Series S365 - Engineering Department technical drawings, maps and plans

Plan of Paterson's property, block 364 D.L. 562, City of Vancouver, B.C. Plan of occupations at Forty-second Avenue and Yew Street Development of railway properties at 1st Avenue and Main Street Proposed amended layout for connections from C.P.R. to properties between Woodland Drive and Sali... Plan of proposed development of Dunbar Street end at English Bay Suggested harbour improvements Burrard Inlet Plan showing water courses south of False Creek and between Bridge and Granville Street Proposed Raymur Ave. trunk sewer diverting sewage from False Creek reclaimed area City of Vancouver, British Columbia District lot boundaries within the City of Vancouver Proposed development of Vancouver City Yard, 49th Avenue at Ross Street, South Vancouver Plan showing parcels 'A', 'B' & 'C' : Kitsilano Indian Reserve, No. 6 of the Squamish band, V... Contour plan 220a [Mt. Pleasant] False Creek development : san [sanitary] sewers tentative layout Contour plan of Stanley Park Proposed system of drainage and sewerage for False Creek and marginal areas Plan of sea wall site, Main Street, and surrounding properties Final layout August 1939 The official street name map of the City of Vancouver The official street name map of the City of Vancouver Contour plan of a portion of the City of Vancouver Public Convenience to be erected at Kingsway & Broadway Proposed store and sanitary convenience at S. end of Granville Bridge Proposed sanitary convenience at Granville Street & Fourth Avenue Proposed sanitary convenience at S. end of Granville Bridge. Proposed sanitary convenience at S. end of Granville Bridge Proposed sanitary convenience at S. end of Granville Bridge Proposed sanitary convenience at S. end of Granville Bridge Proposed underground convenience Corporation of Dublin. Underground public convenience Plan of proposed underground convenience for Vancouver Urinals: for streets, parks, railways, factories, schools, institutions, etc. MacFarlane'S castings - urinals Proposed sanitary convenience Fourth Ave & Granville St 4th Ave & Granville St. convenience Proposed convenience at south end of Granville Bridge Reinforced concrete details, Hamilton Street convenience Plan of public convenience, Hamilton Street, Vancouver B.C. Drainage and electrical wiring plan, for public convenience, Hamilton Street, Vancouver B.C. Sanitary arrangement [design of public toilets] Details of toilets Floor plan and elevation of toilets Proposed convenience at Kingsway & Main St. Plan of proposed public convenience, Georgia & Granville Sts., Vancouver, B.C. Amended sewer layout : False Creek park area (Suggested subdivision : Northern Pacific Railway pr... Plan shewing location of sewers on C.P.Rly. [Canadian Pacific Railway] industrial sites Topographic map of Downtown Vancouver and the East End Map of Vancouver, British Columbia Map of Vancouver, British Columbia : street index Profile of pipe-line : Capilano intake to Little Mt. [Mountain] reservoir
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Engineering Department technical drawings, maps and plans

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6.37 m of maps, drawings and blueprints.

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Since its foundation, Engineering Services (or, as it was referred to until 1995, the Engineering Department) has been the largest department in the City administration, providing many of the City's mandated functions for developing and maintaining the City's infrastructure of roads and bridges, waterworks, sewers and sanitation.

The Vancouver Incorporation Act required the appointment of an engineer, and the City did so under Bylaw #1 (1886). Despite technological changes, the department has remained remarkably consistent in functional responsibilities: over the years, the Engineering Department/Engineering Services has been responsible for the construction and maintenance of streets, lanes, sewers, water works, and bridges, as well as for traffic management, sanitation, garbage collection, and parking. With the rapid growth of the city, the Department’s role changed from a supervisory role (overseeing and inspecting the work of contractors) to having full-scale operations divisions.

The City Engineer first reported to the Board of Works (1886-1956), then to the Board of Administration (1956-1974), and subsequently to the City Manager (1974-).

There were a few instances of major reorganization in the history of the Engineering Department. Following a departmental review by external consultants in 1954, the department underwent a major restructuring of its organizational framework. Formerly, divisions had been based on the type of operation each performed. The review called for three basic divisions. One major division was for administration and design and the other for operations. Each of these divisions would oversee the different functions as they related to design or operation. A third division for traffic management continued to exist in the same fashion as before the rearrangement. This structure remained in place for only a few years.
Another major reorganization occurred in 1966 when the Electrical Department was incorporated as a division within the Engineering Department (impetus for this change came from the formation of the Permits and Licenses Department which took over inspection activities while Engineering took over engineering and works aspects.)

The following individuals have served as City Engineer (from 1995, the City Engineer was also referred to as “General Manager” of the then renamed Engineering Services):
• John P. Lawson, 1886-1890;
• Henry B. Warren, 1890-1891;
• Thomas H. Tracy, 1891-1905;
• William A. Clement, 1905-1911;
• Frederick L. Fellowes, 1911-1924;
• Charles Brakenridge, 1924-1946;
• Charles A. Battershill, 1946-1949;
• John C. Oliver, 1949-1956;
• Randolph M. Martin, 1956-1971;
• Gordon H. Lawson, 1971-1974;
• William H. Curtis, 1974-1991;
• David Rudberg, 1991-[2004]
• Tom Timm, [2004]–2010
• Peter Judd 2010–2015

Functions, occupations and activities:

The broad range of functions of the Department has included:

  1. Streets and bridges design and maintenance, including snow/ice removal and sanding;
  2. Sewerage and drainage planning and maintenance,
  3. Water supply and distribution,
  4. Refuse collection and disposal,
  5. Transportation planning and traffic management, including accommodating for special events,
  6. Street lighting and utilities,
  7. Inspection responsibilities (until the creation of the Permits and Licenses Department),
  8. City planning responsibilities (under the direction of the Town Planning Commission) until the creation of the Planning Department in 1954,
  9. Street Decoration (in conjunction with the Street Decoration Committee) since 1954.

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Series consists of technical drawings, maps and plans for a variety of building and engineering projects. While some of these drawings originated with the Engineering Department, others were created by transportation, communication, or utility companies and approved by the Engineering Department. Arranged in no apparent order.

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Some of the plans have been bound in oversize volumes.

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One set of these records arrived at the Archives in 1976 from the Drafting Branch.


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For bridge plans see series 361 (Bridge records).

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