Goard Way Infrastructure Renewal

Project description

Goard Way houses significant underground utilities connections that service the southern half of the Burnaby Campus. BC Hydro feeder lines run from Willingdon Avenue to the existing receiving station located on the south side of Goard Way, adjacent to Building SE2. Both the feeder lines and the receiving station are approximately 50 years old and have reached the end of serviceable life. 

Facilities and Campus Development hosted an Information Session for this project on September 24, 2014. The presentation boards and videos can be accessed by clicking the green buttons on the right.


The primary objective for this project is to replace the main BC Hydro feeder, receiving station, and substation. The secondary objective for this project is renewal of end of serviceable life storm and water services running under Goard Way, parallel with the electrical services.

A Utility Condition Assessment and Risk Report conducted by an independent consultant in 2012 concluded that the renewal of the BC Hydro feeder under Goard Way should be the highest priority utility project for the Institute. The assessment confirms that the High Voltage Receiving Station is at the end of its useful life and would be a major issue for the entire southern half of the Burnaby Campus if the electrical system were to experience a service failure. As the system must remain operational while the replacement is constructed, a new location for the substation building is required.

The new receiving station will be located on Goard Way in Parking Lot B. This design option will address the following design criteria identified in the condition assessment report:

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Project funding

The total project cost is estimated at $11.0 million.

On April 16th 2014, the Ministry of Advance Education approved $6,390,000 of Major Maintenance and Rehabilitation capital funding to support this BCIT initiative for this year. This fall, BCIT will be requesting the required remaining funds for next year.

Design process