Cranbrook company wins first prize

Glacier Technical Services wins engineering award fro work on Little Sand Bridge replacement

Left to right: Dirk Nyland

Left to right: Dirk Nyland

For the Townsman

Glacier Technical Services Ltd. of Cranbrook took the top award for Excellence in Construction Management and Supervision at the 11th annual Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards, for its exceptional work on the Little Sand Bridge Replacement.

The firm was awarded a $230,000 contract to provide supervision on this project to remove and replace the existing bridge at Little Sand Creek, according to a press release from the Government of British Columbia. This $4.9 million-project located on Highway 3 in the community of Jaffray, 46 kilometres east of Cranbrook, was completed in 2014.

“Glacier Technical Services clearly demonstrated their extensive and varied construction experience and expert supervisory skills while over-seeing this bridge project. Congratulations to all of the finalists for their work to further boost B.C.’s thriving transportation networks,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

The Glacier Technical Services team was proactive in finding on-site efficiencies which ensured the project was completed on time and on budget despite necessary site modifications during construction. As well, the team maintained two-lane traffic on Highway 3 through the site and a local intersection during the busy summer months without incident or delay.

“I am pleased to add my congratulations to Glacier Technical Services for quickly adapting site modifications and efficiently managing construction of this new bridge,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines, Minister Responsible for Core Review and MLA for Kootenay East. “As well, their dedication to ensuring traffic flow during  the busy season in the community of Jaffray was very appreciated and this  award is well-deserved.”

For Excellence in Construction Management and Supervision, the finalists were Tetra Tech of Vancouver for the Kensington Avenue/Canada Way project, and CMS Construction a division of WSP Canada Inc. of Victoria for the Mufford/64th Avenue Rail Overpass at Highway 10.

The Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards recognize technical excellence in consulting engineer services that improve transportation infrastructure in B.C.

Finalists were chosen for their work in 2014 in the categories of:

• Design and Contract Preparation – Roads

• Design and Contract Preparation – Structures

• Construction Management and Supervision Services

• Specialized Engineering Services

• Transit Engineering Services