Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) announced that the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) awarded the Calgary West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project two Excellence Awards at its Annual Awards Gala held in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Jan. 26. HMM was recognized for its contribution to the project as Owner’s Engineer, receiving the highest ranking award in both the Transportation Infrastructure and Project Management award categories.
Calgary’s West LRT project is the most recent extension of Calgary’s LRT system. The 5-mile line that runs from the downtown core to west Calgary features nearly 1 mile of elevated guideway, 1.5 miles of tunnel and trench, and 2.5 miles of at-grade rail alignment, as well as six LRT stations. The line provides a rapid, convenient, economical and safe mode of public transportation for approximately 44,000 people per day.
The project, which is the largest capital infrastructure project in Calgary’s history, was completed within a five-year period from concept design to revenue service that represented an unprecedented project delivery schedule. Project success was the result of innovative planning, procurement and construction implementation strategies fostered by an effective team approach.
As Owner’s Engineer, HMM was responsible in Phase 1 for the project management of the multi-disciplinary team undertaking the development of alternative alignments, participation in public consultation and briefings to City Council and Senior Administration, development of a contracting strategy, and cost estimates. In addition, the work involved advancing preliminary design, developing the RFQ, RFP, design-build reference concept, and detailed technical schedules. In Phase 2 HMM managed project implementation, providing project and construction management services including compliance monitoring, testing and commissioning support, cost, change and document control, and contract administration.
HMM congratulates and thanks all team members, including the City of Calgary and HMM’s subconsultants: Focus, GEC Architecture, Patching Associates, Aecom, Ground3 Landscape Architects, Associated Engineering, and Thurber Engineering, as well as the SNC-Lavalin construction team.