Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News
In this Week’s Issue of Building Links
- Comox Valley: $101 million Sewer Conveyance Project – advanced notice for upcoming procurement.
- Campbell River: City to temporarily co-own the water licence for 188 lots at Ripple Rock Estates.
- Quadra Island: A new berth for larger BC Ferries proposed for the Cortes Island route.
Comox Valley: $101 million Sewer Conveyance Project – advanced notice for upcoming procurement.
The Comox Valley Regional District has issued an Advance Notice on BC Bid regarding the Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Design-Bid-Build Project, with upcoming procurement anticipated for September 7. The Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project is anticipated to cost $101 million, will be constructed and funded in one phase but is expected to include two separate construction contracts. One contract will be delivered as a Design-Build contract and will entail sections from the Courtenay Pump Station to the bottom of the Comox Road hill and then from the intersection of Lazo Road and Torrence Road to the treatment plant. The second contract will be a conventional Design-Bid-Build (DBB) contract for works generally through the Town of Comox. This is a significant and complex Project that starts at the Courtenay Pump Station and moves through K’ómoks land, downtown Comox and the Lazo Road area to the Comox Valley Water Pollution Control Centre (Sewage Treatment Plant) on Brent Road. There are construction impacts, traffic impacts and archaeological considerations. The District is working with many jurisdictions and partners to deliver this project smoothly and efficiently and minimize impacts. The scope of work for the upcoming procurement is expected to include 4.1 km cut-and-cover 914 mm HDPE sanitary sewer pipe, 4.1 km of fibre optic conduit and pull boxes, 46,000m of asphalt paving, 3.9km of curbs, 2km of sidewalks, 2 roundabouts and storm, sewer and watermain upgrades.
Campbell River: City to temporarily co-own the water licence for 188 lots at Ripple Rock Estates.
The City has adopted the Ripple Rock Estates Provision of Water Services Franchise Agreement Approval Bylaw. Feedback during a 30 day Alternative Approval Process resulted in 19 electors opposing the bylaw. This is below the 10% (2,963) electors threshold, allowing Council to approve the bylaw. The City will now become a co-applicant on the water licence application for Ripple Rock Estates, 11 km north of the City. Rezoning for the 188 lot development was adopted in May 2021. In March 2022, the City was advised that the applicant was unable to obtain a water licence and requested that the City become a co-applicant and enter into an agreement to ensure costs are paid by the developer. The developer will be responsible for all costs related to the construction, operation and maintenance of the well and associated waterworks, while the City will assume the risks and liabilities as the water licence holder. When 51% of the strata lots are transferred to owners other than the developer, the licence will transfer to the Strata Corporation. As proposed, the project is estimated to include 188 lots built in 22 phases.
Quadra Island: A new berth for larger BC Ferries proposed for the Cortes Island route.
Council has reviewed a BC Ferries application to construct a new ferry berth within a 2.35-hectare portion of Crown foreshore immediately north of the existing ferry berth at Heriot Bay. The proposed work is required to replace marine infrastructure that is nearing the end of its service life, as well as to accommodate the deployment of a new and larger vessel on the Quadra Island to Cortes Island route when the current vessel is retired and replaced in 2026. The 2.35-hectare site will accommodate a new access trestle, pedestrian waiting room, pontoon and dolphins. Council approved first and second reading. A public hearing will be scheduled for the near future.
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