The urgent need for a continuous supply of drinking water for the former whaling station of Pangnirtung on Baffin Island prompted the government to commission the design and construction of one of the largest water supply reservoirs in the Canadian North. An earthworks water reservoir excavated in ice-rich permafrost, construction involved blasting, excavating, and placing frozen silty sand to form the reservoir berms during the winter. The work involved the excavation of about 140,000 cu bic metres of material.
In addition to the reservoir, the project included a truck fill station, access road and turn-around, overland fill pipe and access road to the river. The Maple Reinders Group prepared the preliminary, as well as the final design and construction specifications for the reservoir and ancillary facilities, and was responsible for overall design and project management.
In order to stimulate the local economy, local labour was used throughout the project. Through a monitoring committee and stringent contract administration, the local labour component of the the project was maintained at 72%.
The successful completion of this project resulted in Maple Reinders being awarded the Schreyer Award for Engineering Excellence.