On Thursday, November 8th, the Quebec region of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC-ICCA) celebrated their 20th anniversary of the Design Awards for Excellence in Steel Construction, at the “Salle des Spectacles-Cabaret” of the Casino de Montréal, offering a welcoming cocktail and a 4-course gourmet dinner coupled with a musical repertoire by a jazz-trio, to a capacity filled hall. The evening was animated by Stéphanie Levesque (tv host, columnist, author).
The 20th Anniversary theme was “A TRIBUTE TO THE STEEL INDUSTRY – AN IMPORTANT LEGACY FOR QUEBEC,” showcasing the leadership and contribution of the steel industry to the Quebec and the Canadian economy, as well as its North American footprint.
At this Regional annual event, organized by Hellen Christodoulou, Quebec Region Manager, Québec teams are rewarded for carrying out exceptional projects in steel, showcasing complex and innovative steel construction projects for their beauty, uniqueness and originality. Each year, professionals and key stakeholders in the world of steel construction submit their projects; 105 Nominations were received this year, out of which 38 finalists were picked and a distinguished jury of renown Architects and Engineers, selected 1 winner for each of the 12 categories.
The jury members were:
France Goyet, President & Editor INNO MAGAZINE LES GRANDS BÂTISSEURS
Michel Vaillancourt, Director General-Quebec Region ACIER LEROUX / MÉTAUX RUSSEL
Martin Houle, Architect MIRAC, Director-Founder KOLLECTIF, Associate ELEMA EXPERTS CONSEILS
Nathalie Roy, ing. Ph.D., Professor Department of Civil Engineering & Buildings Faculty of Engineering, UNIVERSITÉ DE SHERBROOKE
Julie-Anne Chayer, ing., Vice-President Services – Business Responsibility GROUPE AGÉCO
Magnificent videos of the 12 categories were shown during the evening, naming each of the winners at the end. Plaques were presented to the winning teams, as congratulations and special recognition by the industry.
The winning projects in the 12 categories were the following:
Buildings Outside Quebec: CONGRESS SQUARE BOSTON
Bridges Outside Quebec: GOETHALS BRIDGE REPLACEMENT, NY
Commercial: LE CENTRE DE CONGRÈS DE SAINT-HYACINTHE
Bridges: RECONSTRUCTION D’UN PONT AU-DESSUS DE LA RIVIÈRE MISTASSINI, À DOLBEAU-MISTASSINI
Institutional: BIBLIOTHÈQUE DE PIERREFONDS -AGRANDISSEMENT ET RÉAMÉNAGEMENT
Industrial: CENTRALE GRISE-FIORD, NUNAVUT
Young Architects/Engineers: LE CENTRE DE CONGRÈS DE SAINT-HYACINTHE
Stairs/Architectural Walkways: ESCALIERS BUREAUX UBISOFT
Erection (Ingenuity-Constructability): MAISON MANUVIE-GRAND HALL
Work of Art – Sculptures & Exterior Pavilions: REVITALISATION DE LA COUR INTÉRIEURE DU PAVILLON DE DESIGN, UQAM
Jury Favorite Buildings: LE CENTRE DE CONGRÈS DE SAINT-HYACINTHE
Jury Favorite Bridges: RECONSTRUCTION DE L’ÉCHANGEUR TURCOT, MONTRÉAL
The fabricator of the year, Germain Blais, President of LES CONSTRUCTIONS BEAUCE ATLAS, was selected amongst peers and was awarded a beautiful portrait representing this year’s theme, prepared by the talented artist Patricia Lagopatis.
A $5,000 donation was also made by participant contribution and the Institute to the Centre for handicap children “Petite Échelle” and the winner of the raffle took home a beautiful painting, valued over $ 1,000, donated by the renown artist Katerina Mertikas.
For this 20th Anniversary, a commemorative video was launched during the evening, highlighting major accomplishments, innovations and evolution of the Quebec steel industry as critical contributors to Quebec and Canadian economy.
Hellen Christodoulou congratulated all the finalists and all winners, for they are considered testaments of the Quebec steel legacy and the importance of the industry and closed by leaving the audience with a few words:
“It’s so important that we pay tribute to our industry; the steel industry – an important legacy for Quebec. We must always acknowledge when we have something of value; we must protect it, we must promote it, and must make sure that we recognize its excellence.”
Thank you to our sponsors! Our initiatives and our events would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors and partners.
Hellen Christodoulou, Ph.D ing, B.C.L., LL.B., M.B.A.
Directrice régionale Québec – ICCA
Institut canadien de la construction en acier