Region of Waterloo Snow Storage Facility


This project involved the conversion of an existing City operations yard into a snow storage disposal facility and solar melting pad. The work involved significant grading, demolition, and new storm & sanitary infrastructure. A storm drainage collection system with environmental controls was installed to manage melt-water quality and quantity leaving the site. A new control structure with programmable valves diverts melt-water to sanitary or storm based on sodium chloride contents. The melting pad was constructed using a geosynthetic clay liner layers between sand layers to protect subsurface and groundwater from melt-water, followed by granular placement and 2.5 hectares of heavy duty asphalt paving. Site enhancements were made to reduce visual and noise impacts to surrounding properties by installing 3m high berms and a 2m high precast noise wall and landscaping. Amenities include a washroom building and site lighting. Challenges: project schedule – work starting August 22nd with a completion of December 9th. This schedule was met through disciplined workflow and overtime.


City of Kitchener


$ 2,615,632.00


My thanks and special recognition to Fern Ferreira for his conscientious efforts, both during and after working hours, in coordinating the site work and maintaining a safe and clean site to ensure its completion with the time requirements and weather constraints. It was indeed a pleasure working with him

- Hans N. Gross, P. Eng., Director of Engineering Services, City of Kitchener