Project Highlights

For the expansion of its current facility in Parksville the Regional District of Nanaimo engaged Herold Engineering Limited in conjunction with Aecom for the design of the master-plan and additional buildings and renovations to the existing transfer station building. The project was to be designed to LEED standards and achieved the LEED Gold award upon completion of the project, first transfer station across Canada to be certified as an LEED gold station. A new 900 m2 size pre-engineered steel building is now functioning as food waste and garbage collection, with the 1066 m2 existing building converted mainly to yard waste disposal. Both buildings incorporate daylight infiltration to translucent wall and roof panels eliminating need for use of lights fixtures throughout most of the hours of operation. A new elevated recycling area was also developed for easy drop off by private and commercial customers.

Two new scales, a 47 m2 scale house and new 280 m2 administration building complete the project, together with extensive site works, low maintenance type of landscaping and paving including the use of recycled asphalt. The roofs of the administration building and scale house incorporate green roofs. Solar panels have been installed for hot water consumption. A geothermal field provides heating for the administration offices. A rain-water collection system off the roofs of the transfer station and administration buildings, supplemented by the on-site well provides the water used for floor wash of the tipping floors. All waste water is run through the on-site treatment plant for re-use in toilet flushing and wash-down functions.


The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) received LEED Gold Certification for this retrofit, redevelopment and expansion of the Church Road Transfer Station. The facility was upgraded with Government of Canada funding to incorporate features that have dramatically reduced energy consumption, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

This award marks an impressive achievement for the Regional District of Nanaimo and underscores the importance of the Gas Tax Fund program,” said MLA Cantelon, on behalf of Bill Bennett, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “Since 2005, the province’s partnership in the program has resulted in more than 1,500 vital infrastructure projects across BC, while emphasizing environmentally sustainable solutions.

Cited from Infrastructure Canada

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