• Press Release
  • August 22, 2018
  • Highlands Ranch, CO

Arcadis to Support Critical Flood Protection Measures for Waterfront Toronto’s Port Lands Project

Highlands Ranch, CO - Arcadis to Provide Program Management, Environmental and Risk Analysis Support; Part Colliers Project Leaders Can$10.4 Million Contract

Toronto, Canada, August 22, 2018 – Arcadis today announced it will program manage Waterfront Toronto’s Port Lands Flood Protection project, an underutilized 1,000-acre industrial site in the heart of Toronto. As sub-consultant to the Colliers Project Leaders Can$10.4 million contract, Arcadis will provide program management, onsite technical support and risk analysis. The seven-year project includes construction of new roads, bridges, flood protection infrastructure and parks.

Port Lands is considered one of the largest underdeveloped stretches of downtown waterfront in North America. Portions of the site are at risk of flooding, and the soil is contaminated. In the event of an extreme weather event, floodwaters from the Don River could overwhelm portions of the Port Lands, South Riverdale and Leslieville.

By creating two new outlets for the river, floodwaters would run into the inner harbour instead of potentially damaging surrounding neighbourhoods. This work will involve building a one-kilometer river valley that will end at a new mouth for the Don River; cleaning up polluted land; and constructing new roads, bridges, utilities and public trails. When complete, the waterfront will feature 40 new hectares of lush greenspace and parkland.

As part of its Can$2.3 million portion of the overall contract, Arcadis also will support the owner’s team to provide technical environmental oversight for 21 project components over the next six years, including river relocation, road and bridge construction, flood resiliency and earthworks, which involves excavation of more than one million metric tonnes of soil. This includes remediation oversight and risk management of earthworks related to contaminated and excess soil.

“We look forward to helping Toronto realize its vision for transforming the face of the eastern waterfront,” said Thomas Franz, president, Arcadis Canada. “We’re excited to work with Colliers, Waterfront Toronto and our city and community partners to revitalize an underutilized industrial area to better serve millions of Canadians and improve quality of life.”



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