PROJECT: National Music Centre – Studio Bell – Calgary, Alberta

AWARD: Engineering A Better Canada Award and Canadian Consulting Engineering Award 2017 Award of Excellence

National Music Centre wins multiple awards

The National Music Centre is a 160,000 square-foot home for music in Canada and is dedicated to developing and sharing in the love of music. At a cost of $168 million, construction began in early 2013. PICCO’s scope included light-gage steel design, stud shop drawings and engineering consulting. Re-branded STUDIO BELL, the NMC was completed 3 years later in the spring of 2016.

PROJECT: Aga Khan Park – Toronto, Ontario

AWARD: 2016 MIA+BSI Pinnacle Award

PICCO Engineering Wins 2016 Pinnacle Award of Merit

As a proud member of the MIA+BSI, PICCO Engineering is thrilled to learn of our third MIA Pinnacle Award in the past two years. PICCO’s contributions were significant for this new Toronto landmark and included assistance with stone selection for the entire project, which involved testing and reporting over a fifteen month timeframe. We also engineered the back-up systems and designed the anchors for the Aga Khan Museum itself. Shop Drawings were provided as well.

PROJECT: United Nations Memorial, Ark of Return – New York, New York

AWARD: 2015 MIA+BSI Pinnacle Award

PICCO Engineering Wins 2015 Pinnacle Award of Merit

The Ark of Return, is the United Nations’ first, and only, permanent Memorial in New York City. We were joined by two major stakeholders in the project – Rodney Leon, Architect, and Jonathan Tibett and his team, Precision Stone.

PROJECT: Canadian Museum of Human Rights- Winnipeg, Manitoba

AWARD: 2015 MIA+BSI Pinnacle Award

PICCO Engineering Wins 2015 Pinnacle Award of Merit

BIM software proved invaluable in understanding and solving complex conditions. Back-lit Spanish alabaster cladding hovers over the huge Hall of Hope as part of a multistory ramp structure while imported basalt dramatically defines “the plug” reflection space and is quarried and installed in its natural hexagonal shape. The building is a LEED Silver Certified Building.


AWARD: Ontario Masonry Design Award. Artistic/Commemorative Design 2014

PICCO Engineering Wins Ontario’s Masonry Design Award

This city-owned project was designed by Kearns Mancini Architects, and engineered by PICCO Engineering. Six Toronto area buildings were honoured at the Ontario Masonry Awards Gala, which takes place every 4 years. PICCO was the proud recipient in the Artistic/Commemorative category. Reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry and natural stone in different combinations were used. Anchored stone veneers coupled with integrated stone into the structure helped facilitate the engineering. Ireland Park is a monument to 675 Irish famine immigrants who died in Toronto in 1847.

PROJECT: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

AWARD: Project of Year Award Winner, 2012

The Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada, the Winnipeg Convention Organizing Committee and all members would like to recognize and thank the Judging Panel for the Hardsurface Awards.

PICCO Engineering did the design work and shop drawings for the anchoring system which held up these marble slabs and provided the shop cutting tickets for the custom stainless steel anchor manufacturer. In all, over 1,400 individually numbered marble pieces covering some 12,000 sq.ft. of the exterior envelope were installed using more than 14,000 anchor components, and some 5,000 linear feet of stainless steel strut. Once complete, the individual pieces which appear to float because of the open joints and hidden anchors, reproduce the veining pattern of the marble from the quarry face a total of 22 times.

Proud to have contributed to the success of  The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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PROJECT: Broadway Residence, San Francisco, CA

AWARD: Pinnacle Awards – Award of Merit, 2007

23,000 Sq. ft. of French Limestone Cladding on the exterior carved columns, carved balustrades, carved cornices, carved window surrounds, cubic parapet caps and carved Chimney enclosures. 2007

PROJECT: Ireland Park

AWARD: Toronto Construction Association “Best of the Best” Award, 2009

For outstanding contributions as a subcontractor/supplier in making Ireland Park a successful venture and worthy of industry recognition for excellence. 2009

PROJECT: Commodore Uriah P. Navy Center, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Maryland

AWARD: Pinnacle Award – Award of Merit, 2006

JUDGES COMMENTS: “Brilliant use of multiple finished in the Jerusalem Stone. Traditional feel renered in the contemporary materials. Nicely detailed and executed. This space looks sacred. Excellent palate of stone, wood, glass, and steel. Beautiful stone textures.” 2006

PROJECT: Mayo Clinic, Leslie & Susan Gonda Building

AWARD: Pinnacle Award – Award of Merit, 2003

JUDGES COMMENTS: “The attention Pinnacle Award – Award of Merit paid to the quality of the installation by the supplier, consultant, and installer earned this award of Merit.” “Well designed and executed.” 2003

PROJECT: Telus Centre for Performance and Learning

AWARD: OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION : Toronto Construction Association, 2009

GIVEN TO: Michael Picco

For Outstanding contributions as a member of the Project Management team in making the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, 2009


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