Winners of the 2015 CISC Alberta Steel Design Awards revealed

The six winners of the 2015 Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence were recently honoured by hundreds of engineers, architects, contractors, construction owners and government and industry leaders who gathered for the biggest celebration of steel design in North America.     

The CISC Award celebration is held every other year to promote the structural steel industry within Alberta and across Canada. The awards recognize exceptional skill and ingenuity in steel design and the innovative use of steel in addressing a variety of construction challenges.

The 2015 awards drew 28 submissions representing a diverse range of innovative steel design and construction projects: from sleek bridges and office buildings to iconic fitness & sport facilities and centres of learning. The winning designs represent the state of the art in architecture, engineering, fabrication and sustainability in the steel construction industry.   

The Mosaic Centre in Edmonton won the 2015 Collaboration Award, which recognizes a project team who demonstrates “value added” to the project through collaborative project-delivery approaches throughout the design and/or construction process.

Owner: Mosaic Family of Companies
CISC Fabricator/CISC Detailer: Collins Steel
Architect: Manasc Isaac Architects
Engineer: Fast + Epp
General Contractor: Chandos Construction
Erector: D.R. Steel Inc.

The 2015 Architecture Award, which honours steel structures in which architectural considerations predominantly influence the design—particularly those with exposed steelwork—was won by the Physical Activity and Wellness Centre at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Owner: University of Alberta
CISC Fabricator/CISC Erector: Whitemud Ironworks Ltd.
CISC Detailers: Whitemud Ironworks Ltd. Apex Structural Design Ltd.
Architect: Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd.
Engineer: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
General Contractor: Clark Builders

The Peace Wapiti Academy in Grande Prairie won the 2015 Building Communities Award, which recognizes steel structures created as part of a community development project with a focus on serving community needs. This includes, but is not limited to, municipal government projects, not for profit companies, art installations and other installations.

Owner: Peace Wapiti School Board No 33
CISC Fabricator/CISC Erector: Leder Steel Ltd.CISC Detailer: M&D Drafting Ltd.
Architect: Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd.
Engineer: Williams Engineering
General Contractor: Krawford Construction Inc.

The winner of the 2015 Engineering Award was Edmonton International Airport—Combined Office and Control Tower, which was noted as a steel structure in which engineering considerations and the efficient use of steel in unique applications are the predominant factor.

Owner: Edmonton International Airport
CISC Fabricator/CISC Erector: Supreme Group
CISC Architect/Engineer: DIALOG
CISC Detailer: Cadmax Detailing Inc.General Contractor EllisDon

The Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre in Edmonton won the 2015 Sustainability Award, recognizing a steel structure in which steel has been used or reused as part of a sustainable development project that aims to improve environmental impact of the structure by using innovative practices, standards and technologies.

Owner: University of Alberta
CISC Fabricator: Whitemud Ironworks Ltd., Canam Buildings
CISC Erector: Whitemud Ironworks Ltd.CISC Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Architect: BR2 Architecture
General Contractor: Clark Builders

The Glacier Skywalk in Jasper took the 2015 Steel Edge Award, an open category demonstrating excellence in the application of steel design, fabrication, detailing or finishing. These projects or project components demonstrate tremendous ingenuity in addressing unique design, resource or application challenges.

Owner :Brewster Travel Canada
CISC Fabricator: Beauce Atlas
Architects: Sturgess Architecture
Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
General Contractor: PCL Construction Management Inc.
Erector: Bova Steel Inc.

For further information on the 2015 CISC Alberta Steel Design Awards, please visit