Royal Alberta Museum and Mechanized River Valley Access Recognized Nationally for Engineering Excellence
Two Edmonton-based projects, designed by DIALOG, were recognized by the Canadian Consulting Engineers with Awards of Excellence. The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards represent the highest honours for excellence in consulting engineering in Canada. The awards are a joint program of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. Winning projects are selected based on high quality engineering, imagination and innovation.
Royal Alberta Museum
Royal Alberta Museum was recognized in the Buildings category. After outgrowing the Royal Alberta Museum’s original home, the Government of Alberta made the decision to move the Museum to a new location in downtown Edmonton. Completed on time and on budget, the new Royal Alberta Museum is an impressive place to explore and connect—to Alberta, to ideas, and to people.
The new museum required a unique and innovative engineering design to respond to the architectural vision along with its demanding sustainability and performance requirements.
“It is a privilege and an honor to be recognized by the Canadian Consulting Engineers for the engineering and architectural design of the Royal Alberta Museum, a building that will facilitate the conversation of people of all ages about the important role Alberta has played in Canada’s history.”
-Jim Montgomery, lead structural engineer for RAM
Mechanized River Valley Access
Mechanized River Valley Access (aka 100 Street Funicular) was recognized in the Special Projects category. The steep slopes of Edmonton’s river valley, with an elevation change of 50m, are part of its great beauty, but also make access difficult for people with mobility challenges. Mechanized River Valley Access project was born to address this challenge. The project includes a funicular, stairs, promenade, pedestrian bridge, cantilever lookout, and glass elevator.
“Wow. A very aesthetically pleasing design where the environmental impacts were well-managed and the municipal-led infrastructure project is going to allow people of all mobility types to connect directly to the largest natural area in the city.”
– Jury, Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards
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