TORONTO, June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 16, Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) hosted the 2016 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala at the International Centre in Toronto, where CH2M was one of three companies honoured with the premier Willis Chipman Award. The company was recognized for its Program Management role on Metrolinx's Union Pearson Express (UP Express).
Commenting on the award winners, Barry Steinberg, chief executive officer of the association, stated, "While each project is the epitome of outstanding engineering endeavours, together they represent a multimodal transportation hub that moves people across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. The projects of AECOM, CH2M Hill and HMM have collectively contributed to transforming Union Station into the state-of-art transportation gateway for Ontarians."
A long-awaited rail project, UP Express was designed to better connect Canada's busiest airport to its largest city, Toronto. With traffic congestion steadily worsening on highways leading to the airport and passenger projections for Union Station expected to annually grow from 65 million to 130 million by 2031 (and from 36 million to approximately 60 million for Toronto Pearson), there was a clear need for an airport rail link.
Taking up the construction challenge in 2011, Metrolinx selected CH2M to help bring the UP Express vision to life. Demonstrating on-budget and on-schedule performance for the fast-track, $465-million air-rail link, CH2M worked seamlessly with Metrolinx to coordinate seven diverse work streams and the delivery of 63 major projects. The team also assisted with the creation and operation of a complex start-up organization, and established vital front-end project deliverables to guide the design, construction, commissioning and launch of UP Express—all in time to welcome more than 260,000 visitors to Toronto for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in July 2015.
Now operational for almost a year, UP Express has joined ranks with Stockholm's Arlanda Express, London's Heathrow Express, Oslo's Flytoget Express and Tokyo's Narita Express as a leading express air-rail services, enhancing Toronto's recognition as a global financial and tourist centre and a technology innovator.
Celebrating alongside Metrolinx, CH2M accepted the highly coveted prize, which honours outstanding professional leadership and engineering innovation to improve the economic, social and environmental quality of life in Ontario and around the globe. The company is pleased to share this significant award with Hatch Mott MacDonald, for their role on the Northwest PATH Pedestrian Tunnel, and AECOM, for their Union Station Revitalization project.
About the Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards
The Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards has become the province's most prestigious awards program since its inception 13 years ago, raising the profile of the consulting engineering community to the new height. The award winners were selected by a panel of five independent judges who have distinguished backgrounds in different fields of the industry.
CH2M leads the professional services industry delivering sustainable solutions to clients working on the world's most complex challenges. CH2Mers make a positive difference providing consulting, design, engineering and management solutions for vital infrastructure and resources serving diverse public- and private-sector clients. With $5.4 billion in revenue and ~22,000 people, the firm has offices in 50 countries and four business groups: water; environment and nuclear; transportation; and energy and industrial. Known for managing global events such as the Olympic Games, CH2M ranks among Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies; number-one in environmental consulting and program management by Engineering News-Record; and among sustainability leaders by independent analyst Verdantix. CH2M in 2016 was selected to receive the World Environment Center's Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, and in 2015, received the Stockholm International Water Institute's highest Industry Water Award for advancing innovative potable reuse technologies. To learn more about the CH2M difference, connect with the firm at www.ch2m.com; linkedin.com/company/ch2m; twitter.com/ch2m; facebook.com/ch2mhill; and search for jobs at www.ch2m.com/careers.
CH2M, Transportation Business Group
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