Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

May 3, 2023

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Comox Valley: BC Hydro’s $47 million Flow control improvements along the Puntledge River
  • Courtenay and Campbell River: Seymour Pacific seeking subtrades for 5 apartment buildings. 
  • Powell River: Development of the Airport Industrial Lands.
This supplied photo shows the Comox Dam, one of three sites along the Puntledge River in Courtenay for a major flow control project.

Comox Valley: BC Hydro’s $47 million Flow control improvements along the Puntledge River.

BC Hydro is moving forward with flow control improvements at three locations along the Puntledge River in the Comox Valley. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for the construction works required for the flow control improvements at the Comox Dam, the Puntledge Dam and Penstock, and the Puntledge Powerhouse near Courtenay. The project was estimated at $47 million in 2022, and has been in the planning stages for years with construction expected to start in 2024 and completion in 2026. The work includes refurbishment and upgrade of several key assets to improve reliability and public safety of the flow control equipment associated with the Puntledge Generating Station. The major assets that will be improved by the project include: the Spillway Operating Gates (SPOGs), SPOG hoists, Intake Operating Gates (INOGs), INOG hoists, the penstock’s air relief valves, some penstock instrumentation, fish screen controls, Turbine Inlet Valve (TIV), Pressure Relief Valve (PRV), and selected powerhouse equipment. The work requires civil/structural, mechanical, electrical, protection, controls, and communications improvements. BC Hydro plans to hold a Mandatory site visit on May 16. Proponents should pre-register to attend the Site visit. This tender closes June 7.

Courtenay and Campbell River: Seymour Pacific seeking subtrades for 5 apartment buildings.

Seymour Pacific is seeking subtrades for a 247 unit apartment complex Courtenay and a 124 unit apartment project in Campbell River.  A building permit with a value of $2,662,729 has been issued for site servicing for the Campbell River project and work is under way. Approvals are expected soon for the Courtenay project. Once complete, the Courtenay project will include 47 1-bed units, 27 two bed/1 bath units, 147 two bed/two bath units, and 26 three bed/two bath units. A minimum of 24 units will be affordable housing, and likely will include 15 1 bed and 10 2 bed units. The proposed Campbell River development includes 2 four storey multi-family buildings with a total of 125 units. Sub Trades can visit for more information.

Powell River: Development of the Airport Industrial Lands.

The City of Powell River has received $500,000 towards preparation of the Airport Industrial Lands for expansion and a tender for de-stumping and grinding work has been issued. This funding is in addition to the $8 million grant received from Transport Canada in 2022 for runway rehabilitation and is part of $20.8 million in projects identified in the 2020 Powell River Airport Master Plan for airport expansion. The Master Plan will be implemented over three stages and a variety of tenders are expected. The tender for Tree Stumps Removal From Airport Industrial Lands closes May 11.

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