Dessau wins prestigious international award for mechanical engineering

    MONTREAL, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Dessau, one of Canada's largest
consulting engineering firms, has won the ASHRAE Technology Award 2009 in the
"New Public Assembly Building" category for its work on the Mistissini
Community Centre project, completed for the Council of the Mistissini Cree
Nation. This prestigious international honour, awarded by the American Society
of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recognizes
the excellence of Dessau's designs for the project's heating, cooling,
ventilation and air conditioning systems. This is the second consecutive year
in which Dessau has earned an ASHRAE Award. The award was presented at a
ceremony during ASHRAE's annual Winter Conference last weekend in Chicago.
    "This international award, one of the world's top honours in mechanical
engineering for buildings, is well earned by our engineering teams, who work
constantly to find integrated solutions that make energy efficiency and
sustainable development key criteria for electromechanical designs. Our
experts have every reason to be proud," said Dessau's President and Chief
Executive Officer, Jean-Pierre Sauriol.
    The main elements of the community centre are an arena, gymnasium, weight
room, library and offices. As part of this project, technologically innovative
solutions including geothermal energy, a cold bank and heat wheels, resulted
in a new building that uses 62% less energy than a comparable conventional
building, for an annual savings of 350 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
    The jury for this engineering competition is composed of international
experts who evaluate projects on precisely defined criteria including
electromechanical systems' innovativeness, energy efficiency, air quality,
ease of operation and maintenance, and the project's economic impact,
profitability and environmental impact.

    About ASHRAE

    ASHRAE is an international organization with 55,500 members. Its mission
is to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning
and refrigerating and related technology, including those related to the
energy efficiency of buildings. ASHRAE's technical committees publish
standards, based on the building codes of several states and provinces, that
are widely used by building designers worldwide. Most documents related to
building regulations refer to standards published by ASHRAE.

    About Dessau

    Founded in 1957, Dessau is Quebec's second largest and Canada's fifth
largest, and one of the world's 100 largest engineering-construction firms.
The firm specializes in the turnkey planning, design, construction and
management of infrastructure for private and public sector clients. The firm
has 3850 employees and has grown to annual revenues of $600-million. Dessau is
recognized as one of "Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies" and one of the "50
Best Employers in Canada".

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