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Two VFPA projects garner top award from Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

June 2, 2022

The Centerm Terminal Expansion and the South Shore Access project undertaken by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) in partnership with terminal operator DP World have received the Envision Platinum Award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), which is the highest award given by the ISI. 

The ISI Platinum Award recognizes projects that demonstrate sustainable development goals and outcomes. In the case of the VFPA projects, the ISI highlighted in particular:

  • Meaningful investments that prioritize the needs and goals of local communities
  • Credible stakeholder engagement
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants
  • Sustainable site selection and innovative marine restoration

Aimed at removing trade bottlenecks, the projects are also designed to provide community benefits such as improved roadways, less traffic congestion, and additional employment opportunities.

This 15% expansion will facilitate DP World’s handling of 60% more containers at this terminal by reorganizing its operations, thus meeting the increasing demand for export and import containers shipped through the Port of Vancouver.

It is the second time that the VFPA has received this recognition. In 2015, its Low Level Road project, which involved realigning and elevating the road to provide space for two new rail tracks and to improve rail switching efficiency and capacity, also received a Platinum Award.

As they plan to complete work on these projects in early 2023, the VFPA and DP World thanked neighbouring communities for their patience during construction by donating $500,000 to local organizations, a total raised through the Centerm Community Fund they established together.