CEO recognizes John Cooke & Associates for excellence on Government Conference Centre Project

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After the award: (left to right): Mary Cooke and John Cooke, Chris Vopini and Lisa Nicol, along with CEO chair Christine Hill

Ontario 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 on April  26, at a golf club in Kleinberg (Vaughan), north of Toronto.

Robinson Consultants received a new People’s Choice award for its work on the Northwest Arm Trunk sewer rehabilitation project.

The other awards included:

Awards of Excellence based con company size:

  • 1 to 50 employees: AIA Engineers, Highway 407 East Extension Phase 2A
  • 51- 100 employees: Blackwell, Schulich School of Business Expansion (York University)
  • 101 to 350 employees: Parsons, Fountain Street/Grand River Bridge Superstructure Replacement
  • 351 plus employees: Hatch, Oxec II Hydroelectric Project (Guatemala)

Awards of Merit based on project categories:

  • Building Engineering and Science: Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd., Algonquin College DARE District
  • Environment: Robinson Consultants, Northwest Arm, Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation
  • Project Management: DST Consulting Engineers, New Gold Rainy River Mine Development
  • Studies and Research: Stantec, First Nations Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit and Pilot Projects
  • Transit: AECOM, Dundas Connects – Dundas Street Corridor Master Plan (Mississauga)
  • Transportation Structural: WSP,  G. Gardiner Expressway Lower Simcoe Street (York-Bay-Yonge) Off Ramp.


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