Agri-Food Research Centre

Lethbridge, Alberta

This energy retrofit is a three-phased project. Chandos successfully completed Phase I in January 2014. All phases are conducted by a Construction Management delivery method. We have now completed 70 percent of Phase II and tracking one year ahead of schedule. We have just begun Phase III. This project is for the Federal Government at the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada research station which has existed in Lethbridge for more than 100 years. This facility contains research facilities and level three containment laboratories. We worked carefully to ensure that research progressed without risking an escape from the containment laboratories. This was done successfully during completion thanks to the efficiency of our team. The project has three major initiatives: exterior envelope upgrade, interior office renovations, exterior re-roof, and forecourt redesign. The facility remains fully operational during construction which requires well executed phasing and coordination such as the opening and closing of stairways, entrances, and exits as they relate to construction demands and facility operations. Asbestos abatement services were required for interior and exterior demo work.

Our project recycling program goal of 75 percent has been exceeded and is tracking over 83 percent. Our air quality monitoring services ensure that necessary precautions are taken during demolition and construction periods as certain areas must remain fully operational. We have relocate employees to temporary offices to minimize disturbance to their working conditions. Communication between Chandos, consultants, and Public Works and Government Services Canada is consistent and thorough. The entire team meets bi-weekly to discuss the project. A bi-weekly report is provided to outline progress, constraints, and mitigation. Itemized work is assigned priority and scheduling exercises reflect these discussions. Walk-throughs with the team are conducted throughout the project to identify potential challenges and milestone walk-throughs take place to ensure quality. This allows for a collaborative approach when facing adjustments whether they are financially or construction driven. Alternatives are discussed and the pros and cons are weighed to ensure that the most feasible solution is created without compromising efficiency or quality. Tender documents are discussed with the project team to ensure that major points are captured and administered to the bidding parties. Budgets are created and discussed ahead of time and the team reviews the carried quotations when provided for additional work.

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