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Richmond pump station project takes home public works award

JOC News Service
Richmond pump station project takes home public works award

RICHMOND, B.C. — The Public Works Association of B.C. recently honoured the City of Richmond with the 2018 Project of the Year award for the No. 2 Road North Drainage Pump Station project.

The Project of the Year award is a provincewide competition awarded to a municipality that constructs a major and complex public works or utilities project deserving of special merit because of unique features to the resources of the community, a media release stated.

“Factors that are considered during the award include the benefits to the community, sustainability, environmental and social benefit, innovation, complexity and quality of final works,” the release explained.

The No. 2 Road North Drainage Pump Station Project was initiated in 2014 when the design consultant WSP OPUS out of Victoria was awarded through an RFP issued by the City of Richmond.

The design, which progressed through 2015 and 2016, includes features to help promote public integration with the site while capacity improvements helped meet the station’s flood management requirements.

With the transparent design, passersby can view the complicated machinery of the pump.

Simon Kras, an engineer with WSP, stated the location of the pump, beneath the No. 2 Road Bridge, serves an area bound north-south by Francis Road and the dyke, and east-west by Railway Avenue and Gilbert Road.

Stuart Olson is the construction management firm for the project.

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