Binnie was retained to be part of an ongoing initiative to replace aging watermains and make hydraulic improvements to areas in demand through The City of Burnaby. During this time, Binnie completed more than 19 watermain replacement programs on behalf of the City.
One project included the construction of the new Price Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Station (located at Patterson Ave. & Price St.) and replacement of 175m of the 300mm diameter watermain. Binnie provided preliminary design, detailed design, and contract administration services. Binnie recommended final watermain alignments based on cost benefits and construction impact. Further, Binnie provided a review of the aboveground aluminum kiosk facility. This then went to construction in the summer of 2019 with a $600,000 valuation.
The new PRV replaced the existing aging PRV to continue to provide the right water pressure to the Burnaby Hospital Zone. Providing the right water pressure is important for residents who need appropriate water pressure in their homes, and to ensure their plumbing functions at a desirable capacity.
Throughout this project, the biggest challenge was installing a level kiosk on a sloped hill in a narrow corridor between the sidewalk and fence – our team worked hard to ensure that kiosk users would be able to open the doors without contacting the sloped sidewalk – an example of this here.
Since completion, maintenance of the above-grade kiosk is greatly improved as buried chamber requiring confined space tend to be more difficult to service. More frequent servicing equates to more cost-savings and better running equipment with a longer lifespan.