ACEC-BC Engineering Excellence Awards 2016

ACEC-BC Awards 2016 - CJI - RBRC Partners at Roberts Bank

The 27th annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala highlighted achievement in B.C. engineering. Congratulations to all the winners!

Collings Johnston Inc. received an honourable mention at the event for our “Program Management of the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program – An Unprecedented Collaboration” submission in the soft engineering category.

The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program was an unprecedented collaboration of 12 funding Partners to deliver 9 overpasses and road improvements along this 70-kilometre rail through 4 municipalities. The Program supported trade, while minimizing train impacts to communities, and improving safety. Partners included industry as well as all levels of government, and all held a financial stake in the success of the Program.

As Program Managers, Collings Johnston Inc. (CJI) oversaw the development and implementation of the Program. This included the organisation and management of the partnership, and the production of the implementation and delivery plans. CJI  managed First Nations, public communications and environmental interests at the Program level to reduce risk, develop strong relationships, and maintain consistent messaging and approach. This successfully facilitated delivery of the $307 million Program infrastructure on time and under budget.

Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program Wins Premier’s Award for Partnership

Excellence in partnership drove the success of the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program – an unprecedented collaboration of 12 public and private funding partners. The project delivered eight rail overpasses and a rail siding project along a 70-kilometre trade corridor that connects terminals at Roberts Bank in Delta with the North American rail and road network.

Read more about the Premier’s awards here.

Congratulations to John Collings, recipient of ACEC-BC’s 2015 Meritorious Achievement Award

ACEC-BC annual awards gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.  (Photo by Kim Stallknecht)
ACEC-BC annual awards gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.
(Photo by Kim Stallknecht)

John Collings, P.Eng. of Collings Johnston Inc. was presented with the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC in April. This award is presented annually to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to engineering, the industry and the community. John has been a leader in the transportation industry and has worked hard to achieve engineering excellence.

John grew up in what is now Zambia and completed his engineering degree at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. In the early 1970s, he headed to Canada to work for what was then Delcan Corporation, where he participated on major transportation projects in every province and territory in Canada.

ACEC-BC annual awards gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.  (Photo by Kim Stallknecht)
ACEC-BC annual awards gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.
(Photo by Kim Stallknecht)

While raising the profile of the company, John sought out non-traditional opportunities. From creating and managing one of the first automated pavement management companies, establishing the first BC privatized Highway Maintenance Company to starting Standard Parking, a design-build-finance-operate parking company. With an appreciation for innovation and a focus on quality, he introduced the then new AutoCAD technology, and led the development of a corporate Quality Management system amongst other achievements. He went on to assist with the development of the first BC Ministry of Highways design-build procurement and delivery methodology for bridge and highway projects.

One of John’s ambitions was to have his own company, and in 1999 he and Robin Johnston, a fellow South African, established Collings Johnston Inc. From its early days, CJI has been forefront in leading some of the most challenging and interesting projects in Canada and Alaska.

But John’s career hasn’t been simply about engineering the next big project. He has been both a leader and promoter of the engineering profession, the industry and supporter of his colleagues. From his participation on the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C., as a key member of some of the many committees of the Transportation Association of Canada, the Vancouver Board of Trade, or through his active participation in ACEC-BC, including as Chairman in 1991-1992, and ACEC-Canada, John’s influence, contribution and support of the industry is well recognized and appreciated.

Read more about the event here.

SNC Wins Award of Excellence for Coast Meridian Overpass

Collings Johnston was the Project Director on behalf of the City of Port Coquitlam for the Coast Meridian Overpass. For more info on our role, view our Coast Meridian Overpass Project page.

Source: Canadian Consulting Engineer

Coast Meridian Overpass

Using a “push-launch” method, the design-build team spanned 580-metres to bridge a huge transportation corridor in Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Prior to the construction of the Coast Meridian Overpass, the city of Port Coquitlam in British Columbia was divided by two major transportation corridors: the Lougheed Highway – a major arterial road in Metro Vancouver – and Canadian Pacific’s largest active rail yard in western Canada.

The city responded to this difficult situation by developing a conceptual design for the Coast Meridian Overpass. Envisioned as a way to unite the two sides of the city, connect Port Coquitlam with other major regional transportation networks in the region, and relieve traffic congestion, the Coast Meridian Overpass was awarded as a design-build project to SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) “SLCP.” [Read More…]

CEBC Award of Excellence

Collings Johnston was the Owner’s Technical Manager and the Implementation Manager on behalf of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority for the Golden Ears Bridge. For more info on our role, view our Golden Ears Bridge Crossing Project page.

Source: AE Today – Issue #1 2006

Golden Ears Bridge

The Consulting Engineers of B.C. presented Associated Engineering and Collings Johnston with an Award of Excellence in the Soft Engineering category at the awards gala in Vancouver. We received the award for our work on the development of the Golden Ears Crossing Project.

Located in the Greater Vancouver area in B.C., the new Golden Ears Bridge will cross the Fraser River, connecting Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows on the north to Surrey and Langley on the south.

The project owner, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) decided to implement the project as a Public Private Partnership. As Technical Manager and Technical Consultant, Collings Johnston and Associated Engineering developed the project scope and concept design, helped to identify risks, and assisted in developing the Request for Qualifications and Proposal documents. The concept design had to be affordable, promote safety, receive support from the four municipalities and numerous stakeholders, and attract qualified bidders. The concept design of the 2.2 kilometre long bridge and associated roads, pedestrian and cyclist facilities, and utilities also had to consider the character of each community and integrate with the existing transportation network.

The Collings Johnston/Associated Engineering team developed an approach that addressed community values and integrated with the design/build/finance/operate delivery approach. This process helped build consensus, and led to a single agreement between TransLink and the four municipalities. Due to an inclusive development process that involved prospective local and international consortia, proponents responded enthusiastically to the project. TransLink has awarded the project to the Golden Crossing Group. Construction has begun, and the new bridge and roadworks are scheduled for completion in 2009.