<< Back
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020

AE History - BC Place Road Construction

BC Place 1985

Originally published in AE Today Newsletter, April 1985

Under the watchful eyes of Les Pickard and Phil Entwistle, Associated Engineering has recently commissioned Canada's largest submersible sanitary sewage pumping station as part of its ongoing work with Vancouver's BC Place inner city redevelopment. 

The company was retained in January 1982 to design the development's main thoroughfare, Pacific Boulevard, and its connecting streets, from Granville Bridge to Quebec Street. 

The Associated team of Mike Low, Kerry Rudd and Oliver Loucks, with the assistance of a cast of thousands, also designed services along Pacific Boulevard and to the stadium, including a temporary pumping station at the stadium, water supply, telephone and hydro conduits and storm water systems. 

A major part of this work was the pumping station which contains five Flygt 185 kW submersible pumps. Associated took this unique design approach because a present value analysis of capital and operating costs compared with that of a conventional wet well/dry well station indicated the submersible station to be some forty percent less expensive. 

Work continues on the design of Pacific Boulevard to the south of the stadium and for the connection of Nelson and Beatty Street to existing city streets. The next phase of construction is set to start later this year.