Miller Hull

Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

Iona Island, British Columbia, Canada
Defining a new era of water treatment
Client Metro Vancouver
Certifications Pursuing Envision Gold, LEED Gold, and Salmon Safe Certification
Size 22,000 Square Meters


The existing Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (IIWWTP) is a primary treatment plant located in Richmond, British Columbia. The plant was commissioned in 1963 and currently serves 750,000 residents in Vancouver, University Endowment Lands, University of British Columbia, Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation Lands, and parts of Burnaby and Richmond. The plant is more than 50 years old and is nearing the end of its service life. As identified in Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan, the existing IIWWTP is to be upgraded to provide secondary treatment by December 31, 2030 to comply with the requirements of the federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations. The project goals are: to deliver secondary treatment by 2030; to establish the most advanced program of resource recovery possible; and to define a facility that is at one with the park and surrounding community. The Iona Island location has many complex ecological, cultural, recreational, and public community considerations. Metro Vancouver has hired the team of Miller Hull and Local Practice to provide an Indicative Design including professional services:

  • Facilitate Interdisciplinary design workshops throughout the duration of the project with the owners and full consultant teams.
  • Provide Architectural Services: Develop 3 integrated concepts to present for Level 5, 4, and 3 cost estimates.
  • Develop 1 preferred Indicative Design concept, including plans and program, coordinated with a full multidisciplinary team of engineers, geologists, archaeologists, ecologists, contractors, and cost estimators.
  • Provide community outreach support to Metro Vancouver by planning and facilitating community workshops and small group meetings with a number of affected parties.

Project Team

Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP and Local Practice
Landscape Architect: Space2Place
Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: AECOM