Nanaimo Water Treatment Plant Receives Award of Merit

On Saturday, April 8th, the City of Nanaimo and Associated Engineering were recognized for the City's South Fork Water Treatment Plant, receiving an Award of Merit in the Civil and Municipal Infrastructure category.The Water Treatment Plant directly supports the City's core value of economic health and environmental responsibility. 

"The City of Nanaimo is honoured to be recognized with the Award of Merit in the Civil and Municipal Engineering category for its South Fork Water Treatment Plant. This project—the largest infrastructure project built in a generation—will serve the community for generations to come, providing them with fresh, clean, safe drinking water." - Bill Sims, Manager, Water Resources, City of Nanaimo

The honour was handed out at the 28th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala, held Saturday evening at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. The Awards are hosted by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) to recognize its member firms' achievements and honour technical innovation and engineering excellence.

The South Fork Water Treatment Plant has been filtering Nanaimo's drinking water since December, 2015. The water is filtered using state-of-the-art submerged membrane filtration; membranes remove pathogens as small as bacteria from the source water and produce water that is delicious and safe to drink.

Nanaimo Water Plant

Quick Facts

  • Nanaimo's South Fork Water Treatment Plant is the largest membrane plant in Canada to use a gravity syphon to draw water through membrane filters.
  • Using a syphon instead of pumps saves approximately $70,000 in annual power costs, and significantly improves membrane filter performance.
  • The South Fork Water Treatment Plant is an extremely water-efficient plant, treating 99% of the water that comes from the City's surface water source.

Read the news release here: http://www.nanaimo.ca/Newsroom/NR170412WaterTreatmentPlantReceivesAwardOfMerit.html


20108485_10159099131375626_8886769709447394912_n.jpg
July 25, 2017

WiC Nanaimo: A Race in the Park

Our Women in Construction Nanaimo team fought hard against 37 other teams in this year's Silly Boat Regatta on July 16th and walked away proudly claiming the title of "Super Silliest Boat"!
Read More
helmets-orca84487.jpg
July 21, 2017

Replacing Hard Hats with Safety Helmets

For 40-plus years the design of construction hard hats hasn’t changed much—a brimmed shell attached to a suspended, adjustable headband. Our neighbours in the south are looking at new designs to improve safety on site. Should we too?
Read More
ladcapehouse-bench.jpg
June 19, 2017

3D-printing bringing "impossible" designs to life

When Janjaap Ruijssenaars revealed his Landscape House design to the world, everyone went nuts. The Dutch architect’s proclamation that his visionary building would be 3D printed made international headlines, as did the shape it could take thanks to 3D-printing software.
Read More
campbell-1515-750.jpg
June 08, 2017

CHEK News' Downtown 2020: Construction Edition

We worked with Richard and Don from CHEK to help paint a picture of the construction industry as their team tells a story of the changing cityscape in Downtown Victoria. Tune into CHEK at 5 PM tonight (June 8)!
Read More
now-fi73gAsH-woodenmgahines_crop_1jpg-1210-680.jpg
May 30, 2017

Skyscrapers of the Future Could Be Made of Wood

Back in 1889, Chicago's 10-story Rand McNally Building became the world's first all-steel-framed skyscraper, ushering in an age in which metal, glass and concrete towers would dominate the skylines of major cities. Since then, those sturdy, versatile materials have allowed builders to create scores of spectacular structures.
Read More
May 28, 2017

CBTU resolve to work with indigenous communities

On May 17th, Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) resolved to provide career opportunities in the skilled construction trades for underrepresented segments of the population including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) Peoples.
Read More
May 22, 2017

Communities of practice for a stronger industry

More and more, you’re seeing and hearing this term thrown around the construction industry. Organizations like the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C) are promoting and supporting communities of practice to improve the procurement process and ultimately strengthen the industry.
Read More
May 16, 2017

Digital transformation in the real estate industry

While digital transformation has disrupted almost every type of business, the real estate industry has been traditionally slow to move with the times – until now, according to participants at a recent 2nd Asia Pacific Leadership Symposium in Hong Kong organised by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Read More
May 15, 2017

Trust-based teams build better

Award-winning author and futurist Rex Miller says the way most construction projects are carried out now drives good people to do bad things.
Read More
conezonebc.jpg
May 15, 2017

VPD Steps Up Enforcement in Support of Roadside Worker Safety

The B.C. Cone Zone Campaign coincides with the increase in roadside work throughout the province in the warmer months of the year. In the City of Vancouver, major road construction and repair projects will be as much as 25 percent greater than the same period in 2016.
Read More