Calgary Zoo Antartic Landing – Consulting Engineer of Alberta Showcase Awards – Award of Merit, Community Development

MMM provided innovative engineering solutions for the design and construction of this $24.5-million, three-level exhibit at the Calgary Zoo. Through creative solutions, MMM was able to meet the complex servicing, grading, and drainage requirements for the Penguin Plunge exhibit, and overcome challenges such as a lack of as-built information and a difficult terrain.

MMM Wins Big at Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards

MMM Group won two prestigious awards at the 2013 Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) Showcase Awards. The Calgary Zoo Antarctic Landing project won an Award of Excellence and the City of Lethbridge Public Realm and Transportation Study (PRATS) won an Award of Merit.

The awards honour the best projects in the province in eight technical categories and four business categories. Both MMM projects won in the Community Development technical category which recognizes urban land engineering and related services provided during the planning and development of residential, commercial, recreational, major community parks, and revitalization development projects.

For the Zoo project, MMM Group provided innovative engineering solutions for the design and construction of this $24.5-million, three-level exhibit. Through creative solutions, MMM was able to meet the complex servicing, grading, and drainage requirements for the Penguin Plunge exhibit, and overcome challenges such as a lack of as-built information and a difficult terrain. The judges said, “The challenge of designing and managing such a sensitive and technically complex project, all within the public eye, was met with skill and innovation. The societal benefits of this project are significant, as are the benefits to the client.”

Leading the PRATS, MMM provided innovative strategies to transform the city’s downtown into a vibrant area that fosters sustainability, economic opportunity, and cultural diversity. A fresh look at public space, this study alters the focus from vehicles to people. In their decision to recognize this project with an award, the judges said, “the project advances an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the challenges involved in mitigating pedestrian and vehicular needs. This project also had the complicating factor of working with a rural community towards urban solutions…. MMM Group’s project synthesized a multi-modal, multi-discipline approach to transforming a city centre. Good work!”