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Annacis Research Centre 

The Annacis Research Centre was designed and developed to host leading edge research and technology trials related to managing and treating wastewater, recovering energy from waste and mitigating environmental impact in new and innovative ways. Situated on the site of the Annacis Waste Water Treatment Plant, the Centre provides a unique opportunity to access in-plant wastewater streams for conducting cross-disciplinary research, the application of Integrated Resource Recovery (IRR), and for testing, piloting and demonstrating new technologies and processes. The top quality lab facilities are available for use by academics, public entities and commercial interests.

In addition to housing innovative research, education and training initiatives that would benefit from the proximity to the WWTP and/or the labs on site, can be arranged. The design and operation of the facility reflects Metro Vancouver’s commitment to sustainability and providing a space conducive for interaction and dialogue. The AWC contains multi-purpose meeting rooms, a large assembly hall, and a classroom that can be used for education, professional conferences and workshops, and other events.

1400 Lindsey Place
Delta, BC
V3M 6V1
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For more information about securing research, education or event facilities at Annacis Research Centre, please contact:
Darlene Reigh at 604-436-6815 or


The Annacis Research Centre is a unique facility that blends research, education and training opportunities in a building and its surroundings while exemplifying leadership in sustainability.

The AWC will provide top-quality laboratory facilities for research, teaching space and access to various in-plant wastewater streams for manufacturers and suppliers of equipment to demonstrate processes, as well as pilot facilities for optimizing full scale processes. In addition, AWC contains multi-purpose meeting rooms and a classroom providing space for public discourse, education, training and other professional services.

The Annacis Research Centre will provide longterm benefits for Canadian’s by enabling partners from various agencies and organizations to respond to the multiple challenges related to energy use, water, materials, environment, sustainability and integration of wastewater systems.

Vision & Programming

The vision centres on a place of excellence in wastewater research and development, training and education – a place that challenges us to transform our approach to managing and treating wastewater, promoting energy reduction, reuse of materials and mitigating environmental impacts.

The Annacis Research Centre’s programming will promote excellence in research and development and professional service by undertaking activities such as:

  • Building a strong interdisciplinary research program that provides progressive adaptable developments to manage, treat and reduce wastewater. This program will provide outstanding training opportunities for students, post-doctoral fellows and practising professionals
  • Providing pilot facilities for optimizing full scale processes
  • Exploring integrated wastewater management approaches, technology selection and verification on a larger more integrated scale
  • Providing space and access to various inplant wastewater streams for manufacturers and suppliers of equipment to demonstrate processes
  • Providing facilities for operator training to address local and provincial needs
  • Integrating research and development efforts with high quality applied learning, through partnerships with educational institutions throughout the province including the K-12 sector as well as well as post secondary institutions
  • Providing local, national and international leadership in analysis of issues affecting wastewater management
Function By Design

Click to view artist renderings of the AWC

The Annacis Research Centre is a 1700 square metre new facility designed to meet the changing needs of the wastewater sector.

The Multipurpose Room accommodates a variety of functions and configurations.

  • The space is a single large subdividable rectangular space
  • In the future, folding full height acoustical partitions will enable simultaneous use in subdivided rooms
  • The room is furnished with fully retractable theatre-quality raked seating, which can operate independently in each half, or configured as a single large assembly hall arrangement. With the theatre seating retracted the room may be configured as a conference-type facility with seating at tables. With the theatre seating extended, the space may be used as a large assembly hall suitable for delivery of lectures and presentations

The Science Classroom is an instructional room to accommodate groups of students - typical cohort of 30 in a classroom setting. The room will be equipped with:

  • Instructor's demonstration station equipped with lab fixtures
  • Science lab stations
  • A prep room-allowing an instructor to prepare lab exercises/also used as a workstation

The research hall is designed to be a flexible industrial quality space capable of accommodating pilot plants and academic research projects as well as for industry wishing to test and/or demonstrate technology. The research hall will be equipped with:


Primary Effluent 100 L/m 470 kPa; 3" Cam-lock
Secondary Effluent 570 L/m 570 kPa 3" Cam-lock
Centrate 50 L/m 350 kPa 3" Cam-lock
Centrate 50 L/m 350 kPa 2" Cam-lock
  • Researchers can connect to the various commodities at five locations
  • Power – Researchers have access to 600V - 3 phase and 208V - 3 phase power in the Research Hall's overhead cable tray. In addition there are 120V single phase receptacles distributed along the interior walls
  • Roll up door and overhead bridge crane (5 Tonne) for delivery and positioning of equipment
  • Wireless Internet throughout 
  • Potable water hose bibs located in each quadrant
  • Emergency shower and eyewash


  • The outdoor research area will accommodate pilot plants that require a sewage source, a connection to sanitary sewer for discharge of effluent, 600V – 3 phase power, 208V – 3 phase power, 120V – 1 phase power, and compressed air supply. There may be multiple pilot plants installed and operating at any given time.
  • Pilot plants will be connected to these services by temporary hoses and cables. Connection points for these services are provided on the outside wall of the building.

The lab will be located adjacent to the research hall. This facility is considered to be a field station support facility but will be equipped with sufficient lab equipment to enable researchers and technicians to monitor and analyse data on site.

The student office contains workstations with lockable storage space to enable use by multiple student groups.

A small workshop is located within the research area to provide capability on-site for minor maintenance/repair of equipment.

The reception lobby is a significant space, allowing visitors to gain an immediate understanding of the building organization. The space serves the following functions:

  • A visual and physical link to all areas of the building
  • Foyer for events and networking
  • Can be linked via a glass sliding door to the multipurpose room creating a larger space
  • Catering kitchen for events

The display area is intended to be a venue to display new equipment and technologies as well as provide educational information about the centre and the various programs.

The indoor and outdoor Research Hall Observation areas enable visitors to observe activities in the Research Hall.

The observation glass partition for the mechanical room enables visitors to learn about the various components of the mechanical system and how they function together to provide the desired level of service to the AWC occupants.

Research & Development

In partnership with UBC, other organizations and the private sector Metro Vancouver is building the programming for the Annacis Research Centre focusing on areas of research, technology development, training and education. One of the first research initiatives to come to the Annacis Research Centre will be the UBC award winning process to recover phosphorous from wastewater and turn it into commercially viable and environmentally friendly fertilizer. This is an example of leading-edge Canadian technology working to solve a global problem.

A Green and Sustainable Solution to Global Phosphorus Depletion

The Annacis Research Centre will provide the opportunity to conduct research and technology development in a variety of cross-disciplinary areas including:

  • Integrated resource recovery
  • Waste-to-energy
  • Nutrient removal
  • Process optimization
  • Odour control
  • Greenhouse gas reduction
  • Contaminant removal
  • Bioremediation

The Centre will also provide access and services to a larger expanding green technology research and development market sector, helping to create employment and establish key markets for Canadian technologies.