At the recent VRCA Awards of Excellence Gala, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on October 5th 2016 – Seagate Structures won the Chairman’s Trade Gold Award for Projects up to $1m for the roof installation at Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre.
In September, Seagate won a VRCA Silver award along with General Contractor Ellis Don Corporation, Glulam Supplier Western Archrib and Mechanical Contractor Keith Plumbing and Heating. Western Archrib also won a Gold Award at the October 5th Gala.
Ralph Austin from Seagate Structures was there being recognized for his contribution to Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey. He helped co-ordinate the method to install wood rafters, some 180 feet long, for a complex catenary roof on the EllisDon-led project.
“It was a lot co-ordination, a lot of preplanning and a lot of ingenuity on behalf of ourselves and the erection engineers,” Austin said. “When I bid the job, I thought, ‘this is how I’m going to do it,’ and wrote it on a block of two by 10, and then I had six months to think about it.”
After fielding many ideas, the team eventually went back to his original plan scribbled down on the block. They devised a two crane lift method designed to lift six rafter assemblies a day.
“The first day we did nine and our best day was 16,” Austin said. In total, 116 rafters were lifted during 12 days.
“For me I love everything I do, but to be recognized, it means a lot for our culture, to be recognized like that,” Austin said. “It’s also good to advance the wood industry, which is really taking off. It’s a landmark, people talk about the project all the time.”
At the VRCA event at the Vancouver Convention Centre we were honoured to receive the Chairman’s Trade Award for Projects – up to $1 Million
We’re also delighted to announce that Fast +Epp recently won the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC,
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Now, if that wasn’t enough the project has now been shortlisted for two further international awards!
GHAC is shortlisted for The International Structural awards in London England on November 11th 2016 – click here to learn more. Ralph Austin will be attending the event with Paul Fast from Fast + Epp.
GHAC is also shortlisted for best sport building at the World Architectural Festival held Nov 16th to 18th in Berlin, Germany. For more details click here
To learn more about this project and the revolutionary roof span that we were contracted to install check our project page click here:
These awards demonstrate to the world that the skill and expertise of BC Architects, Engineers and Contractors and showcases the amazing team we have here at Seagate Structures! We’re grateful to work with such great companies as HCMA Architecture & Design, Fast + Epp Structural Engineers and Ellis Don Construction & Building Services on this project.