Comox Water Treatment Project – Design-Build Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

Stantec and Aecon Water Infrastructure are delivering the Comox Water Treatment Project using a Fixed Price Design Build contract. Major facilities include a new intake tunnel and marine pipeline, a raw water pump station, a 20 mgd (expandable to 32 mgd) direct filtration plant, clearwell reservoir, and raw water and treated water conveyance pipelines. The project is scheduled to complete by May 2021 within 22 months after project award and through a global pandemic. An integrated Stantec / Aecon team, with support from the owner Comox Valley Regional District, is the key driver to make this extreme schedule a reality.


1. An experienced and dynamic design-build team, with proactive engagement of the owner team; 

2. Fast track design to accommodate an aggressive schedule with a 6 month design period through 4  major milestones design submission reviews; 

3. Use of virtual reality (VR) 3D design tools to facilitate owner and contractor input through various design phases; 

4. Safety and communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Michael Watson, PE, DBIA

Senior Vice President

Stantec Consulting

Mike has 32 years of experience and is the director of alternative project delivery for Stantec. He draws on the global resources and talents of the company to create high-performing design teams who partner with contractors to successfully deliver design-build water, wastewater, and advanced treatment; and conveyance projects across North America.  Mike is a professional engineer and certified DBIA professional.  Mike is currently serving as the President of the Water Design Build Council.

Reno Fiorante, PE

Senior Vice President, Water

Stantec Consulting

Reno Fiorante is a Senior Vice President Stantec’s Water Business Unit. He drives the quality and efficient delivery of our services across North America. With over 35 years of experience, Reno specializes in the development and management of major infrastructure projects, including some of the largest facilities in the world. In recent years, he has specialized in alternative project delivery (P3, progressive design-build, fixed price design build, and CM@Risk).

Miles Yi, Ph.D., P.E


Stantec Consulting

Dr. Miles Yi is a Principal in Stantec’s Water Business Unit. He has over 20 years of experience in design, project management, and delivery including a number of high profile APD projects, such as the Capital Region District Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program in Victoria BC (DB, DBF, P3/DBFOM), Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps Project in New Orleans Louisiana (DB), Regina WWTP Upgrade in Saskatchewan (P3/DBFOM), and Comox WTP in Comox BC (DB).


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