Ottawa Construction News staff writer
Ottawa consulting engineer John G. Cooke & Associates has received the Willis Chipman Award from Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) for work on the Government Conference Centre Rehabilitation near Parliament Hill.
The annual award is given to projects that best demonstrate the important contribution of consulting engineering and improving the economic, social and environmental quality of life in Ontario, and is CEO’s major award.
The Government Conference Centre, formerly Ottawa’s main rail station, has been converted into a temporary home for the Senate of Canada as rehabilitation work is under way on Parliament Hill’s Centre Block (a project where Cooke, a heritage engineering specialist, is also involved)
CEO says in its award recognition that the project involved restoring the building, originally constructed in 1912, while maintaining its heritage integrity. Restoration started in 2014, including a seismic upgrade, a new floor plate and east addition, excavation and underpinning.
The award, along with 10 others, was presented at the CEO’s 17th annual awards gala in late April.
Picture with five people:
After the award: (left to right): Mary Cooke and John Cooke, Chris Vopini and Lisa Nicol, along with CEO chair Christine Hill