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McElhanney wins a MoTI Deputy Minister’s Award

Feb 10, 2016

McElhanney is proud to announce that Wil Moroz, AScT, Senior GIS\Civil Technologist, and Marcus Barber, Construction Division Manager, were awarded the BC Ministry of Transportation Deputy Minister’s Award - Construction Specialty Services for the Ellis Creek Fish Bypass Design and Construction. This is the fifth Ministry award for Marcus and the third for Wil.

The Ellis Creek Fish Bypass was completed as an environmental compensation for highway widening project with the Ministry as the key stakeholder. The fish, with the main species being Kokanee salmon, Rainbow trout, and Brook trout, were unable to get upstream of the Ellis Creek Weir since its construction in the 1960s. Despite numerous challenges, the team, which also included David Sereda and Scott Hansson, successfully completed the project. As a testament to their work, Kokanee spawners were swimming upstream the day after its completion!

Congratulations to the team on their extraordinary achievement! 

To watch a video interview on their award-winning project, click here. (The Ellis Creek Profile starts at 4:08)

Photo above, from left to right: Kevin Richter (Assistant Deputy Minister of BC MoTI), Wil Moroz, Marcus Barber, and Dirk Nyland (Chief Engineer of BC MoTI)

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