Bob Ambardar

Bob Ambardar

Manager of Engineering, Manager of Planning (Acting) at City of White Rock

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Location:
15322 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
HQ Phone:
(604) 541-2100

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Experience

Land Development Engineer  - Surrey Art Gallery

Project Manager  - Cressey

Recent News  

The City of White Rock's manager of engineering, Bob Ambardar, told Peace Arch News Thursday that the city became aware of residents' concerns about the sinking in March.
The city consulted with the geotechnical engineer working on the nearby under-construction neighbouring development, who surveyed and monitored the area for the next three months, and said no settlement was detected over that time frame. Ambardar said the city then hired an independent geotechnical engineer, who also concluded that any settlement in the area was caused "naturally." "We did determine that there are peat deposits scattered throughout the area," Ambardar explained. "The peat can be full of water and when it dries out, it can settle, sometimes quite rapidly." Ambardar acknowledged it's "unusual" to see sinking take place so quickly, but said one possible cause is the drier-than-normal winter the region experienced last year. Ambardar maintained that both geotechnical engineers consulted by the city concluded the sinking was not caused by the excavation. According to Ambardar, however, when the excavation took place, there was "very little water" in the ground, and any water that was pumped out was monitored, recorded and provided to the city. While the city is aware of residents reporting spotting springs, Ambardar said staff did not observe any firsthand.

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White Rock engineer Bob Ambardar explains the relocated crosswalk to attendees of a public meeting on Johnston Road upgrade and beautification plans. - Tracy Holmes
White Rock engineer Bob Ambardar explains the relocated crosswalk to attendees of a public meeting on Johnston Road upgrade and beautification plans. Bob Ambardar, the city's engineer, explained that a preliminary plan was needed first. "We can't show up to a meeting like this and say, 'what are we going to do?'" he said. He disputed one woman's accusation that the group came to the community with a set agenda. "Some people think we've already decided everything, but clearly we've made changes," Ambardar said.

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Project manager Bob Ambardar said the plans are in the early stages, and may not come before city council for preliminary approval until fall.

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