The Vancouver Waterfront Redevelopment Project represents a major City of Vancouver initiative to redevelop a historic property, fostering economic development and providing citizens with the opportunity to reconnect to the Columbia River.
The $1.5 billion project, located along the Columbia River, seeks to develop a former industrial property into prime retail and recreational space, while serving as an extension of the downtown core’s bridge to the waterfront.
On Thursday, American Public Works Association (APWA) conference attendees were treated to an in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes engineering and development of the project.
Key points of the master planning process were featured, including engineering challenges and milestones related to site access, deep utility design, and the future construction of a 10-acre public park and waterfront pier.
The presentation concluded with a site-walk to provide a first-hand look at the project’s progress.
Working alongside HDJ on the project is PBS Engineering and Environmental. In early April, the firms announced their unification through an acquisition agreement that expanded their combined geographic reach and in-house service capabilities.
“Because we complement each other’s expertise and our cultures are compatible, combining our talented teams makes perfect sense,” said Guy Neal, President of PBS. “We’re building upon 15 years of collaboration between our firms, including our recent work together on the Waterfront Development.”