Tipple Restoration Project recognized by industry professionals | DrumhellerMail
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Tipple Restoration Project recognized by industry professionals

    The tipple at the Atlas Coal Mine is a landmark of the valley, and is recognized not only by locals but the scores of visitors who make their way to the eastern points of the valley.
    It is also now recognized by building professionals in winning two 2011 Alberta Wood WORKS! Prairie Wood Design Awards.
    The Atlas Coal Mine Restoration won the Jury’s Choice Award. The Restoration project undertaken by Cascade Engineering Group was also awarded Engineering Advocate.
    Linda Digby, executive director for the Atlas, says the tipple is representative of the history of the valley.
    “It is important because the tipple is the icon representing Drumheller’s roots as a mine town, where every community was overshadowed by coal tipples. It is a rare and important structure, toured by thousands every year, designated at the national level, and unique in Canada,” said Digby. “We hold the tipple in trust for the people of Canada, and this project is a big step in preserving it for the long haul.”
    The Atlas has been busy with the restoration of the tipple to make sure it lasts into the future. It was made possible by funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan and Alberta Lotteries. The Jury’s Choice Award was to recognize this work.
    “The jury wanted to give a special acknowledgment to the entire team involved in the restoration of the Atlas Coal Mine Historic Site. There was unanimous support of this project because of the respect given to the original structure. They felt the team’s approach to the project was humble and inventive, their philosophy gave equal respect to all the materials used in the restoration and in their attention to details. New did not mean better than old, but created a fusion of the two that will carry the past into the future,” stated a press release. “The jury felt the entire team worked well together to come up with smart and effective solutions without undermining the original beauty of the structure. They also wanted to applaud the funders and the museum society for the integrity of the project and recognizing the importance of preservation.”
    The awards were presented in front of 150 design and building professionals at a gala on November 7 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton. The event included architects, engineers, project teams and industry sponsors along with Minister of Infrastructure Jeff Johnson. There were 40 projects nominated in seven different categories from across western Canada.
    “It is an honour because Atlas is a small organization with a big job to do. Although we are stretched to the limit, we try to fulfill our mandate to the highest possible standards.  This is only possible because everyone involved is passionate about the value of our work, and pulls together,” said Digby.

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