Paramount Tie Down Anchors

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The project site presented a few challenges. Previously, the site received stone columns to increase the soil density. So this meant that we had to install our anchors through the dense soils. As well as in some cases being installed directly through the stone columns. Another challenge faced was the level of the water table in Richmond. With the water …

Still Creek

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An old pedestrian bridge across Still Creek in Burnaby Lake Regional Park was at the end of its lifespan. Metro Vancouver and the City of Burnaby needed contractors with specialized equipment that would not damage the environmentally sensitive area. The project location was in the middle of the park. This meant that TerraCana needed to take into account careful transportation …

Geothermal Tech in Atlin, BC

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The Taku River Tlingit First Nation community in Atlin relies on a geothermal exchange system to sustainably heat and cool their buildings. Their original system froze and failed because it was located in shallow water. Our team worked with Stantec to design and install foundation system for the new geothermal exchange unit. The actual site of this project was 60 …

Soil Stabilization

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A developer wanted to build a 1615 sq. ft. residence in Richmond, BC. The soil type however, was peat over river sand. Without soil stabilization, this soft and unstable soil type rots and causes structures to sink. The project site was a peat bog that had not been de-watered. Because of this, the machinery needed swamp pads for stabilization as …

Shoring at Pandora Ave, Victoria

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Bosa Properties and Axion Builders contacted TerraCana to lay the foundations for a beautiful series of residential towers in Victoria. Once these apartments are complete, they will be perfect for any family hoping to take advantage of the parks, playgrounds and bike-lanes that surround this vibrant community. The finished buildings would have a multi-level underground parkade that required shoring. In …

Soundwall

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A 2016 study by the port of Vancouver showed a 2.4% yearly increase in international trade to the North Shore. To accommodate this projected growth, the City of North Vancouver decided to build the Phillips Avenue overpass to help with traffic flow as well a sound-wall to prevent the local community from being affected by the changes. The main challenges …

Pipe piles being installed

Skytrain Canopy

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Debris from a new development next to the SkyTrain in Surrey, BC posed a risk to the tracks below. Because of this, TerraCana was asked to build a canopy over the tracks to protect them. The SkyTrain footings meant that conventional excavation would damage the tracks. Furthermore, the tracks overhead limited site access. Finally, the resulting foundation needed to have …

Build-as-you-go boardwalk

Estuary Boardwalk

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TerraCana engineered, installed, framed and built this boardwalk in Tsawwassen, BC. It lays 15 feet wide and 1100 feet long in this scenic estuary. The estuary is an environmentally sensitive area that is home to thousands of nesting birds and rare plant species. TerraCana used a build-as-you-go approach to preserve the environment while still laying down a lasting foundation. Helical …

Soundwall

Bea Markwick Commercial

We were asked to prime the foundations for new residences in Queensborough, BC. Normally, a sand preload could be used but this location housed a fibre-optic duct bank. In this case, using a sand preload would have damaged the underlying fibre-optic cables. Duct banks are bundles of PVC piping that house delicate data and electrical cables. They are very sensitive …

Duct Bank Installation

Bea Markwick Commercial

We were asked to prime the foundations for new residences in Queensborough, BC. Normally, a sand preload could be used but this location housed a fibre-optic duct bank. In this case, using a sand preload would have damaged the underlying fibre-optic cables. Duct banks are bundles of PVC piping that house delicate data and electrical cables. They are very sensitive …