UNDERGROUND

UTILITIES

 

 

OLYMPIC VILLAGE AND 1ST AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

 

LOCATION  False Creek, BC 

OWNER  City of Vancouver

COMPLETED  October 2009

VALUE  $30M

 

This 80 acre project is a master plan for an inner-city, high density, mixed-use, green project of 2 million square feet of residential development with supporting commercial, public facilities and cultural and recreational amenities. Southeast False Creek (SEFC) was built on the last tract of undeveloped waterfront land near downtown Vancouver, historically used for industrial and commercial purposes.  It also doubled as a hosting venue during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

 

GIG partner company BEL Contracting was the General Contractor and was responsible for all of the underground utilities road construction for the City.  In addition to all standard utility installation, this Leeds project included construction of a district heating system utilizing waste heat from the sanitary sewer system.

 

 

Environmental, Quality Control and Traffic Management Plans were developed and implemented.

 

FRPD constructed a significant marine vessel mooring facility on the site as well. The installation consisted of a sheet pile bulkhead and mooring floats with pedestrian access provided to floats.

 

Challenges

  • Completion of this work alongside the concurrent construction of the housing for the athletes posed major coordination and scheduling challenges. Traffic management was a critical component of this work as much of the reconstruction work needed to be completed while maintaining existing street traffic. As the project required excavation through former industrial properties on the shoreline of False Creek, environmental monitoring and protection, especially of water quality was of prime concern.

  • Significant scope changes, including the relocation of a 900mm Metro Vancouver sanitary forcemain, needed to be accommodated while maintaining the strict completion schedule dictated by the start of the Olympic Games.

CANADA LINE AIRPORT WATERMAIN RELOCATION 

 

LOCATION  Richmond, BC 

OWNER   SNC-Lavalin

COMPLETED  June 2009

VALUE  $2M

 

BEL installed all underground piping to facilitate the rerouting of the main 900mm feeder main to Vancouver International Airport to allow for construction of the maintenance yard for the new Rapid Transit line connecting downtown Vancouver to the airport: 

  • Installation immediately adjacent to the Fraser River in soft ground conditions required the used on well point dewatering including ground water treatment.

  • Use of custom sliderail shoring systems for the installation of precast flow meter station and PRV chambers.

  • Coordination with the City of Richmond, Metro Vancouver and Canada Line.

  • Installation of connection piping to municipal systems ranging from 300mm to 550mm HDPE.

 

Challenge

  • underground utility relocations in soft ground conditions requiring dewatering