Rock Bay Remediation Project receives Environmental Award from Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

November 24, 2018

The Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia Environmental Award recognizes projects that exemplify exceptional environmental protection or enhancement. The Rock Bay Remediation Project certainly meets those requirements.

David Kettlewell, Senior Project Manager, and Ian Mace, Senior Environmental Engineer, accepted the award on behalf of all team members at the recognition luncheon held in Vancouver on October 20. “These awards are a testament to the excellent job everyone did,” Kettlewell acknowledged. 

When BC Hydro engaged SNC-Lavalin in 2003 to develop and execute a remediation strategy for Rock Bay, the land was significantly contaminated, underutilized, and derelict after more than a century of commercial and industrial use. Development options were severely limited, negatively impacting the surrounding community. It would be one of largest remedial excavation projects in British Columbia: the work was highly complex, with multiple stakeholders and numerous technical challenges and scheduling difficulties along the way. 

Between 2004 and 2015, our team oversaw the remediation of over 300,000 tonnes of contaminated material on the site and surrounding properties. They extracted 26 m3 of coal tar from a deep well, used sheet pile shoring to remove contamination to the property line, and removed contamination under critical underground utilities. They also managed groundwater contamination migration with groundwater barriers, maintained the stability of heritage buildings, and completed risk assessments to address residual and purposely left-in-place contamination. 

All this was done on budget and schedule. Underlining our successful project completion, BC Hydro has now received all 16 of the planned British Columbia Certificates of Compliance for the on-site and off-site affected areas. 

Now, the site is ready to be reintegrated into the community, and to become a catalyst for new jobs, increased neighbourhood property values, and a revitalized local community.

Congratulations on a job well done! 

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