Port Mann / Highway 1 Improvement Project Continues to Receive Prestigious Accolades


The Port Mann / Highway 1 Improvement Project – Onshore Works was recently recognized as the best of the bestas part of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) 2014 Awards for Engineering Excellence; taking home both the Award of Excellence in Transportation and Bridges, and the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence.

The ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering Excellence program recognizes and celebrates outstanding accomplishments in engineering, in six categories. Winners are carefully selected each year by a panel of judges representing industry, academia, and the public sector. More information on the 2014 ACEC-BC Awards is available at: http://www.acec-bc.ca/resources/news/winners-of-2014-awards-for-engineering-excellence-announced.aspx.

The Trans-Canada Highway 1 between Vancouver and Langley is Metro Vancouver’s busiest transportation corridor. With its associated interchanges and connections into the region’s growing communities, the highway serves daily commuters commercial truck traffic, and provincial travelers.

The $2.5B, 37-km Port Mann / Highway 1 Improvement Project is a major component of the Province of British Columbia’s Gateway Program, established to address growing regional congestion, expanding populations, and multi-modal connectivity. The project was procured as a design-build scheme; the largest transportation infrastructure project in British Columbia’s history.

MMM Group Limited, as part of joint venture H5M with Hatch Mott MacDonald, led the design for the project’s $1.5B onshore works over an aggressive, five-year, fast-track design and construction period. With support from many of B.C.’s local consultants, the project’s onshore works are a masterwork of engineering design and delivery within a complex, urban environment. H5M met, and overcame, a series of complex project challenges, from highly variable soils and strict environmental obligations, to preparing designs within a highly constrained and heavily utilized corridor. “H5M’s contributions were instrumental to the Port Mann / Highway 1 Improvement Project, one of the most important transportation projects our province has seen in years,” said Keith Sashaw, President and CEO, ACEC-BC when announcing this year’s winners “The team implemented a number of technical ‘firsts’ for a project of this magnitude, such as developing the majority of the highway design using 3D modelling and Building Information Management methodologies.”

The Port Mann / Highway 1 project also received the Deputy Minister’s Award for Design and Contract Preparation – Roads, recognizing the excellence of consulting engineers partnering with the ministry to improve B.C.’s transportation infrastructure.