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Sustainability & Operations Partnership

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Size: 65,000 m²
Portfolio: 3 campuses: Downtown Campus (DTC), Aerospace Technology Campus (ATC) & Marine Campus (BMC)
Location: Burnaby, BC


Established in 1964, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is the preeminent technology focused learning institution in Canada. It boasts 48,000 students annually and 2,400 faculty and staff with an alumni base of over 185,000.

The 3 campuses (DTC, ATC and BMC) encompass different types of buildings and uses, including multi-office floors, lecture halls, and a high bay open aircraft warehouse/maintenance hanger. The BCIT Facilities Department is committed to sustainable practices and standards across all of its campuses as part of the future cultural fabric of the polytechnic institute.

We take pride in how hard we work to exceed BCIT’s expectations, while continually delivering operations and sustainability results. It’s a true partnership.

Hal G. - Operations Manager, Western Canada


  • Comprehensive facility maintenance management
  • Project management services
  • Procurement program and contract management
  • Operational sustainability improvements
  • Energy and project management responsibilities


In November 2016, to assist in meeting its future vision, BCIT engaged with ACML as a trusted facilities operations partner to assist in enhancing the campus experience for students and staff, while ensuring a comfortable environment for all. ACML was selected as a partner for our continuous improvement mindset, our collaborative culture, innovative approach and demonstrated ability to exceed expectations.


ACML’s success has been in many areas. Notably, our Project Management Services and 3rd Party Specialized Contract Management (HVAC, emergency power, high voltage electrical equipment, elevators, fire alarm, landscaping, snow removal, window cleaning, and maintenance) have been very successful at BCIT. Our project accomplishments include the much-needed repair of the ICAF (Integrated Compressed Air Foam) fire suppression system, including new regulators and the installation of a permanent stainless steel solution for pressurizing with 5000 PSI of compressed air. This dramatically improved the efficiency of charging the system, while eliminating all safety concerns associated with the original installation.