Canam-Buildings and Canam-Bridges stood out prominently at the CISC Design Awards, taking home two awards each at the gala held on October 29th under the theme “Contribution of the Steel Industry to the World of Music and the Arts”.
Canam-Buildings received an award in the Industrial Projects category for its participation in the PJC Head Office and Distribution Center project in Varennes, Quebec. In addition to housing administrative offices and a warehouse, this 860,500 sq. ft. (79,943 m2) facility includes a fitness center, a daycare, a cafeteria and many other commodities for the employees. This project included joists – some measuring up to 80 ft. (24 m) – girders, bridgings, purlins and girts, welded wide-flange sections (WWF), steel deck and acoustic deck for the office section. The distribution center is due to become operational in January 2016.
Canam-Buildings took home the Jury Favorite award for its contribution to the Cogeco Amphitheatre project in Trois-Rivières. This complex structure of 150,700 sq. ft. (14,000 m2) features two partitions at the rear of the building, called for specially shaped joists with large cantilevers and sloped lower chords in order to form the particular triangular shape. In addition to the joists, which had to be delivered in two sections and bolted directly onto the structure, girders and steel deck were also fabricated for this project. Inaugurated in July 2015, the construction has a vast stage and covered seating for 3,500 spectators as well as an outdoor landscaped amphitheatre.
Projects Outside Quebec
Canam-Bridges received an award in the Projects Outside Quebec category for its participation in the Hunt Club Pathway Connection to the Southeast Transitway Station project, a 246-ft. (75 m) pedestrian bridge erected over the Ottawa Airport Parkway to link the Hunt Club community and the Southeast Transitway in Ottawa, Ontario. The bridge structure is composed of three orthotropic steel deck panels – with the longest span measuring 167 ft. (51 m) – and required complex fabrication operations during the assembly and welding of the various components. The bridge opened to pedestrians and cyclists in November 2014.
Canam-Bridges also received an award in the Bridge Projects category for its participation in the construction of the Des Allumettes Bridge, a 919-ft. (280 m) highway bridge crossing the main channel of the Ottawa River southeast of Pembroke, Ontario, and linking the Province of Ontario to the Municipality of Isle-aux-Allumettes, in Quebec. The structure comprises of two box girders composed of 22 segments, for a total of 1,880 tons of steel components. The complexity of this project lay in the weight of the girders, some of which weighting as much as 91 tons, and the tight deadline. The bridge opened to traffic in August 2015.
The CISC Design Awards Gala is an annual event celebrating the various teams that join forces to execute complex and innovative steel projects. The different awards conferred in the scope of the gala are unique in that they are jointly awarded to the project owner, architect, engineer, contractor, fabricator and detailer.