The Annacis Research Centre is a state-of-the-art wastewater research facility located on Annacis Island, beside Metro Vancouver’s Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Our goal is to foster new and innovative ways to manage wastewater (or sewage). Sewage is no longer seen as only a waste product, but is increasingly viewed as something that can provide valuable resources.
The Centre is equipped with laboratory facilities for research, education and training. Facilities are also available to support the exchange of ideas through conferences, workshops, community dialogues and other events.
Construction of the Centre was a joint effort by Metro Vancouver and the governments of Canada and British Columbia. Metro Vancouver administers the Centre.
The design and operation of the building reflects Metro Vancouver’s commitment to sustainability. The Centre was built to LEED Platinum standards. Green design features include: heating the building by capturing residual heat from wastewater, managing stormwater on site and using rainwater for toilet flushing.
The Centre is a Wood First building, constructed from locally sourced lumber. The site was previously industrial land that has now been restored with native vegetation.
Transportation and parking
The Centre is best reached by car or chartered bus, but it is also possible to get there using public transit. Staff can work with you to arrange for chartered buses or other suitable transportation. The Centre has 150 parking spaces.
Take a Virtual Tour
Click here to see virtual tour of the exterior and main rooms of the facility.