Kerr Wood Leidal Associates received the Award of Excellence for its Squamish Integrated Flood Hazard Management Plan at 2018 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards gala, held on October 23 in Ottawa. This prestigious award is given to projects that “demonstrate a high quality of engineering, imagination and innovation”.
About the Project
Squamish, BC enjoys a spectacular natural setting that supports economic and recreational opportunities but also exposes the community to an array of flood hazards. In 2014, the District of Squamish retained KWL to lead a ground-breaking, three-year study to assess its flood hazards and recommend mitigation.
The resulting Integrated Flood Hazard Management Plan (Plan) looks beyond traditional floodplain mapping and systematically considers the interplay of physical, economic, social, and environmental risks. The Plan identifies an array of mitigation choices that balance the need for flood protection with impacts to stakeholders, the community, and the environment. Incorporating the latest flood management guidelines and best practices available, the Plan provides Squamish with a blueprint for long-term planning.
“Using an integrated approach of considering multiple objectives, rather than just seeking to reduce flood risks, has helped the District find balanced solutions that the community can get behind.”
– David Roulston, P.Eng., Municipal Engineer, District of Squamish
“The Squamish IFHMP advances flood risk management in BC and should serve as a template for other communities.”
– Lotte Flint-Petersen, Former BC Deputy Inspector of Dikes and IFHMP Stakeholder
About the Award
The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are given to projects that demonstrate a high quality of engineering, imagination and innovation. Held annually since 1969, the awards are the most prestigious mark of recognition for consulting engineers in Canada. The awards are a joint program of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.