White Sturgeon Conservation Center

Vanderhoof, BC

Client’s Challenge
The White Sturgeon Conservation Center is a breeding facility designed to help rebuild the declining Nechako River sturgeon population. The building needed to stay within a tight footprint and house a series of carefully graduated tanks to enable incubation, ensure bio safety and allow the fish to mature. Initially, the number of tanks needed exceeded the building’s footprint. Once the budget was approved, timing was tight– it all needed to be finished before the  first frost.

Our Solution
We devised a fully and partially enclosed centralized building that accommodated the mandated footprint and allowed for extra tanks outside. The design incorporated three structures into one including a lean-to and outbuilding. This allowed the total number of tanks to grow to 47-37 inside and 10 outside. The blueprint changed on the fly, requiring maximum flexibility to ensure we met the completion deadline. Also incorporated into our design footprint was an innovative fully housed RAS – Recirculation Aquaculture System – which recirculates 98% of the water.

Service Type: Supply and Install
Size: 7500 SQ FT

Our scope of work included supplying and installing the building to accommodate 37 inside tanks and 10 outside, including a 7’ x 52’ lean-to (with partial canopy over entrance), and a 21’ x 56’ open walled, non-insulated out building. The building was designed with a double-lok composite roof system for the main building and lean to and a screw down roof system for the out building. We also installed Snow Guards on the roof; framed the opening for all doors, louvers and windows.

The Results

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