Offices Projects

Hearing Rooms for Consolidated Tribunals, Toronto - 2014

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We defined the need for hearing rooms for a proposed consolidation of twelve adjudicative tribunals in Toronto. Currently, the tribunals have a combined total of 39 hearing rooms. The challenge was to explore the potential for efficiencies and space savings if the tribunals can share some or all of the planned hearing and mediation rooms. We concluded that consolidated location would need 27 hearing rooms — 18 small rooms, 7 medium rooms and two large rooms. Completed in 2014.

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.

BC Assessment Head Office, Victoria - 2008

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We developed a program of requirements for head office in preparation for requesting proposals for leased space. We planned office space for a total of 143 personnel. Completed in 2007. We updated the program in 2008.

Robron Centre, Campbell River, BC - 2008

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Since 2004 when it was closed as a middle school, Robron Centre has evolved as a multi-tenant centre with an education focus. With the general objective of increasing utilization, school district officials applied for the centre to be part of the School Community Connections Program. Since this program was developed to encourage partnerships between schools and local governments, the City of Campbell River became an important participant in determining the best future uses for the centre. After considering a range of possibilities, we chose the promotion of lifelong learning as the central theme for the centre. Based on an analysis of the opportunities and constraints presented by the existing building, and the needs of the existing occupants, we developed a redevelopment concept for the centre. We also developed a business case whereby increased rental revenues would pay for renovation costs. Completed in 2008.

Client Survey, Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, BC - 2005

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At any one time the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) has approximately 50,000 maintenance enforcement orders involving about 85,000 people, both payers and recipients. The Director of Maintenance Enforcement wanted a profile of FMEP clients. The profile was to include educational level, age, first language, income, culture and other similar demographic information. We involved front line personnel to develop the questions for a telephone survey of over 500 recipients. Next, we developed and administered a similar questionnaire aimed at payers. The recipient survey was completed in 2004. The payer survey was completed in 2005.

Durham Courthouse, Oshawa, Ontario - 2005

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We prepared a facilities program for a new 26-courtroom courthouse. The new facility consolidated several existing locations and combines the Ontario and Superior Courts. Our work involved extensive user consultation, refinement and application of a space allocation model developed in a previous project, and liaison with the site planning team. We revised the program four times. First, we reduced the building to 20 courtrooms. Second, we increased it to a 28-courtroom facility. Third, we revised the program in response to several policy changes. Fourth, we increased the facility to 38 ‘judicial hearing rooms’. Many of these revisions were to make the document appropriate for the proposed public-private partnership project delivery mechanism. Completed in 2005.