The Calgary Compost Facility is the largest in-vessel composting facility in North America, with the main composting building having a footprint more than 31,000 square metres. The facility is designed for a minimum annual processing capacity of 45,000 wet tonnes/year for dewatered biosolids and 100,000 tonnes/year for Source Separated Organics (SSO).
The plant, along with all related infrastructure, handles composting for anaerobically digested and dewatered biosolids from the City’s wastewater treatment plants, and food scraps and leaf and yard waste from single-family households (SSO).
The functional program areas include a tipping floor/receiving area for organics intake, a shredding area, sealed in-vessel concrete composting tunnels with underfloor aeration and sprinklers, a large biofilter for odour control, screening, curing building and storage building.
This is the first commercial building in Alberta registered under LEED® v4, with several sustainable design features that complement its function. For example, the composting process uses a significant amount of water. Instead of using City water, 100% of the site storm water is recovered and used, which also relieves strain on the sewer system in heavy rainfall.
Public education is also part of the program, with a classroom looking into the composting facility and an outdoor learning garden. Here, Calgarians can learn about the positive impact that composting has on local environmental conditions.
Chartwell Retirement Residences operates over 175 senior living facilities across four provinces in Canada. Maple Reinders was awarded the Construction Management contract for Chartwell’s new corporate headquarters. The facility is constructed on a five-acre greenfield site with Maple Reinders responsible for both the base building and the interior fit-out work.
Maple Reinders was awarded the Design-Build Construction Management contract for the High Solids Anaerobic Digestion Facility, which was integrated into the operation of the existing Integrated Processing and Transfer Facility and Edmonton Composting Facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.
Maple Reinders was selected to undertake the replacement of a defunct composting facility for the City of Guelph located at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre. The design of the new facility called for the re-use of existing foundations and remaining sound structural components.
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