The $106M City of Hamilton Biosolids Management Project

On March 28, 2017, the City of Hamilton signed a project agreement with Harbour City Solutions General Partnership to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the City of Hamilton’s Biosolids Management Project, with construction services provided by Bird-Maple Reinders Joint Venture, an unincorporated joint venture between Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. and Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. and operations services provided by Synagro Hamilton Operating LP.

The Hamilton Biosolids Management Project is comprised of a new biosolids processing facility that is projected to significantly reduce the number of transport trucks required to remove biosolids from the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant, and is expected to greatly improve odour and noise impacts in the community. Construction is scheduled to conclude in July 2020.

The City of Hamilton’s legal team was led in-house by Brian Decaire, Lawyer, Legal Services, City of Hamilton. The City was supported by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP with a team that included Judy Wilson, Marianne Smith, Theresa Chan, Alyssa Shivji, Stephanie Console, Michael Cork, Jason MacIntyre and Lisha Li.

Harbour City Solutions General Partnership was represented by McMillan LLP with a team that included Ahsan Mirza, Julie Han, Tayleigh Armstrong and Michelle Boodhoo, and Bird-Maple Reinders Joint Venture was led in-house by Todd Mandel, Kellie Mildren and Kathryn Lack. Synagro Hamilton Operating LP was led in-house by Al Slepian with assistance from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP with a team that included Stephen Kerr, Kathleen Butterfield, Sean Stevens and Tom Barlow.

Financing for the project was provided by way of a consortium of lenders represented by Jamie Templeton, Scott Perrin and Shona Sinclair of Stikeman Elliott LLP.