Helical Piles for New Duplex

Blake Whippy Residential

Alchemy Construction Ltd was the builder for this project, which consisted of constructing a new two 2-story duplex house with a detached garage, located in East Vancouver, BC. The soils at the project site, were very soft, so a piled option was the best method on which to place the new foundation as conventional excavation was not feasible. The type …

Paramount Tie Down Anchors

Blake Whippy Commercial

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, which created the …

Helical Anchors

Blake Whippy Commercial

This site presented no real challenges for TerraCana. The only minor challenges faced were due to an extremely dense first meter of ground. As a result this meant the material was installed at a very high torque. Close to the capacity of the grade of steel selected for the project. As a result this provides excellent structural support, but it …

Still Creek

Blake Whippy Commercial

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

Blake Whippy Commercial

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

Blake Whippy Commercial

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 …

Pipe piles being installed

Skytrain Canopy

Blake Whippy Commercial

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 …

Soundwall

Blake Whippy Commercial

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 …

Build-as-you-go boardwalk

Estuary Boardwalk

Blake Whippy Commercial

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 …

Retaining Wall

Blake Whippy Residential

A home located on a steep slope in West Vancouver had a retaining wall at the rear of the house. Since the wall had a foundation of fill, it was beginning to fail and threaten the foundation of the home. TerraCana custom developed a solution that worked with the site limitations and specifications. Access to the site was through a …