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Metro Vancouver’s population and economic growth is putting a strain on the city’s transportation system. With gridlock on roads and highways continuing to increase, SNC-Lavalin’s consortium, EGRT Construction, was awarded a contract to design, build and finance the Evergreen Line rapid transit project in Metro Vancouver.
The largest transit project currently underway in the Metro Vancouver, Evergreen includes elevated and at-grade guideways, a two-kilometre bored tunnel, seven stations, power substations, train operating systems, parking facilities and a vehicle storage and light maintenance facility.
Evergreen Line will also be automated and driverless, and run primarily along an elevated guideway, avoiding any potential for conflict with vehicular traffic. Travelling at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour, Evergreen’s rapidity and reliability is expected to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles in the city. When completed in 2016, Evergreen will address these challenges by carrying 70,000 passengers every day.
By 2021, the system will remove an estimated 40,000 cars from the road every day.
Calgary West Light Rail Transit
Every day, 44,000 West Calgary residents enjoy a fast, efficient, safe and environmentally friendly commute on the new, award-winning Calgary West Light Rail Transit extension.
We were hired by the City of Calgary to design and build an eight-kilometre light rail train extension that included six stations. Our mandate included overseeing system design and integration, quality management, environmental management, traffic management and public communications management. This new line will help the city prepare for its projected growth of 120,000 residents over the next 20 years.
Previously, the city’s Southwest district was served by city buses, but steep grades made wintertime bus travel challenging. Now that the new train line is in place and connected to the city’s local C-train system, 44,000 commuters have switched to the LRT, cutting journey times and greenhouse gas emissions in the process.
The Confederation Line
In late 2012, as part of the Rideau Transit Group (RTG), SNC-Lavalin, was awarded the contract to design, build, finance and maintain Ottawa’s Confederation Line, one of the largest public-private partnership (PPP) rail transit initiatives ever undertaken in North America. The project involves converting the existing Ottawa Bus Rapid Transit corridor into a full LRT system, in addition to widening and rehabilitating a four-kilometre section of Ontario’s Highway 417. The first phase of the project calls for RTG to build 12.5 km of guideway, 10 above-ground stations, three underground stations and a 2.5-km tunnel beneath the downtown core. Once built, RTG will provide maintenance services for the mass transit system for 30 years.
Canada Line Rapid Transit Project
The Canada Line, approximately 18.5 kilometres long, is a 16-station, automated rapid transit line that connects the Vancouver International Airport with downtown Vancouver and the City of Richmond, comprising three water crossings, as well as elevated, at grade and underground sections. The line is designed to connect Vancouver International Airport to Metro Vancouver’s transit networks, including existing SkyTrain line, bus and rapid bus, sea bus, commuter rail, and helijet services.
SNC-Lavalin Inc. was selected to design, build, operate, and partially finance the Canada Line. Design and construction occurred within an aggressive 51-month schedule and was completed on budget and 110 days ahead of schedule. Canada Line achieved a 98.9-percent service reliability over the first eight months of operation and during the Olympics, carried up to 287,000 trips in a single day. With a ridership capacity equivalent to 10 lanes of commuter traffic, the Canada Line is estimated to potentially reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20 to 27 kilotonnes per year.
Health Science Centre, David Lam Campus of Douglas College
The new Health Sciences Centre is a state of the art learning facility located adjacent to the existing Douglas College Campus on Pinetree Way in the City of Coquitlam. With a total area of 120,000sqft, this new facility will accommodate all the Health Sciences programs with the exception of Dental Assisting and will expand program offerings such as General Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing degree programs together with Community Mental Health Worker programs.
This project involves a large Emergency Department & Laboratory expansion together with a variety of extensive renovations plus minor renovations to the existing hospital and a shelled-in structure over the new emergency department designed to accommodate future needs. This project is to be completed in six phases which include minor renovations of entrances, new construction of a new emergency department and a new core laboratory / temporary pediatric clinic, extensive renovation of future food service, E.R., staff waiting, specimen collection, gift shop, future MRI, doctor’s lounge, future clinic, medical day care & ambulatory, renovation of complete lab & pre-recovery and ambulatory care.
Fort Nelson Multi-Use Recreation Centre Redevelopment is a current recreation project now in the construction stage. Approximately two years ago the arena component of the existing complex collapsed under an extremely heavy snow, leaving the Town without much-needed ice facilities. The community centre portion of the complex was also badly damaged, leaving the existing curling rink as the only structure that could be salvaged. CJP Architects Ltd. was engaged to prepare a master plan for a new recreation complex incorporating the existing curling arena, which was still operational. Due to funding, the project is to be constructed in three phases which include a community arena with a leisure ice pond for phase 1, a new 800 seat spectator arena and a new community centre for phase 2, a 6-lane competitive aquatic centre with a leisure pool component for and a new visitors’ centre for phase 3.
More than 700 tonnes of tubular steel were required for the fabrication of Olympic proportions. Situated 14km south of the venue city, the 2010 Whistler Nordic Venue features 2 world class ski jumps. The K-95 run, known as the “normal hill”, is 106m high and 333m long. Its neighbour, the K-125 run, is the “large hill” reaching a height of 140 meters and a length of 372m. The fabrication, delivery and erection of these ski jumps proved to be an Olympic feat in itself. To meet strict deadlines, the large ski jump sections were prefabricated before being shipped by barge to Squamish. The 12ft high x 24ft wide x 80ft long sections were then trucked up to Whistler. A 275 ton Liebherr crawler crane carefully erected the large sections, and three months later pieced together a gold medal structure.
Originally designed by the late Arthur Erickson in the 1970’s, the Robson Square Plaza recently underwent a major revitalization, which included the 37ft lengthening of the ice rink and expansion of the roof structure. Not without its challenges, new 144,000lb “elliptical” stainless steel domes had to be tightly fit into the existing supporting “semi-circular” cantilevered concrete beams. The intricacy of the geometric domes required very precise detailing and fabrication in order to have all connections work. Each piece of the dome was fabricated and preassembled to ensure a perfect fit during installation at site. Because of the shear size and weight of each dome, it was spliced into 4 sections before being shipped to site. Once at site, each dome was successfully erected, fitted, welded and polished before the glazier dropped their glass panels onto the stainless steel domes.
Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar Demonstration Project was developed from the preliminary engineering work that HMM undertook for the City of Vancouver (CoV). This was to develop a modern streetcar employing modern Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) to link activity centers in Vancouver’s downtown core and integrate the existing SkyTrain (ALRT System), SeaBus (connecting North Vancouver with Downtown), West Coast Express, and bus service, with the newly developed high density neighbourhoods surrounding False Creek.
The Coast Meridian Overpass Project comprises design and construction of a new overpass connecting Coast Meridian Road and Lougheed Highway to the north with Kingsway Avenue and Broadway Street to the south, thereby providing an essential connection between north and south Port Coquitlam via a grade separated crossing of 60 tracks in the Canadian Pacific rail yard. The elevated structure is a multi-span bridge, approximately 580 meters in length, which includes four traffic lanes with a median barrier, bicycle lanes and a sidewalk. The project also includes road and intersection improvements along portions of Coast Meridian Road, Lougheed Highway, Kingsway Avenue, Broadway Street, and McLean Avenue.
The Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement DBFO Project comprises highway improvements for an existing transportation corridor extending between Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver and Function Junction, near Whistler, B.C. New highway and structure works improvements occur on sections totaling approximately 65 km of the 95 km corridor.
The Design-Build scope of work covers a variety of civil works including: new highway sections; widening, realignment and repaving of existing sections; replacement and upgrade of existing bridges; addition of new bridges and downslope structures; drainage works and utilities; local lighting and traffic signals; environmental impact mitigation measures; landscaping and site restoration; and associated works including soil and rock excavation, backfilling, retaining walls and rock slope stabilization.