case Studies

Trillium Hatchery | Stratford, Ontario

Project Value


Project Overview

When Trillium Hatchery embarked on a plan to build a state-of-the-art chick hatchery in Stratford, MTE was retained to provide engineering services throughout the entire development of the 70,000-ft2 facility. The owner’s retained MTE to lead the design, achieve approvals from the City and oversee construction. We also provided civil and structural engineering design and surveying, and completed Environmental Site Assessment (ESA).

Our civil engineering team proposed and implemented an approach that ensured approvals could be achieved in a timely manner, including eliminating the need for major variances and relying on our knowledge of the local site plan process to gain timely approvals. In addition to leading the building design process, our structural engineers successfully coordinated the mechanical and electrical engineering consultants, incorporating their designs and ensuring their deliverables were met.

The new facility, located in Wright Business Park, incorporates innovative HatchCare technology aimed at creating a more efficient and animal-friendly environment throughout the hatching process. The hatchery employs approximately 20 people and hatches 20 million chicks per year.

MTE’s Involvement

In following with the City of Stratford’s site plan approval process, our project team first completed a topographical and boundary survey to gather the necessary background information required to prepare a preliminary site plan that would meet the City’s zoning by-law. Our team then coordinated a preliminary site plan meeting with the City to determine site constraints and final approval submission expectations.

Our team then finalized the site plan and provided the site grading, site servicing and stormwater management design for the development, all of which was also submitted to the City of Stratford Building and Planning and Engineering Departments for their final review and approval.

We also conducted a Phase I ESA of the 5.9-acre site, which was formally used agriculturally. Our assessment included in-person interviews, site inspections, and review of available written records, maps, figures and reports. As a result, we did not identify any environmental concerns on the site and no further testing was required.

MTE provided consulting engineering services throughout the second phase of this project.  This involved the coordination of the structural design with the pre-engineered building designer, design and detailing the foundations and working with the equipment suppliers and the owner to determine the layout of the interior spaces.   As part of the architectural design, our team prepared the floor plans to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code.