GCAO recognizes building excellence with awards

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Ottawa Construction News staff writer

            The General Contractors Association of Ottawa (GCAO) has recognized successful building projects with awards.

            Incoming GCAO president Michael Nicolini presented the awards at the association’s annual general meeting on Jan. 17

            Tofcon Construction received the Award of Excellence for buildings under $15 million for the Centrepointe Theatre expansion. This project had to be completed on a “busy site at all hours of the day”, with special deadlines and challenges in minimizing site impact while preserving safety.  M.P. Lundy Construction received an honourable mention for the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum’s renovation and addition. Among other challenges, the contractor had to hang a snowbird Tudor jet from the new atrium.

            PCL Constructors Canada received recognition for buildings valued at more than $15 million – the new Ottawa Convention Centre (where the GCAO held its AGM). This project included incorporating many elements of the old congress centre into the new structure – resulting in LEED Gold certification.

            As well, former GCAO executiveirector Don Chutter joined in the ceremony to recognize EllisDon Corporation for the Don Chutter Meritorious Achievement Award, in recognition of the company’s work on the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE).

            The GCAO awards also include categories for industrial and civil projects.  While outgoing president Hubie Splinter said the association received six entries in each of the two building categories, it did not receive enough entries for the other categories to grant awards.

            The judges included Darryl Boyce, Carleton University’s assistant vice-president facility management and planning; Randy Romanin, chief architect at J.L. Richards and Associates, and GCAO life member Don Chutter.

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