Port Metro Vancouver's Low Level Road project recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system's Platinum Award. The project is the first transportation project to receive an ISI Envision-verified sustainable infrastructure rating system award.


The Low Level Road Project involved the realignment and elevation of approximately 2.6 kilometers of the Low Level Road in North Vancouver, B.C., providing space for two new rail tracks. The project also eliminated three existing road and rail crossings and provided direct access to major port terminals. In addition, the project addressed safety, recreation and noise challenges associated with port operations along the Low Level Road, including the reconfiguration of three intersections and improved lanes for cyclists. The project also involved the continuation of the Spirit Trail pedestrian walkway, including structures over two creeks and an overpass.


The project was designed to enhance rail and port operations as international trade continues to grow, and to address long-standing community safety and traffic congestion challenges in the area. Stantec Consulting, Ltd. was the principal consultant on the project, which was funded by Port Metro Vancouver, port industry, Canadian National Railway, Translink, Canadian Pacific Railway, and the City of North Vancouver.




The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) ongoing $150 million upgrade of Brooklyn's 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) recently earned the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system's Silver award. The DEP project is the first wastewater treatment plant project in the U.S. to receive an ISI Envision rating system award, and is the seventh Envision-verified infrastructure project overall in North America.


The DEP 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant's $150 million project upgrades the plant and provides critical redundancies to ensure it remains in a state of good repair for decades to come. New York City's DEP will be adding a fifth preliminary treatment tank and will be installing new energy efficient and durable main sewage pumps, process air blowers and LED lighting. Additionally, a green roof will be added to the facility, large blowers will be put indoors to reduce noise, and all materials will be reused and recycled whenever possible. As the facility is located adjacent to Hendrix Creek and Jamaica Bay, the design for all the new structures, as well as the location and installation of critical equipment, follows guidelines outlined in DEP's Wastewater Resiliency Plan and meets stringent and updated FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevation regulations. The ongoing project work is taking place pursuant to an agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York City, with Greeley and Hansen as the design lead on the project.





As wastewater treatment plants across the country from Minnesota to New York City struggle with debris clogging their systems, municipalities are pointing the finger at wipes makers—specifically those labeled flushable. But the nonwoven fabrics industry says it’s working to educate the public about the proper disposal of all wipes.


INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is working with the wastewater sector through associations like the American Public Works Association (APWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) to ensure proper disposal. They are creating a flushability assessment, using scientifically-based tests that a product must pass before carrying a flushable label.




Louis Berger, a global professional services firm, announced plans to implement the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system in Louis Berger's U.S.-based and international operations.


"Envision will help project teams plan, design, construct and operate resilient infrastructure to create stronger, more sustainable communities," said Tom Lewis, president of Louis Berger's U.S.-based operating company. "Envision ensures that we are implementing the correct project in an optimal way to meet the existing and future needs of our clients and the people they serve."


In its initial phase, Louis Berger plans to implement Envision across priority regional markets in the U.S., Panama, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, select employees have begun the Envision assessment process within business units where the rating system can have an immediate impact, including Louis Berger's environmental and disaster management, and power and energy practices.



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