Coquitlam Transfer Station

Coquitlam Transfer Station Rendering

Coquitlam Transfer Station

Transfer Station Improves the Customer Experience with Flexible Design for Solid Waste, Recycling and Green Waste

Coquitlam Transfer Station is being replaced from the ground up on the site of a former landfill. Sustainable reuse of the site is transforming a brownfield into an asset for Metro Vancouver Regional District.

In partnership with Morrison Hershfield, we’re providing design and permitting services for the transfer station including architectural design of the facility, site circulation and traffic routing, landscape architecture, frontage improvements and civil design. When complete the transfer station will serve roughly 850 customers daily, with a processing capacity of 661 tons per day. The design emphasizes an array of diversion opportunities to minimize waste going to disposal.

After leading a design charrette process, we used input from a variety of stakeholders to develop a design that betters the brownfield site and creates a state-of-the-art facility for the community. The new transfer station will enable commercial waste haulers and local residents to dispose of waste, recycling and organics in one stop. A flexible design allows Metro Vancouver to customize the facility as demand shifts for various waste streams. The facility’s completion is driven by a tight timeline, leading to an aggressive development and design process — the current transfer station’s lease expires in 2020, requiring the facility to close for site redevelopment.

The design of the new Coquitlam Transfer Station improves aesthetics, sustainability and customer experience with unique features:

  • Bottom ash from a nearby waste-to-energy facility will be used as a foundation for the new transfer station. It’s a safe, innovative use of material that would otherwise go to waste.
  • Customer convenience will improve with the site offering disposal for solid waste, recycling and green waste.
  • Site design will enable easier navigation than the former transfer station, with customer safety and efficiency in mind.
  • Site improvements will include architecture, low maintenance landscaping and integration of a walking/biking path.
  • Trees planted offsite to offset site carbon emissions.
Coquitlam Transfer Station Rendering
Metro Vancouver

Coquitlam, BC

661 tons (600 tonnes) per day