2017 Premier's Awards of Excellence in Design

Engineering & Geoscience

Award of Excellence

ISL Engineering and Land Services

Wilson’s Lifestyle Centre Retail Building


The Wilson’s Lifestyle Centre introduces an entirely new concept to Saskatoon – one yielding from the Netherlands where the complex was designed. Going beyond the sale of plants and garden accessories, the Centre was designed to be a destination for families.

As the gateway to the complex, the main retail building needed to be a warm, memorable structure with a natural look akin to the plants inside. To deliver this, heavy timber was incorporated into the design. Unable to design glulam in-house, the Dutch engineers turned to the glulam supplier to find and retain a local expert. In need of a Canadian engineer to verify the design under Canadian National Building Code, the chosen firm quickly became Engineer of Record for the retail building. Though the original steel to steel connections are unconventional in Canada and the team was faced with the challenge of some of the steel for the roof being fabricated in the Netherlands and some in Canada, the firm ensured the completed building was to code. While performing the structural engineering tasks typically completed by as many as three different companies, the local firm ensured that the overall structural design and details met the architectural intent and function.

To further tie in the natural look, sustainability and warmth of the building, the design incorporated an automatic window shading system and included a load allowance for solar panels on the south facing sloped roof. An open floor layout provided the flexible space the Client desired for visiting families.

Award of Excellence

JC Kenyon Engineering

Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place

An equal partnership was formed for the structural engineering design for the new home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Mosaic Stadium located in Regina. The pursuit team understood that local structural engineering expertise was required for the success of this highly technical and challenging facility. The structural engineering design from the concourse down to the foundations of the entire stadium and Jumbotron were all completed by Saskatchewan Engineers.

Continuous design throughout the pursuit and construction of this $250M facility was required for the fast-moving pace of the design build project delivery process. The design consisted of dozens of permits and tender packages throughout construction.  

A world class facility - the stadium capacity is approximately 33,000 and expandable to 40,000 seats. The design incorporates a sunken bowl with the field level dropped 10 m below the surrounding grade.  Unique structural solutions were found, not only supports the fans, but also large lateral earth pressures. The facility is supported on over 1500 of bored cast in place concrete piles.

The stadium consists of multiple private lounges and hospitality suites as well as concession and beverage venues. To serve the back of house and the entertainment groups at the event level, the loading dock was two storeys in height with concrete foundation walls with concrete buttresses. Longer spans were required for back of house hospitality services near this area.

Mosaic Stadium is a prime example of Saskatchewan Engineering Talent.   

Award of Merit

Catterall & Wright

Osler Multi-Purpose Storm Pond & Soccer Facility

"Excellent multi-use design."