North Shore Waste Water Treatment Plant

Considering trade-offs in infrastructure design and procurement

The Project

The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant will replace the existing primary treatment plant on the north shore of Vancouver. It will be built on a new Metro Vancouver-owned site two kilometres from the Lions Gate Bridge, close to the residential area of Norgate, North Vancouver. 

Our Role 

As part of a broader Integrative Design Process, in collaboration with CH2M, Compass designed and facilitated a Structured Decision Making process to ensure that the new plant’s design considered, from the beginning, a broad range of technical, environmental, social and economic factors. After structuring the decisions to be made, we facilitated deliberations that explored the value trade-offs between numerous alternatives. This involved many groups of people, including the design team, senior Metro Vancouver management, community leaders and stakeholder consultation groups. After the indicative design was approved by its board, Metro Vancouver hired a new team of consultants to assist in the selection of a design build consortium to develop the plant. Compass was part of this Design Build Consulting Service team and played roles in the design, development and delivery of processes to evaluate proposals at the RFQ and RFP stages.