In December 2007 the City of Prince George experienced a rapid cold snap which resulted in an ice jam on the Nechako River. A 66-day long local state of emergency was declared and over 100 residents were evacuated from their homes.
During the summer of 2017, BC Hydro’s 60-year old creosote timber dam was completely removed from the Salmon River on Vancouver Island, and the site was re-naturalized. McElhanney designed bypass channels, cofferdams, and river diversion works to use as small a footprint as possible in this narrow and hectic worksite.
The Town of View Royal’s sanitary sewer master plan was last updated in 2005. Since then, the region has undergone significant growth, and their plan and systems need to be upgraded. Currently their sanitary sewer system is comprised of a gravity collection pipe network and 17 pumping stations. View Royal hired McElhanney to update past system models to reflect current operating conditions, to assess existing system conditions and service life, and prepare a capital plan list to help the town prioritize short-term and long-term upgrades.
The Uplands is a 400-unit subdivision in the District of Oak Bay, and was originally developed in the early 1900s. The District hired McElhanney to develop six options for separate sewer and stormwater systems with service to each residence in the Uplands. The District’s primary goal is to eliminate combined system overflows to the ocean, and reduce overall volume to the CRD system. McElhanney created and documented each option with enough detail to allow for public review and a council decision on the preferred option.
In 2015 the City of Surrey needed a stormwater detention facility in Newton to accommodate future and existing development, improve water quality, and mitigate erosion within Hyland Creek.
The existing Anniversary Park site was in need of an upgrade for a multitude of reasons. The previous park wasn’t formally developed and the limited infrastructure was near the end of its lifecycle.