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ADApT Consortium wins Metro Vancouver $525M wastewater treatment plant contract

April 7, 2017

Construction of the LEED Gold wastewater plant is expected to begin this spring with completion slated for December 2020.


Rendering of the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant (source: Metro Vancouver)

Metro Vancouver has awarded the contract for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant to ADApT Consortium at a cost of $525 million, exclusive of taxes.

The ADApT team (Acciona Infrastructure, Dialog Design, Amec Foster Wheeler, TetraTech) will design and construct the new plant, which will provide secondary sewage treatment services to a population of about 200,000 residents of three municipalities and two First Nations on the North Shore. The plant will be situated on a 3.5-hectare site located on West 1st between Pemberton and Philip Avenues in the District of North Vancouver.

Construction is expected to begin this spring with completion slated for December 2020. The existing wastewater treatment plant will be decommissioned beginning in 2021 and the lands turned over to the Squamish Nation.

“The ADAPT team demonstrated that they can provide the best value for money while meeting the necessary requirements for a robust and sustainable treatment plant,” said Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore in a media release. “We can now move forward in the next few months on this LEED Gold project and subsequent community amenities to meet the needs of our growing population.”


The new secondary wastewater treatment plant on the North Shore will be designed to meet the latest seismic standards, and account for future sea-level rise. The facility will also feature a public plaza as well as education and community meeting spaces.

The ADAPT team has collectively been involved in more than 300 world-class wastewater treatment projects and have demonstrated both excellence in sustainability and resilient design, as well as award-winning design visions.

“The new plant is extremely well thought-out with a clean, architectural form that connects with the industrial scale of the neighbourhood,” said Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee. “The design is such that many people won’t even know that it is a wastewater treatment plant. Its façade accentuates the North Shore coastline and the waters of Burrard Inlet.”

The ADAPT team will lead ongoing community engagement and communications during construction. A Community Liaison Officer has been appointed to work with local residents and up-to-date project information outlining potential community impacts during construction will be provided via a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week information hotline.

The new facility has received up to $212.3 million from the Government of Canada and up to $193 million from the Province. Metro Vancouver is committed to the remaining share of the $700 million in total estimated costs.


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