Example Project: Sea-To-Sky Highway Improvement

When the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure wanted to improve the highway between Whistler and West Vancouver, contractors chose Hatfield Consultants to manage all phases of the environmental program for this important infrastructure project in BC’s Lower Mainland.

As environmental managers, Hatfield Consultants took the reins for all environmental components through all phases of the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project. Leading a team of multi-disciplinary specialists, Hatfield Consultants reviewed highway designs to ensure they complied with relevant environmental regulations and project requirements. We also oversaw the design and construction of more than 15 compensation habitats along the highway corridor. While preparing for construction, Hatfield secured all authorizations and permits necessary to make the project a reality.

Throughout the construction process, Hatfield Consultants monitored the surrounding environment to ensure all environmental management plans, contract documents, and regulatory approvals were followed correctly. Likewise, we provided onsite specialists to oversee any activities that might impact fish, wildlife, vegetation, air quality, or archaeology.

To organize the extensive data from this project, we developed a web-based database that provided up-to-date listings of all documents, permits, and authorizations. With much of the data best displayed visually, we designed a map-based interface that showed the systems in place and their progress-to-date, enabling stakeholders to easily track the project’s progress over time.

As scheduled, the road was operational before the Olympics arrived in Vancouver, with improved safety and reliability for all passengers. Contractors delivered the project on time and on budget while knowing the environment was appropriately cared for thanks to Hatfield Consultants’ assistance.


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