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Canada’s first P3 Biosolids substantially complete

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A biosolids facility in Calgary is now substantially complete. The Source Separated Organics (SSO) and Class A Biosolids in-vessel composting facility is the first composting facility to be delivered under the P3 model in Canada. It is also the largest of its kind in North America

The project was delivered as a public-private partnership (P3) by the Chinook Resource Management Group, a joint venture between Bird Construction and Maple Reinders. The consortium achieved substantial completion on June 29th on time and on budget.

The facility will process 100,000 wet tonnes per year of SSO, leaf and yard material, as well as approximately 40,000 wet tonnes per year of biosolids. The composting facility will make use of an advanced aerated static pile in-vessel system in order to effectively manage the dual in-bound organic waste streams.

It is the first commercial building in Alberta to be registered under LEED Gold v4, containing several sustainable design features to complement its function. For example, instead of using city water to address the demands of the 356,860 SF facility, 100 per cent of the site stormwater is recovered and used, which also relieves strain on the sewer system in heavy rainfall.

“This project provided a unique opportunity for Maple Reinders to leverage its extensive experience in Class A Biosolids and advanced SSO composting with its proficiency in the private financing of municipal infrastructure” said Reuben Scholtens, director of Infrastructure Development for Maple Reinders Group. “As Maple Reinders celebrates its 50th year, these types of projects help set the tone for our next 50 years of unprecedented success.”

Maple Reinders’ subsidiary AIM Environmental Group will begin operations of the biosolids facility, on behalf of the City of Calgary, for a period of 10 years.

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