Vancouver Island Technology Park

The former Glendale Lodge Hospital was redeveloped into the Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) as a space for high-technology research and development businesses. Aqua-Tex designed the stormwater management plan to deal with immediate redevelopment on the site as well as future expansion. Stormwater ponds and channels were created on two sides of the property in order to provide maximum detention and infiltration, and capture runoff from adjacent parking areas at Camosun College and Layritz Park. Walking trails were placed outside the floodplain and their location was determined through collaboration with the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and Saanich Parks.

The cost savings generated by using an ecological approach to stormwater management instead of a traditional engineered approach have been documented at $500,000.

  • We design and build projects that are efficient, effective and affordable both for the owner and for the community. Smart development can provide both economic and ecological benefits and can enhance the communities in which we live and work. Our solid understanding of the science of freshwater ecology ensures that our projects go beyond looking green, and function properly in both the short and long-term. We believe in an integrated team approach to sustainable planning and design.
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    - Cori L. Barraclough
    Freshwater Ecologist at Aqua-Tex