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Two ISL Directors Named Presidents of CEA and Rotary Club

Two of ISL's Directors have recently taken on presidential roles with their respective organizations.
Deon Wilner, P.Eng., CCCA, AVS, is now President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA).
Randy Heaps, CSLA, LEED AP, is now President of the Rotary Club of Edmonton.


CEA President

Deon Wilner is the Discipline Lead for Water and Wastewater at ISL. In May 2014, he was named Vice-President of the CEA, which carries a three-year term that includes a year as President and a year as Past-President. Wilner assumed the role of President on May 20, 2015, and his theme for the 2015-16 CEA year is: Do the Right Thing! For more information, keep an eye out for the upcoming issue of Alberta Innovators magazine, published twice a year by the CEA.

To read more about Deon Wilner's role as president and the rest of the CEA Board Executives, please visit the CEA website.

CEA is a registered organization representing Alberta engineering firms, which employ nearly 10,000 individuals and contribute over $1.9 billion annually to the Alberta economy. CEA’s role is to promote and enhance the business interests and opportunities of CEA member firms.


Rotary President

Randy Heaps is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Landscape Architect at ISL. He was elected as President for the Rotary Club of Edmonton for the 2015-16 term and held the inaugural luncheon on July 6, 2015, at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club in Edmonton, making it an especially notable year to be named President. Heaps has been a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton for over 15 years and has served on several Rotary Committees. He has been Club liaison for two major legacy projects and served previously on the Club Board of Directors in 2005-07.

To read more about Randy Heaps' role as President, please visit the Rotary Club of Edmonton website.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton was established on April 1, 1916, with a focus on supporting charitable projects at all scales that create a better future for groups, individuals and families in the downtown core in the areas of social services, education and health.

July 6, 2015

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ISL Founders Receive CEA Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service

ISL Founders Receive CEA Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service

ISL Engineering and Land Services (ISL) founder Roman Wozniak, P.Eng. and his successor Gary Mack, P.Eng. won the prestigious Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service. The duo was honored at the CEA Showcase Awards ceremony held in Edmonton on February 5, 2015.

The CEA Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service celebrates the notable achievements of engineers and recognizes their unique contribution to our community and society at large.

The Legacy of Wozniak and Mack

Wozniak and Mack have both contributed heavily to the consulting engineering industry in Alberta, being involved in many massive projects all over the province during their time with ISL.

Roman started a company to do what we all love to do – work with clients to design innovative infrastructure that serves its community,” says Rodney Peacock, current President and CEO of ISL Engineering and Land Services. “Gary continued on that philosophy and built the company I am so proud to be a part of today.

Wozniak’s greatest contribution was the work he did for the transportation and utility corridors that are now being built around Edmonton and Calgary, the Anthony Henday Drive and Stoney Trail respectively. It took over 30 years for construction to finally commence, but Wozniak was pivotal in laying the groundwork for these indispensable networks, showing immense foresight and preplanning abilities.

Roman was more of a visionary, Gary was more of the determined type,” says Roy Biller, Manager of Highway Design and Construction with ISL. “If Roman would dream it up, Gary would make sure that it got done.

Mack’s most notable projects were the 23 Avenue/Gateway Boulevard Interchange and the Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton, and the Parsons Road Interchange along Highway 63 in Fort McMurray. Each of these projects were very complex and required more than just engineering knowledge because of their politically charged nature, which Mack always navigated with aplomb.

So when you hear that a guy like Gary Mack, it’s kind of like Gandalf,” says Byron Nicholson, M.Eng., P.Eng., Director of Special Projects and Construction Services for the City of Edmonton. “He’s the wise wizard, and if you get him leading your project, as an owner you know a lot of those problems are going to go away.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Wozniak and Mack have left behind an amazing legacy and a company built on a philosophy of hard work that they both embodied. Now with over 375 employees specializing in 10 professional disciplines in 12 offices across Western Canada, ISL has a sterling reputation for its commitment to solid project management and team success.

These two remarkable individuals have made a long-lasting contribution to engineering excellence in Alberta with their dedication and commitment to innovation and quality engineering,” said Matt Brassard, P.Eng, President of CEA, at the awards gala. “They are an inspiration to all of us.

Further Reading

  • The Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine has published a feature on Wozniak and Mack, which you can read here  .
  • The Alberta Innovators magazine, published by the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, has also published a feature on Wozniak and Mack, which you can read below.
  • For a video recap of the life and careers of Wozniak and Mack, please visit this link   .

  • Alberta Innovators magazine

    February 23, 2015

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    ]]> (Administrator) Latest News Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:23:37 +0000 BC Offices in the Community

    BC Offices in The Community

    ISL Engineering and Land Services has three offices on the West Coast, in Burnaby, Langley and Squamish. Every year, our wonderful team members volunteer in their communities and help clean up trash, mark storm drains and plant trees. This year, our BC offices participated in a different sort of clean up: removing invasive weed species from our parks and lakes.

    'Weedbusters' at Burnaby Lake Regional Park

    On Sunday, September 14, five ISLers teamed up with Weedbusters, a program based in Burnaby Lake Regional Park designed to provide volunteers with the tools to identify, monitor and assist park staff in controlling invasive weeds. Burnaby Lake Regional Park is an important ecological sanctuary for many types of wildlife, including waterfowl, shorebirds, beaver, muskrat, otters, mink and turtles. Burnaby Lake is known for having one of the largest breeding populations of endangered Western Painted Turtles.

    The presence of invasive plants affects the biodiversity of Burnaby Lake by skewing the composition of natural ecosystems. Invasive plants have a detrimental effect on surrounding plant life due to a combination of factors, including rapid growth and maturity, prolific seed production and vigorous vegetative spread. Typically, these invasive plants are non-native and aren’t subject to normal biological controls (disease, insects, climate) that usually keep their growth in check, so they have to be removed manually and continually monitored. For more information, see this handy Weedbusters Volunteer Manual.

    English Ivy

    The purpose of ISL’s volunteering that day was to remove invasive English Ivy from a viewing point located at the edge of Burnaby Lake. Though English Ivy is widely grown in Canada as a houseplant or a ground-cover landscape plant, it poses a serious threat to native forests by eliminating native undergrowth and smothering trees. As it climbs a tree trunk, Ivy encourages rot by depriving bark of contact with air, sun and beneficial insects, as well as inhibiting new growth by covering leaves and interfering with photosynthesis. On average, Ivy can kill a mature tree in just 20 years.

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    The ISLers—armed with only gloves, clippers and plastic bags—tackled the infestation of English Ivy. Some roots, up to 3 inches in diameter in some cases, were uncovered. According to our team leader that day, “it became quickly apparent that this was one that would be a great strength workout. Not only did it take a lot of muscle to pull out the vine by the root, but the weeds had to be bagged and carried out to a disposal area. There was also a bonus removal of Himalayan Blackberry bushes and a bottle collection.” Some of the larger roots were too deeply ingrained for hand removal, so the area was marked and larger tools were brought in to finish the job.

    Langley Gets to the Root of Invasive Weeds

    On Sunday, October 12, the Langley office once again paired up with the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) to clean up their community. Last year, they participated in a tree-planting initiatives in Old York Park, and this year they teamed up to remove invasive weed species from Langley Nature Park.

    BC’s Weeds Problem

    The threat of invasive weeds is a very real problem in BC, and there is a growing awareness about the need to control non-native species of weeds. For more information about BC’s invasive weeds, visit the LEPS Invasive Species Control website or the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.

    In Langley Nature Park, some of the most concerning species are English Ivy, Lamiastrum, Morning Glory and Scotch Broom. As noted by Kim Greenwood, Special Projects Coordinator for LEPS, “these nasty invasives have been trying hard to take over our natural areas and out-competing native species. These invasive plants do not provide quality habitat for animals. Left unchecked, invasive plants can dominate an entire area, making it an uninhabitable monoculture.


    Enthusiastic and Energetic Group

    As long-time supporters of LEPS and their environmental initiatives, which included storm-drain marking for a number of years, ISL has created quite a rapport with their staff. Kim Greenwood said, “Please thank all of the volunteers (young and old) from ISL Engineering for donating their time to LEPS yet again! You are an awesome group to work with.” ISL was even featured in the LEPS November newsletter. View the full newsletter here.


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    Squamish Cleans the Shoreline

    On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, a crew of volunteers from ISL Squamish participated in the 4th annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at the Squamish Estuary Spit and Oceanfront Lands. In just 1.5 hours of cleaning up, 150 volunteers managed to collect approximately 3600 lbs of garbage and recyclables from a 20 km swath of land, filling over 100 bags.

    Some of the interesting items collected included a basketball net, a BBQ grill, various car parts such as tires and hubcaps, an arrow and a toaster. Some of the excessive garbage items found were cigarette butts, plastic bags and bottles, food wrappers and pop cans.

    As a sponsor of this yearly event, team members from ISL also helped out with the post-cleanup appreciation BBQ, serving burgers and hotdogs to hundreds of hard-working volunteers.

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    November 20, 2014

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    Happy Holidays 2016

    We wish you the very best this Holiday Season!

    The Christmas season is here! It is a time to reflect on 2016 and look forward to the year ahead.

    At ISL we pride ourselves on working together and collaborating to produce the best projects possible and as 2016 comes to a close, we are confident that we have been successful.

    Project Completions and Milestones

    In British Columbia, summer 2016 marked the completion of the Hazelgrove Park Project in Surrey as well as the Pinetree Way Enhancement Project and the Town Centre Park Performance Plaza in Coquitlam.

    In Alberta, the Drayton Valley Water Treatment Plant had its grand opening on September 16, while both the final leg of Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton and Crowchild Trail/Flanders Avenue Interchange in Calgary opened in October. The Walterdale Bridge Replacement Project, Parsons Interchange and Stoney Nakoda Disaster Recovery Project also reached significant milestones.

    Awards and Milestones

    Several ISL projects were recognized with awards this year including: a Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Award for Excellence in Design and Contract Preparation – Roads for Highway 10 Improvements, Highway 91 to Scott Road; a CEA Showcase Award of Excellence in Building Engineering – Recreational for Bowness Park Redevelopment; a CEA Showcase Award of Merit – International for Tomamu Cloudwalk; and ISL, along with Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd., received the Wood Advocate Award for the conservation of the Forest Service Shed.

    This year, we were also recognized as ASET’s Technical Employer of the Year, celebrated Calgary’s 20th anniversary and opened a new office in Kamloops, BC (stay tuned for more details in 2017).

    Community Involvement

    Our collaboration efforts extend to our community involvement as well, and we participate in many volunteer-driven activities to enhance and strengthen the communities in which we live and work.

    On behalf of our clients and partners, ISL Engineering and Land Services has made a donation to local Christmas charities. Thank you for another great year!

    Explore our photo gallery below to take a glimpse into ISL 2016.

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    We wish you the very best this holiday season!

    On behalf of our clients and partners, ISL Engineering and Land Services has made our annual donations to the following local Christmas charities: Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign (Canmore), Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, Grande Prairie Salvation Army, Christmas Amalgamated (Kamloops), Lethbridge Interfaith Food Bank, Langley Christmas Bureau, Community Christmas Care (Squamish), Burnaby Christmas Bureau, Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, United Way of Trail & District and the Salvation Army Community Centre (Saskatoon).

    In 2017, ISLers also participated in many volunteer-driven activities to enhance and strengthen the communities in which we live and work.

    Explore our photo gallery below to take a glimpse at some of these volunteer events.

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    Thank you for another great year!

    Click here to learn more about ISL over the last 30 years and our 2017 successes!

    ]]> (Administrator) Latest News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:18:00 +0000
    30 Years of Success

    In 2017, ISL celebrated its 30th anniversary!

    Here is a glimpse at our growth over the last 30 years:

    2017 Highlights

    Project Completions and Milestones

    In 2017, we completed (or achieved significant milestones on) a number of projects throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

    Alberta – Canada’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange – Macleod 162 Avenue Interchange (Calgary), Spruce Grove Reservoir and Pump Station, Wiaparous Bridge (southern Alberta), Highway 36:02 Roadway Realignment (Lethbridge), Crowchild Trail Study (Calgary), Hinton East Area Structure Plan, DDS Noisewall for Deerfoot and 2X at Mackenzie Towne (Calgary), Flanders Avenue Interchange (Calgary), Downtown Rehabilitation (Grande Prairie),Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan , Banff Elementary School (Phase One), Hinton Performing Arts Venue, Bearspaw Country Club (Calgary), Calgary Zoo Pedestrian Bridge, Hinton Comprehensive Planning and Development Strategy, 16 Avenue/29 Street Northwest Upgrades (Calgary), Walterdale Bridge (Edmonton), 40th Avenue/CP Rail Overpass (Airdrie) and 194 Avenue Priddis Slough Crossing (Calgary).

    British Columbia – Sugarloaf Bridge (Vancouver Island), Marine at the Beach (Vancouver), Pitt Meadows Roadworks, Village of Pemberton Water Treatment Plant Upgrades, Willingdon Linear Park (Burnaby), 7 Street Redevelopment (Fernie), Spokane Street/Leroi Avenue Infrastructure Improvements (Rossland), Sun Valley Spray Park Expansion (Port Coquitlam), Comox Marine Waterpark, Highway 3 Sunday Creeks and Port Moody Clarke Road Improvements.

    Saskatchewan – Idywyld Drive Overpass at Ruth Street Rehabilitation, Bridge and Inspection Testing, Wilson’s Lifestyle Centre Retail Building and Highway 16 and Highway 11 Impact Assessment.


    This year, ISL received several awards for projects across all three provinces, including:

  • Brian Eckel Award of Excellence: Transportation from ACEC-SK for the Idylwyld Drive Overpass at Ruth Street Rehabilitation
  • Premier Award of Excellence in Design: Engineering and Geoscience from the Design Council of Saskatchewan Premier Design Awards 2017 for the Wilson Lifestyle Centre Retail Building
  • Award of Excellence: Issues Management and Crisis Communication from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Canada Silver Leaf Awards Program for the Crowchild Trail Study
  • Award of Excellence: Community Relations from the IABC Canada Silver Leaf Awards Program for the Crowchild Trail Study
  • Project of the Year: Creativity/Innovation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Awards 2017 for the Crowchild Trail Study
  • Overall Project of the Year from the IAP2 Awards 2017 for the Crowchild Trail Study
  • Award of Planning Merit: Comprehensive and Policy Plan from APPI for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan
  • Award for Planning Excellence Merit from CIP for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan
  • Readers’ Choice Awards for Project Worth the Wait and Best Playground from the Town of Comox for the Comox Marina Waterpark.
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    Sustainability: Achieving the Complete Package

    Sustainability: Achieving the Complete Package

    The word “sustainability” is often used these days. The “Green movement” has infiltrated every aspect of our culture, and this heightened awareness of engaging in sustainable practices can be both positive and negative. The general public is now savvier about sustainability and its important benefits, but this has also made “sustainability” into a commonly used marketing tool.

    True sustainability is more than a buzzword used to cash in on the Green movement. Sustainability isn’t just about external appearances and doing what looks good in the eyes of the public. True sustainability focuses on improving efficiencies and performance, lowering operating costs, streamlining environmental and material impacts, measuring short- and long-term payoffs and redefining the status quo—especially in those elements that aren’t highly touted or marketable. It takes true commitment to stay firm to sustainability even when no one’s watching or patting you on the back.

    ISL Engineering and Land Services follows the Four Principles established by The Natural Step to guide our integrated sustainable approach. We recognize that each project is unique and has site-specific requirements and client-specific goals, but our approach is first and foremost informed by these principles. We strive to understand the needs, pressures and sensitivities of each community and our projects work towards eliminating challenges with truly sustainable solutions.

    Front and Centre Sustainable Elements

    This approach has informed ISL’s latest project, a new water treatment plant for the Town of Drayton Valley. The building — designed by Manasc Isaac Architects and powered by Magna IV Engineering — will be 11,000 square feet with a treatment capacity of 18 million litres per day (MLD) and includes a 2800 m3 potable water storage reservoir. The treatment plant was designed with a sustainable approach that includes solar wall heating, maximum daylight utilization by way of translucent windows and photovoltaic energy generation. There will also be a green roof installed over the administrative portion of the building as part of a pilot project to test how well it holds up in Drayton Valley’s climate.

    These are all great elements and, taken alone, are more than enough to qualify this project for sustainable excellence, but these are only the visible examples of the finished project’s sustainability. Jason Kopan, project manager with ISL, sums up ISL’s holistic approach by saying, “It’s not only what’s built, it’s how it’s built.”

    Behind the Scenes Construction Practices

    To meet expectations from the Town that as many sustainable and environmentally conscious aspects as possible be incorporated, initiatives to lessen the environmental footprint of the construction site have been undertaken right from the start. In fact, there are seven pages worth of environmental initiatives being followed by Nason Contracting Group, who are diligently tracking the impact that these measures are having on the overall construction footprint. Some of these initiatives are:

    • a no idling policy for vehicles and equipment when not in use
    • use of compostable or reusable coffee cups on site at all times
    • separating out all recyclable material to divert from the landfill, up to 75 per cent is expected
    • significant use of recycled steel in the building structure
    • reduced CO2 emission concrete is sourced locally using fly-ash cement substitute from the local power plant waste
    • excess or unused concrete is crushed to use as aggregate for roads and backfill
    • wood waste is stripped of nails and sent to Valley Power for reuse
    • ash from the burnt wood is distributed for use in balancing pH levels in local farmers’ fields
    • 75 per cent of the site will be restored to its natural state post-construction

    A Centre of Excellence

    All of these initiatives ensure that the new treatment plant will exceed all expectations while quietly doing the job it was designed for. The Town of Drayton Valley wants the building to be a centre of excellence, and this project certainly brings the work of water treatment out into the open. Once finished, the area surrounding the treatment plant will have park space, a large lake and walking paths, turning an infrastructure necessity into a public amenity. There will also be a viewing window onto the main process area, allowing educational tours to take place and highlighting the treatment work undertaken to turn river water into drinking water.

    The new Drayton Valley water treatment plant will showcase the complete package needed to reimagine the scope of truly sustainable design and construction.

    Drayton Valley Western Review

    This project has caught the attention of the Drayton Valley community and the Drayton Valley Western Review newspaper recently interviewed Jason Kopan (ISL) and Greg Germain (Nason Contracting Group). Read the article on their website, or see below.

    Drayton Valley Western Review

    July 31, 2014

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    Hazelgrove Park Design Garners High Praise

    Hazelgrove Park Design Garners High Praise

    On March 10, 2014, Surrey City Council approved plans for a new park near Hazelgrove Elementary School in East Clayton. ISL Engineering and Land Services (ISL) is managing this project and is providing an integrated multidisciplinary design, led by our Landscape Architecture group in Burnaby. A recent article in the Surrey Now newspaper includes quotes from Mayor Dianne Watts and Councillor Linda Hepner, who both speak very highly of the park plan produced by our integrated team.

    The Story of Water

    The land allotted to Hazelgrove Park was designated within the East Clayton Neighbourhood Concept Plan (2003) and sits next to Hazelgrove Elementary School as well as a water reservoir facility. The park will be 4.2 hectares in size—making it the largest park in East Clayton—and will feature many amenities suitable for all ages with a special focus on engaging the youth in the community.

    Because of its proximity to the water reservoir, ISL’s team pitched the idea of having the park express a water narrative, expounding a story about where water comes from, how it’s used and where it goes.

    The adjacent reservoir highlights where water comes from. A wall of the structure will be used as an outdoor projection screen for community events. An animated projection showing the current water level in the reservoir is also being pursued. The splash pad will showcase how water is used on site and will feature many interactive play elements.

    To show where the water goes, a bioswale in the park will capture the splash pad wastewater as well as stormwater runoff from surrounding hard surfaces. The bioswale will both detain and bioremediate this water through the use of reed beds—the splash pad water will be dechlorinated through this process.

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    A Park Designed for All Ages

    A major part of this project was the public consultation and engagement sessions, facilitated by ISL. This park is highly anticipated by the community and the sessions were very well attended. To ensure that they reached all potential park user groups, ISL conducted two open houses that reached out to the entire neighbourhood.

    In addition, a session was held at Youth Fest, a festival held each year featuring local youth bands, skateboarding and BMX demos, food trucks, free activities and sports tournaments. Another session was also held at the Hazelgrove Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee meeting to get the parents’ perspective. Youth engagement sessions were also held with two groups of grade 7 classes at Hazelgrove Elementary School. These sessions featured presentations, brainstorming exercises, question sheets and a map exercise in which students allocated amenities on a map of the planned park.

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    From these sessions, it was determined that the most popular features were a soccer field, washroom building, splash pad and playground. Youth favoured a parkour/climbing park and a BMX course. There was also strong community support for the retention and expansion of the existing on site forest grove. The parkour course stands out as a unique element—this will be just the second purpose-built parkour course in the Lower Mainland. Parkour, for those who don’t know, is a form of “street gymnastics” where fences, walls and other urban obstacles are used as climbing and vaulting elements. The sports has seen a huge rise in popularity over the last few years.

    For more information about the parkour culture in Surrey, read this article in the Surrey Leader newspaper   .

    Surrey Now Newspaper Article

    Now that the public consultation has been completed and a final park plan has been approved, construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2014 with the park expected to open in the summer of 2015. Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Committee, was very pleased with the final park plan presented to City Council, stating unequivocally that it was “one of the most impressive park designs” the City of Surrey had ever seen. Read the full article here  .

    Washroom design and signage/wayfinding for Hazelgrove Park provided by: PUBLIC Architecture+ Communication

    Landscape Architecture team in British Columbia

    ISL's Landscape Architecture group in Burnaby is growing and is undertaking new, exciting projects! Stay tuned for new developments and visit our Landscape Architecture page to see more projects.

    For more information about Hazelgrove Park:

    View the approved park plan  

    May 15, 2014

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    Kinsol Trestle Featured in CIVIL Magazine

    Kinsol Trestle Featured in CIVIL Magazine

    In 2007, the Kinsol Trestle was scheduled for destruction in favour of a new bridge. Thanks to the efforts of locals and the expertise of Cascade Engineering Group (now ISL’s Structural–Buildings group) and Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing, the trestle was able to be saved and rehabilitated into the stunning pedestrian bridge you can see today.

    The latest issue of Canadian Civil Engineer (CIVIL) magazine is organized around two main themes: bridges and sustainability. Not surprisingly, the work done by ISL’s Structural–Buildings group on the Kinsol Trestle caught their eye as it exemplifies both of these qualities.

    Kinsol Trestle History

    The Kinsol Trestle is located near Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, BC. Built in 1920 as part of Canadian Northern Railway’s route between Victoria and Nootka Sound, it was closed in 1980 and endured years of decay, vandalism and fire. In the late 1990s, portions of the old railway route were converted to a walking trail as part of the Trans-Canada Trail, but the Trail had to detour around the trestle because it was a safety hazard, adding a difficult 8.5 km loop around the Koksillah River.

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    In 2007, the Kinsol Trestle was scheduled to be taken down to be replaced by a brand-new bridge to complete the Trail, but there was strong local support for the preservation and restoration of this historic structure. Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing and Cascade Engineering Group were enlisted to provide their expertise in the design and analysis of timber structures.

    Project Challenges

    The biggest challenge for this project was balancing the requirements of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI)’s Canadian Highway Bridge Code standards while also retaining enough of the historic timber to meet the standards and guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. Some of the innovations that allowed this structure to retain 60 per cent of its historic timber include:

    • dividing the structure into “inactive” and “active” components, where the “inactive” portions are non-load bearing and the “active” portions are the main support structures—the “active” portions were fully reconstructed to comply with MOTI requirements
    • carrying out a detailed analysis of the over 6000 pieces of timber that comprise the trestle to ensure their structural stability and creating a 3D survey of the existing conditions using resistograph testing
    • bridging the active sections with under-slung steel trusses for further support and blending the new construction with the heritage aspects, ensuring that the rehabilitated bridge looks the same as the original structure from the underside of the pedestrian bridge down.

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    Grand Re-opening

    The rehabilitated Kinsol Trestle was officially reopened on July 28, 2011, to many accolades from peers and gasps of wonder from the general public. Media interest in this event was significant, garnering coverage from television outlets, newspapers and online blogs.

    Three years later, the Kinsol Trestle continues to impress. The project was recognized with a 2013 CEA Showcase Award of Merit for Transportation Infrastructure, a 2012 Heritage BC Award for Outstanding Achievement, and a 2012 Wood Works! BC Wood First Award, among others.

    Read the full magazine here (Kinsol Trestle article on page 12–13)  

    About Canadian Civil Engineer Magazine

    Canadian Civil Engineer magazine is published by the CSCE five times per year and is produced by the publishers of Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine. The CSCE was created to develop and maintain high standards of civil engineering practices in Canada and to enhance the public image of the civil engineering profession. They are based out of Westmount, Quebec.

    For more about the Kinsol Trestle

    See our project profile

    March 28, 2014

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    ISL Featured in Two Magazines

    ISL Featured in Two Magazines

    ISL projects in Alberta and British Columbia have recently been featured in two magazines.

    Westworld Magazine

    Westworld, published in BC by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), used an image from the Sea-to-Sky Gondola project in Squamish as their cover image. They touted the newly opened attraction as a good reason for BC residents to “staycation” instead of travelling too far abroad. The cantilevered viewing platform from the cover image and the suspension bridge shown in the article were both designed by ISL’s Structural–Buildings group.

    Read more about the Sea-to-Sky Suspension bridge

    Westworld Article

      Click here to read the full Westworld article.

    Alberta Innovators Magazine

    Alberta Innovators, published by the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, ran a full feature about ISL’s work during the flood event of June 2013, interviewing Calvin McClary, office manager at ISL Calgary, and illustrating the nature of the flood recovery work done by ISL’s offices in Calgary and Canmore.

    Alberta Innovators Article

      Click here to read the full Alberta Innovators article.

    March 11, 2014

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    ISLers Contribute to Sitelines Magazine

    ISLers Contribute to Sitelines Magazine

    ISL’s landscape architects have taken to the page in the latest issue of Sitelines to talk about their craft. Sitelines is published by the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) six times a year and is distributed to registered landscape architects, landscape architects and interns in the private and public sector, as well as landscape suppliers, educators and other professional associations across Canada.

    Andrew Robertson, BCSLA, CSLA, LEED® AP, from ISL Burnaby, and Lori Kieser, MLA, AALA, BCSLA, from ISL Edmonton, both contributed articles to the magazine. Andrew was also the guest editor, and one of Lori’s photographs — “Glacial Fragments at Jökulsárlón, Iceland” — was used as the cover image. The theme of this issue was Frontiers, and both authors bring their unique perspective to this subject matter: Andrew writes about transcending disciplinary boundaries to achieve a holistic design, while Lori writes about blurring the line between being a landscape architect and being an artist.

    Click here to view and download the free .pdf version of the February issue  

    “What if we were to…?" — Landscape Architecture and Holistic Design

    Andrew recently joined ISL as Landscape Architecture Manager in Burnaby, bringing with him over 12 years of experience in the industry. In his past positions, he has worked on Olympic venue designs in Whistler and Richmond, as well as urban design projects for the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also a LEED® Accredited Professional with an interest in sustainable design and initiatives. He sat on the Board of Directors for the BCSLA in 2008–10, where he first became involved in the publication of Sitelines.

    UBC Buchanan Courtyards, designed by Andrew Robertson UBC Buchanan Courtyards, designed by Andrew Robertson

    In his article, Andrew writes about the value in trying to achieve a holistic design vision for multidisciplinary projects, marrying the usually disparate domains of architects, engineers and landscape architects into a unified whole. If this endeavour is to be successfully, it must occur in the earliest stages of the project, allowing the whole team to recognize the long-term benefits of a holistic design. “The benefits of holistic design are not merely aesthetic, but also extend to project cost savings, constructability and performance. In an ever increasing competitive market, with clients demanding more for less and rising environmental construction standards, these are not small considerations.”

    According to Andrew, landscape architects have the latitude to be the champions of holistic design, in part due to the already-multidisciplinary nature of their work. If an architect’s main concern is the building and an engineer’s duty is to the subsurface sitework, it is the landscape architect’s duty to interface with the other project disciplines and merge the building with its neighbouring context. By engaging a holistic design mantra from the beginning of a project, this work would be able to run throughout the whole building, integrating the new design with the existing (or projected) surroundings at every step of the project. There are, of course, logistical obstacles to achieving holistic design as well as tools to facilitate its onset, all of which Andrew enumerates in his article.

    On the Edge of Inspiration

    Lori Kieser works as a Landscape Architect in Edmonton. She attended UBC from 2006 to 2009, where she completed the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program. She is also an accomplished artist, having recently spent an entire month in Iceland as part of an artist’s residency program. When her co-workers discovered that she had accepted the residency program, Lori was bombarded with questions about whether she was leaving her career as a landscape architect to become a full-time artist, which prompted her to write this article.

    "Shadowing the Surfaced" digital study for future art work, Lori Kieser 2013

    As a result of having to work at the intersection of multiple disciplines, Lori feels that many landscape architects are Renaissance men and women, able to “combine theory, technical expertise and spatial understanding to create places of previously unimagined poetry and utility.” The ability to marry disparate streams of knowledge and inspiration means that Lori, until asked, had never considered art and landscape architecture to be mutually exclusive undertakings: to her, they are two sides of the same coin.

    In fact, she values the perspective that her two passions provide her: “Landscape architecture gives me spatial understanding and technical expertise; art allows my imagination to range far beyond apparent project constraints.” Often these project constraints rein in any impractical ideas, but true innovation is borne out of pushing the boundaries, which is something Lori isn’t afraid to do.

    Rising BC Profile

    Our Landscape Architecture group in BC has recently been bolstered by the addition of strong team members, such as Andrew Robertson in Burnaby. As well, all of our team members benefit from access to additional expertise from our other offices in Western Canada, such as Lori Kieser in Edmonton. Working together, our exceptional staff collaborate across all disciplines on projects of all sizes and complexities to develop innovative, effective solutions that achieve the goals of our valued clients in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

    Contact us at any of our 12 offices for further inquiries.

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    February 21, 2014

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    Highway 66 Repairs Completed

    Highway 66 Repairs Completed

    After the Alberta floods of June 2013 washed out some major highways and bridges in Kananaskis Country, ISL Engineering and Land Services (ISL) was quick to respond. Working closely with Alberta Transportation to reopen the highways before the winter season, the ISL team brought innovative ideas and designs to the table in order to achieve these tight deadlines.

    Photos of the Flood Damage

    Alberta Transportation has compiled extensive image galleries for public viewing to show the extent and scale of the roadway damage caused by the floods. ISL has been involved in the following projects:

    Highway 66 / Elbow River Bridge

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    Highways Reopened

    On December 20, 2013, Alberta Transportation posted a news release entitled "Post-flood bridge repairs improve K-Country access." This release detailed the successful completion of the bridge repairs on Highway 66, a much busier thoroughfare into the Kananaskis region. Following the flood, ISL designed a temporary, single-lane bridge alongside the washed out bridge, allowing summer and fall travellers to access the area while the substantial repairs to the main bridge were completed. In the release, ISL is highly touted for our innovations and project management skills:

    ""ISL Engineering and Land Services, responsible for design and inspection, worked with the Province to take innovative approaches on this project, including designing the bridge girders to accommodate highway traffic on a wooden deck. This allowed Graham Construction to work in stages – opening the bridge now and pouring the concrete deck next spring. The innovation means improved access to this important winter playground for outdoor enthusiasts."

    Media Coverage

    These news releases have garnered some positive media stories regarding ISL’s involvement in these reconstruction efforts, most notably in the Calgary Herald newspaper and on CTV News Calgary. Read these stories below:

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    January 3, 2014

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    ISL Recognized at 2013 Urban Design Awards

    ISL Recognized at 2013 Urban Design Awards

    On November 22, 2013, the City of Edmonton announced and celebrated the winners of the 2013 Urban Design Awards at City Hall.

    Hosted by the Alberta Chapter of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the City of Edmonton, the Urban Design Awards are presented every two years and were inaugurated in 2005 to recognize individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have contributed to enhancing the quality of life in Edmonton.

    Landscape Architecture and Site Development

    ISL’s Landscape Architecture and Site Development groups were involved in four of the award-winning projects and received plaques to commemorate our involvement. Also, for the first time, the public had a chance to vote for the new People’s Choice Award, which was created to recognize past examples (pre-2005) of good urban design that have had a transformative impact on the quality of life in Edmonton.

    Award of Excellence

    Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre and Edmonton Eskimo Field House

    Architect/Designer: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, HIP Architects

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    Landscape Architecture and Site Development

    ISL worked as part of the design team and was responsible for site grading, utilities, parking lots, plazas, urban design and soft landscaping on approximately four hectares of land. The project was designed and constructed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

    Award of Merit

    Jasper Place Library

    Architect/Designer: DUB Architects and Hughes Condon Marler Architects

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    Site Development

    ISL provided civil engineering services for the new building and parking lot including site services for water, sanitary and storm sewers as well as detailed design of site grading, drainage and pavement for the site access, parking and loading areas. The project was designed and constructed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

    Award of Merit

    Edmonton Clinic Site Development (south end)

    Architects/Designer: DIALOG

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    Landscape Architecture and Site Development

    ISL was responsible for the site development and landscape architecture components including site access improvements, development of formal plazas, circulation roadways, amenity spaces, site grading and stormwater management. This project is targeting LEED Silver certification.

    People’s Choice Award

    MacEwan University City Centre Campus

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    Landscape Architecture

    In 1994, Butler Krebes & Associates (now part of ISL), working with a consortium of design firms, was enlisted to prepare a comprehensive landscape design for the campus. The design included boulevard and courtyard landscaping, special tree planting details and site amenities.

    November 22, 2013

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    Latest News Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:54:40 +0000
    ISL Wins Two 2013 Prairie Wood Design Awards

    ISL Wins Two 2013 Prairie Wood Design Awards

    The Alberta Wood WORKS! Prairie Wood Design Awards Gala was held at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton. Over 200 people from the architecture and engineering field were in attendance.

    Nominated projects from four provinces — Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon — were broken down into five different categories: Municipal, Residential, Interior Wood Showcase, Commercial/Institutional and Recreational. Nominations were chosen from building projects that display a wide range of wood product applications and demonstrate an understanding of the special qualities of wood, such as its strength, sustainability, durability, beauty and cost-effectiveness. Projects could be nominated in more than one category.

    The Grizzly Paw Brewery

    This year, ISL Engineering and Land Services was recognized in the Commercial/Institutional category for the Grizzly Paw Brewery in Canmore, Alberta!

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    This is the third time ISL’s Structural–Buildings group (formerly Cascade Engineering Group) has been recognized at the awards. In 2011, Cascade Engineering Group won the Engineer Advocate / Jury’s Choice Award for the Atlas Coal Mine Rehabilitation project in Drumheller, Alberta. Also in 2011, we won an award in the Municipal/Recreational category for the Banff Fenlands Community Recreation Centre Redevelopment project in Canmore, Alberta.

    Engineer Advocate Wood Design Award

    The recipient of the Engineer Advocate Wood Design Award is selected for their commitment to pushing the perceived limits of building with wood. This award is chosen from across all categories. ISL was awarded the 2013 Engineer Advocate Wood Design Award, also for the Grizzly Paw Brewery in Canmore, Alberta!

    Click here to see the Grizzly Paw Brewery project profile, including some more photos of this award-winning building.

    November 27, 2013

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    Latest News Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:59:52 +0000
    Happy Holidays!

    The Christmas season is here. It is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead.

    At ISL Engineering and Land Services, we are proud of our role in creating successful, healthy communities.

    Our clients and partners help make all our contributions possible. Thank you!

    On behalf of our clients and partners, ISL Engineering and Land Services has made a donation to local Christmas charities.

    We wish you the very best this Holiday Season!

    Latest News Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:09:04 +0000