Heritage Projects

Capital Regional District Headquarters, Victoria, BC - 2004

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The CRD’s headquarters is accommodated in two historic buildings in downtown Victoria. The initial plan was to upgrade the siesmic resistance of the facilities and renovate to improve functionality. We worked with our client to determine growth expectations, estimate space requirements, and the most cost-effective implementation strategy. Later, the plan was changed to develop headquarters as the second phase of a new building. Again, we refined personnel estimates (including several new functions), determined space requirements and developed zoning plans for the new facility. Key issues focused on the use of the ground floor; the size and nature of the boardroom; the decision not to include a fitness facility; and the maintenance of principles related to energy efficient buildings. Completed in 2004.

Environmental Services Headquarters, Capital Regional District, Victoria, BC - 2001

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Initially, we updated estimated space requirements for the Health and Engineering Departments of the Capital Regional District (CRD). Three options for moving into leased space were examined: Health only; Engineering only; and Health and Engineering together. Next, we prepared a Facilities Program for Engineering to relocate into a new CRD Satellite Headquarters. The Satellite Headquarters was a new facility that retained the façade of an existing heritage building. The building was also the subject of a design competition involving a joint development with the City of Victoria. Finally, we updated the program for Environmental Services (formerly Engineering) as a stand–alone building. This building is occupied. Completed in 2001

Victoria Conservatory of Music, BC - 1995

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The Conservatory planned a new facility as part of the redevelopment of the historic Saint Ann’s Academy site. Planning had proceeded based on a program produced five years earlier that was too large for the budget available. Our task was to update the existing facilities program to meet the budget, and to insure that the requirements reflect current operations and the most current understanding of future needs. Completed in 1995.

Capital Regional District Headquarters, Victoria, BC - 1994

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Our work encompassed several components. In the first major study, we forecasted personnel numbers, defined facilities requirements, and compared two building options: redevelopment of the existing historic building versus construction of a new building on a new site. We collaborated with an architectural firm to define the building options. The planned facilities would accommodate over 300 staff. Since both options were costly, we defined an accommodation strategy that incorporated upgraded existing facilities combined with leased space. We determined how much space would be available in the redeveloped existing facilities and which functions would be moved to leased space. A third study was a facilities program for redevelopment of the existing facilities. We also assisted in the preparation of terms of reference for architectural services to upgrade the existing headquarters. Completed in 1994.

Metropolitan Toronto Law Courts Study, Ontario - 1993

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We were part of a multi-disciplinary team led by an international management consulting firm. The study involved extensive consultation, diverse issues and huge capital investment. The long range planning phase included demand forecasting, operational analysis, and service delivery assessment. A central issue was to establish a balance between centralized and distributed facilities. Major strategic options identified levels of investment in technology, business process re-engineering, and case flow management. One of our specific tasks was to study comparable jurisdictions, including San Diego and Philadelphia. The functional planning phase focused on location analysis, definition of facilities requirements, and implementation strategies. Our primary role was the preparation of functional programs for each of six possible new facilities. To accomplish this assignment, we developed a computer model that linked estimates of courtrooms and personnel to specific space requirements. The total building program exceeded 160 courtrooms. Completed in 1993.

Legislative Library, Regina, Saskatchewan - 1990

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We analyzed the requirements and building options of the Legislative Library as part of a larger study of the Legislative Building. Completed in 1990.