Winning Ways

Alberta's award-winning steel, masonry and concrete projects

Construction is all about turning a thought or a dream into a reality.

What begins as a two-dimensional drawing or a 3-D computer animation can turn into something that lasts a lifetime...or three. These projects affect people in ways we can't begin to imagine when laying that first footer or hoisting that first steel beam into place.

Of course, much depends on the type of building material used.

We're going to introduce you to some exceptional projects around Alberta. To begin with, we profile the winners and finalists of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction's Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence. This every-other-year event is billed as the largest steel industry awards recognition program in North America. Fittingly, the theme was Building an Iconic Future.

We also present the 2011 Alberta Masonry Design Awards Award of Excellence and Award of Merit winners. Every four years, the Masonry Contractors Association of Alberta--a group of contractors, suppliers and manufacturers involved in the masonry trade to support the use of masonry--showcases its creative talent in a variety of categories. The theme was Celebrating Architecture in Masonry.

And finally, we have winners of the American Concrete Institute Alberta Chapter Awards of Excellence in Concrete, which were just announced a few weeks ago. The not-for-profit group recognizes and awards excellence in concrete construction throughout Alberta every other year.

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