Pine Creek Water Management Centre
Constructed by Graham Group Ltd. and built to grow with the city, Calgary's $463-million Pine Creek Water Management Centre is a 100-megalitre-per-day (that's 100 million litres, or the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools) facility designed to expand to up to 700 megalitres per day while having a minimal impact on the environment.
The City of Calgary's vision for the centre included protection of the Bow River, integrating the building into the landscape and setting a standard for effluent quality. Prime consultant CH2M Hill, working with subconsultants Stantec Consulting Ltd, AECOM, and Graham Edmunds Cartier Architecture, took an integrated approach to sustainability, balancing stakeholder interests, aesthetics, economics, and environmental design to create a world-class facility.
In February, the Operations, Maintenance, and Administration building at Pine Creek was certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold. While many things were done to achieve the certification, the reclamation of a portion of the treated effluent normally discharged into the Bow River is one of the more innovative elements of the project. Reclaimed effluent is used to irrigate a nearby golf course and a tree nursery, and provides non-potable water for the plant.