PacificLink Business Park is an 83-acre industrial business community located in Surrey, BC. The site was originally occupied by a variety of industrial businesses, including a large auto-wrecking company. Wesgroup bought the property in 2004 to develop PacificLink which is now home to FedEx, Frito Lay, Williams Machinery and many others who need modern facilities with easy access to the Lower Mainland.
In order to develop the site, extensive soil remediation was required.
After remediation, the property was “pre-loaded” with more than 1.1 million tonnes of sand. Pre-loading compresses and stabilizes the underlying ground, while raising the site elevation. Typically, the sand would be purchased and trucked to the property.
But PacificLink is located less than 1 km from the Fraser River, which is dredged regularly to keep shipping channels clear, and to reduce flood risks. The resulting silt and sand is normally barged out to sea. But, in this case, the sand was diverted to the PacificLink site to serve as pre-load. Additionally, crushed concrete from demolished buildings at a New Westminster property was used to build a road base.
As a result, nearly 700,000 m3 of sand was dredged from the river, and nearly 100,000 truckloads were kept off BC’s roads. This simple strategy removed 112 tonnes of CO2 from our environment, and further enhanced the shipping capacity of the Fraser River.