Last year was another productive year of construction at Blatchford and we are gearing up for a busy 2018!
The construction work in 2017 was focused on getting the site ready for homebuilders in the first phase of development on the west side of the community. Work included connecting Blatchford to existing utilities outside the site and installing underground utilities, including the piping for the District Energy Sharing System, which will provide environmentally-friendly heating, cooling and hot water to the homes. The first portion of paving also began last year with the very first road in Blatchford now complete!
Here are just a few construction highlights from 2017:
- 8,400 metres of water mains, storm and sanitary sewers and distribution piping for the District Energy Sharing System were installed
- 1,400 metres of curb and gutter were constructed
- 121,000 tonnes of concrete and asphalt was recycled for re-use on the site
- 175 metres of road was paved
Want to see more? Check out the construction video taken in October 2017
The chance to live in Blatchford is getting closer as we continue our builder selection process. Last year, we started a two step competitive process to find builders who share our vision and can deliver beautiful and energy-efficient buildings. We are excited to announce that 27 builders expressed interest in being a part of the first phase of the community. We are now preparing to move forward with the second part of the selection process to secure builders for the very first homes.
At the same time as we move forward with builder selection, we will be continuing construction at the site. This year, work includes installing the geo-exchange field under the future stormwater pond and the construction of the first Energy Centre for the District Energy Sharing System. We will also complete installing utilities, paving roads and building sidewalks in the first stage and will start on the landscaping work.
Blatchford at Cities and Climate Change Science Conference
Blatchford was pleased to be a part of the inaugural Cities and Climate Change Science Conference that was held in early March in Edmonton. More than 800 municipal representatives, scientists and academics from around the world came together to share the latest scientific research on climate change and inspire global and regional action within cities to address this complex issue. Blatchford was excited to present as a part of the community series and during the scientific program of the conference.