Wood Innovation and Design Centre and Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Combo Project Garner the 2015 CDBI Design-Build Awards of Excellence

October 16, 2015

TORONTO, October 16, 2015 – The Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI) announced the winners of its 2015 Design-Build Awards of Excellence today at the National Design-Build Conference, with the Wood Innovation and Design Center in Prince George, B.C., recognized as this year’s outstanding design-build project. The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Combo Project in Surrey, B.C., took the second place.

First Place: Cutting-edge Wood Innovation and Design Centre

This year’s winner, the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, is a 6-story structure entirely supported by modern structural wood systems for both structure and flooring. The 29.25-metre building height makes it one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America. The wood structure showcases the still rare expertise in design and construction of large scale wood buildings. Concrete is virtually eliminated above grade, and thus all the advantages of “dry construction” accrue to the project.

The project team was led by PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. and Michael Green Architecture Inc. The project owner, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training, indicated that the project came in under the original budget and, after a one-month schedule extension, opened as planned.

Watch the Design-Build Awards of Excellence video on the Wood Innovation and Design Centre

Second Place: Using Design-Build Leads to Substantial Savings at the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Combo Project

The second place winner for this year’s awards, led by BA Blacktop Ltd. and McElhanney Engineering Services, was the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Combo Project. The purpose of this project was to provide rail and road overpasses and road improvements at three major rail and road crossings, in Surrey, B.C. It involved 192nd Street, 196th Street and 54th Avenue, some of which were realigned or relocated in the project area.

The project owner, City of Surrey, provided a reference design concept and budget, to which the proponent replied in the RFP. One of the major achievements, and a result likely only obtained because of using design-build as the project delivery method, was the substantial saving in capital cost to the client budget, by offering an alternate design approach. The savings amounted to some 25 %. The key component of the alternate design incorporated a saving of 221 metres of bridge deck.

It allowed the city to include a number of additional works covered by change orders until they reached their original budget target. An additional scope change involved BC Hydro and their new power infrastructure. From the client’s point of view the schedule was not adversely affected by this array of additional benefits, and so the city extended it by 10 months to include all the additions.

Watch the Design-Build Award of Excellence video on the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Combo Project

About the CDBI Awards of Excellence

The CDBI Awards of Excellence are presented annually to recognize excellence in Canada’s design-build industry and to acknowledge design-build teams whose projects contribute to the growth and stature of the design-build profession. Award recipients demonstrate the highest standards and principles in the design-build industry and the business community in pursuit of excellence. The annual submission deadline is April 1.

About the Canadian Design-Build Institute

The Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI) is the national voice of Canadian design-build practitioners representing about 200 firms. Its mission is to promote best practices to enhance Design-Build project delivery in Canada. Learn more about CDBI from cdbi.org.


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