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Zoo Flood Mitigation Project - Presentation and Site tour

CSCE Calgary Section

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (MDT)

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Following the catastrophic flood of June 2013, Matrix Solutions, ISL Engineering & Land Services and Thurber Engineering were retained by The City to investigate various flood mitigation strategies to protect the Calgary Zoo’s St. George’s Island from future flood events. ISL were retained as prime consultant for the detailed design stage and retained Associated Engineering to address groundwater and storm water aspects, Thurber for geotechnical aspects, Matrix Solutions for environmental, hydraulic and regulatory aspects, and Tetra Tech EBA for seepage analysis. 

A sheet pile wall system was chosen with a de-watering system so that the gravels under the Zoo would be sufficiently de-watered in the Spring. The selection of sheet piling was largely predicated upon the geotechnical conditions under the Zoo island and is a unique application for preventing groundwater movement. The system handles a large flood event in summer so that no significant pumping would be required during flood events. Potential risks such as power failures and related infrastructure damage that might occur in a large flood event would not overwhelm the groundwater under the Zoo, thus keep the island safe. Monitoring wells have been installed to confirm the real operating conditions of the installed flood mitigation measures. Consideration of the Zoo requirements (animals, animal impacts, visitors and visitor experiences) were also very important considerations throughout the development of the design solutions.

PCL were the selected proponent for the overall Zoo Flood Mitigation project. Keller were their subcontractor for the sheet piling. The sheet piling work was completed with the commemorative driving of the last sheet on December 19, 2016. The 2017 work involves completion of the river shoreline rehabilitation, de-watering systems, Zoo Road re-construction, decorative rock treatment of the exposed portions of the sheet piles, perimeter fencing (mostly on the sheet pile walls), and landscape rehabilitation. Construction completion will be late October 2017.


Gavin Wyman, Landscape Architect, ISL Engineering and Land Services

Gavin is a Landscape Architect with 13 years of relevant experience. He brings with him a diverse range of experience, including a large range of projects in Canada and internationally. He has been involved in numerous municipal and private sector projects including campsites, day use sites, restoration projects, wetlands, storm ponds, waterfronts, urban development, condominiums, open space systems, and new community design planning. He specializes in detailed design, preparation of working drawings and contract documents. Gavin’s background in construction and experience on a variety of small and large scale jobs throughout Canada and specifically within the rocky mountains give him a well-rounded knowledge of the landscape and urban environment. His responsibilities include preparation of design drawings for municipal approval, construction and tender drawings, coordination with consultants, preparation of cost estimates and presentation graphics. Gavin’s sincere appreciation for the environment and understanding of design set him up to meet the needs of clients, stakeholders and end users. Gavin works with many volunteer groups to beautify and develop community gardens and over all usage of urban parks and green spaces.

Cory J. Lukacs, Project Engineer, Associated Engineering

Cory Lukacs is a project engineer with Associated Engineering leading phases of the Calgary Zoo Flood Mitigation Project through tendering and construction. With 10 years as a professional civil engineer, Cory’s most recent experiences are an extension of his exposure to contracting, managing and administering civil construction projects. A native Calgarian, Cory has worked on many interesting and challenging local water, transportation and infrastructure projects. His project experience spans the full project cycle from conceptual design, detailed engineering, tendering, construction and operations. Cory graduated from Lakehead University with a Civil Engineering Degree after obtaining his Civil Engineering Technologist Diploma from SAIT.

Terry Gulewich, Porject Manager, PCL Construction Management Inc.

Terry has over 10 years of experience in the construction industry, the majority of which has been with transportation infrastructure, education facilities and Calgary Zoo Project’s. A born and raised Calgarian, Terry completed an undergraduate degree in Science from the University of Calgary. Terry has experience working with trade contractors, maintaining construction schedule, and fostering continual open communications with clients and stakeholders. As project manager on the St. George’s Island Lifts Station Replacement and Zoo Flood Mitigation Projects, Terry has developed an excellent working relationship with the Calgary Zoo and City of Calgary. These projects have given him the experience required to coordinate complex construction activities while minimizing and managing impacts on an active public operation while utilizing best practices for ESC measures for working within an environmentally sensitive site. As project manager, Terry is responsible for monitoring the overall project performance including safety, quality assurance, cost control, scheduling, planning, contract administration, estimating and trade contractor management. Terry is responsible for enforcing the environmental health and safety program, contact administration, mentoring and supervising project staff.

Date: May 31, 2017


5:00 to 5:30 PM - Registeration and Networking

5:30 to 6:15 PM - Presentation

6:15 to 6:30 PM – Safety orientation

6:30 to 7:30 PM – Site tour


Calgary Zoo (210 St. George's Drive NE)

Admin Office - Woodland Caribou Board Room


Note 1: Please remember to bring your own PPE, as PPE is required for this event (hard hat, safety glasses, steel toed boots and high-vis vest).

Note 3: Site tour limit is 20.

Note 2: There will not be any registration available at the door. 

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Calgary Zoo- Admin Office - Woodland Caribou Board Roo
210 St. George's Drive NE
Calgary, Alberta

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (MDT)

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