Work on this project involved an upgrade to the existing dam and powerhouse for Bracebridge Generation Ltd., which required demolition of the existing powerhouse, penstock and intake structure at the dam; and installation of a new intake, penstock and powerhouse with a more efficient turbine and generator. The dam and powerhouse now produce approximately 3.2 MW of electricity, upgraded from a previous 1.2 MW.
With the performance of the generating station enhanced, the existing deteriorating powerhouse was replaced with one of contemporary architecture while maintaining some of the heritage of the community. Work also included improvements to the access road and bridge to the powerhouse, new bypass gate and sluice, excavation of deepened intake and tailrace channels, and dam repairs.
The new site acts as an interactive focal point showcasing the power of water to residents and visitors to Parry Sound.
The Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site is a major network of locks, bridges and dams that traverses 386km through central Ontario. Water levels and flows throughout the watershed are managed by approximately 160 operable dams and water control structures, many of which are nearing the end of their lifecycle.
Maple Reinders was contracted to construct a pump station for Metro Vancouver, which at the time was the largest municipal water pump station in the province. The pump station conveys water to the District of Maple Ridge and parts of Surrey and Langley, providing water to more than 2.1 million residents.