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the new St. Pauls

Construction Notice – Noise Variance (May 11, 2022)

Posted On: Wednesday May 4, 2022

May 4, 2022

Dear Neighbours,

The City of Vancouver has granted an extension to the Variance of Construction Hours for the New St Paul’s Hospital and Health Campus Project located at 1002 Station Street. PCL Construction as the General Contractor will be managing and overseeing this Project, with Darrin Joss (PCL) as the Site General  Superintendent.

This noise variance notification is for:

  • Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 5:00am to 9:00pm

During these hours, construction activities will include a signifcant 5,000 m3 concrete foundation milestone pour that will take approximately 12 to 14 hours to complete. This construction activity will require approximately 520 round-trips of concrete trucks throughout the day and will occur as follows:

  • Skilled craft workers will arrive at 5:00am for pre-pour meetings/preparation and final setup.
  • The concrete truck arrivals will begin around 5:30am to get into position.
  • Concrete will begin pumping at 6:00am.
  • 310 trucks entering and exiting from the site’s main Gate #7 off Station Street.
  • 210 trucks entering from National Avenue on the south, and exiting from the NE corner on to Malkin Street to turn east on to Prior Street.

Included is a detailed map attached of the concrete pumping plan.

How are we reducing the impact to neighbours?

We apologize for the inconvience. PCL takes considerable effort while organizing construction activities to ensure the neighbourhood endures the least amount of impact. To reduce the amount of noise occurring from this activity the following construction plan will be executed:

  • Vehicle routing and concrete pump setup is planned to cycle the trucks as fast as possible, therefore reducing the overall activity duration. In addition, all concrete pumps equipment is located within the project site.
  • A concrete pump on the north-east corner of the site is partially buffered from the large warehouse on Prior, acting as a noise barrier to the neighbours on that side of the site.
  • On the south side, the concrete pump is located along National Ave, approximately 500ft from the nearest residential area, which is a reasonable distance to reduce noise levels.
  • On the west side, equipment is located in the middle of the project site.

PCL has equipped the site with noise sensors to ensure that any construction activities are tested, documented and PCL will monitor noise levels on an on-going basis.

Conducting this significant milestone concrete pour during these hours will have the following benefits to the public:

  • Greatly decrease truck cycle times due to limited Saturday traffic. By cycling the concrete truck trips to and from the site faster, this will reduce the overall duration of the concrete pour. 
  • Reduce congestion on the City streets during daytime hours.
  • Reduced emissions with hauling outside of peak traffic hours and less idling on City streets in traffic.

Should you have any questions or concerns, use the Project Hotline at (604) 335-2669 to leave a message and PCL will return your message within 24 hours.

Yours Truly,

Melissa Sanderson, PCL Communications Lead