Annacis Research and Event Centre, which is located near the Annacis Island wastewater treatment plant, has research areas available for lease. The interior research hall has eight research bays and a well-equipped, modern laboratory. Outside, we offer customizable exterior research pads. Both interior and exterior research sites offer access to power, four different wastewater commodities, a shared kitchen, washrooms, and office space.
Eleven work stations are available on a first come, first served basis within two offices that are adjacent to the research hall. Meeting rooms can be booked for larger meetings, presentations and brainstorming sessions for a reasonable fee. Researchers have access to a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, showers, WIFI and free parking.
Depending on your project and commodity needs, you may need to acquire a permit for disposal/discharge or safety reasons. We will work with you to determine requirements on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to construct new structures, approvals and a safety plan will be required.
On-site digging is possible under certain conditions. Consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis, depending on the purpose and scope of the project.
Construction tools and materials
Research clients must provide all their own building materials, trucks, cement, etc. We have basic tools available in the shared tool crib. Clients must demolish or remove the structure and dispose of it at the end of leasing terms.
Intellectual property rights and privacy
Annacis Research and Event Centre respects research intellectual property (IP) and privacy of research clients. We do not give out private information about our research clients and partners unless directed by the client/partner or an emergency situation arises. Client property is respected at all times during the terms of the lease. Outdoor research space may be ideal for your needs if you wish to keep all of your equipment and tests under lock and key.
Partnering with private businesses
Metro Vancouver is willing to receive and review proposals for joint research with private businesses, but its capacity to commit to new partnerships is limited. Proposals are reviewed with respect to many criteria, including the benefits to the public, community well-being, and potential cost savings.
Obtaining a sewage sample
Anyone may apply for permission to receive sewage samples from one of the Metro Vancouver wastewater treatment plants. Contact ARC to be put in touch with appropriate staff.