One of two projects completed for Ronmor Developers in Marda Loop. This ground-up project is in the heart of Marda Loop in Calgary and was completed in Spring of 2016. Already a focal point and meeting place this building is adding to the vibrancy and urban appeal of Marda Loop. Tenants include David’s Tea, COBS Bread, Kid’s & Company, and Village Ice Cream. The building was constructed of concrete and steel totaling 42,000 sq. ft. and spread out over three storeys. The building also boasts a two-storey underground parkade.
Our overall value engineering program during preconstruction resulted in numerous savings to the client. We switched foundations from standard blindside forms and used a shotcrete system instead. Shotcrete is more expensive, however, it saved over a month on schedule. We decided to use structural steel to frame the roof structure as opposed to concrete. This resulted in over $50,000 of cost savings. A $250,000 savings was realized by changing the exterior finishes on the north and west elevation from metal panel/alucobond to cement board siding.
Our collaborative approach was paramount on this project and preconstruction was conducted over an extended period of time. This allowed our estimating team to lock down the budget and set intentions prior to construction. The key techniques and approach we used was bringing all key trades and consultants into one room to conduct a pull planning session. The Chandos Productions System uses pull planning, with the Site Superintendent conducting one and two week look aheads for all trades and all major tasks. Trades were required to commit to the team and accountability was a big component of ensuring budget and schedule control as it provided early feedback through planned percent complete (PPC). Viewpoint software was critical to effectively managing and controlling document flow.
The site is located in close proximity to the Odeon in a dense inner city neighborhood and had limited access off the major roadways. With virtually no area for laydown or storage, we had to use Just In Time delivery for all materials. Our Project Manager conducted detailed planning to ensure delivery times were met. Quality of work was paramount for our client. As such, quality was monitored regularly on site. The biggest item was finishing work. Accordingly, standard variance allowances for masonry block, motor joints, alignment, and flashings were implemented.
In order to minimize any impact on the community due to the construction works, we worked with the local community association to make sure they were consistently up to date in regards to what was going on, address any concerns they had, and identify any community events that construction might affect.
Finally, as part of our environmental plan, we diverted waste and implemented cell filtration of the ground water that was pumped out of the excavation in an effort to mitigate any potential environmental impact.