s Mid-Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant, Micro-Hydro Facility  won the Award of Excellence in the Water Resources category. The dedicated effluent outfall tunnel was constructed at the Mid Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Oakville, Ontario, to accommodate the WWTP’s increased capacity required due to the area’s population growth. The plant is located four kilometers from the Lake Ontario shoreline and consequently is at a 40-meter higher elevation than the lake level. Utilizing this elevation difference, a micro-hydro system was installed in the effluent outfall. Hatch provided prime consultant services for the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant and effluent outfall, as well as owners engineering throughout the design, construction, and commissioning.

“Hatch is very honored to be recognized with an Award of Excellence for the Mid-Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant, Micro-Hydro Facility project. It symbolizes sustainability, innovation, and positive change. The micro-hydro system provides a source of sustainable power generation while reducing the carbon footprint and energy costs of the WWTP.”—Carl Bodimeade, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure, Hatch

The Vaudreuil VB 2022 – Phase I project won the Award of Excellence in the Project Management category. Rio Tinto was seeking to identify an alternative to closing the Vaudreuil Alumina Refinery in 2022. Constrained by the bauxite residue disposal capacity, Rio Tinto engaged Hatch to provide services for expanding or opening a new bauxite residue disposal area with at least 70 percent solids content, while maintaining operations at the facility. Hatch delivered full engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) services up to pre-operational verifications—from prefeasibility study (PFS) through to final project delivery. The sustained effort of the integrated team delivered an injury-free project, one month ahead of schedule, and below the estimated cost.

“Our team is very proud to be recognized alongside our partner at Rio Tinto for the achievements of this extraordinary project. This Award of Excellence is a celebration of disciplined project management, outstanding efforts of the individuals involved with this project, and strong partnerships.”— Sébastien Levesque, Project Manager, Hatch

The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards is a joint program between the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. Winning projects exemplify excellence in projects by Canadian consulting engineering firms and are selected based on ingenuity, complex engineering, and innovation, as well as overall impact and benefits to society.

To view the full list of 2020 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards winners, click here.