Industry/Research Projects

Facilities Program, Support Functions, Coquitlam School District, BC - 2011

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We defined the facilities requirements for seven support functions: District Administration, Information Services, Student Services, Staff Development, Learning Innovations, International Education plus Maintenance and Stores. We estimated that a total of nearly 21 000 square metres would be required to accommodate the functions. The preliminary cost estimate for the buildings was nearly $89 million. Completed in 2011.

Shared Services Study, Maintenance/Public Works, Nelson, BC - 2004

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Both the City of Nelson and School District 8 operate public works and vehicle maintenance facilities in Nelson. We were retained to study these operations to determine whether there is an opportunity to gain efficiencies by combining or sharing services. We toured the facilities and met with key stakeholders in Nelson. We also learned about other comparable shared operations. Completed in 2004.

Design Vocabulary for Ferry Terminals, BC - 2003

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We developed prototype design concepts for the buildings at minor route ferry terminals. The intent of the study was to define a design vocabulary for terminal buildings that met several objectives including low cost, environmental fit and compatibility with the emerging visual identity program. We defined three distinct styles called Heritage Residential, Parks Rustic and Maritime Classic. Maritime Classic was selected as the most appropriate model for BC Ferries. Completed in 2003.

Minor Route Ferry Terminal Cost Model, BC - 2003

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Definition of space requirements for minor route ferry terminals as part of a project to develop a budget model. Key components included determining the size of waiting rooms and washroom facilities related to passenger volumes. Completed in 2003.

School District Support Facilities, Victoria, BC - 2000

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The School District believed that the consolidation of its administrative and maintenance functions could result in operational efficiencies, and allow some existing properties to be sold. We assessed the options for meeting these objectives. We estimated future accommodation requirements and worked with a property appraiser to assess the value of specified District properties. We used a comprehensive evaluation framework to assess each of the options based on relevant functional, strategic, and cost criteria. Completed in 2000.

Development Strategy, Highway Maintenance Yards, BC - 1999

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We formulated a development strategy for highway maintenance yards throughout the province guided by the principles of reducing maintenance costs through innovation, reducing accommodation costs, providing yards through a range of options, providing ‘just adequate’ facilities, and extending competition to include accommodation. Our work involved the definition of a protocol for selecting a solution for each yard; updating the database for existing yards; developing a yard size generator; revising facilities guidelines; determining facilities requirements for each yard; estimating the cost of each yard; and developing an accommodation budget for all yards. We worked jointly with BC Buildings Corporation and the Ministry of Transportation and Highways. We assisted in drafting an implementation plan for replacing selected yards, and provided advice during the pilot projects. Completed in 1999.