Springbrook Infrastructure Replacement

PROJECT. Springbrook Infrastructure Replacement Program

LOCATION.  Springbrook, AB

OWNER.  Red Deer County


Andrew Treu, Environmental Services Manager



START DATE.  June 2008



TAGISH’S ROLE.  Prime Consultant



In 1996, Red Deer County was gifted the infrastructure of the abandoned Department of National Defense air base, formerly known as Mynarski Park from the Federal Government. Tagish Engineering was retained to perform a full infrastructure assessment over the next two years which resulted in an eye opener for the County in respects to having acquired ownership of now municipal utilities which had greatly exceeded their lifespan. As approximately 243 housing units were privately sold and immediately populated, the responsibility of utility upkeep fell to the County. Along with this responsibility came an overloaded sewer system which was accommodated by the Waskasoo Regional Sewer System and subsequently treated by the City of Red Deer Wastewater Treatment facility.


Continuous maintenance and repairs of the Springbrook utilities and up to nearly 200% groundwater infiltration into a pay-for-treatment system prompted Red Deer County to address these increasing expenditures by way of a complete sewer, water and stormwater replacement program. Tagish Engineering was retained by the County to assess, develop cost effective solutions, assist in securing funding and all approvals, tender and facilitate construction of all phases of these replacements over a period of three construction seasons.



This project was partially funded by Camrif grant funding which set strict timelines for completion.


The project required significant planning to minimize the disruption commonly associated with a replacement project of this magnitude due to the surrounding and extremely close proximity of the community residents. Numerous public meetings and open houses were held to assist the rate payers in understanding the need for this project and also to give them a sense that their concerns and needs during the construction process would be and were being considered.


The construction work was broken into three separate contracts to achieve competitive pricing and to stage the public disturbance accordingly to allow continuous access and municipal services. As this was a large project with tight timelines, a significant construction presence was required and therefore construction administration and inspection was very important to ensure that both project quality and consideration for the rate payer was not compromised. Tagish had a dedicated, experienced team from initiation through completion to ensure all aspects of this project ran smoothly and with total efficiency.


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  • Approx. 969 metres of assorted size Water pipe and related fitting installations to replace severely deteriorated cast iron piping;

  • 33 Fire Hydrant and related fitting installations to replace existing deteriorated, malfunctioning and obsolete fire hydrants;

  • Approx. 5000 metres of assorted size Sanitary Sewer pipe and related fitting installations to replace severely deteriorated and fractured vitrified clay tile piping;

  • Approx. 6,000 metres of assorted size Storm sewer pipe and related fitting installations to replace severely deteriorated and fractured vitrified clay tile, wooden, concrete, and corrugated metal piping

  • Approx. 2,940 metres of rural cross section surface storm drainage channel works to improve storm event runoff;

  • Approx. 4,287 metres of curb and gutter and sidewalk to replace severely deteriorated concrete;

  • Approx. 60,000 sq.m of road re-structuring, re-building and asphalt installations                                                                         



  • Project Scope Definition and Preliminary Design

  • Public Meetings

  • Budgeting

  • Grant Funding Application assistance

  • Geotechnical Investigations

  • Detailed Engineering Design

  • Tender Preparation

  • Contract Administration

  • Obtaining proper provincial approvals

  • All preliminary and construction surveys

  • Project Management

  • Construction Inspection and Quality Control