International trade continues to grow, and improving our port areas builds our economy. Seems like an easy win—the thing is, when industrial, commercial, and residential interests all intersect over one piece of infrastructure, it can be challenging to balance all the various perspectives. By raising the level of the road, we could improve safety and efficiency for commuters and rail businesses alike—but where did that leave the community? When we got right to it, we discovered that designing with community in mind was the real heart of the Low Level Road project. The days of designing infrastructure to just do what it’s designed to do are over.
Using a widespread team of engineers and architects, we paved the way with every facet of design on this project. A global reach to support a local challenge.
A dozen offices came together to contribute transportation infrastructure engineering, landscape architecture, water engineering, geotechnical engineering, and more.
As the world’s first transportation project to receive an Envision Platinum award for sustainable infrastructure, there’s quite a bit under the hood. Low Level Road scored highly in quality of life, leadership, natural world, and climate and risk. This earned the project the highest level possible accreditation through the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).
For quality of life, the team engaged stakeholders to ensure that the final design appropriately reflected community needs and priorities. Under leadership, Low Level Road scored highly after they engaged local residents and businesses, First Nations communities, port tenants and partners, CN Rail and CP Rail, the City of North Vancouver, and TransLink.
Pacific Yew trees and bald eagle habitats were major concerns when it came to the natural world consideration. After consulting with local eagle experts, the construction scheduling was changed (to accommodate bird nesting season) and two artificial nesting sites were installed.
Recently, the City of North Vancouver published a Climate Change Adaptation Plan. By aligning the development with that plan, the design is prepared for the expected climate change risks and impacts. Plus, with the more efficient roadways, emissions were reduced and commutes were improved.
The Good Word
“Port Metro Vancouver’s realigned Low Level Road project improves community mobility, enhances the availability of active transportation options, improves community safety, and mitigates threats from unstable slopes and seismic risks.”William Bertera, ISI President and Chief Executive Officer
“The Low Level Road project has increased trade opportunities for Canada while providing safety, traffic flow, and recreational benefits to the local community.”Robin Silvester, Port Metro Vancouver President and Chief Executive Officer
“Stantec is very proud of our work on the Low Level Road, and we are thrilled it is the first Envision-verified transportation project in North America.”Neal Cormack, Managing Principal, Transportation
“We are really pleased to see that these finishing touches to the Spirit Trail and the Public Art will be up soon for our enjoyment. It is really great that these extra touches are part of the plan to complement the work that is being done. It all helps to enrich our lives.”Trail BC
“I’ve had a great deal of interaction with the City, the Port, and the engineers regarding this project, and I must say that everyone deserves full marks for their professionalism and dedication to the project.”Local North Shore Resident
“I drove it this morning and believe it will be a road that the North Shore will love!”Member, North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
“I am 200% in favor of this project, this road!”Local North Shore Resident
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