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Lacombe Main Street Program earns international award

Envision Award 2018
Mayor Grant Creasey (centre) celebrates the City of Lacombe’s Silver Envision Award with members of Council, City staff, Stantec representatives and downtown business community members.

Lacombe, Alberta (November 27, 2018) – The City of Lacombe is proud to announce that its Main Street Program has received the Washington, DC based Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision® Silver Award for sustainable infrastructure.

“The Lacombe Main Street Program is an excellent example of turning an urgent, negative situation—in this case a degraded sanitary sewer system—into a sustainable, vibrant, community- and business-oriented project,” said ISI President and CEO John Stanton. “ISI is pleased to present this project with an Envision Silver award for sustainable infrastructure. Congratulations to the City of Lacombe and the entire project team on this tremendous achievement.”

The Lacombe Main Street Program is the first project in Alberta to earn an Envision Award. To attain silver status, a project must demonstrate that it delivers a range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the community.

“This award brings unique recognition to the City of Lacombe as a leader in sustainability, community leadership, and stakeholder engagement,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “On behalf of Council, I commend the Main Street Program team for developing several innovative approaches to address the full range of environmental, social and economic impacts associated with this project.”

“Lacombe is progressing to deliver civic infrastructure projects based on the fundamentals of sustainability, asset management, and resiliency,” said Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy. “This initiative includes pioneering the implementation of innovative project delivery tools in Alberta, such as the Envision framework.”

The City of Lacombe worked in close collaboration with Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Pidherney’s Inc. to deliver this award-winning sustainable infrastructure project.

“We are very excited to celebrate the Envision Silver certification of the Lacombe Main Street project,” says Todd Simenson, vice president, Alberta North & Territories, Stantec. “At Stantec, we are dedicated to serving the communities in central Alberta and this project is a great example of how our creativity, innovative project execution, and partnership with our clients can truly make a positive impact on the places we call home.”

“Pidherney’s early involvement in the project design phases allowed our team to help identify risks and opportunities and gain a more detailed understanding of how we can schedule and coordinate with the downtown community,” said Dan Willis, Civil Projects Manager, Pidherney’s. “We were able to participate in presentations and stakeholder engagements that provided the most detailed and accurate information possible on schedules and methodology well in advance of construction. In turn, the downtown community brought forth specific concerns and comments that allowed the project to reach a new level of service during completion.”        

Envision is a groundbreaking resource for professionals involved in planning, designing, building and maintaining civil infrastructure. Key factors contributing to the Main Street Program earning Envision Silver include improved community quality of life; improved site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding; improved infrastructure integration, enhancing public space; and providing for stakeholder involvement.

What makes the Lacombe Main Street Program unique is not just the emphasis placed on meaningful stakeholder engagement or building relationships within the community, but the focus on collaboration at every level, process, and stage of the project. The Collaborative Design Process developed by the Main Street Program’s project team far exceeded the requirements outlined under the Envision credit, for those reasons the project was recognized with the Innovation credit in this category.

“Having our contractor, engineers, communications staff and downtown business representatives on our project team early in the design cycle drastically improved the outcomes for this project,” said Director of Operations and Planning Jordan Thompson. “It allowed the design to incorporate important feedback from stakeholders, and ensured the public and downtown businesses were kept well informed of construction progress on an ongoing basis.”   

Infrastructure projects that apply the Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Framework may be submitted for review by an independent third-party to confirm a level of achievement. The framework examines the impact of sustainable infrastructure projects as a whole, through five distinct categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, Climate and Resilience.

Projects can be awarded a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum certification based on meeting minimum scoring thresholds, which are judged based on project documentation and achievement.


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