Lafarge celebrates complex project in Vancouver’s sensitive coastline


April 1, 2020: VANCOUVER

Lafarge Canada celebrates the completion of a highly demanding project along the BC coast for one of Canada’s largest rail companies. Working with CP Rail, Lafarge was retained to construct a rail spur at a local refinery adjacent to a busy existing rail line. As CP’s refinery ships its product via rail and ship only, vehicle access to the site of the new rail spur was nonexistent. The team built a temporary barge landing pad to receive the 120,000 tonnes of specialty aggregates from Lafarge’s Pitt River Quarries.  A temporary road was also pioneered into the site to ensure unlimited access for safety of the crews working and delivery of material.

Further complicating the project, the construction included building out into the ocean – with potential for disruption to existing fish habitat. The team collaborated to ensure all proper environmental measures were in place to protect the migration routes, and accommodated significant delays in permitting. With a timeline cut in half, failure to complete within the incredibly tight timeframe would have delayed the entire project by 8 months to allow for migration.

The project management team executed an incredibly aggressive plan together to condense the delivery and placement of the material, with on time completion. Our innovative project management strategies and continuous access to quality material ensured that the upgrade was completed without disruption to any migratory fish patterns.