May 2017

Low Level Road Project: A Case Study on Sustainable Infrastructure

Organized by the APEGBC Vancouver Branch

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Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM–9:00 AM
Location: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, 180 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Kip Skabar, P.Eng., PE.,
Senior Associate for Stantec’s Transportation Team

Lourette Swanepoel
Stantec Consulting

Monty Hurd
City of North Vancouver
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Members: $45.00 + GST = $47.25

Guests: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Student Members: $25.00 + GST = $26.25
Contact: For more information, please contact [email protected].

Awarded a Platinum Envision accreditation from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure in September 2015, the Low Level Road project is a strategic transportation infrastructure improvement project in North Vancouver that has been recognized for multiple engineering design and sustainability awards to date.

Please read full description below.

As part of the broader North Shore Trade Area initiative to enhance economic growth and improve efficiency of the Port's terminal operations, the project evolved to adopt a greater vision for the infrastructure improvements that would generate benefits not only to the Port operations, but to the city, its residents, and public and private sectors affected by this significant transportation corridor. The project involved the realignment and widening of over 2 km of arterial road and incorporated improvements to slope stability, community transit connections, and road safety.

Stantec’s project lead, Kip Skabar, will present the project objectives, key challenges and opportunities, and a summary of the technical aspects including: engineering design innovations, environmental protection, safety enhancements, and stakeholder engagement.

The sustainability lead for the project, Lourette Swanepoel, will outline the use of the Envision® Rating System that was introduced and eventually integrated into the Project as a means of measuring and validating the sustainable solutions achieved. Lourette will provide an overview of the Envision framework and its growing use across Canada for sustainable infrastructure of all types.


6:30 AM–7:15 AM: Registration, networking, and buffet breakfast
7:15 AM–8:45 AM: Featured presentation
9:00 AM: Closing


Kip Skabar, P.Eng., PE., is a Senior Associate for Stantec’s Transportation Team and is currently serving Port of Vancouver as Deputy Design Manager for Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Owner’s Engineer Project. With over 13 years of experience, he has managed infrastructure improvement projects for public agencies across Canada and the United States, varying from $1 million to $2 billion capital project value. From 2012 to 2015, Kip served as the Assistant Design Manager for the Low Level Road Project, from public consultation through detailed design to construction completion. Kip’s passion is to design infrastructure projects that protect the safety of the travelling public, while also leaving a legacy in the community for future generations.

Lourette Swanepoel is a Registered Professional Planner and accredited Envision® Sustainability Professional with Stantec Consulting in Vancouver. She has more than 15 years of experience working with communities and organizations on their sustainability challenges. Lourette managed the Envision accreditation for the Port Metro Vancouver’s Low Level Road project which was the first North American transportation infrastructure project to receive the Envision Platinum award. She is an approved Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure trainer and a member of the Public Information Committee.

Monty Hurd is an Engineering Licensee and Applied Science Technologist currently working for the City of North Vancouver as a Project Engineer in the office of the CAO Strategic Initiatives on waterfront projects. Through his 40 plus year career Monty has managed municipal inspection services and capital projects at several lower mainland cities. He serves on the MMCD Civil Specification Committee and the ASTTBC Public Works Inspectors Board of Examiners. For the Low Level Road Project, Monty was the Owner’s Engineer on behalf of the City of North Vancouver, responsible for design coordination between City staff and the project team, construction management, and project commissioning and acceptance.


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