This slide called Tubular Terror at Cultus Lake Water Park was awarded a VRCA prize for sustainability since it was built with recycled elements from a closed-down water park in California.

Recycled steel earns Cultus Lake slide a silver award

The materials came from a California water park that had closed down in 2006 and were trucked to Cultus Lake.

A Cultus Lake Water Park slide project was recognized for environmental leadership by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

The Tubular Terror slide earned a Silver Award of Excellence from the VRCA for Sustainable Construction.

Water park contractors, Solid Rock Steel, made the list of award finalists for their use of refurbished steel and fibreglass materials, that came from a closed-down water park.

Criteria for award winners ranged from construction projects that were on-time and on-budget, to impressive safety records and innovative engineering, said VRCA president Jan Robinson.

“In this case the design of the slide was quite intricate, and they had zero lost time over accidents,” she said.

Cultus Lake Water Park owner Chris Steunenberg was stoked by the news of the silver award.

“It feels great to be a winner, and to be recognized for trying to do something for the environment,” he said.

The recycled materials came from a California water park that had closed down in 2006. They had the slide disassembled and the steel and fibreglass pieces were trucked to Cultus Lake, and rebuilt along with a new tower for the Tubular Terror slide.

“So instead of those materials going into the landfill, we were able to turn them around and use them effectively.”

The water park attraction at Cultus now features three tube slides heading into one pool, including one offering a completely covered ‘black hole’ experience.

The steel was imported into Canada, sanded down to bare metal and galvanized for use in the slide project. The fibreglass was sanded right down to the membrane before being recoated.

Part of the rationale for the project’s reuse of materials was environmental, but the recycled part of it makes the project more financially feasible, too, Steunenberg said.

“We’ve got more slides and attractions than anybody. We have to do it in a unique way.”

In this year’s competition, there were 42 total entrants and 38 projects considered. Over the 25 years the competition has been in place, the value of the projects has grown tremendously, and the total value of projects considered in this year’s competition represented $1.1 billion of construction throughout B.C.

“The judges were extremely impressed with the high quality of the projects nominated this year,” says Tony Everett, chair of the awards adjudication committee. “All the Silver Award winners are true leaders in the industry, and we are proud to honour them at this year’s milestone event.”

One Silver Award winner from each category will be chosen as the Gold Award winner during the 25th Annual VRCA Awards of Excellence gala dinner on October 17, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Twitter.com/chwkjourno

Just Posted

Horse trainer suing Chilliwack feed mill after death of five animals

Alicia Harper seeking $500,000 to $1 million in losses and damages from Hi-Pro Feeds

Alert neighbour credited for Chilliwack arrest of wanted man

Police remind residents to report suspicious activity and get involved with crime prevention

VIDEO: Neighbours reclaim Chilliwack park with community barbecue

Homeless campers doing drugs in the park all summer made it unusable, residents say

Mathieu Caron leads Chilliwack Chiefs to shutout win over Wenatchee Wild

Chilliwack’s netminder stopped 29 pucks Saturday night in a BCHL Showcase game at Prospera Centre.

Chilliwack Chiefs erase three goal deficit in overtime win

Down 3-0 to the Cowichan Capitals, the Chiefs came back to win 4-3 in the BCHL Showcase match.

Live bear cam: Let the fishing begin

Watch bears in Alaska’s Katmai National Park catch their dinner live.

B.C. electric vehicle subsidy fund drains faster than expected

Province adds another $10 million to incentive fund

‘I’ll never forgive you:’ Victim impact statements at hearing for Calgary killer

Curtis Healy was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Dawns Baptiste.

Man accused of mailing bomb to his brother in B.C. has died

Leon Nepper was found in ‘medical distress’ at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre on Sunday

It’s shaping up to be quite a finish in CFL’s West Division standings

The Calgary Stampeders (10-2) are first, four points ahead of the Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-5).

Twice-convicted killer set to inherit multimillion-dollar company found guilty of father’s murder

A Toronto judge ruled that Dellen Millard is guilty of first-degree murder in death of his father,

Fraser Health to buy two private MRI clinics in Surrey, Abbotsford

New clinics will provide 2,000 more MRIs by fiscal year-end

Campaign seeks to add Farsi to B.C. school curriculum options

Group wants Farsi added to list of nine languages in policy covering second language requirements

Trudeau urges leaders to follow Nelson Mandela’s example at UN tribute

Peace summit in New York marks 100th birthday of former South African president

Most Read