John Ivison and Associates Ltd were retained to review the site with respect to the water supply and fire suppression strategy for this historic site of Hat Creek Ranch dating back to the 1860s.
Various water supply and suppression as well as detection options were chosen and comparative costs determined for the design development and construction. The decision was to go with an underground reservoir which could also act as the foundation for the new fire pump room and future fire hall for the site. A new underground distribution for the supply of fire water across the site was designed to deliver supplies to individual buildings and hydrants. A site wide fire alarm and communications system, improvements to the historic roadhouse on the Cariboo (gold rush) Trail and Visitor Centre were also included as well as improvements to the potable water supply.
This project was carried out with little or no input by an architect. We retained the structural engineers, fire suppression designers and electrical consultants and drew up the building concepts in-house. The project was carried out with the support of the Hat Creek Heritage Society and the Heritage Branch in Victoria, BC. Due to the remote site we retained separate engineers for field reviews and monitoring of construction.