Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that its work with three municipal projects has been recognised with awards by the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA):

City of Mississauga Lisgar District Basement Water Infiltration Investigation Project received the 2015 Technical Innovation Award.

Basement flooding in nearly 200 homes in the Lisgar District in the City of Mississauga prompted a $200-million class action lawsuit against the City. Amec Foster Wheeler developed a unique monitoring approach involving multiple water level sensors and field tests showing that leaky storm sewers were contributing to the problem. By using innovative modelling and analysis techniques to better assess system performance and design mitigation solutions, the class action lawsuit was subsequently dismissed. The City is working with the Amec Foster Wheeler team to remediate the problem through storm sewer lining and utility trench dewatering systems.

Town of Oakville Glenorchy Slope Stabilization Works Project received the Project of the Year Award, Environment (less than $2million category).

When erosion and slope stability issues threatened to close the heavily-used Glenorchy Trail in the Town of Oakville in a conservation area for safety reasons, they looked to Amec Foster Wheeler for help. The Amec Foster Wheeler team determined that stabilizing the toe of the slope addressed the erosion and long-term slope stability issues most effectively. The team helped shape a safe, sustainable future for this trail system by installing a rock buttress and 2,500 hydro-seeded erosion control bags to stabilize the slope.

Region of Waterloo Spragues Road Rehabilitation Project received the Project of the Year Award, Transportation (less than $2million category).

In the Region of Waterloo, where Spragues Road is a busy transport route between Paris and Cambridge, the Ontario section had deteriorated to the point of needing a full rehabilitation. Amec Foster Wheeler conducted a subsurface soil investigation and proposed design alternatives for the 1.2kilometer rehabilitation and widening to include bike lanes. An unbonded concrete overlay reconstruction method, which performed well in a similar project, was selected. This option saved the Region 20% over other road reconstruction alternatives.

We are very proud to have received the three awards from the Ontario Public Works Association. They recognise the work that we do to deliver excellence for our clients and our commitment to the communities where we operate.
Simon Naylor, Group President Americas

The OWPA awards acknowledge the alliances among managing agencies, consultants, architects, engineers, and contractors that work together to deliver public works projects. They are presented in three divisions, from five categories. Projects are selected based on good construction management techniques and on-schedule completion, safety performance, community relations, environmental protection, and unusual accomplishments under adverse conditions.

The Project of the Year Awards were officially presented to the City of Mississauga, Town of Oakville and the Region of Waterloo at the OPWA Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, January 28th 2016, in Mississauga, Ontario.