ADVANCING COOLING AND HEATING TECH
ASHRAE and the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which outlines how the two groups will work closer together to promote the advancements of cooling and heating related technologies.
On the agenda are goals like joint conferences and meetings, training and education programs, publication distribution and chapter collaboration.
“Both organizations are committed to harnessing and adapting new technologies and research to create a future where the built environment is healthier, more comfortable and more energy efficient,” says ASHRAE President Tim Wentz, Fellow ASHRAE, HBDP. “The strides our organizations are making to produce a more sustainable world are exciting, and both ASHRAE and IOR are well poised to support each other’s objectives immediately and moving into the future.”
As part of the agreement, ASHRAE and IOU will explore ways to make technical information more accessible to both memberships. The MoU additionally places special focus on continuing to build and strengthen the organizations’ global networks. As ASHRAE and IOR continue growing their memberships internationally, the possibility of joint events would benefit both groups, such as co-hosting a conference or meeting that would directly support global collaboration.
NEW LIONS GATE PLANT CONTRACT AWARDED
Metro Vancouver has awarded the contract for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant to ADAPT Consortium at a cost of $525 million.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017 with completion in December 2020. The existing wastewater treatment plant will be decommissioned beginning in 2021 and the lands turned over to the Squamish Nation.
The ADAPT team has been selected to design and construct the new plant, which will provide secondary sewage treatment services to a population of about 200,000 residents of three municipalities and two First Nations on the North Shore. The plant will be situated on a 3.5-hectare site located on West 1st between Pemberton and Philip Avenues in the District of North Vancouver.
The design for the new facility illustrates Metro Vancouver’s commitment to creating a plant that is welcoming to the community and uses liquid waste as a resource, protecting the Burrard Inlet by recovering resources from the treatment process and releasing a higher quality of water after treatment.
The new secondary wastewater treatment plant on the North Shore will be designed to meet the latest seismic standards, and account for future sea-level rise. The facility will also feature a public plaza as well as education and community meeting spaces.
The existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant is required to be updated to secondary treatment no later than December 2020, as per Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan, which was approved by the B.C. Environment Ministry in May 2011.