Project: Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets
Cost: $17 million
Location: Calgary, Alta.
Project delivery method: Construction management (lump sum)
Contractor: Graham Infrastructure Ltd.
Engineer: GEC Architecture (structural)
Testing ground for technological innovation
Described as the first facility of its kind in the world, the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) project in Calgary will serve as a testing ground for new waste-water technologies. It’s also the winner of the Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects Award in the Institutional category for projects under $50 million.
ACWA is part of Calgary’s Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment facility, where it will explore technologies that can remove current and emerging water contaminants. New technologies will be pushed to the breaking point at this prototype plant, with the goal of speeding commercialization by quickly applying research results to operational situations.
In addition to a freestanding research building and the waste-water facility, there are 12 diversion streams, each 300 metres in length, designed to reproduce the ecosystems of prairie streams and small rivers. Each stream will be filled with different types of treated waste water in order to study the effects of any remaining contaminants.
The project is a partnership between the University of Calgary and the City of Calgary.