Thornton Street Extension

Thornton Street Extension


Owner: Great Northern Way Campus Trust
Engineering Consultant: InterCAD Services Ltd.

The Great Northern Way Campus is an 18-acre site in east Vancouver that provides new multi-media education facilities and high density commercial and residential buildings. Gemco Construction was hired to extend Thornton Street to accommodate the increased demands on the land. Scope of work included:

  • Demolition
  • Remediation of 750 m3 of contaminated soil
  • Re-routing of large diameter storm sewer at depths of up to 5 meters
  • 13,000 m3 of imported granular fill
  • Hard and soft landscaping

Construction at an operational site has additional challenges. Existing businesses and campus facilities needed to have regular access to utilities during re-routing. High volumes of traffic on the site made access difficult. The Gemco team also encountered unexpected compressible soils, buried structures and abandoned utilities.

Despite the challenges, the project was successfully completed on schedule in 2014.