Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

Rank 2024


Image Credit: Metro Vancouver( Image: Conceptual rendering (2021) is subject to refinement)

Industry Sector: Other

Project Type: Water Wastewater

Project Value: $9.9 billion

Funding Source: Public

Province: British Columbia

City / Region: Richmond

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2035 Phase 1 Early and Enabling Works: 2026 Phase 2 Treatment Plant and Related Works: 2026+

The existing Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant provides primary treatment for communities in Vancouver, the UBC Endowment Lands, and parts of Burnaby and Richmond. As the facility reaches the end of its service life, Metro Vancouver has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to positively contribute to the health and well-being of people, as well as the ecological health and biodiversity of the Fraser River Estuary and the Salish Sea. The plant upgrade will provide tertiary-level treatment and meet the latest seismic standards, account for future sea level rise, and incorporate cutting-edge technologies for resource and energy recovery, greenhouse gas reductions, odour reduction and energy efficiency. Metro Vancouver is working to ensure the new facility contributes positively to the community and is working closely with stakeholders and 14 local First Nations, particularly the Musqueam Indian Band. The upgrade project also includes a suite of 20 ecological projects to enhance freshwater wetland habitat for birds and wildlife.

Project Owner: Metro Vancouver

Engineer: AECOM; Jacobs; Mott MacDonald (consulting)

Other Key Players: Musqueam Indian Band; WSP (geotechnical services/permitting)

Management Consultants: Program Management Consultant: Stantec

Architect Names: Space2Place, Local Practice

Legal: Bennet Jones

2023 Rank: 8

2022 Rank: 8