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Mount Pleasant Substation, Vancouver, British Columbia

Located in a residential neighbourhood, the 400 MVA substation provides reliable power, meeting LEED Silver target.


Client: BC Hydro

Our client’s challenge

BC Hydro’s main project objectives for Mount Pleasant Substation included:

  • High reliability after a design earthquake through post-disaster seismic design;
  • An aesthetically pleasing design that meets City requirements and minimizes the impact on the community as well as incorporates durable materials to minimize maintenance requirements;
  • A safe and ergonomic design to suit employees and the public;
  • A sustainable design, resulting in reduced environmental impact and achieving LEED registered status.

The Mount Pleasant Substation is the only publicly-visible portion of BC Hydro’s Vancouver City Centre Transmission Project and an integral part of the most significant investment in Central Vancouver’s electrical system in 30 years.

Our approach

Executing a large and complex project in an urban environment requires innovative design solutions. A combined team of 50 people worked together to complete the design within many constraints. Due to the complexity and technical/engineering challenges on this project, WSP and BC Hydro’s most experienced personnel were assigned at the onset of design and followed through all phases of the project including construction. The team worked closely and diligently to produce a solution that visually complemented the neighbourhood, while being environmentally responsible and meeting the project objectives for safety, reliability and efficiency.


The $36 million project was successfully completed in April 2014.  It was the recipient of a 2014 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence in the Natural Resources, Mining, and Industry & Energy category.