Edmonton’s established communities have mature trees that can’t easily be replaced, developed lots on either side of the build site, and a lot of sentimental value in the streets. 

Here are some ways you can mitigate damages on site.

Shore ‘till you’re sure.

An improperly shored excavation could have terrible consequences. Sometimes adequate shoring will require engineering. Do whatever’s necessary to ensure stability. Learn more here

Mind the hand-exposing zone.

In the zone lying within 1 metre of each side of the locate marks that identify a service location, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the buried facility (gas line, water line, electrical, etc.) is exposed to sight by hand digging, a non-destructive technique acceptable to the owner of the buried facility, or an equivalent method.

Trees have intrinsic value.

But they also have a monetary value. Edmonton’s oldest Elms are valued at around $80,000, and you don’t want those damages coming out of your project. You can work with an Urban Forester to help you eliminate tree damage on your site. Learn more here

Don’t crush curbs.

Driving on or over sidewalks, curbs, gutters, or boulevards is against the law and any damages that result are your responsibility. If you need to drive over any you’ll have to get an OSCAM permit.

Responsibility falls to the landowner.

Any damages from the construction are the responsibility of the landowner. That includes locating underground and surface utilities and maintaining clearances from these utilities when constructing on the boulevard.

Good Construction Practices