McElhanney wins big at the ACEC Awards!


Avalanche Mitigation

At this year’s Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) Awards Gala, McElhanney was awarded the “Award of Excellence for Engineering” in the Special Projects category, along with the prestigious Schreyer Award for our Trans-Canada Highway Avalanche Mitigation project we have worked on for Parks Canada Agency.

The Schreyer award is the industry’s highest national honour – it is awarded to a project that best represents exceptional technical expertise, innovation, and overall engineering excellence by an ACEC member firm. The jurors chose our project over others because they viewed it as “outstanding and world-leading” as well as “an unprecedented, leading-edge system that stood out for its technical complexity and innovation.”

Our project (2015-2021) is a truly unique one, offering first of their kind avalanche control solutions in North America.

Taking place in the Rogers Pass stretch of Glacier National Park in British Columbia, the project area is home to a unique 43.8km transportation corridor containing the Trans-Canada Highway, Canadian Pacific Railway, and a concentrated cluster of 135 high-frequency avalanche paths. Parks Canada Agency engaged McElhanney to improve the corridor’s safety and reliability by implementing industry-leading avalanche mitigation solutions. Our innovative solutions, integrated with the complex existing avalanche control program, significantly reduced the avalanche risk to roadway users and the Canadian Pacific Railway, and helps keep Canadians safely moving year-round.

Watch the video

See below for a short video. For a summary showcasing our project’s win, please visit the ACEC website.

Thank you!

Thank you and a BIG congratulations to our whole team (at a peak comprised over two dozen professionals from six different branches) that have been involved in the delivery of this project. Equally so, a BIG thank you to our partners at Parks Canada Agency and Dynamic Avalanche Consulting Ltd.



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