In the social infrastructure sector, things become personal. Our clients always have a direct stake of some kind, but within social infrastructure, we provide engineering services and solutions that engage a diverse range of passionate end-users. From arts and culture, sports and recreation, and healthcare, to the educational facilities that engage our future generations, this sector creates the infrastructure that supports the very building blocks of healthy and vibrant urban centres.
Whether sharing their medical expertise, their art, their sport, or their passion, our clients are often deeply connected to the facilities that allow these experiences to happen. Williams Engineering Canada is proud of its large portfolio of work in this sector including the Talisman Centre in Calgary, Alberta, the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and the Lois Hole Library in Edmonton, Alberta. These projects reflect our own passion to create innovative solutions that inspire our clients and ultimately inspire the end-user.
Built in 1983, the Talisman Centre is locally known as an iconic building on the Calgary, Alberta skyline. Owned by the City of Calgary and operated by Lindsey Park Sports Society, the Talisman Centre boasts more than just five full-sized gymnasiums for local residents.
On behalf of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) in the spring of 2008, Williams conducted a conceptual options heating study for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Cereal Research Centre’s Science Laboratory building, located on the University of Manitoba campus in Winnipeg.
Aspen Heights Elementary School located in Red Deer, Alberta was originally constructed in 1949. The school's current population stands at approximately 225 students. Major renovations to the school and a four classroom addition began in June of 2009.
This project involved overlaying approximately 5,000 tonnes of asphalt concrete pavement within Red Deer County. A section of the overlays was undertaken in the busy Gasoline Alley industrial subdivision area near the city of Red Deer. The County of Red Deer required the expertise to identify areas that required deep strengthening within their road network. The areas of importance were the industrial subdivisions. The heavy truck traffic that is generated shortens the life of a roadway if it was not designed for the heavy truck traffic.
The Atlantic Art Block adds character to Calgary’s artsy Inglewood community.
Located on the east edge of downtown Calgary, the Atlantic Avenue Art Block is a four-storey retail, office, and art gallery building complete with underground and surface parking. The new facility boasts a sleek, modern design with hints of inspiration from the community’s historical setting. The building also incorporates many LEED® design components and has achieved LEED® Silver certification.
Beginning in 2001, the Canadian Rockies School Division required major remodeling of the Banff Community High School. The new 5,960 m2, two-storey school includes junior high and high school classrooms, a visual arts shop, an art workshop, a construction technology shop, computer labs, administration offices, and a community gymnasium.
Williams Engineering Canada Inc. undertook detailed design and construction management for the realignment of Bunt Lake Trail and Poplar Ridge Road. The north-south legs of the Burnt Lake Trail were off-set by 5 m (east to west). This was becoming a serious concern due to increased traffic associated with a rise in industrial and commercial usage in the area. Williams Engineering redesigned the intersection to accommodate heavy truck traffic and improve the flow of vehicles through the Burnt Lake Trail Industrial Park.
As many Canadians are using email and social media for communicating, what changes does Canada Post need to implement to ensure it continues to meet the demands of Canadians and fulfill its purpose of providing Canadians with world-class postal service? The answer is Canada Post's "Building the Modern Post" initiative.
Capital Health, serving over one million Edmonton and area patients, provides various high technology services including organ transplants, inpatient acute care, rehabilitation care, extended care, and immunizations. Capital Health required the expertise of an engineering firm to guide the deconstruction of the existing Outpatient Resident Building located at 8315 – 114 Street in Edmonton Alberta.
Located in Fort Edmonton Park, the new Capitol Theatre blends modern construction with authentic elements and character from the original theatre that was constructed circa 1929. WEC was a key member of the building design team for the re-creation of this classic theatre and provided both mechanical and electrical services.
As the largest rural school division in Alberta, Chinook’s Edge School Division provides public schooling for 41 schools and approximately 11,000 students. The division supports over 600 teachers as well as hundreds of substitute teachers and support staff while ensuring each student’s educational experience is a fulfilling one that includes challenging and meaningful learning opportunities.
The Civil team at Williams Engineering Canada (WEC) conducted a study of the existing road system in Dettah, N.W.T., a community of just over 200 people located on the shore of Great Slave Lake. Dettah, previously known as Burnt Point, has been a traditional Dene fish camp for hundreds of years with hunting, trapping and fishing dominating the local economy. In the summer, Dettah is a 27-kilometre drive accessible by an all-weather road from Yellowknife, while in the winter, a six-kilometre ice road across the Yellowknife Bay provides access to Dettah.
WEC has built upon a long-standing relationship with École Allain St-Cyr that began in 1998 to provide engineering design and consultation services. During the initial phase of the project, WEC provided structural and electrical engineering design and construction services for the new French language school in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. École Allain St-Cyr was a significant opportunity for our engineers to be as creative as possible; this resulted in a modern, innovative, and cost-effective design that met the needs of the client and the community.
The Islamic Academy of Edmonton is a triumph of collaboration that provides traditional education with modern sensibility for more than 1,000 students from kindergarten to grade twelve. Williams and Barr Ryder Architects and Interior Designers worked together as prime consultants to design and build an institution that is functional, beautiful, and representative of Canada’s multi-cultural spirit.
Williams Engineering’s team will once again be visiting the Edmonton Valley Zoo as a new and exciting project gets underway. The project, Nature’s Wild Backyard is a child-friendly multi-zoned area which will support animal homes and habitats. The project will include interactive displays, exhibits, the all important Parent’s Café, and a new area named Nature’s Wild Hospital, where children can pretend to be a veterinarian or a zoo keeper. The different exhibits will be themed around forest, grassland, farm, and wetland critters.
Williams Engineering was retained to conduct Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) at four specific locations in the Northwest Territories. The Purpose of the Phase II ESAs was to identify any potential environment liabilities and concerns at the subject site and the adjacent properties.
Specifically, the Phase II ESAs were focused on the following buildings:
- Old Chief Albert Wright School; Tulita
- De Cho Hall; Fort Simpson
- The Leisure Lounge; Fort Smith
- The Old Weigh Scale; Enterprise
After 25 years since its last major renovation, the Jasper Place Library in Edmonton, Alberta was in need of a fresh new look. The hard facade of faded red and brown bricks had long outgrown this west-end community that has been working so hard to revitalize itself, but still maintain its old-style charm and history.
The Hamlet of Kugluktuk draws its water from the Coppermine River about 2.5 km upstream from the Coronation Gulf. Numerous issues have been reported with the water system over the years including chronic excessive turbidity, seasonal salt water intrusion, sand and silt build-up around the intake pipe, the need for a new intake pump house (instability of the riverbank lead to damage of the intake pump house and pipe), and sufficient water storage. Many of these issues are interrelated (i.e., intake sedimentation affecting water quality).
Meadows Community Recreation Centre and Meadows Library is a 20,900-square-metre facility which includes an aquatic complex, twin-sheet ice arena, a gymnasium, a two-level fitness area with an indoor track, community multipurpose rooms, and a 1400-square-metre branch library for the Edmonton Public Library. Williams Engineering Canada (WEC) was selected to provide mechanical, electrical and civil consulting engineering services to this $91 million facility. The building is targeting LEED® Silver certification as mandated by the City of Edmonton.
The recent population explosion in Alberta has necessitated rapid expansion of local infrastructure. Schools to support the demographic bulge promised by a young community are absolutely necessary to the future success of the province. In order to plan ahead and ensure Alberta’s children are given every opportunity to excel, 18 new schools were constructed in the province’s two most populous cities, Edmonton and Calgary.
Williams Engineering Canada was retained to provide preliminary engineering, detailed design, tendering services, construction management services, and post construction services for the grading improvements of Ribstone Road (approximately 15 km in length). This project has been designed and awarded for construction to commence. It is anticipated that the construction of this roadway be completed in the Spring of 2010.
The drainage swale collects storm water runoff from the roadway and adjacent escarpments and discharges at the base of the hill into a small creek. A site investigation and investigative report concluded that approximately 400 m of the drainage swale, commencing at the top of the hill, consisted of a failing geo-textile liner and washed aggregate conglomerate.
Civil engineering services included providing an engineering report that suggested alternative solutions related to the drainage swale erosion:
The City of Yellowknife's Somba K'e Civic Plaza is a prominent landmark in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and is located next door to City Hall. An alluring attraction for visitors, this plaza features an amphitheater with a view across from the scenic Frame Lake, a maintenance support building, sculptural areas, and a large green space. Williams Engineering Canada is very proud to have taken part in the structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering aspects of this project for Nadji Architects.
Local and international students at the University of Calgary truly get a taste of premium student living while participating in programs geared towards increasing cultural, global, and local awareness.
Williams Engineering supplied mechanical engineering services for a $1.2 million laboratory space fit-up at the University of Lethbridge. Williams Engineering also acted as the prime consultant. The new laboratory space in the basement of the Life Sciences Building became the Aquatic Research Facility. Integral to the design were the following features:
Williams Engineering Canada (WEC) was selected as the mechanical engineering consultants for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Inpatient Bed Project. This project is an extension of a previously built shell space, established in 2009. Levels six and seven of the existing health care tower are to be fitted with 64 patient beds to accommodate local community health care needs. At the time the Interior Health Authority had a shortage of short and long stay beds in the Central Okanagan.
Williams Engineering Canada (WEC) provided mechanical, electrical and structural engineering services for the renovations of Yellowknife’s City Hall lobby, Council Chamber, and reception to the Mayor’s office. Yellowknife's City Hall is centrally located in the downtown core along Frame Lake. The lobby was renovated to provide a safe, secure, functional, and aesthetically appealing central area for the interaction of residents with the city for many of the in-person services available at City Hall.