720 Robson Street “Power Block” Re-Development

Project Information

Vancouver and Shanghai Land

720 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

August 2011 to May 2012

Project Description

Project Initiative

Vancouver and Shanghai Lands Ltd. developed the former “Power Block” site into a new 5-storey building with two levels of underground parking. As part of the re-development, the heritage status of the Art Deco façade of the Burns Building was preserved and incorporated into the new building. Ledcor was hired to reinforce and retain the heritage facade, to demolition the existing buildings and to construct a new structure.


RJ & Associates provided consulting services relating to occupational health and safety, hazardous materials management, and environmental investigation and remediation services. Our environmental investigation duties included conducting Stage II – Preliminary and Detailed Site Investigations around an underground fuel storage tank discovered on the site. In-situ investigations and sampling of the site soil and groundwater was performed using truck-mounted drilling rig for borehole and piezometer installation works. RJ & Associates reviewed the collected data to determine the extent of site contamination, and to formulate a remediation strategy meeting acceptable land use standards. RJ & Associates provided onsite consulting services for soil classification, stockpile sampling for soil re-classification purposes, and tracking of offsite disposal of contaminated soils for treatment at a permitted landfill facility.

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