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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Minister of Public Works
REPORT
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR
1956-57
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in the right ot the Province of British Columbia.
1957  To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
Herewith I beg respectfully to submit the Annual Report of the Department of
Public Works for the fiscal year ended March 31st, 1957, in compliance with the provisions of the " Public Works Act."
W. N. CHANT,
Minister of Public Works.
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<*Q.  PUBLIC WORKS REPORT
REPORT OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER
Victoria, B.C., October 9th, 1957.
The Honourable W. N. Chant,
Minister of Public Works,
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—The fiscal year 1956-57 was the second year of operation of this Department,
and I have pleasure in submitting herewith for your approval and consideration the
Annual Report on its activities during that year.
You will see by studying the following reports from the various branches concerned
that good progress was made in all fields of activity.
New construction advanced well throughout the year with the completion of several
large projects, and commencement with good progress being made on many others.
The Design Divisions have been kept very busy on planning of a varied nature for
projects which it is hoped to commence in the relatively near future.
Industrial development and expansion throughout the Province was reflected in the
increased activity and necessary expansion of the Inspection Divisions for Electrical
Energy, Boiler and Pressure-vessels, and especially the comparatively new Gas Inspection Division, which is faced with the imminent distribution of natural gas throughout
a major portion of the Province.
C. D. Campbell,
Deputy Minister and Chief Architect.
REPORT OF THE ASSISTANT CHIEF ARCHITECT
Satisfactory progress was made with the building programme during the fiscal year
1956-57. Several major projects under construction last year have been completed, and
plans and specifications are nearing completion for several projects to be tendered early
in the coming fiscal year.
A total of 157 buildings and mechanical projects were completed or undertaken
during the fiscal year 1956-57, at a total expenditure of $9,078,885.33. The more
important of the projects which were completed are as follows:—
Major Projects Completed
Location
Building
Total Cost
Atlin
$26,626.65
153,480.00
54,617.00
25,260.00
57,947.00
Fort St. John   _
339,176.00
Kamloops_  	
43,568.00
407,037.00
860,243.00
300-bed unit, The Woodlands School _	
1,787,097.72
J L 8
PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1956/57
Some of the larger or more important projects which were under construction at the
end of the fiscal year 1956-57 are as follows:—
Major Projects under Construction
Project
Location
123 B
5-B-53
5-B-21
205-B
245-B
201-B
208-B
Haney _	
Port Coquitlam
Essondale	
Kamloops	
Kamloops.. _
Prince George ..
Vancouver	
Percentage
Completed
Building
Estimated
Total Cost
99
40
50
90
99
28
25
B.C. Correctional Institution	
300-bed Home for the Aged 	
100-bed nurses' home 	
Addition to Government office building .
New equipment-shed   '.	
New Court-house 	
New Girls' Industrial School 	
$4,900,000.00
1,897,195.00
1 000 000.00
250 000.00
70,000.00
1,600,000.00
1,400,000.00
In addition to the aforementioned projects, there are a number of larger projects
which are in an advanced stage of planning and will be ready to let for tender early in the
coming fiscal year.    These are as follows: —
Location
Project
Estimated Cost
$100,000.00
300,000.00
60,000.00
1.000,000.00
The major building projects have been completed with a minimum of delay, and
the projects under construction are progressing satisfactorily; this is due primarily to the
excellent job being done by our clerks of works and the co-operation received from the
general contractors.
E. Totty,
Assistant Chief Architect.
REPORT OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT
Details of major projects completed, major projects under construction, and tenders
received and contracts awarded for buildings, during the fiscal year 1956-57 are to be
found elsewhere in the Public Works Report.
This report is primarily concerned with the internal operation of the Architectural
Branch of the Department, under the direction of the Deputy Minister and Chief Architect.
Staff was maintained throughout the year at approximately the same numerical level
as in the previous fiscal year, with eight architects, two specification-writers, one town-
planner, one landscape architect, and eight to ten draughtsmen.
It can be stated that the general level of good design and methods of construction
has been well maintained. While the over-all standard in both these phases of the work
falls short of perfection, it may safely be said that the buildings now produced by the
Architectural Branch are vastly superior to those conceived ten or fifteen years ago. The
technical difficulties presented by the mechanically complex structures being erected
to-day are being coped with in a diligent and efficient manner.
The division engaged in specification writing is actively occupied, apart from its
routine work, in research into new materials, new building techniques, and in the production of more stream-line specification clauses. The system of preparing projects for
tendering by lump-sum contract is still maintained, though bidding on the basis of a bill
of quantities would produce a closer control on pricing both prior and subsequent to the report of the assistant chief architect
L 9  report of the maintenance architect
L 11
receipt of tenders. Only by accurate quantity measurement can cost variation in extra
or omitted work in the field be checked properly and contractors' claims and credit offers
be satisfactorily assessed. However, the present organization of the Architectural Branch
does not permit the introduction of this method.
It may be noted with satisfaction that co-operation with other Government departments has been maintained at its customary high level, by means of small and large
planning committees, to the advantage of all concerned.
The more important projects planned during the period April 1st, 1956, to March
31st, 1957, were the Girls' Industrial School, Burnaby; the 209-bed Pearson Tuberculosis Hospital, Vancouver; the new Court-house, Prince George; new Government office
buildings at Fort St. John and Kamloops; the addition to the Men's Gaol, Prince
George; the new 300-bed South Lawn Hospital, Essondale; and the new vocational
school, Prince George.
In summary, a satisfactory year's work has been accomplished.
W. R. H. Curtis,
Supervising Architect.
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Fort St. John Government Building.
REPORT OF THE MAINTENANCE ARCHITECT
The total expenditure for maintenance of Government buildings throughout the
Province was $2,299,697.85. This total includes expenditures on Court-houses, institutions, residences, laboratories, clinics, gaols, R.C.M.P. detachments, and sundry buildings.
The programme of renovations and modernization (where practical) is being continued in Court-houses, and general maintenance is being maintained in all Government
buildings. Major renovations have been carried out in the Vancouver area, such as 411
Dunsmuir Street, Normal School, and 636 Burrard Street.
Regular inspection trips have been carried out during the year, and it has been found
that Government Agents, who act as our representatives, have co-operated at all times
with this Department.
Certain Government buildings are now very old and have fulfilled their usefulness;
in these cases no attempt is being made to renovate, but in all cases the premises are being
kept clean, painted, etc.
Regarding Government residences and R.C.M.P. detachments, these premises are
receiving continued attention.
I should like to add that the Public Works Superintendents located at Essondale,
Tranquille, Vancouver, and Victoria have given me their full co-operation during the
past year.
E. C. Clarkson,
Maintenance Architect. L 12
PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1956/57
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Materials Testing Laboratory, Victoria.
REPORT OF THE MECHANICAL ENGINEER
GENERAL
During the year the Section continued work at a high level of activity. Capacity
of the Section was very much increased with a move to more spacious quarters. In September the Section, along with the Structural Section, moved into a rejuvenated house
at 526 Michigan Street. The additional space allowed of better organization of filing
and reference material and the increasing of the staff by one engineer and two draughtsmen.   This increase in capacity was utilized during the latter part of the year.
The use of consulting engineers' services was continued on many of the larger capital
projects. During the year the trend toward more fully ventilated spaces in both office
and institutional buildings mentioned in last year's Report continued, in fact gained
momentum. Summer cooling as well as winter heating is now considered a necessity in
most new buildings; however, only the provision for summer cooling was installed in
the capital buildings constructed this year.
The change to fully automatic heating units in the smaller institutions and Courthouses continued. In this way minimum staffs operating and maintaining the buildings
can be maintained. Serious consideration was given to the use of natural-gas fuel in
many buildings and institutions in the areas where it will be available.
CAPITAL PROJECTS
Again this year the Section worked in conjunction with the other branches of the
Chief Architect's Office in most of the capital projects handled by the Department.
A few of the major projects handled directly by the Section are: —
(1) Investigation and study into the steam and emergency or standing electrical requirements of the Provincial Mental Hospital at Essondale.
Additional capital building at this hospital in the last few years has
brought the winter steam demand up to the installed capacity in the
boiler plant, thus leaving no reserve capacity.
(2) Continued improvements to the distribution of the steam at the Hospital.
Service to the easterly portion of the Hospital was immeasurably improved
by a new underground distribution main.
(3) Air-conditioning of the Polio Pavilion at the Pearson Tuberculosis Hospital, Vancouver. REPORT OF THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
L  13
MAINTENANCE
Again maintenance of mechanical equipment was carried out throughout the year.
With the gradual increase in the number of buildings, maintenance is gradually increasing.
Some of the more outstanding work done under maintenance was: —
(1) Renewal of the heating unit, conversion to oil firing, and the repiping
of the Court-house, Kamloops.
(2) Renovation of the old heating system at the Court-house, Nanaimo, and
the tie into the new addition to this Court-house.
Much attention was given to the proper disposal of waste materials from all types
of buildings. To this end, a number of closely designed incinerators were installed in
an attempt to cut down on the fly ash, odour, and smoke nuisance.
SUPERVISION OF PLANT OPERATION AND OPERATING
PERSONNEL
Again this year numerous field-trips to the various heating plants were made. One
of the major difficulties encountered this year was the recruitment of certified stationery
engineers suitable for institutional work. With industry making large demands on the
available labour force, it was difficult to keep the establishments filled.
W. E. Mills,
Senior Mechanical Engineer.
REPORT OF THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
The Structural Section of the Chief Architect's Branch had a very busy year during
1956-57, and a brief description of the work completed and designed follows.
STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND SUPERVISION
Many large buildings were designed and supervised during the past year, mainly
in reinforced-concrete construction. Examples of this type of construction are the
300-bed unit at Essondale; British Columbia Correctional Institution, Haney; Girls'
Industrial School, Burnaby; Deaf and Blind School, Vancouver; Materials Testing
Laboratory, Victoria; and the auditorium at The Woodlands School. The Prince George
Court-house was let out to private consulting enginers due to pressure of work in this
office.
In addition, the following jobs were designed but not let out to tender during the
year: Prince George Gaol addition, Dawson Creek Laboratory Building, Crease Clinic
addition, and Industrial Therapy Building, Essondale.
An interesting application of glued laminated-timber arches was made in the chapel
at Essondale, and produced a very attractive and economical building. Another example
of glued laminated timber was in the 50-foot span beams over the swimming-pool
at the Girls' Industrial School, Burnaby.
Structural steel played an important part in many of our buildings, being used
mainly in roof structures. Tubular-steel welded trusses were used in the gymnasium
at the British Columbia Correctional Institution, Haney, and present a pleasing appearance exposed, thus saving the cost of suspended ceilings which normally are used to hide
the usual steel or wood trusses. Another example of a carefully designed and finished
truss is in the auditorium at The Woodlands School, New Westminster. These trusses
are curved and support a steel roof deck, and without a suspended ceiling present a
spacious and pleasing appearance. L 14
PUBLIC WORKS REPORT, 1956/57
L REPORT OF THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
L  15
DRAINAGE AND SEWAGE-DISPOSAL SYSTEMS FOR BUILDINGS
The most important job under this heading was the completion of the sewage-
disposal plant at the British Columbia Correctional Institution, Haney. The construction of this plant was necessitated by the need to protect the potable water-supply of
private residents in the district, the water-supply for the Institution itself, and the need
to prevent pollution of the Alouette River. This installation is a fully mechanized bio-
filtration plant with chlorination and sludge-drying facilities, the first plant of its type
in Western Canada. The plant has been operating for some months and has proved
very efficient, both from the purification of the effluent and the complete lack of obnoxious
odours.
An addition has been made to the sewage-disposal plant at Oakalla Prison, due to
the heavy increase in population over the last few years. A temporary sewage-disposal
plant has been designed to serve the Girls' Industrial School, Child Guidance Centre,
and proposed Vocational Training School in Burnaby. The plant has been made largely
out of wood-stave tanks in order to save money, as the Municipality of Burnaby expects
to have sewers in the area in from five to ten years' time.
The main storm-drain at Essondale has been replaced with reinforced-concrete
pipe, due to the corrosion of the old drain which had been in for many years.
WATER-SUPPLY AND IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
The pumping-station and water-main to the new reservoir at Essondale was completed during the present year. This means that Essondale has now an independent
source of water for fire-fighting or drinking purposes in case of a break in the Greater
Vancouver Water Board mains. T _   „ _ „
J. R. Simpson, P.Eng.,
Structural Engineer.
TENDERS RECEIVED AND CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR BUILDINGS
Description of Work and Names of Tenderers
Amount
Remarks
IOO-bed Nurses' Home and Training Centre, Essondale:
$1,089,039.00
1,033,700.00
1,004,130.00
998,713.00
985,667.00
45,713.00
45,972.00
43,210.00
29,942.00
144,387.00
143,809.00
149,196.00
24,773.00
21,644.00
20,722.00
19,844.00
458,821.00
445,725.00
442,675.00
431,300.00
430,402.00
424,544.00
416,870.00
415,655.00
E. H  Shockley & Son Ltd   -    -	
Conversion of Quonset Loafing-barns, Colony Farm, Essondale:
E. H Shockley & Son Ltd   ..	
New Library, Dawson Creek:
AIR-CONDITIONING OF WARDS, POLIOMYELITIS PAVILION, VANCOUVER:
Auditorium, Woodlands School, New Westminster:
Kennett Construction Ltd   — — - 	
Awarded. L 16 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1956/57
TENDERS RECEIVED AND CONTRACTS AWARDED
FOR BUILDINGS—Continued
Description of Work and Names of Tenderers
Amount
New Equipment-shed, Kamloops:
Marpole Construction Co. Ltd...
Taylor & Son Ltd 	
Sorenson Construction Co. Ltd..
Materials and Traffic Engineers' Offices and Shops, Department of Highways,
Victoria :
J. A. Pollard Construction _   _ 	
G. H. Wheaton Ltd._.  .....   	
Parfitt Construction Co. Ltd _ _ _   -
Farmer Construction Ltd  _	
Addition to Government Office Building, Kamloops:
Bennett & White Construction Co. Ltd 	
Overland Construction Ltd 	
Sorenson Construction Co. Ltd— —	
Marpole Construction Co. Ltd...
Taylor & Son Ltd 	
Turbo-generator for Power Plant, British Columbia Correctional Institution,
Haney :
Walkem Machinery & Equipment Ltd _	
Canadian General Electr.c  	
Fred McMeans & Co  _  	
New Court-house, Fort St. John:
Bennett & White Construction Co. Ltd.
Overland Construction Ltd	
Cloverdale Construction Co. Ltd...
Three-bay Equipment-shed and Oil-house, North Vancouver:
Moncrieff Construction Co. Ltd  	
Pearson Construction Co. Ltd   	
Navin Construction Ltd   	
Lickley Construction Co. Ltd...   _	
New Court-house, Prince George:
Narod Construction Ltd	
Girls' Industrial School, Burnaby:
Commonwealth Construction Co. Ltd.
Manson Bros Ltd  	
Turnbull & Gale Construction Co. Ltd..
Smith Bros, and Wilson Ltd	
A. R. Grimwood Ltd  	
Beaver Construction Co. Ltd	
New Gymnasium, New Haven:
Turnbull & Gale Construction Co. Ltd..
Greenall Bros. Ltd.   _	
Sorenson Construction Co. Ltd 	
Amundson Construction Co. Ltd...
Lickley Construction Co. Ltd	
H. J. Henningson & Sons  	
Heating and Electrical Work for New Garage, Fort St. John:
Ben's Plumbing & Heating Ltd. and Stanroy Construction Ltd.	
J. H. McRae Co. Ltd 	
Canadian Comstock Co. Ltd    	
Acme Electric (Dawson Creek) Ltd. (electrical only).
Piping  for Two Oil-fired Boilers,  British Columbia  Correctional Institution
Haney:
Keith Plumbing & Heating Co. Ltd....	
Vancouver Pipe & Engine Works Ltd  _  	
Boiler & Power Plant Contractors Ltd... _.  	
Fred Welsh & Sons Ltd ...   _	
The Bay Company (B.C.) Ltd.    	
Sewage-disposal Plant, British Columbia Correctional Institution, Haney:
Holand Construction Ltd..  	
Dawson & Hall Ltd	
A. R. Grimwood Ltd.    ~._	
$76,313.00
72,737.00
69,863.00
179,209.00
167,830.00
164,741.00
158,485.00
320,872.00
306,896.00
268,423.00
265,481.00
251,179.00
29,707.65
27,947.00
24,265.95
382,300.00
376,799.00
325,214.00
37,733.00
37,473.00
34,754.00
34,345.00
Remarks
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
1,599,666.00    | Awarded.
1,565,590.00
1,529,607.00
1,523,403.00
1,470,300.00
1,446,419.00
1,432,424.00    ] Awarded.
43,756.00
43,682.00
42,423.00
42,344.00
39,758.00
39,400.00      Awarded.
10,882.00
18,535.00
20,990.00
6,754.00
81,730.00
77,795.00
66,843.00
59,558.00
59,150.00
184.000.00
105.052.00
109.400.00
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded. REPORT OF THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
L  17
TENDERS RECEIVED AND CONTRACTS AWARDED
FOR BUILDINGS—Continued
Description of Work and Names of Tenderers
Remarks
Additions and Alterations to Women's Gaol, Oakalla:
Sorenson Construction Co. Ltd..... 	
George Born   	
Manson Bros Ltd    	
Ten-bay Equipment-shed and Oil-house, Cranbrook:
Narod Construction Ltd _	
A. E. Jones Co. Ltd 	
C. J. Oliver Ltd  ......  	
Ten-bay Equipment-shed, Lillooet:
Bennett & White Construction Co. Ltd	
Gilmour Construction _. Engineering Co. Ltd...
Narod Construction Ltd  __	
Supply and Installation of Two Coal-fired Boilers, Provincial Mental Hospital,
Essondale:
Foster-Wheeler Ltd  .... .... 	
Vancouver Iron Works Ltd    __	
C. C. Moore & Co., Engineers, Inc.... .'.  	
Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd   	
Bumstead-Woolford Ltd 	
Two-1,500-kva.-unit Substation for Essondale Mental Hospital:
Cemco Electrical Manufacturing Co. Ltd.—
Proposal No. 1  _ 	
Proposal No. 2      	
Electric Power Equipment Ltd.—
Proposal A   _
Proposal B    	
Pioneer Electric Ltd.—
Proposal No. 1—  	
Alternative to Proposal No. 1 	
Proposal No. 2 ~  	
Alternative to Proposal No. 2	
Johnson & Phillips (Canadian Sales) Ltd  	
Heating and Ventilation, New Gymnasium, Borstal, New Haven, Burnaby:
The Bay Company (B.C.) Ltd     	
Warner Plumbing & Heating Co. Ltd  	
B. Boe Ltd       	
Fred Welsh & Son Ltd .....   	
Keith Plumbing & Heating Co. Ltd  _	
Alterations and Additions to Child Guidance Centre and Day-hospital, Burnaby:
Manson Bros Ltd     _  	
Holand Construction Ltd..	
Klassen Construction Ltd     	
Lickley Construction Co. Ltd  	
Beaver Construction Co. Ltd... __.	
Mainland Construction Co. Ltd _ _.	
Sewage-treatment Plant, Oakalla Prison Farm:
Gilmour Construction & Engineering Co. Ltd	
The Bay Company (B.C.) Ltd 	
Holand Construction Ltd.....	
Manson Bros. Ltd   	
Mainland Construction Co. Ltd.... _	
Turnbull & Gale Construction Co. Ltd	
Supply, Fabrication, and Erection of Structural Steelwork, Boiler-house,  Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale:
Western Bridge & Steel Fabricators Ltd	
The Bay Company (B.C.) Ltd 	
Royal City Welding & Iron Works Ltd 	
Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd    	
Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd     	
Blain Boiler Works Ltd ...   ...	
Tryson & Son Iron Works Ltd  _	
Heating  for  New  Garage, Existing  Garage,
Department of Highways, Kamloops:
McKinnon Plumbing & Heating Co. Ltd....	
Equipment-shed,  and  Plant  Shop,
$202,425.00
201,259.00    |
199,585.00    | Awarded.
148,989.00
139,797.00
133,349.00
141,615.00
141,711.00
139,184.00
579,110.00
565,021.00
543,035.00
530,000.00
528,149.00
87,955.00
91,985.00
88,000.00
91,200.00
99,925.00
104,225.00
91,925.00
97,075.00
84,955.00
22,675.00
21,892.00
21,472.00
20,575.00
19,150.00
28,955.00
28,872.00
27,990.00
27,572.00
26,627.00
25,935.00
51,861.00
48,634.00
46,685.00
44,774.50
43,975.00
41,326.00
70,000.00
95,705.00
96,630.00
67,014.00
67,985.85
81,350.80
56,890.00
27,672.00
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded.
Awarded. L 18
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TENDERS RECEIVED AND CONTRACTS AWARDED
FOR BUILDINGS—Continued
Description of Work and Names of Tenderers
Amount
Remarks
Reservoir, Pipe-line, and Pump-house, Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale:
$23,965.00
24,447.68
24,498.00
24,947.00
27,309.00
30,499.00
REPORT OF SUPERVISOR OF TELEPHONES
Herewith is submitted the annual report of the Telephone Branch, Department of
Public Works, covering fiscal year ended March 31st, 1957.
This Branch processed and completed 981 orders, an increase of 439 over the
previous year. This was mostly due to reorganization of the Highways Department and
moves within the Parliament Buildings.   The orders placed were as follows:—
Type of Service
Business Switchboards
Installations    124 291
Moves   44 174
Take-outs    14 95
Changes   8 80
Seasonal installations   151                 	
Business Exchange Service.—Key telephone units which have been found to give
excellent service to small groups of offices in a centrally located area have been installed
in several health units and district offices of the Welfare Department. These units allow
the answering point to pick up two to five lines and supply the office with a common intercommunication circuit.
Switchboard Service.—Cuts were completed on the following:—
Jericho Hill School:  One-position No. 555 switchboard replacing ten-line cord
switchboard.
The Woodlands School:   Two-position No. 555 switchboard replacing one-
position No. 551-B.
Forest Service:   One-position No. 555 switchboard replacing one-position No.
550-C.
Nanaimo Court-house:  One-position No. 555 switchboard replacing individual
business service.
Trunking Facilities.—Additional trunking was added to switchboards at the Parliament Buildings, Vancouver Court-house, and Kamloops Administration Building.   All of
these switchboards have now reached maximum trunking capacity.
Switchboard Surveys in Progress.—Parliament Buildings: Complete traffic study for
cabling, load-cut, and increase station line requirements.
Pearson Tuberculosis Hospital: Increase in service for completion of new 209-bed
hospital.
Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale: Complete traffic study for conversion from
manual to automatic switchboard.
Provincial Probation Offices: Requirements for new offices at 1075 Melville Street,
Vancouver.
Haney Correctional Institution:   Requirements for manual switchboard installation. REPORT OF THE CHIEF INSPECTOR OF BOILERS AND MACHINERY L 19
Kamloops Administration Building: Requirements for conversion of existing one-
position switchboard to two-position board at completion of new building.
Prince George Court-house: Requirements for move of switchboard to new Courthouse.
Kitimat Court-house:   Requirements for service.
Business Service Surveys in Progress.—Girls' Industrial School, Vancouver, and
Normal School, Vancouver.
Traffic.—Switchboard traffic has increased heavily in the past year on all switchboards. On the Parliament Buildings, total average has increased from 11,652 to 14,885
calls per day.
To date we now have a total of twenty-four switchboards in service, which require
a staff of forty-six permanent operators and nine relief operators.
Ruth E. Thompson,
Supervisor of Telephones.
REPORT OF THE CHIEF INSPECTOR OF BOILERS
AND MACHINERY
In accordance with the provisions of the " Boiler and Pressure-vessel Act," I have
the honour to submit the fifty-fifth annual report of the operation of the Boilers and
Machinery Inspection Division for the fiscal year ended March 31st, 1957.
THE ACT
At the Spring Session of the Legislature, subsection (3) of section 27 was amended
by increasing the scope of second-class engineers from 900 to 1,000 horse-power. Section
54 was repealed to accommodate new methods of appointing and training Inspectors
(see Personnel).
REGULATIONS
The introduction of natural gas to our cities and towns through high-pressure mains
caused us to invoke the Pressure Piping Code ASA-B.31.8 to regulate the fabrication
and installation of the mains within municipal boundaries. The piping plans of Nanaimo,
Burnaby, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Richmond, and Vancouver were examined and
approved, and follow-up inspections were made. All welders on the municipal mains
as well as the large transmission-lines were examined, making an increase of 82 per cent
over last year.
NEW CONSTRUCTION
City gate and reducing-stations for natural gas were completed at Sumas and Surrey.
At Port Alberni, McMillan & Bloedel Limited installed three steam generators with a
total of 6,829 horse-power. At Campbell River the Elk Falls Company installed a 3,349-
horsepower recovery-boiler and six digesters. At Port Alice the Alaska Pine & Cellulose
installed an additional steam generator of 2,368 horse-power. In North Vancouver,
Hooker Chemicals installed two steam generators totalling 2,238 horse-power. The
Standard Oil refinery expansion project at Stanovan was completed.
Construction is under way on the following projects: B.C. Forest Products, Crofton,
3,416 horse-power; Pacific Petroleum, Fort St. John, 6,152 horse-power; and Jefferson
Lake Sulphur Company, Fort St. John, 1,978 horse-power.
In addition to the steam generators mentioned, there were numerous pressure-vessels
used in process, such as digesters, chemical retorts, reactors, cracking-columns, paper-
machines, and related pressure piping. L 20
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High-temperature heating plant in new B.C. Electric Building, Vancouver.
ACCIDENTS AND REPAIRS
On July 31st, 1956, a small boiler (No. 14070-B.C.) was burned beyond repair
through the failure of automatic controls. On January 15th, 1957, an air-receiver
(No. 6936-B.C.) exploded and was projected 20 feet through a workshop. This was
caused by frost sealing the safety-valve.   No one was injured in these accidents.
Forty-one boilers were repaired under Inspectors' directions. REPORT OF THE CHIEF INSPECTOR OF BOILERS AND MACHINERY L 21
CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION
The annual meeting of the Boiler and Pressure-vessel Committee was held in
Toronto on September 18th to 20th. The C.S.A. Code B-51 was reviewed and amendments discussed in preparation for a 1957 edition.
This meeting was followed by a Code Seminar at the University of Toronto on
September 21st, where there was considerable interest shown in the application of the
A.S.M.E. pressure-vessel code to the design of pressure-vessels used in nuclear fission.
The code serves a valuable purpose in retaining uniform standards in design and
construction throughout Canada. The annual meeting keeps all jurisdictions abreast of
new developments in pressure-vessel engineering. The Chief Inspector continues to serve
in the capacity of chairman.
STATIONARY ENGINEERS
The Division has assisted the Department of Education in the preparation of correspondence courses for all grades and continues its efforts to promote uniformity of
examinations for engineers between the Provinces.
The trend in boiler design is to include large horse-power capacity in a single unit;
therefore, it was deemed necessary to increase the scope of the second-class certificate to
1,000 horse-power, and the Act was amended accordingly.
Examinations indicate a gradual increase in quality of first- and second-class engineers, which is gratifying in view of the number of large new steam plants now operating
and under construction in the Province.
PERSONNEL
With the repeal of section 54 of the Act, we can proceed with our plan to establish
a Grade I category of Inspectors. These Inspectors will be subject to careful training
for the Grade II position, and may then be transferred to Interior districts as resident
Inspectors. The growth of industry on Vancouver Island and the Peace River and Nelson
areas will soon warrant resident Inspectors.
Provision is also made for Inspectors of engineering graduate level to enter the
design office for survey work. Currently two Inspectors have been drawn from the field
to relieve the pressure of work in the design office and to examine welders and inspect
the work on municipal gas-piping systems.
SUMMARY OF WORK
Revenue was $1,110.24 in excess of expenditure. In addition, inspections were
made on Public Works boilers and pressure-vessels amounting to a revenue equivalent
of $2,500.
New designs and amendments checked  913
Fees collected for designs        $9,000.00
Fees collected for work done in boiler-shop       $9,203.00
New boilers built in British Columbia  89
Second-hand boilers inspected   27
Total number of all boilers inspected  4,061
Plates inspected and tested  1,443
Number of engineers examined  511
Number of welders examined  1,901
Over-all cost of Division to Government  $106,169.24
Over-all total revenue   $107,279.48
Appended is a detailed list of all work done and an analysis of examinations. L 22 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1956/57
INSPECTOR'S ANNUAL REPORT,  1956-57
• Steam Hot Water
Number of drawings and specifications calculated for registration  913 7
Number of boilers on which calculations for
W.P. were made in the field  4 	
As Engineer-Surveyor—
Number of boiler-plates  inspected  and
tested       1,443 	
Number of boiler-plates rejected  14
Number of visits to boiler-shops  476 57
Number of boilers tested built under Inspector's supervision  60 29
Miles travelled       6,520 2
First inspections—
Number of new boilers inspected and
tested built in Eastern Canada  19 12
Number  of new  boilers  inspected  and
tested built in United States  22 70
Number  of new  boilers  inspected  and
tested built in other countries          	
Total number of new boilers inspected ____ 41 82
Total horse-power of new boilers inspected      12,919 971
Number of new boiler installations inspected   564 46
Number of second-hand boilers inspected
and tested (first inspection) imported
from Eastern Canada  26 41
Number of second-hand boilers inspected
and tested (first inspection) imported
from United States  15 	
Number of second-hand boilers inspected
and tested (first inspection) imported
from other countries          	
Total number of second-hand boilers inspected for first time  27 	
Total horse-power of second-hand boilers
inspected for first time       1,752 	
Number of first installations of secondhand boilers inspected  23 1
Annual inspections—
Number of annual inspections       2,294 1,198
Number of inspections, under steam  261 42
Number of boilers inspected  (under 3
horse-power)    114 2
Number of boilers subjected to hydrostatic test       1,653 852
Number of visits in addition to annual inspection   289 39
Number of boilers on which pressure was
reduced  37 4
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INSPECTOR'S ANNUAL REPORT,  1956-57—Continued
16
Annual inspections—Continued steam
Number of boilers repaired under Inspector's directions   25
Number of boilers considered unfit for
further use   5 	
Number of investigations               7 6
Total number of all boilers inspected       2,737 1,324
Total horse-power of all boilers inspected 298,905 38,147
Number of accidents to engines and boilers 3 	
Boilers taken out of service            13 2
Miles travelled by the Inspectors  82,036
Total travelling expenses  $14,866.85
Travelling expenses per mile  10.80
Results of Engineers' Examinations
Number
Class                                                                      Examined Passed
First      16 12
Second      48 40
Third   120 88
Fourth   225 165
Special heating H.P. " B "     23 16
Special heating L.P. " B "     79 49
Class A     17
Totals   511 370
Temporary, 390.
Welders' Tests
Number
Class                                                                      Examined Passed
Electric      973 804
Oxy-acetylene      662 532
Downhill        182 172
A.S.M.E.         84 78
Totals   1,901 1,586
Failed
4
8
32
60
7
30
141
Failed
169
130
10
6
315
Summary of Defects Observed
Nature of Defects
Number
Boilers with safety-valves overloaded  2
Boilers with safety-valves defective  6
Pressure-gauges defective or over 5 lb. error  55
Cases of insufficient staying or bracing  1
Cases of defective stays  12
Cases of defective riveting  4
Serious leakage in rivet-joints  10
Boilers with fractured plates  5
Boilers with burned plates  1
Boilers with bulged plates  9
Cases of internal corrosion  61
Dangerous
2 L 24
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Summary of Defects Observed—Continued
Nature of Defects
Number
Cases of external corrosion       9
Cases of scale or encrustation     24
Cases of internal grooving	
Cases of defective tubes	
Defective main stop-valves 	
Defective blow-off pipes or cocks
Defective settings
Dangerous
1
1
       3
  27
       4
  20
       1
Defective water-gauges       4 1
Cases of defective feed-water arrangement       1
Boilers damaged by low water       3 1
Cases of serious leakage of fittings       1
Cases of defective steam-pipes       4
Furnaces out of shape       1
Unclassified defects  24
Totals  292 8
Pressure-vessels Inspected
Number of pressure-vessels inspected in field  372
Number of pressure-vessels inspected during construction  1,820
Number of pressure-vessels inspected (imported from United
States)    420
Number of pressure-vessels inspected (imported from Eastern
Canada)   195
Number of pressure-vessels inspected (imported from other
countries)    8 8
Refrigeration Plants
New plants inspected	
Existing plants inspected for first time	
Annual inspections made
  7
  4
  14
Total tonnage of all plants inspected __      1,430
Safety orders issued  4
Analysis of Examinations
Engineers
Year Ended Mar. 3
, 1956
Year Ended Mar. 31
, 1957
Examined
Passed
Failed
Examined
Passed
Failed
First                   .              	
14
53
145
281
16
20
76
6
29
94
191
8
15
57
8
24
51
90
8
5
19
16
48
120
225
17
6
79
12
40
88
165
11
4
49
4
Second 	
Third
8
32
60
6
2
30
Totals                    	
605
400
205
511
390
369
142
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Welders
1956
1957
Examined
Passed
Failed
Examined
Passed
Failed
768
241
681
213
	
87
28
1,057
662
182
882
532
172
169
136
Downhill	
10
1,009
894
115
1,901
1,586
315
Fees Received
1956
Engineers  $5,046.25
Welders     4,400.00
Duplicate certificates        155.00
1957
$3,175.00
10,801.50
78.50
Total
>,601.25        $14,055.00
D. Denham, P.Eng.
Chief Inspector of Boilers and Machinery.
REPORT OF THE CHIEF GAS INSPECTOR,
GAS INSPECTION DIVISION
In accordance with the provisions of the " Gas Act," I have the honour to submit
the third annual report of the operation of the Gas Inspection Division for the fiscal year
ended March 31st, 1957.
THE ACT
The "Gas Act" was not amended during the 1957 Session of the Legislature.
THE DIVISION
At present the staff consists of the Chief Inspector, four Gas Inspectors, one Clerk—-
Grade III, and one stenographer-
A major part of the work of this Division consisted of education. Night classes were
given in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Abbotsford. These schools were conducted
jointly by the Division, the gas utility, and School Boards. Short courses were held in
Quesnel, Williams Lake, Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Trail, and Nelson.
These short courses, given in conjunction with the gas utility, were attended by more than
1,000 persons.
Natural gas was distributed for the first time on the Lower Mainland and was turned
into the 18-inch B.C. Electric transmission-line at Huntingdon on November 6th, 1956.
The following day conversion started in New Westminster and, without any serious incidents, was completed three months later at the B.C. Electric manufactured-gas plant in
Vancouver.
On November 8th, 1956, natural gas was turned into the distribution mains of the
Village of Abbotsford and the Municipalities of Matsqui and Sumas.
The rate of natural-gas installations in all municipalities has exceeded the most
optimistic estimates, and indications are that it will continue to do so.
The British Columbia Research Council is now testing gas appliances in its newly
equipped gas laboratory. L 26
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REGULATIONS
In order to accommodate developments in the gas industry, the regulations were
amended by the following Orders in Council:—
Order in Council No. 190, Regulations for Interim Approval and Interim Listing of
Gas Appliances in British Columbia, amended and approved January 30th, 1957.
Order in Council No. 191, Regulations Governing the Installations of Gas Piping,
Appliances, and Venting, approved January 30th, 1957.
Order in Council No. 192, Regulations respecting Gas-fitters, Contractors, and
Dealers, approved January 30th, 1957.
High-pressure butane storage-vessels, natural-gas reducing-station, Surrey.
ACCIDENTS
During the fiscal year there were no major explosions. There were 135 incidents
of gas poisoning; ninety-seven persons survived, but there were twenty accidental deaths
and seventeen suicides.
Two of the accidental deaths were caused by incomplete combustion of natural gas
and poor venting of the appliance. For the last two and a half months, however, there
have been no incidents.
SUMMARY OF WORK
New designs checked, interim approval  18
New designs checked, industrial approved  25
Number of Gas Codes distributed  1,749
Gas-fitters' licences issued  279
Contractors' licences issued  217
Provisional licences issued  573
Number of gas-fitters examined  259 REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY L 27
SUMMARY OF WORK—Continued
Number of gas-fitters passed examination  93
Number of permits issued, municipalities  13,064
Provincial gas inspection        348
FEES COLLECTED
Examination fees  $3,705.00
Provisional licence fees  3,565.00
Contractors' licence fees  2,820.00
Renewal gas-fitters' licence fees  754.00
Sale of Gas Codes  996.50
Interim approval fees  455.00
Industrial approval fees  260.00
Interim approval seals  11,319.00
Resale approval seals  2,737.50
Identification tags (gas-fitters')  125.20
Permits   1,481.50
Total revenue  $28,387.16
Over-all cost of department to Government  $27,408.17
A. G. Kaneen, P.Eng.,
Chief Gas Inspector.
REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY
In accordance with the "Electrical Energy Inspection Act," I have the honour to
submit my annual report for the fiscal year ended March 31st, 1957.
BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS
The Honourable the Minister of Public Works has been pleased to appoint the
following members to the Board, effective January 1st, 1957: L. G. Sewell, electrical
contractor, representing the Associated Electrical Contractors of British Columbia; R.
Beaumont, electrical contractor, representing the Vancouver Electrical Association; and
P. Rive, Electrical Inspector for the City of Vancouver, representing cities and municipalities. Other members of the Board are L. Robson, Inspector of Electrical Energy
(Chairman), and L. Handy, Assistant Inspector of Electrical Energy. Eleven meetings
were held throughout the year.
The total number of certificates in effect during the year is as follows:—
Class A      137
Class B      342
Class C      365
Class PA        51
Class PB       140
Class PC       230
Class TC  1
Total  1,266
A total of 229 candidates sat for examination, with the following results: —
Number of
Candidates Passed Failed
Class A     25 11 14
Class B      84 38 46
Class C   120 80 40
Totals  229 129 100 L 28
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: L 30 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT, 1956/57
STATEMENT OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE
Revenue—
Regular permits  $222,185.45
Annual permits  16,755.00
Public utilities   15,365.80
Certificates of competency  11,186.25
Examination fees   3,020.00
Sale of publications  1,997.43
Plan checking  1,451.00
Miscellaneous inspections   185.85
Approval of equipment  60.00
Collection of social services tax  93.79
Suspense, pending refund  1,185.19
Suspense, pending distribution  7,756.36
Gross revenue   $281,242.12
Less—
Suspense refunds       $1,185.19
Revenue refunds         3,115.89
Social services tax  93.79
Suspense          7,306.53
Total debits to revenue       11,701.40
Net revenue  $269,540.72
Gross operating expenses (Vote 329, Electrical Energy Inspection)   $248,056.80
Less—
Credit for preparation of plans and specifications on behalf of Chief Architect
and Traffic Engineer, J.V. No. 94     $23,491.00
Credit  to  salaries  re  expenditure  from
Block Vote J.V. Nos. 2412 and 3517____      13,876.51
Credit to salaries re Steam-boiler Inspection share of charges for stenographic
service, J.V. No. 88         1,149.00
Credit to salaries re Department of Lands
and Forests share of charges for stenographic service, D.N. No. 86         1,164.59
Total credits       39,681.10
Net operating expenses  $208,375.70
Operating surplus       61,165.02
$269,540.72 $269,540.72 REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY L 31
PERMITS
The total number of permits issued during the year was as follows: —
April, 1956  2,640 November, 1956 ______    3,062
May, 1956  3,137 December, 1956 ______    2,085
June, 1956  3,167 January, 1957     1,965
July, 1956  2,558 February, 1957     1,693
August, 1956  3,146 March, 1957     2,682
September, 1956  2,877 	
October, 1956  3,736 Total   32,748
This represents an increase of 4,802 permits over the previous year, or an increase
of 17 per cent.
DISTRICT OFFICES
District offices are maintained at the following centres: Abbotsford, Alberni, Chilliwack, Courtenay, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Duncan, Kamloops, Langley, Nanaimo,
Nelson, New Westminster,* Penticton, Powell River, Prince George, Prince Rupert,
Quesnel, Richmond, Vancouver,! Vernon, and Victoria.
New district offices were opened during the year at the following locations: Duncan,
effective September, 1956; New Westminster, effective October, 1956; Nelson,! effective
August, 1956; Powell River, effective April, 1956; Quesnel, effective September, 1956;
and Richmond, effective October, 1956.
INSPECTIONS
The following is a record of inspections undertaken during the year:—
Number of
Office Inspections
Abbotsford  2,646
Alberni  2,860
Chilliwack   2,476
Courtenay   2,204
Cranbrook   2,531
Dawson Creek  2,474
Duncan   1,43 3
Kamloops   2,310
Langley   1,836
Nanaimo   2,255
Nelson   1,871
New Westminster  2,383
Penticton   2,000
Powell River  2,160
Prince George (two Inspectors)  5,011
Prince Rupert  2,353
Quesnel   1,091
Richmond   3,018
Vancouver (two Inspectors)  1,407
Vernon  1,920
Victoria (three Inspectors)  7,026
Total  53,265
* The Inspector working from this office inspects the following areas: Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, loco, Pitt
Meadows, Port Moody, and District Lot 172.
t Two Inspectors work from this office and inspect the following areas: West Coast, including Alert Bay, Howe
Sound, Squamish, Lillooet, and Gulf Islands.
t The office at Trail was closed and the Inspector transferred to the new office at Nelson. L 32 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1956/57
The total number of inspections completed during the year represents an increase of
10,080 or 23 per cent over the preceding year.
PROSECUTIONS
Three prosecutions were initiated during the year.
EXAMINATION OF MOTION-PICTURE PROJECTIONISTS
This Division assisted the Provincial Fire Marshal in conducting twenty-three examinations for projectionists. The regulations covering such examinations provide that the
Inspector of Electrical Energy be a member of this Examining Board in company with
the Fire Marshal. In this connection all fees arising from these examinations accrue to
the credit of the Fire Marshal's department.
CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION
The Chief Inspector continued to represent the Province on the Approvals Council
of the Canadian Standards Association and on continuing committees on the Canadian
Electrical Code.
Two meetings were attended, one of which was held in Saskatoon, Sask., during the
month of April and the other in Toronto during the month of November. New subject-
matter is continually before the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, Committee due to the
continuance of the development of new materials and practices relating to these materials.
Uniformity of practice and application in electrical systems throughout Canada is being
gradually brought about to the extent that it is now considered that any variations of the
requirements which may be in effect in different Provinces are usually of a minor nature.
The Committee during this year has continued its study of demand factors which may be
applied to service-entrance conductors for different types of occupancies. This study
resulted in adopting a new series of demand factors at the November meeting. It is
anticipated that this will result in more economical installations and provide greater use
for the investment which an individual is required to make in order to obtain electrical
service. This has been done without sacrificing in any way any of the safety factors. It is
anticipated that a recommendation will be made to the Government to adopt these new
rules in the very near future. It is also anticipated that an entire revision of the Canadian
Electrical Code, Part I, will be available for publication early in 1958.
In September of this year, two Orders in Council were approved. Order in Council
No. 2460 was passed extending the definition of the term " approved." It is now possible
under the extended definition to obtain approval for the use of electrical equipment in
this Province through the British Columbia Research Council and through the facilities
of the office of the Inspector of Electrical Energy for such equipment as is not ordinarily
processed through the Canadian Standards Association. Order in Council No. 2459 was
also approved in September of this year and provides for the control of the sale of electrical equipment. In essence, the Order in Council provides that equipment which is not
approved in accordance with the regulations which govern may not be advertised, displayed, or offered for sale within the Province.
Investigation is being continued with respect to the advisability of further amending
the definition of the term "approved" to recognize the seal of approval of the Canadian
Gas Association for gas-burning devices. It is anticipated that this will be finalized in the
near future.
POLE-LINE PERMITS
This Division during the year checked 585 applications for the erection of pole-
lines on Crown lands or Provincial highways. This represents an increase of eighteen
over the previous year. Recommendations on each application were forwarded to the
Regional Engineer of the Department of Highways. REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY
L 33
PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
This Division during the year continued to prepare electrical plans and specifications
for this Department and the Department of Highways. In addition to the preparation of
plans and specifications, supervision was also exercised over each contract during construction. This Division also acted in a consulting capacity to other Government departments.
The total value of work carried out during this year was as follows:—
Projects for which contracts have been awarded  $624,031.00
Projects for which contracts have not yet been awarded
(estimated value)     100,000.00
Total value  $724,031.00
It was necessary to employ casual assistance to assist in the preparation of these plans
and specifications. Such casual assistance was charged against the various projects on
which this class of personnel was employed.
ACCIDENTS
There were thirty-one accidents recorded during the year. Of these, fourteen were
fatal, which represents an increase of ten in the number of fatalities reported for the
previous year.
L. Robson, P.Eng.,
Inspector of Electrical Energy. L 34
PUBLIC WORKS REPORT, 1956/57 REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENTAL COMPTROLLER
L 35
REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENTAL COMPTROLLER
The following pages show in detail the expenditures relating to the construction,
alteration, and repairs on the various Government buildings and institutions, etc., coming
under the management, charge, and direction of the Minister of Public Works.
J. E. Moore,
Departmental Comptroller. L 36 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1956/57
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES, FISCAL YEAR 1956-57
SUMMARY
Vote 321.    Minister's Office—
Office   $259.58
Travelling   2,451.65
Salaries   11,280.00
Vote 322.    Administration—
Office     $14,354.70
Travelling     9,972.65
Salaries   102,251.78
Office furniture and equipment   2,545.67
Advertising and publicity   242.98
Printing and publications   763.35
Incidentals and contingencies   270.74
Vote 323.    Parliament Buildings (Maintenance) —
Salaries     $353,192.52
Maintenance of buildings and grounds   188,762.67
Heat, light, power, and water   131,967.15
Installation of new lighting fixtures   5,345.48
Taxes, telephones, etc. _.   969.04
Vote 324.    Government House (Maintenance)—■
Salaries   $28,350.99
Maintenance of buildings and grounds   27,129.89
Heat, light, power, and water  10,803.73
Furniture, supplies, etc.   9,518.59
Taxes, telephones, etc.   2,921.73
Vote 325.    Government Buildings (Maintenance) —
Salaries   $976,380.56
Maintenance of buildings and grounds   1,115,409.12
Heat, light, power, and water   129,547.12
Heating systems   50,824.04
Proportionate cost, Inspector of Electrical Energy _... 18,991.00
Taxes, telephones, etc.   8,546.01
Building maintenance expenditures detailed
as follows:—
Lockups generally      $36,128.03
Gaols           16,053.66
        $52,181.69
Court-houses         191,801.88
Normal Schools—
Vancouver      $31,425.96
Victoria         68,177.87
  99,603.83
Deaf and Blind School, Vancouver   71,947.12
Nanaimo Vocational Training School  14,986.32
TB. units and Provincial laboratories—
Vancouver—
Pearson       $74,515.32
Willow        10,323.04
Child Guidance Clinic        22,655.80
Polio Pavilion          1,057.07
Provincial Health Building        19,484.14
Victoria—Jubilee            3,581.64
Tranquille Sanatorium and Farm      200,936.31
332,553.32
Mental Hospitals—
Essondale    $599,622.42
Colony Farm   50,209.21
Woodlands School (New Westminster) 171,270.87
Saanich Mental Home and Farm   38,817.61
New Vista   5.50
859,925.61
CREDITS
(Non-expendable)
$13,991.23
130,401.87
680,236.86
78,724.93     $960.00
2,299,697.85  127,611.26
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STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES—Continued
SUMMARY—Continued
Building maintenance expenditures—Continued
Industrial Schools—
Girls' Industrial        $8,650.58
Borstal (New Haven)           6,524.68
Brannen Lake School, V.I.        38,469.43
Provincial Infirmaries—
Home for Incurables (Marpole)   $5,652.37
AUco Provincial Infirmary   12,911.49
Kamloops Provincial Home   13,458.31
Kamloops central heating plant  71,236.55
Homes for the Aged—
Vancouver (Port Coquitlam)   $36,622.36
Vernon   49,412.70
Terrace   38,107.37
$53,644.69
103,258.72
124,142.43
Miscellaneous—
Residences   $22,635.88
Garages, etc.   37,889.07
Oakalla   101,587.13
Sundry buildings   233,540.16
395,652.24
Gross expenditure   $2,299,697.85
Revenue (as per Public Works records) —
 (Credit)       127,611.26
Net expenditure   $2,172,086.59
Vote 326.   Rentals—
Agriculture 	
Attorney-General 	
Education 	
Finance	
Fisheries _... 	
Health and Welfare-
Health 	
Welfare 	
Highways	
Labour 	
Lands and Forests—
Lands 	
Forests 	
Mines 	
Municipal Affairs 	
Provincial Secretary
Public Utilities 	
Public Works 	
Trade and Industry .
CREDITS
(Non-expendab'.e.
Vote. 327.   Gas Division, Vancouver—
Salaries 	
Office 	
Travelling 	
Office furniture and equipment	
Printing and publications	
Equipment and machinery	
Testing, British Columbia Research Council
$13,591.08
46,793.49
30,829.91
11,317.56
1,365.46
66,420.54
26,836.04
27,877.47
1,489.17
3,067.16
44,806.43
4,572.48
1,195.98
11,463.25
12,801.11
1,450.11
675.00
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$13,003.48
1,868.09
4,919.46
1,412.37
1,735.79
177.90
23,800.00
46,917.09  $28,354.04 L 38 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT, 1956/57
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES—Continued
SUMMARY—Continued
Vote 328.   Steam-boiler Inspection, Vancouver—
Salaries  $85,715.34
Office   4,642.78
Travelling   14,866.84
Office furniture and equipment  472.04
Printing and publications  46.73
Equipment and machinery  425.51
CREDITS
(Non-expendable)
$106,169.24     $107,149.76
Vote 329.   Electrical Energy Inspection, Vancouver—
Salaries   $ 134,294.66
Office   13,697.51
Travelling   45,595.18
Office furniture and equipment  1,977.06
Printing and publications   3,438.90
Equipment and machinery  503.40
Motor-vehicles and accessories  8,868.99
208,375.70       269,544.08
Vote 330.   Temporary Assistance  111,005.46
Sub-total, Administration and Maintenance Votes     $3,982,072.47     $533,619.14
Capital Expenditures—Buildings
Vote 348.   Construction of Provincial Buildings
Proj. No. 242-B—Abbotsford Agricultural Building        $57,054.99
Proj. No. 263-B—Atlin Court-house   26,626.65
Proj. No. 30-B—Garage building and shops, Brannen
Lake   12,970.83
Proj. No. 152-B—Child Guidance Clinic  43,222.50
Proj. No. 269-B—Civil Defence Control Centre, Douglas Building, Victoria  2,903.54
Proj. No. 141-B—Cranbrook Court-house   17,962.88
Proj. No. 239-B—Department of Mines dwelling, garage,
and laboratory building, Dawson Creek         54,617.06
Proj. No. 235-B—New library and furnishings, Dawson
Creek            153,480.23
Proj. No. 234-B—R.C.M.P. quarters, Dawson Creek __._ 687.05
Proj. No. 79-B-l—Deaf and Blind School (School for
Blind), West Fourth Avenue, Vancouver        465,987.79
Colony Farm—
Proj. No. 6-B-20—Conversion of Quonset loafing-barn
to conventional tie stalls   42,734.06
Proj. No. 6-B-26—Additional ten pig-pens   3,564.11
Proj. No. 6-B-27—New metal pens, calf-barn  6,453.16
Proj. No. 6-B-29—Replacement of Wilson Ranch barn 1,859.65
Essondale—
Proj. No. 5-B-18—TB. unit   20,028.07
Proj. No. 5-B-21—100-bed nurses' home and training
centre (including furnishings)        617,278.59
Proj. No. 5-B-44—Traverse road, fire-hall to Boy's Industrial School   8,497.07
Proj. No. 5-B-48—Reservoir   25,260.31
Proj. No. 5-B-50—Landscaping   playing   area   (playgrounds)   1,646.50
Proj. No. 5-B-52—Fire-alarm system to be completed
at Essondale (Crease Clinic and Home for the Aged) 17,590.07
Proj. No. 5-B-53—300-bed unit, Home for the Aged,
Port Coquitlam         915,510.36
Proj. No. 5-B-65—Two new boilers, auxiliary equipment, and addition to boiler-house  54,366.66 REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENTAL COMPTROLLER L 39
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES—Continued
SUMMARY—Continued
Capital Expenditures—Buildings—Continued
Vote 348. Construction of Provincial Buildings—Continued
Essondale—Continued
Proj. No. 5-B-71—Paving in front of boiler-house  $33.08
Proj. No. 5-B-72—Landscaping and parking areas  5,493.86
Proj. No. 5-B-74—New scullery     851.90
Proj. No. 5-B-75—Conversion of administration building, BISCO   2,659.27
Proj. No. 5-B-76—300-bed hospital unit, South Lawn
(to accommodate patients for veterans' units)  4,552.37
Proj. No. 5-B-77—Steam   distribution,   veterans'   unit
and Home for the Aged  2,500.00
Proj. No. 5-B-82—Water-supply system   57,947.53
Proj. No. 5-B-85—New wing (Surgery), Crease Clinic 7,164.65
Proj. No. 5-B-86—New   industrial-therapy   building
(including furnishings)   9,865.12
Proj. No. 5-B-87—New laundry equipment        109,258.74
Proj. No. 5-B-88—Public Works stores building and
storage compound  1,383.44
Proj. No. 5-B-90—Landscaping  and  parking  areas,
Essondale    17,086.28
Proj. No. 5-B-91—Landscaping  and   parking  areas,
Home for the Aged, Port Coquitlam   136.90
Proj. No. 5-B-92—Toilet facilities  to  be  located  between playing-fields at old Boys' Industrial School. 1,740.55
Proj. No. 5-B-93—Alteration to present butcher-shop            5,993.89
Proj. No. 5-B-94—100-ft. aerial ladder pumper truck .         55,332.69
Proj. No. 5-B-95—Access roads to new highway  5,636.97
Proj. No. 5-B-96—Re-floor gymnasium, BISCO  914.12
Proj. No. 5-B-99—Radio system to all buildings  11,495.15
Proj. No. 5-B-100—Rehabilitation centre for male patients  from  Essondale,  West  Thirteenth  Avenue,
Vancouver   6,450.08
Proj. No. 5-B-101—Proposed new substation and overhead circuits   3,294.03
Proj. No. 5-B-102—Alterations    and    renovations    to
kitchen storage and staff changing-rooms  991.72
Proj. No. 5-B-104—New main incinerator     1,897.77
Proj. No. 5-B-105—New underground services, Crease
Clinic   8.842.58
Proi. No. 5-B-106—Ventilation, West Lawn Building 12.310.00
Proj. No. 243-B—Purchase of house, Fort St. John   16,000.00
Proj. No. 236-B—Fort St. John Court-house        339,176.07
Proj. No. 240-B—Garibaldi Camp forest camp   23,701.26
Proj. No. 180-B-l—Fire-control measures, Girls' Industrial School   8,782.62
Proj. No. 208-B—Girls' Industrial School, Burnaby ......       289,031.14
Proj. No. 286-B—Purchase   of   agency  house,   Grand
Forks     12,000.00
Proj. No. 123-B—British Columbia Correctional Institution, Haney      2,042,472.13
Proj. No. 266-B—New Women's Gaol near Haney, acquisition of property and construction   69,080.10
Proj. No. 226-B—New   cell   rooms   and   office   space,
R.C.M.P. lockup, Invermere   5,214.00
Proj. No. 205-B—Addition to Government Office Building, Kamloops         255,599.59
Proj. No. 206-B—Addition   to   Land   Registry   Office,
Kamloops  23,189.55
Proj. No. 272-B—Kitimat Court-house   2,664.05
Proj. No. 284-B—Government Agent's residence at Kitimat —.  16,650.00
Proj. No. 175-B—Tentative site, Metchosin (purchase
of land and development of property for Vancouver
Island site for proposed mental hospital)  1,000.00 L 40 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1956/57
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES—Continued
SUMMARY—Continued
Capital Expenditures—Buildings—Continued
Vote 348. Construction of Provincial Buildings—Continued
Proj. No. 134-B-l—Accommodation for new multiplex
equipment, 554 Michigan Street, Victoria  $3,116.09
Proj. No. 268-B—Storage space and renovations at 526
Michigan Street, Victoria   12,777.23
Proj. No. 276-B—Purchase of house at 559 Michigan
Street, Victoria  ___. 6,800.00
Proj. No. 279-B—Purchase of house at 517 Michigan
Street, Victoria  7,500.00
Proj. No. 283-B—Purchase of house at 565 Michigan
Street, Victoria  7,550.00
Proj. No. 202-B—New wing to Court-house (including
furnishings), Nanaimo         277,782.43
Proj. No. 231-B—Expansion   of   Vocational   Training
School, Nanaimo         126,661.45
Proj. No. 97-B-2—New fence, Nelson Gaol  4,960.00
Proj. No. 97-B-3—Garage, Nelson Gaol  2,991.00
Proj. No. 273-B—New gymnasium, New Haven   52,964.06
Oakalla—
Proj. No. 39-B-18—New  fence,   Royal   Oak  Avenue
and South Wing and around property              . 17,443.31
Proj. No. 39-B-20—Office addition, Drug Research ... 2,457.55
Proj. No. 39-B-26—Main retaining-wall at Westgate 2,150.71
Proj. No. 39-B-27—Remodel South and West Wings,
Segregation, Isolation, etc.       5,288.41
Proj. No. 39-B-28—Lighting of grounds     ..... 9,654.14
Proj. No. 39-B-30—Licence-plate shop and equipment       152,129.33
Proj. No. 39-B-31—Stand-by electrical service (Credit) 1,000.00
Proj. No. 39-B-32—Two  prefabricated   buildings  for
drug treatment programme  6,752.35
Proj. No. 39-B-33—Addition    to    sheet-metal    plant,
Young Offenders' Unit  3,073.65
Proj. No. 39-B-34—Ventilating system, Westgate  597.00
Proj. No. 39-B-35—Additions and alterations to existing Women's Gaol  83,086.11
Proj. No. 39-B-38—Renewal of mechanism  of main
gate at gate-house  1,181.25
Proj. No. 39-B-39—Black-topping   at   Women's  Gaol
exercise-yard between small huts and main building 1,236.00
Proj. No. 39-B-40—Black-topping,  Young Offenders'
Unit   1,800.00
Proj. No. 39-B-42—Renovations to old chapel  1,899.10
Proj. No. 39-B-44—Top canopy for West Wing fence 5,700.00
Proj. No. 39-B-45—Sewage-disposal   4,091.37
Proj. No. 39-B-46—Acquisition of property   12,000.00
Proj. No. 39-B-47—Tunnel from West Wing to new
gymnasium, including lighting and fencing  383.80
Proj. No. 212-B—Replacement   of   existing   retaining-
wall, Ocean Falls   1,445.00
Proj. No. 265-B—Tourist reception centre, Osoyoos ..... 759.70
Proj. No. 280-B—Departmental  changes,   Parliament
Buildings --  23,345.51
Proj. No. 287-B—New  transformer-vault,   Parliament
Buildings  210.20
Proj. No. 246-B—Provision for new M.L.A.s, Parliament
Buildings     7,188.97
Proj. No. 201-B—New Court-house, Prince George         455,107.26
Proj. No. 136-B—Construction of security fence, Prince
George Gaol   1,168.92
Proj. No. 288-B—Purchase of Government Agent's residence, Prince George   21,954.83 REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENTAL COMPTROLLER L 41
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES—Continued
SUMMARY—Continued
Capital Expenditures—Buildings—Continued
Vote 348. Construction of Provincial Buildings—Continued
Proj. No. 278-B—Prince George Vocational School  $4,310.46
Proj. No. 9-B-16—Brood-sow barn and slaughter-house,
Colquitz Mental Home  12,992.80
Proj. No. 9-B-17—Four hog-finishing pens, Colquitz
Mental Home   2,860.05
Proj. No. 285-B—Terrace Government Agent's residence  .  14,000.00
Proj. No. 24-B-l—Water-supply, Home for the Aged,
Terrace  2,727.14
Proj. No. 24-B-3—Repairs to Home for the Aged, Terrace    11,877.47
Tranquille Sanatorium—
Proj. No. 10-B-28—Renovate   basement   floor,   Main
Building   1,880.16
Proj. No. 10-B-30—Remodel Main Building annex ..... 1,760.05
Proj. No. 10-B-31—Air-cooling recreation hall    1,075.15
Proj. No. 10-B-3 2—Sewage -line   3,135.46
Proj. No. 10-B-33—Extra exit for laundry   1,831.89
Proj. No. 10-B-35—Increased height of water intake ... 1,334.14
Proj. No. 10-B-36—Renovation  of roof,  Administration Building  8,600.67
Proj. No. 8-B-7—Tranquille Farm dairy   4,889.35
Proj. No. 89-B—Provincial Health Building, Vancouver 2,071.32
Proj. No. 150-B—Air-conditioning of wards, Vancouver
Polio Pavilion   21,398.42
Proj. No. 203-B—200-bed unit,  Pearson  TB.  Hospital,
Vancouver  9,549.01
Proj. No. 31-B-4—Black-topping of service area,  Pearson TB. Hospital, Vancouver  1,885.00
Proj. No. 204-B—Portable classrooms, Vancouver Normal School   60,000.00
Proj. No. 200-B—Capital regional planning, Victoria .... 4,967.69
Proj. No. 241-B—Law   library,    Parliament   Buildings,
Victoria   3,708.60
Proj. No. 178-B-l—Alterations to Normal School, Victoria   9,995.82
Proj. No. 178-B-2—Purchase of land  for  extension  of
Victoria College  101,125.00
Proj. No. 238-B—New security vault (Treasury), Parliament Buildings, Victoria  14,398.99
The Woodlands School—
Proj. No. 7-B-21—300-bed hospital   573,432.21
Proj. No. 7-B-26—Auditorium   224,112.92
Proj. No. 7-B-29—Landscaping   and   airing-court   for
No. 3 Unit  5,000.00
Proj. No. 7-B-33—Cut-off drain across The Woodlands
School  2,840.00
Proj. No. 7-B-34—Landscaping and airing-courts  7,813.45
Proj. No. 252-B—Four-bay equipment shed, Alberni   15,779.74
Proj. No. 187-B—Equipment-shed, Athalmer   2,500.00
Proj. No. 277-B—Equipment-shed, Clayhurst   20,000.00
Proj. No. 267-B—Six-bay workshop and storage, Cloverdale   2,096.11
Proj. No. 271-B—Ten-bay equipment-shed and oil-house,
Cranbrook   12,102.87
Proj. No. 159-B—New garage, Fort St. John   75,000.00
Proj. No. 247-B—Oil-shed, Golden   2,500.00
Proj. No. 274-B—New five-bay garage, Hazelton   38,100.80
Proj. No. 275-B.—Old two-bay garage, Hazelton  12,897.80 L 42 PUBLIC WORKS REPORT,  1956/57
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES—Continued
SUMMARY—Continued
Capital Expenditures—Buildings—Continued
Vote 348. Construction of Provincial Buildings—Continued
Proj. No. 281-B—Four-bay equipment-shed and oil-
house, Houston   $28,608.38
Proj. No. 245-B—Equipment-shed, Kamloops   78,213.27
Proj. No. 255-B—One-bay equipment-shed, Keremeos .. 3,000.00
Proj. No. 253-B—One-bay equipment-shed, Lake Cowichan   2,741.19
Proj. No. 261-B—Additional space for stores and shop
foreman, Langford garage   10,928.29
Proj. No. 270-B—Ten-bay equipment-shed, Lillooet  120.95
Proj. No. 195-B—Gas-house, Lytton   750.00
Proj. No. 262-B—Additional  space  for  Department of
Highways and R.C.M.P., Merritt Court-house  9,485.77
Proj. No. 232-B—Equipment-shed, McDame Creek   12,000.00
Proj. No. 244-B—Three-bay equipment-shed and oil-
house, North Vancouver  35,854.53
Proj. No. 254-B—One-bay equipment-shed, Oliver   6,000.00
Proj. No. 256-B—Five-bay equipment-shed and oil-house,
Parksville    36,189.51
Proj. No. 259-B—Two-bay equipment-shed, Progress  5,086.88
Proj. No. 257-B—Four-bay equipment-shed and oil-
house, Queen Charlotte City  22,795.91
Proj. No. 250-B—Warehouse for stores, Rossland  2,000.00
Proj. No. 251-B—New oil-shed, Saltspring Island   2,495.81
Proj. No. 249-B—One-bay equipment shed, Sicamous  7,148.49
Proj. No. 260-B—Extension  to   shop   for   welding   and
storage, Smithers   3,000.00
Proj. No. 258-B—Three-bay equipment-shed and oil-
house, Tete laune   13,822.90
Proj. No. 248-B—One-bay equipment-shed, Trout Lake 6,640.26
Proj. No. 211-B—Materials and Traffic Engineer's offices
and shops, Department of Highways, Victoria   182,550.59
CREDITS
(Non-expendable)
$9,078,885.33     $273,547.33
University Buildings
■ B.C. Loan Act, 1950," Sec. 6 (_>):   Sundry works   397.18
' B.C. Loan Act, 1951," Sec. 3 (c):   Sundry works  2.87
B.C. Loan Act, 1951," Sec. 3 (_/): University Medical Faculty and
Pathological Building, Vancouver General Hospital, for use of the
University of British Columbia   131,155.27
: B.C. Loan Act, 1952," Sec. 3 (_>):   Sundry works  245.61
B.C. Loan Act 1952," Sec. 3 (c): Medical Faculty and Pathological
Building, Vancouver General Hospital, for use of the University of
British Columbia  1  541,847.52
Sub-total, Capital Votes (including University Loans)      $9,752,533.78   '''$273,547.33
Grand total, Public Works Department expenditures   $13,734,606.25     $807,166.47
Federal grants received for the following in Vote 348 (Construction of Provincial Buildings): —
Froj No. 5-B-21—Nurses' home and training centre, Essondale  .:■      $25,567.50
Proj. No. 5-B-53—Home for the Aged, Port Coquitlam Geriatrics Division, Essondale      108,000.00
Proj. No. 7-B-21—300-bed unit, The Woodlands School         139,979.83
$273,547.33
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1957
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