Project Summary

Geotechnical Engineering

Property, Buildings and Facilities

Project Description

Origin at Simon Fraser University’s “UniverCity” campus comprises a five-storey residential building, founded over a two-level underground parkade. Built under the new North American Green Zoning Bylaws, Origin is 30% more sustainable than traditional construction.

RAM’s geotechnical team is proud to be a part of the development team for Porte’s Origin Residential Development. RAM’s geotechnical team carried out a subsurface investigation comprising auger drilling, dynamic cone penetration test (DCPT) soundings and failing head permeability tests. Based on the results of the falling head permeability tests, RAM’s geotechnical team provided hydraulic conductivity and seepage estimates to support storm water management design, including an infiltration gallery at the east side of the site. In addition, a tied back shotcrete shoring system was designed to support temporary excavation cuts.

RAM’s Role

  • Site Investigation
  • Groundwater Assessment and Modelling
  • Excavation Shoring Design
  • Construction Field Reviews

Project Highlights

2013: Ovation Awards – Fortis BC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Construction (Multi-Family Home) and Best Multi-Family Lowrise Development