Tervita Helps Restore Abandoned Industrial Sites to Pave Way for Future Industries


Tervita Helps Restore Abandoned Industrial Sites to Pave Way for Future Industries

Towns across Canada have been adapting to the changing industry landscape. British Columbia, once a major player in the Pulp and Paper industry, has seen several closures since the turn of the century and the rise of digital technology. This has led to many towns Looking for new ways to leverage existing infrastructure and attracting new industries to help support their communities.

While industries change, there are new opportunities for these once-thriving sites. With the rise of LNG, many companies are looking at the benefits of repurposing these prime locations with access to water, talent and export infrastructure. At Tervita, our Decommissioning and Demolition team have been supporting our customers and helping build and execute efficient plans to support the reuse of sites.

One of the key benefits of using a site with existing infrastructure is the ability to repurpose buildings and phase the demolition without delaying development. The challenge to this is assessing the suitability and safety of the buildings.

An example of such a project involved one of our customers at a site in BC where safety was the main goal. Through years of exposure to the elements, the Planer Mill at the site was deemed unsafe due to its impact on the surrounding environment, and employees working in the area. Due to the age of the facility and the materials used in its construction, the building presented several environmental and safety risks.

Structural deficiencies where causing wind-borne debris and the presence of asbestos and lead-based paint required hazardous material planning. We developed a removal plan that identified and mitigated hazards including, hazardous material exposure, working at heights, proximity to wildlife, stormwater and runoff control, explosive and flammable material management, working with large machinery and addressing the uncertainties related to the location and volumes of unknown hazardous materials.  

With sites such as these, there is always the concern surrounding unknown chemicals and safe handling practices. We were able to complete the laboratory testing to identify the chemicals and safely dispose of them. Having a knowledgeable and experienced partner managing your project helps mitigate safety concerns, budget overruns and schedule delays.

One of the key benefits of partnering with Tervita is our extensive list of in-house expertise and equipment. We were able to deploy three excavators with shearing attachments, without the need of third party contractors, to support the removal, sorting, disposal and recycling of materials.

Another element that impacted the project was the weather. This region of BC can see unpredictable weather in late fall and early winter. It was a priority for our customer to complete this scope of work before the change in weather to avoid safety concerns as well as logistical challenges. Tervita was the main contractor for this project, managing HSE, work execution plans, schedule and subcontractors. Our focus was to constantly re-evaluate work methodologies and processes to identify cost and schedule savings to complete the work safely and efficiently.

For your next demolition and decommissioning project work with an experienced and skilled partner such as Tervita. We put safety first and work with you to find inventive solutions to minimize impact while maximizing returns.